The traditional medical definition of constipation is less than 3 bowel movements per week. However, our bodies were designed to move our bowels after every meal. Unless you are having less than 3 meals per week, this isn’t a great measure of bowel function.
In general, if you are eating a couple of meals per day, then you should be having at least one healthy bowel movement per day. It shouldn’t be difficult either.
Constipation has many causes, from simple dehydration to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), decreased hydrochloric acid (HCL) to poor brain/ vagal output, a diet low in fiber to serious conditions like a bowel obstruction.
It is important to know that constipation will lead to other health issues.
Your gastrointestinal function is critical to your overall wellbeing and health. It is the seat of digestion and assimilation and is how we eliminate toxins. If you are constipated, you are recirculating toxins throughout your body that it cannot eliminate, and this obviously isn’t good for your health.