Let’s talk about the #1 nutritional deficiency behind constipation: a vitamin B1 deficiency. A severe vitamin B1 deficiency is called beriberi. Beriberi is usually caused by poor diet or alcoholism.
Symptoms include loss of appetite, weakness, limb pain, shortness of breath, and swollen feet or legs.
Treatments include B-1 supplements and eating more B-1-rich foods, such as whole-grain cereals, beans, and beef.
Understanding the gut and constipation
This common gut problem affects a large portion of the world’s population, with reports indicating that as many as 25% of people suffer from constipation.
This condition can be very restrictive and uncomfortable, affecting people of all ages — from young children to the elderly. Not only is it physically demanding, but it can also reduce the sufferer’s quality of life and mental well-being.
Despite what you may have heard, constipation isn’t simply about the number of times you go to the bathroom each day or week. It’s actually a change to your regularity that can happen suddenly (acute) or over time (chronic).
What’s more, constipation is about more than just how often you go; it can also involve hard and dry stools, making them difficult or painful to pass. Additionally, people with functional constipation often experience bloating along with abdominal pain or discomfort.
You may experience constipation if you experience two or more of the following:
· Less than three bowel movements per week
· Lumpy or hard stools for more than 25% of the evacuation
· Feeling of incomplete evacuation
· Feeling of obstruction/blockage
· Manual evacuation maneuvers
There are two main types of constipation: primary and secondary.
Secondary constipation is usually caused by medication, neurological disease, or…