Constipation results when digested food moves too slowly through the intestines. Optimal transit time is 12 – 24 hours to get an idea of the function of your digestive tract eat either sweet corn or beetroot at teatime and look for the food passing out the following day.

Other Common Names: 

Costiveness, Dyschezia.


Constipation symptoms include straining to have a complete bowel movement, hard stools, infrequent or incomplete bowel movements.

Additional Symptoms: 

Constipation can also cause sluggishness mentally and physically, fatigue, headaches and achiness.

Possible Causes: 

The most common causes for constipation include poor diet, lack of fibre, not enough fluid, and lack of exercise, imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Other possible causes of constipation include stress, low thyroid function, lactose intolerance, parasites, colon cancer, constipation can occur as a side effect of certain drugs the most common being antacids, diuretics and anesthetics' also the calcium carbonate (chalk) form of calcium and the ferrous sulphate form of iron.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as constipation are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be helped through diet and nutrition alone, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Digestive function including Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis incl Parasitology. IgG Food Antibodies, FACT food intolerances, Intestinal Permeability Assessment, Yeast Overgrowth (candida), Parasitology Profile, Organic Acids.