How Constipation Affects Your Colon, and Health

Seventy percent or more of the population struggles with constipation. Some believe the number is even higher, 80- 90%. The market for laxatives is now approaching 1 billion each year. It appears that constipation is an issue that most of us have to deal with at one time or the other. Using natural means to clear constipation is what this e-book is all about.

I believe that to have good health we need to use mostly foods and supplements that are free of additives and food enhancers that are harmful to the body. We need to eat the right foods and watch how we prepare them so we can digest and absorb them without creating or leaving residues that get turned into toxic matter in our colon.

The first question that a nutritionist or any other health practitioner should ask you on your first visit is, “how many bowel movements do you have each day or each week?”

If you visit a doctor, your colon is the last area they discuss with you. And perhaps, this is an area they may never discuss with you at all.

In his article, The Bowel is an Ecosystem, in Healthy & Natural Journal, April 1997, Majid Ali, M.D. recounts,

“When I returned to the clinical practice of environmental and nutritional medicine after years of pathology work, I began carefully testing the assertions of nutritionists, naturopaths and clinical ecologist who claimed that various types of colitis [a deterioration of your colon wall] could be reversed with optimal nutritional and ecologic approaches. To my great surprise, I found that such professionals, who are usually spurned by drug doctors, were right after all. My patients responded well to the unscientific therapies vehemently rejected by my colleagues in drug medicine.”

Without good regular bowel movements and colon function, you will create various illnesses, colon discomforts, and diseases – including constipation.

By concentrating on eliminating constipation and preserving colon health, you can take a major step in preventing many body conditions and illnesses that can shorten your life or make your senior years a miserable time.

As with so many past health practitioners, I believe your colon is so important that any improvement you can make in your colon’s health will help you avert many unnecessary illnesses and suffering. If you make only one effort in improving your health, it should be towards creating a clean and healthy colon.

Heart attacks, cancers, senility, pathogenic organisms and so on cause most deaths that occur in the US and throughout the world. There are few deaths related to natural causes or old age.

Your colon provides nutrients and water to all parts of the body. So, when a specific organ has degenerated it is important to see what part colon toxins have played in this degeneration.

If your colon is toxic, the blood will also be toxic. If your colon is toxic, these toxins will gradually reach all parts of your body through the blood and lymph liquid. The result is the body and various organs affected will become less efficient. Overtime this decreased efficiency will cause the body will become diseased and you will lose your good health.

Constipation – Cause, Remedy and Treatment

What is Constipation?
Constipation is a very common condition affecting many people. It tends to affect more women than men. It appears to be especially common in women just before their period or during pregnancy. It is normally not very serious although occasionally, complications can occur if the condition is not treated.

What Causes Constipation?
Constipation can be caused by a number of different factors. A number of which are described below.

The main cause is believed to be a lack of fluids in the diet. The stools then become hard and small which the body struggles to expel. A lack of fibre also has the same effect. What then happens, is that the stools which the body can’t expel are retained where they dry out even further and then work their way back up into the colon where they can cause a blockage.

Some drugs e.g. painkillers and some types of cough medicines may cause constipation. By taking medical laxatives which my relieve the symptoms in the short term may actually increase the problem as the body becomes resistant to them over time.

There are a number of other causes which include
Not being active
Too much calcium or too much iron in your diet
Drinking too much strong tea or coffee which has a diuretic effect by making you urinate more often thus dehydrating your body
Bowel muscles not being strong enough – this is more common in elderly people as their muscles in their whole body become weaker
Recent abdominal surgery – this may have the effect of weakening your bowel muscles
IBS can be a cause of constipation.

What are the Symptoms of Constipation?
The symptoms of constipation are as follows.
Stomach ache and cramps
Feeling bloated
Feeling sick
Change in your normal bowel pattern
Furred tongue
Loss of appetite
Fatigue and depression
Should you experience any of these conditions and they are with you for more than a couple of days, it is important that you see a doctor. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes these symptoms could mean something much more serious.

What is the Treatment for Constipation?
Quite often, the best treatment for constipation, is simply to increase the amount of fibre in your diet. That includes lots of vegetables and cereal products. Most of us don’t eat enough of these things.

Also, increasing the amount of water that we drink can help to relief the symptoms of constipation. The vast majority of people don’t drink enough. By drinking more, you can not only relieve the symptoms of constipation, but it will improve your general health as well, making you feel better.

By taking more exercise, you can help to eradicate constipation. This can be something as simple as a 30 minute brisk walk 3 – 4 times a week.

If you are going to take laxatives, then they should only be as a temporary measure. If you find that you are having to take them for a long period of time, you should probably go and visit a doctor.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Constipation

Because of the diversity of symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, it is often classified into three groups:

1) Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation – This is when abdominal pain in a person is accompanied by difficulty to defecate. A person suffering from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation often feels the abdominal pain go away after he or she has defecated. However, it should be noted that people who suffer from this type of Irritable bowel syndrome are often left with a feeling of incomplete evacuation. The stool of the person suffering from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation is often hard and lumpy.

It is also the case that people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation defecate only 3 times a week.

2) Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea – People who suffer from this type of irritable bowel syndrome often have a feeling of urgency to defecate. Their pain is often relieved by defecation which occurs three times a day. The stool of the person suffering from this is commonly loose and watery.

3) Irritable bowel syndrome with alternating stool pattern – There are cases in which the people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome would experience diarrhea for one week, and constipation the next week. This is often very inconvenient for the person since he or she has to change the treatments that he or she is undergoing regularly.

Let us focus on the first category. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation can be relieved by making use of just a few techniques. Here are some of them:

a) Drink lots of water – This is in order to prevent the hardening of stool. Drinking water can help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation by cleansing the body’s system of any impurities. It is also very helpful in softening the stool of a person suffering from this illness.

b) Take soluble fiber supplements – These supplements also help in softening the stool of a person suffering from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Although there are several people who say that insoluble fiber is the best type of fiber to take when you have this illness, you should never take insoluble fiber without soluble fiber. This is because insoluble fiber has the potential to trigger the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Insoluble fiber is also very tiring for your stomach to digest.

c) Relax – There are studies showing that stress has a lot to do with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This means that what you are thinking can affect the way your digestive system works. If you try too hard to defecate, you might not be able to. Do not think of your syndrome when you defecate. Try to relax and release your stress.

d) Pace your eating – try not too eat too many things at one sitting. This could aggravate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. The best thing you can do is to eat a little at a time. If you want to, you can eat as many times as you want, but try to pace yourself sop that you will allow for proper digestion.

These are just some of the tips to follow when you are experiencing irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. By following these tips, you will be able to lessen the discomfort brought about by the symptoms of this illness.