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Alleviating Constipation

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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There are two basic kinds of constipation. The first is called atonic, which is a lazy bowel.

The second is spastic, which is the narrowing of the colon with small, ribbon-like stools.

For atonic constipation, a high fiber diet and increased fluid intake is recommended. Once the problem has gone away it will be necessary to retrain the bowel, as explained below.

Spastic constipation may be caused by nervousness, anxiety or an obstruction like plaque and parasites.

Constipation: Death begins in the colon.

You are suffering from constipation if your bowel movements are infrequent, uncomfortable and the stools are small and hard.

Regularity of bowel movements is important although the frequency may vary. For optimum health, you should have one to three good bowel movements a day.

It is quite surprising to know that many people have a bowel movement only every few days, or even once a week. This is certainly not good because decaying fecal material and toxins in your intestines can contribute too many other diseases.

It is vital to get fecal material out as quickly as possible; transit time is everything!

Constipation has causes – so discovering the cause will point the way toward using the appropriate remedy;

  • Poor dietary habits of eating junk and foodless foods
  • Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of fiber in your diet.  Fiber adds bulk to your stools, stimulates proper bowel contractions and promotes healthy bacteria in the colon. One of the problems here is the high intake of refined white flour and animal meals in the modern diet. Products with refined flour have little or no fiber, and subsequently the intestines have nothing to help the normal wave-like. Called peristalsis motion pass digested material through the body.
  • Medications like some of the ones used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, among others do not work. They are dangerous.
  • Some people who are anemic and take iron
  • Vitamin D supplements
  • Pregnancy
  • A deficiency in whole food folic acid

Natural relief for Constipation…

  • Whole foods prevent constipation, piles and diverticulitis
  • Beans, legumes and grains contain insoluble and soluble fiber to help guard against constipation
  • Whole grain cereals and bread provide insoluble fiber and help constipation
  • Fruits like prunes, raisins, apricots, figs and apples.

Most Americans get only half the daily amount of fiber that they need to prevent constipation. To get enough fiber, eat a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of whole-grain foods and one serving of beans a day.

Water: Stimulate the Intestines
Drink a lot of water!

You can also get the benefits of citrus without the peel. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into an eight ounce glass of warm or hot water and drink it first thing in the morning to help stimulate a bowel movement.

The basis of your healthy diet and long term wellness program should be to change your diet by eating a high fiber diet with plenty of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet.  No soda pop!

Juice fasting is one suggested way to eliminate toxins from the body and get various systems going again!

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