It is not surprising that more and more people are experiencing digestive disorders and diseases in today's stressed and rather demanding world. In the modern world we are used to performance on demand ... but this is not going to work with our bodies.

Our bodies function according to their own biological clock and once disrupted, it can result in some rather uinpleasant side effects. Nothing to 'pooh pooh' at I am sure you will agree....

One of the ever increasing problems is constipation and it's affecting both men and women alike.

How do you know whether or not you are constipated? Well these facts may actually surprise you ...

You are considered constipated if you have two or more of the following for at least 3 months:
  • Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time
  • Hard stools more than 25% of the time
  • Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time
  • Two or fewer bowel movements in a week
** from www.webmd.com  

Constipation is a rather serious condition, as not only does it put acute strain on certain structural areas of the body , but also our bowels are the means of our body eliminating waste ...toxic waste. So in effect, when our bowels are not working we are accumulating large volumes of toxins within our bodies just waiting to be expelled.
There has however been much debate about the 'toxic waste', mainly due to the trend and upsurgence of Colonic Irrigation which appears to have medical doctors in a furror.
It seems the general consensis is that, you do not need to 'poop' daily, however it should be at least every
2 -3 days and with a regular pattern or history.

Constipation is usually caused by a disorder of bowel function rather than body mechanisms. 

Common causes of constipation include:
  • Inadequate water intake
  • Inadequate fiber in the diet
  • A disruption of regular diet or routine; traveling
  • Inadequate activity or exercise or immobility
  • Eating large amounts of dairy products
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which is sometimes the result of pain from hemorrhoids
  • Overuse of laxatives (stool softeners) which, over time, weaken the bowel muscles
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum
  • Medicines (especially strong pain medicines, such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills)
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Colon cancer
** from www.webmd.com

As I found out on my last visit to the Health Renewal centre, many symptoms and problems in the body actually stem from the gut. It is therefore of the utmost importance in my opinion, to try and maintain a healthy and regular ' poop schedule' as well as determine the cause of the constipation in the first place.

So what can you do improve assist your body in preventing constipation
  • Drink water daily
  • Eat foods high in fibre and if necessary supplement with the likes of Psyllum husks
  • Avoid harsh laxatives and opt for the more natural alternatives
  • Exercise regularly
  • Develop a schedule , so that you are relaxed and not rushing .. preferably early morning
  • when the urge arrives , heed your bodies warning and go 'poop'

It's amazing what a new lease on life you will have once you have achieved and maintained regular bowel movements ... yes it is indeed the 'little things' in life that count!





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