Constipation Poor Breath

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Intestines-Stomach-Colon-Rectum Straining to eliminate dry hard stools (feces) from the rectum or incomplete bowel movements can be both frustrating and painful. There are many factors that can interfere with regular bowel movements. Some of which include the lack of fiber in the diet (fruits and vegetables, grains), medications, hormones and illness.

Normally the colon absorbs just the right amount of water from food to make waste products and muscle contractions will send the stool to the rectum for excretion. If the colon absorbs to much water then stools will be hard and difficult to expel.

It is not necessary to have bowel movements daily to be considered within the normal range. But if they are occurring

less than three times a week it will usually mean you’re constipated.

Low-Carbohydrate Diets Causing Irregularity

The Dr. Atkins diet plan a popular weight loss program may cause constipation during the induction (the initial phase of the diet). It is at this point where food intake consists largely of protein and fat and fiber consumption restricted. This may lead to constipation because it is fiber (fruits, vegetable and grains) that help build bulk which promotes regular bowel movements

Another drawback may be bad breath due to ketosis (where the body burns fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates). It is during ketosis that ketones are produced in the saliva and urine. It can be smelled on the breath hence the term acid or acetone breath (fruity or sweet smell).

Symptoms Of Constipation

  • Infrequent bowel movements (occurring less than 3 times a week)
  • Hard stools
  • Incomplete bowel movements or elimination
  • Straining to make bowel movement (defecate)
  • Poor or bad breath odor
  • Depression
  • Body odor
  • Lack of concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach bloating
  • Bad digestion
  • Gas
  • Swollen abdomen and abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Causes Of Constipation

  • Not drinking enough water

    (recommended water intake eight 8 ounce glasses a day (64 ounces)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Consuming large amounts of dairy foods
  • Pregnancy
  • Frequently Suppressing bowel movements (Dyschezia)

    (like with painful hemorrhoids, sometimes occurring because of hectic lifestyle, work environment or social settings)

  • Not enough exercise
  • Dysfunction of the lower (pelvic floor muscles causing difficulty in bowel movements)
  • Inadequate functioning of the nerves or muscles of the colon
  • Diseases or injuries that effect the colon and central nervous system

    (Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries)

  • High levels of estrogen and progesterone during menstrual cycle
  • Hormone imbalance

    To much parathyroid hormone and not enough thyroid hormone

  • Antacids containing aluminum or calcium
  • Medications

    1. Antidepressants

    2. Anticonvulsants

    3. Pain medications (narcotic)

  • Abuse of laxatives
  • Lack of fiber in the diet
  • Iron supplements
  • Dehydration
  • Tumors of the bowel or surrounding tissue
  • Lead poisoning
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Psychosomatic constipation (caused by unfamiliar surrounds or anxiety)
  • Potty training anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Lupus

Testing For Serious Constipation

The sooner your doctor can detect the cause of severe constipation the quicker these issues can be addressed and resolved.

  • Barium enema x ray and (detecting intestinal obstruction)
  • Colonoscopy (examination of the rectum and colon)
  • Blood Test (hormonal problems)
  • Anorectal Manometry (measures sphincter muscle contraction and tone)

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