Health-Bitz: How to End Constipation?
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Chronic constipation is an immense pain in the butt in the modern world (pun intended!) It’s not a subject that most people feel comfortable discussing so oftentimes people are left to suffer in silence. Hopefully this report will convince you that if you suffer from constipation you need to take it seriously and get help.
According to American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, Constipation is a very common complaint affecting upwards of 15% of all Americans. Fortunately, constipation usually is simple to avoid and easy to treat when it occurs. However, symptoms of constipation may be a sign of a more serious problem requiring medical attention.
Constipation is defined as having 1 bowel movement every 2 to 3 days. But as holistic health care professionals, we know that is absolute poop!
For optimal health, you should be passing 2-3 bowel movements each day! Anything less is considered constipation. If you’ve ever had a colon cleanse, cheers to you. If not, you need to read the following important evidence regarding constipation and colon health.
What Causes Constipation?
Constipation is usually a result of years of abusing your digestive system through poor food choices and not listening to your body. Chronic intake of foods that aggravate your digestive and intestinal system eventually causes them to function at a sub-optimal level. For instance, acidic foods like coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and other processed foods stress your colon and digestive system and eventually hamper their function.
For optimal colon health, the goal should be to remove these digestion aggravating foods and provide your system with nutrients that will allow it to heal and function as it was designed to.
Constipation can also occur by fighting the urge to do your “business”. At a very young age, we simply went when the urge arose – no problem, except for the dirty diapers our caretakers were subjected to. But as we age, we learn the bad habit of suppressing our body’s natural urge to evacuate. Whether it be an inconvenient work schedule or travel commitments, we’ve started to suppress our body’s many signals to head to the toilet.
In the end, we have conditioned our body that we will have a bowel movement (or at least try to) on our terms, when we’re willing and ready. However, it isn’t that simple because your body knows when it needs to go. Passing a bowel movement is not a logical decision, it is a primal need that your body is intended to satisfy.
So it is our liability, our lifestyle, and our poor dietary choices that has led to being constipated.
Why is Constipation so Hazardous?
This could rapidly turn into a very extensive discussion but we’ll give you the fundamentals. The problem with being constipated is that your body’s waste does not get to its final destination – the commode.
Rather, it sits in your colon, putrefying and expelling more toxins back into your body. This is called autointoxication and is a serious health concern if it persists over time.
Think about it. If you were to let discarded food waste pile up in your home for weeks, months, or years can you imagine the type of revolting and toxic environment you’d be creating?
Well, the same thing happens in your digestive track if your “garbage” is not regularly removed.
Over time, these endogenous toxins will be stored in your fat tissue which includes your fat cells, brain, and nervous tissue. It’s no wonder there’s a considerable correlation between constipation, autointoxication, and degenerative diseases!
Natural Constipation Remedies
- The first thing is to listen to your body. If you have the urge to go, then go!
- Second, remove the irritating foods that we spoke about above.
- Third, drink plenty of water. Constipation can also be a result of being dehydrated. Provide your body with more water and it will assist your waste removal.
- Fourth, eat more fiber. The goal (from an overall health perspective) is to hit 35 grams of fiber per day. But really, are you going to count? Probably not. Therefore, simply by eating more whole foods or even following a raw food diet will greatly assist you.
- The goal is to get both soluble and insoluble fiber. Ground flaxseeds are a great source of balanced fiber and a terrific source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Fifth, getting more essential fatty acids (omega-3s) will provide the lubrication required to allow your colon to pass along the waste smoothly and effortlessly. If you strain to pass a movement, that’s a good indication you could use some more lubrication.
- Finally, you need to follow a detox diet that will cleanse your body. If you’ve been constipated for some time, then you need to face facts and realize that your body is a toxic feeding ground! The only way to better your health and prevent future problems is to get the waste out of your body through regular bowel movements and other means that will detoxify your body.
You don’t have to be a slave to constipation any longer. Allow us to show you the light…
My friend, Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. More information on the Total Wellness Cleanse.
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Due do my hypothyroidism, I have suffered from constipation for most of my life. Unlike many other people, I have absolutely no problem talking about constipation. So if you have any questions or concerns or would like to share your story Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
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