Each year large quantities of chemical laxatives and stimulants are consumed by the public without accurate information concerning the effects of this practice. The true causes of intestinal problems are rarely addressed. Medically we are told:
- It is normal not to have a bowel movement every day.
- Constipation is unimportant and not harmful to the body.
- Diet has nothing to do with health.Is this the truth?
What is constipation?
Constipation is a disorder causing decreased frequency of bowel movements, resulting in a condition whereby waste matter remains in the colon. The longer this material is retained here, the more moisture is absorbed from it, and the more dry and pressed together it becomes. It is then difficult to expel.
A diet of refined foods creates a sticky, mucoid stool that leaves a thin layer on the walls. This causes an irritation of colon nerves and muscles. Normal bowel movements become difficult or impossible, since the deposits interfere with absorption of nutrients and immobilize peristaltic muscles with constipation.
If the upper digestive organs – stomach, liver, gallbladder pancreas have difficulty with digestion, food will not properly break down into appropriately, smaller components. This undigested food will enter the colon, ferment, putrefy and produce excessive gas and irritating toxins. These poisonous toxins and gases gather in the folds of the walls, irritate the colon nerves, paralyze the colon muscles and then impair elimination. This toxic environment is conducive to the growth of parasites that flourish in the intestines of many people who may not be aware of their presence. These toxic chemicals are the most important issue of the colon. They must be greatly reduced for the intestines to be able to heal.
Hardened mucoid, bad bacteria, irritating toxins, and gases overwhelm the friendly bacteria that reside in the colon, thus inhibiting necessary bacterial multiplication. Their job is to eat and destroy bad bacteria, and also to prevent toxins from leaking out of the colon into other organs of the body. Excessive toxins overload the other eliminative channels – the lymphatics, skin, lungs, bladder – kidneys and of course the blood and liver. This kind of toxic stress on the body can lead to serious disease. These toxic chemicals must be reduced.
Severe constipation with toxic irritation can destroy the integrity of the intestines. It can lead to diarrhea, spastic colon, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulas, colitis, appendicitis, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, polyps, colon cancer, and many other diseases.
As constipation continues through life, the colon will twist, drip, narrow, bulge or balloon. This can result in chronic prolapses, stricture, ballooning, or diverticula; thus forming a spastic (tense) or atonic (weak) colon. When a physician says such a colon is normal, it usually means that it is not in a diseased condition. What does the x-ray of your colon look like? Such structural changes usually remain, but can improve with diet. With such structural abnormalities, the colon will not mechanically function at its best. It will periodically congest. It is advisable to keep a distorted colon hygienically clean, so that the condition does not worsen.
SYMPTOMS OF CONSTIPATION
Diarrhea is a common symptom of constipation, since the colon becomes so irritated from constipation that it attempts to flush the toxins out. See AUTOTOXICATION for additional list of symptoms. This list will help you to recognize signs indicating the extent of congestion in your colon.
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION
- colon dehydration by lack of water in diet
- lack of fiber in diet
- weak abdominal muscles from lack of exercise
- irritating toxic poisons in colon
- stress or emotional tension affecting colon muscles
- vitamin B deficiency for colon nerves
- excessive mucus from mucus-forming foods
- mechanical problems, eg. Prolapses, stricture, ballooning
- poor choice of foods, eg. Refined foods, especially sugar
- improper combination of foods, eg. Proteins & starches together
- temperature of foods, too hot or too cold
- chlorinated or fluoridated water
- chemicals and additives in food
- weak muscle tone of the colon from irritated colon nerves
- antibiotics and some other medications
- insufficient digestive enzymes from pancreas
- excessive or insufficient stomach acids
- food allergies or intolerances, eg. Milk products, wheat, sugar
- rectal gases blocking the removal of debris
- congested, malfunctioning liver or gallbladder
- stagnant, congested intestinal lymph
- glandular and hormonal imbalance
- adrenal gland stressing
- acid producing diet minor dislocations of the spine
- minor dislocations of the spine
- failure to respond to the call of elimination
Check off which causes you think might pertain to you.
CONSTIPATING FOODS & DRINK
* sugared products
* milk products
* refined white flour foods
* fried foods
* food additives
* spicy foods
* food chemicals salt & pepper
* food dyes & colorings
* beef & pork
* snack foods
* canned & burned foods
* processed foods
* hydrogenated oils, eg. Margarine
* carbonated drinks
* chlorinated & fluoridated water
* pesticides in food
* coffee, tea, alcohol (has a drying effect on the colon)
Check off any of these foods and drinks that you have in your diet.
If you are consuming these foods and drinks, your colon cannot possibly be healthy, even if you are having a bowel movement every day. Instead of furnishing nourishment to the nerves, muscle cells, and tissues of the walls of the colon, such substances can actually cause starvation of the colon. A starved colon may let a lot of fecal matter pass through it, but its inability to carry on the last stages of digestion creates Vitamin B deficiencies. Remember, lung and cancer of the colon rank next to heart disease as the most frequent cause of death in our country.
NORMAL BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Most people in our civilized society do not have a normal bowel movement. A normal stool is medium brown in color, one and a half inches in diameter, and 6-13 inches long. It should semi-float in the water, and then sink down to the bottom of the toilet, then break up when the toilet is flushed. It is normal to have one bowel movement for each meal eaten per day. Therefore, if you have 3 meals, you should have 3 bowel movements in that day. If this is not so, you are constipated. Just because you do have a bowel movement doesn't mean that what is going in is actually coming out. Your colon could be loaded with toxins and gases in its folds. A state of constipation is deceptive in this way. Compare this with people who eliminate every 3-4 days. How many meals would that be backed up? What goes in should come out in a transit time of 12 hours ideally, and 24 hours adequately.
Conditions that could result from Constipation:
* Colon Cancer
* Many other cancers
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Lower back pain
* Yeast/Fungus Candida overgrowth
* Crohn's disease
* Canker sores
* Liver problems
* Heart disease
* Rectal fissures
* Kidney stones
* Colon polyps
* Beast lumps
* Celiac disease
* Rectal fitulas
* Colon cancer
* Chronic fatigue
* Uterine fibroids
* Colon prolapses
* Varicose veins
* Hiatal hernia
* Migraine headaches
* Menstrual problems
* Lymphatic congestion
* Rcetal fissures
* Respiratory ailments
Check off any of these conditions that you already have.
Can you become addicted to laxatives? Absolutely not. They are not addictive substances. Can you become dependant upon laxatives? Yes, if nothing else works for you, of course you will depend upon their action to move your bowels. Is that a bad thing to depend upon laxatives? Well it is better to have that stool moved out, than to keep it in. But you can be dependant upon laxatives if this is the only approach you are taking to correct your constipating condition. This can be a very limited approach compared to a complete program that includes a fiber diet, identification of food irritants, supplementary colon bulkers and cleansers, change of lifestyle, and cleansing of the colon and other elimination organs. The use of laxatives exclusively increases the bowel's intolerance and the amount needed each time. Most of them work by irritating the nerves in the colon which stresses the muscles to flush out the debris. Continual laxative use can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, if you are using a laxative that is irritating, and not friendly to your colon.
DIET & EXERCISE
Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day so that the colon does not become dry and dehydrated. Eat lots of fiber from fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Supplement with additional fiber such as ground flax seed powder, since the colon likes to be full of fiber in order to maintain normal peristalsis. Avoid sugar and refined foods. Reduce mucus forming foods such as milk products, red meats, refined foods and possible wheat. Remember that the very best of diets can be no better than the very worst diet if the sewage system is polluted and needs cleansing.
Clean the colon out so that it is not congested. Cleansing products may include ground flax and psyllium for fiber, liquid bentonite clay as a cleanser and toxin magnet, chlorophyll as an oxygenator, and acidophilus friendly bacteria to rebuild the intestinal flora.
Exercise daily so that the colon and whole body becomes oxygenated. Do abdominal exercises to strengthen the colon muscles so that lower back muscles do not become strained by over compensating for weak abdominal muscles.
COLON CLEANSING PROGRAM
It is logical to cleanse the colon just as you do your house or car. Your colon is like the septic tank in the yard. It needs to be cleaned out. Internal colon cleansing through natural methods can restore the health of the colon and thus avoid a state of disease.
Consult a Nutritionist or natural health practitioner. Herbal therapy along with Colon Irrigation Therapy is a safe and effective way of cleansing the colon. It is your right to have colon health. See article about Colon Irrigation Therapy.
The following are important steps to take to remove the layers of mucus and toxic chemicals embedded in the tissues of the intestinal walls:
- GOOD BACTERIA Colonize the intestines with good, friendly bacteria that keep bad bacteria in check, reduce gas and help with digestion.
- WATER Drink plenty of water, 6-8 glasses daily to keep the cells and tissues of the intestines hydrated.
- FIBER Consume 20 grams of soluble and 20 grams insoluble fiber daily. 10 servings fruits and vegetables daily along with ground flax seed could meet this. Fiber is used for regularity and gentle removal of toxic debris.
- OXYGEN Oxygenate the colon to cleanse the debris and toxins off the walls, as well as to reduce the toxic load. Oxygen can paralyse anaerobic microbes. Bad bacteria and parasites cannot live in an oxygenated environment. A good oxygen cleanser should only be needed on a short term basis to quickly reduce the toxic load. Once a week for 4 weeks can be effective, followed by once a month for maintenance.
- MAGNESIUM 500 mg to 1200 mg magnesium is essential for normal peristalsis (movement of the stool through the intestine) Be aware that if too much magnesium is taken, it can cause the stools to go loose. Potassium also enhances bowel muscle contraction.
- ALOE VERA Consume Aloe Vera as it softens and helps unwanted material to slide out more easily. It also helps soothes the stomach lining and intestinal walls.
- ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS Eat essential fatty acids like flax seed, UDO's oil, nuts, and fish to soften and encourage the sliding out of materials.
- EXERCISE Daily exercise tones the colon nerves and muscles. Strengthening the abdominal muscles is important.
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