More than 63 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation, and approximately 700 million dollars spent each year on constipation relief remedies. Doctors and gastrointestinal specialists typically offer little advice when it comes to helping you. “Take Mirilax” or “eat more fiber” are the common replies.
Fiber, when given to the constipated individual, tends to backfire, leaving the victim in a state of pending explosion. Fiber is a bulking agent, and the last thing the constipated person needs is to be “bulked up.” Don’t get me wrong, foods high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds do a great job in preventing constipation; but when constipation is well established, even these healthy options will struggle to get through. Once an individual is constipated, he or she must be a bit more proactive and creative when it comes to reestablishing healthy bowel movements, which, by the way, is more than one bowel movement daily.
Missing your window of “poopertunity” is where the problem begins for many who tend to shy away from going in public places. This bad habit may have started during the early school years. Once someone is constipated, she becomes very self-conscious about the smell and sounds that may erupt from a public toilet—so she chooses to hold. This ultimately leads to an over-distention of the colon, which is not easily reversed if the constipation is longstanding.
Not drinking enough water is an aggravating factor for some, but not all. Dietary intolerance, mostly wheat and dairy, are contributing factors when it comes to what is constipating us, but convincing people to give up their bread, cheese and milk is harder than asking your husband to give up the remote during March Madness.
Based on my own patient population, I can estimate that at least 15 percent of society is anatomically incorrect. What lies within their abdomen fails to resemble the pretty colon pictures in the anatomy books. These are the toughest cases to treat, and they must learn to stay proactive and switch things up often. Prior abdominal surgeries predispose the individual to scar tissue and adhesions, which may result in strictures and changes within the colon as well. Medications are rarely considered, but often a contributing factor that may be overlooked.
Parasites should be considered, and they're not uncommon in the constipated individual. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, have dark circles under your eyes or maybe a dull ache in the lower right quadrant of your belly, parasites are likely.
For those suffering from long-term constipation, the above information paints a pretty bleak picture when it comes to finding help. There are many supplements, foods and other remedies that help most individuals. Remedies as simple as Cape Aloe, magnesium, probiotics and therapies such as colon hydrotherapy can have an individual “moving well” in no time. The transformation in them is amazing to watch. The cloud lifts, energy levels soar, and the feeling of wellbeing becomes addictive.
Many constipated individuals are likely to be constipated in other areas of their lives. It may be in relationships, finances, fear, anxiety and even spirituality. When addressing and assisting a person in relieving one’s constipation, this often comes up. A great example would be to compare the constipated individual to a hoarder. She can’t let “it” go. She holds on for no good reason, which clutters up other areas of her life. When she learns to let go of their poop, she often lets go of emotional baggage as well. You might not consider this a beautiful experience, but it is!
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