This article is based on Mayo Clinic’s content.

What is constipation?

Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in bowel movements that persists for several weeks or longer. It is usually described as having less than three bowel movements per week.

Although occasional constipation is very common, some people have chronic constipation that can have a profound impact on daily life. Chronic constipation can also cause other signs and symptoms.

The treatment for chronic constipation will depend on the underlying cause and in some cases, this can be difficult to find.

Which mushrooms can help you if you have constipation?

Lion’s Mane, Shiitake and Pleurotus are significantly useful in supporting the health of the bowel, balancing gut microbiota (helpful bacteria in gut) and reducing stress to help with constipation.

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane supports regeneration of the lining of both the small and large intestine  which can improve gastrointestinal function.

Shiitake

Shiitake is a beneficial mushroom that also supports intestinal flora, the helpful bacteria in the gut. It has a high content of naturally occurring sugars ideal to support bacteria strains (Bifidobacteria breve and Lactobacillus brevis) important in maintaining a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.

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