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Constipation Awareness Month 2023: Exploring the gut-mind relationship and its impact on mental health

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Updated on: 01 December,2023 09:30 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Aakanksha Ahire | aakanksha.ahire@mid-day.com

While this might perplex you, health experts confirm a connection between the gut and the mind. If you experience chronic constipation, it can lead to poor mental health and cognitive decline

Constipation Awareness Month 2023: Exploring the gut-mind relationship and its impact on mental health

Constipation drains energy levels owing to nutrient malabsorption caused by poor bowel motility which leaves one feeling lethargic or chronically fatigued. Photo Courtesy: iStock


Key Highlights

  1. December 1 marks the onset of Constipation Awareness Month 2023
  2. Constipation can result in a constant release of toxins into the body affecting the body
  3. Recurrent constipation can lead to haemorrhoids due to the strain during bowel movements

For many, a clean stomach in the morning sets the right tone for the day. Stress, unhealthy food habits, disturbed sleep cycle and physical inactivity are enemies of a healthy gut. These and other such factors often result in poor gut health and constipation. While constipation surely has negative effects on one’s physical health, it is also said to have an undesirable impact on one’s mental health. 

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