Constipation Constipation is a condition in which a person has fewer than three bowel movements a week or has bowel movements with stools that are hard, dry, and small, making them painful or difficult to pass. People may feel bloated or have pain in their abdomen—the area between the chest and hips.
A healthy colon will eliminate the contents of the lower bowel at least once per day.
Constipation can lead to depression , fatigue to serious diseases of the colon.
What Does Constipation do to your Health
Slows down food transit time (should be 24hours).
Putrefied toxic material stays in the colon longer, allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. This can lead to autointoxication. it can cause from headaches to autoimmune disorders.
Build up material along intestinal walls.
Build up material reduces absorption of good nutrients. This can cause fatigue and depression due to malabsorption.
When we put toxins in our body and the body creates toxins at a faster rate than we are eliminating those toxins, we have a build-up and accumulation of poisons and toxins in the body.
When toxins settle into your tissue they can create different states of disease showing up as:
Headaches, Brain fog, depression, obesity, diverticulosis, PMS, Bad Breath, indigestion, gas, bloating, arthritis, body odor, compromise immune system. Just to mention some.
COMMON CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION
Diet low in fiber. Almost all the people in North America eat lots of fat food like cheese, eggs and meats and to much dairy, also refined sugars and starch, alcohol and processes food, resulting in constipation. Too many sugary, floury foods ‘clog up’ your intestines and make it difficult for them to eliminate waste efficiently.
Solution: For optimal bowel movement, you have to increase your fiber intake, found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It is very important to add healthy oils from natural sources like Flax and fish, these oils have an important roll in lubrication of the intestinal system.
Not drinking enough liquids
Water is very important for our health. Water helps bowel movement softer and easier to pass. Coffee and other soft drinks actually have a dehydrating effect in the body.
Lack of exercise
Exercise stimulates lymphatic flow which can help to create normal peristalsis.
Lack of beneficial bacteria in the colon
If you do not have enough good bacteria in your intestines, it becomes a struggle for them to properly digest and eliminate your food. Keeping your intestines clean is one of the most important responsibilities of the many beneficial microflora inside you.
Medicines especially strong pain medicines, such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills, antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum, diuretics and antibiotics, antispasmodics, some anti allergic medication, some blood pressure medication, anti convulsants for epilepsy – can slow down the bowel movement.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The underline cause of IBS can be Sibo, Candida, parasites and infection. Constipation and diarrhea often alternate.
Change in Life or Routine
When you change your routine your bowel can became constipated. People often become constipated when traveling because their normal diet and daily routines are disrupted. Aging can also cause constipation because of less intestinal activity and muscle tone and slower metabolism. Hormonal changes can also play in constipation. Pregnancy also involves hormonal changes and the uterus can compress the intestine.
Abuse of Laxatives
Almost all laxatives are habit forming. Over time they can damage nerve cells in the colon and damage the ability of the colon to contract and become sluggish. The regular use of enemas can also cause cause loss of normal bowel movement (a big difference from Colonics, colonics respects the natural peristaltic movement of the colon).
Ignoring Urge to Have a Bowel Movement
Lots of people don’t create the time to eliminate regularly or they ignore the urge to go. By ignoring the urge to go it may eventually stop feeling the urge, which can lead to constipation. which is sometimes the result of pain from Hemorrhoids.
Some neurologic disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders can slow the movement of stool through the colon, rectum or anus.
EX: Multiple sclerosis, parkinson, stoke, spinal injures. Diabetes, underactive/overactive thyroid gland, Uremia.
Amyloidosis, Lupus, Scleroderma.
Problems with the colon and Rectum
Anal fissures and hemorrhoids, which can produce a spasm of the anal sphincter muscle. Scar tissue (adhesions), diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, cancer, they can narrow the intestinal and rectum and cause constipation.
Problems with Intestinal Function (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation)
The reasons are unknown and can be related to multiple problems with hormonal control or nerves and muscles in the colon, rectum or anus.
Ex of functional constipation: decrease muscle activity in the colon
Ex of abnormalities: anorectal dysfunction or animus.
In some cases, lack of good nerve and muscle function in the bowel may also be a cause of constipation.
**In rare cases, constipation may signal more-serious medical conditions, such as colorectal cancer, hormonal disturbances or autoimmune diseases. In children, constipation might indicate Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital condition that results from missing nerve cells in the colon.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
If you struggle with constipation and want to heal your colon, start with what you eat. Eat foods that support colon cleansing:
Avoid large amounts of salt, meat, and poultry. These are contracting foods that are more difficult to digest. If you want to eat meat have only 20% of it , the rest of your plate should contain high-fiber vegetables, ocean vegetables and cultured Lightly steamed, raw, baked vegetables.
Eat lots of fresh vegetables
Vegetable are an excellent source of fiber ,The fiber in these foods helps push the food you’ve eaten through your intestines. 80% of each meal should be vegetables. Dark green leafy veggies are a daily must if you want to stay healthy. Sea Vegetables are also very important because they are very rich in minerals to nourish your Thyroid and Adrenals.
Weak thyroid and adrenals may be one of the main cause of constipation.
Is a good source of Fiber however I do not recommend if you have candida symptoms (like dates, bananas, apples, pears, figs and melons) These sweet fruit are always a source for feeding yeast. Choose fruits with less sugar. Sour fruits like grapefruit, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberry juice, black currant juice, unsweetened blueberry juice concentrate, and pomegranate juice.
Green apples are an amazing source of fiber You can make amazing smoothies with coconut Kefir to enrich your microflora.
Always include ground flax seed in your diet. You can mix it in your smoothies or salad dressing or just mixed with water.
Include fermented foods and drinks. Cultured Vegetables and fermented beverages populate your gut with good bacteria to help you digest food and assimilate nutrients. Coconut Kefir has been a remedy for healthier bowels and better elimination for thousands of years. Be aware of drinking too much kefir or it might also cause constipation instead of relieving it.
Magnesium is a very, very important mineral most of us are deficient in. Magnesium is the calming mineral. A lack of it will contribute to constipation. Try to increase intake of magnesium in foods or take a Magnesium Citrate supplement . Magnesium Citrate is easier on the bowel.
Garlic is a healing, anti-microbial, cleansing food. Cook with it as much as possible and even swallow it whole.
Eat grain-like seeds.
Quinoa, millet buckwheat and amaranth stimulate your colon, provide fiber and can ease constipation.
Drink mineral water.
If you have trouble sleeping and stay up late yet feel exhausted in the morning, you may be dehydrated. Solve the problem by drinking several glasses of mineral-rich water in those three to four hours between your dinner meal and bedtime. Drink two more glasses when you wake up. Keep track of your water intake during the day to make sure are well hydrated. Dehydration can be a sign of adrenal fatigue, however, and no amount of water will help until you heal your adrenals.
Have a green smoothy every morning – (this is just an example, if you have candida stay away from sugary fruits.
RECIPE: Dandelion Marvelous
1 Banana peeled
1 large Mango
3 cups of Dandelion greens
1 head of green lettuce
1 Tbsp. of ground flax seed
1 cup of filtered water
Blend at high speed until smooth. Serve immediately
*Some times I add a Green Power Blend in my smoothie. My favorite is from Harmonic Arts, their products are all organic and have very good quality.
Have a glass of Warm water with a juice of 1/2 lemon every morning
Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below. Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. Warm lemon water helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
Exercise every day. Choose a form of exercise you love and do it every day.
Do things you love, nourish yourself.
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help you balance stress and overcome addictions to foods and habits that adversely impact your health.
Self Massage in the abdominal area for 10-30 minutes per day, stimulates your peristaltic contractions and eases stress.
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