"Death begins in the colon" claimed some top ranking
authorities. It can be linked to almost every disease known to man. An
interesting statistic has shown that 284 colons, less than 10% were
found to be normal and healthy uncontaminated and unplugged by hardened
excrement. Therefore constipation really means trouble.
What causes constipation? There are many factors that together create a
lifestyle, which ultimately results in constipation.
Growing up on a traditional diet of meat, potato, and a
slice of cake sets the stage for constipation. As Americans we consume
too much coffee, refined sugar, starch, alcohol, and processed foods.
Additionally we do not take in enough essential fatty acids. Oils like
flax, borage and fish are needed to lubricate the intestinal system.
- Lack of
The lymphatic flow is stimulated by
exercise, which can help create normal parasistalis. Most of us do not
get enough exercise.
Many medications can cause constipation. These include pain
medications, anti-depressants, some antacids, and antibiotics.
- Change in
If there is a change in our normal
routine of activity such as traveling, constipation most often occurs.
It is important to have at least one good bowel movement per
day, but two or three is ideal. To achieve this the bowel needs to have
hydration, bulk and lubrication. Peristalic action of the bowel must be
regular and vigorous in order to achieve two to three bowel movements
per day. This action moved food through the digestive system in less
than 24 hours. The most important way to stimulate peristalsis is
through hydration of the colon. So constipation is often caused by
dehydration. The key is to drink plenty of water.
Also needed to prevent constipation is an adequate amount of bulk. It
is recommended that we take in thirty to forty grams of fiber per day.
Preferably the source of fiber should be split evenly between soluble
and insoluble fiber. Flax based fiber is best, since it has a natural
50/50 split. It also absorbs toxins and creates proper bulk in the
colon without dehydrating it.
Lubrication of the
colon is also very important, achieved by taking in oils such as flax,
borage and fish. Besides providing lubrication to the colon, these oils
also give the body essential fatty acids that are vital to many
cellular functions that create good health.
three steps (hydration, bulk, lubrication) are a simple system that
will result in proper elimination. In addition here are some other
- Change your diet
slowly, adding more fruits and vegetables. Lower the amount of refined
starches, sugar and processed foods from your diet.
- When traveling, try to maintain a
normal diet and a regular sleep schedule.
time to go to the bathroom, don't ignore the urge to eliminate.
Position yourself properly on the toilet. Feet should be raised on a
telephone book or other device as to obtain more of a squatting
- Talk to a colon therapist about
setting up a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions to keep you on the