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Getting Help With Occasional Constipation

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation is typically caused by a combination of factors:

  • Excess processed foods & sugar
  • Lack of dietary fiber
  • Lack of essential fatty acids
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of fluids (not enough water)
  • Some meds (prescription & OTC)
  • Changes in daily routine; traveling
  • Postponing bowel movements
  • Constipation is the most common digestive complaint
  • Constipation accounts for approximately 2 million annual doctor visits
  • Americans spend more than $700 million on laxatives each year
  • The majority of natural health experts recommend 2 to 3 healthy bowel movements each day for optimum health
  • Constipation may contribute to fatigue, brain fog & improper digestion
  • Constipation may cause harmful toxins to build up in the body
  • Poor diet and lifestyle choices can contribute to constipation

If you are reading this, chances are you know what it feels like to be constipated. Either you haven’t had a proper bowel movement in days, or if you have, your stools were hard and dry and elimination was difficult. You may have even experienced some cramping and bloating. If not addressed and treated properly, a constipated colon can lead to more serious health problems over time. This is because constipation slows down food transit time and allows undigested food to remain in the colon longer. The putrefied material then releases harmful toxins, which can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall and lead to a breakdown in overall health.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is defined as having infrequent bowel movements with stools that are typically hard, dry and difficult to eliminate. Side effects may include abdominal pain and bloating. If not addressed and treated properly, constipation can often lead to more serious health problems.

How Do You Relieve Constipation?

Follow this easy 3-step approach to achieve 2 to 3 healthy bowel movements each day.

Step 1: HYDRATE the Colon

By properly hydrating the colon, you will promote regular peristalsis (the natural muscle contractions that move food through your intestines). Drink plenty of water and use hydrating minerals such as magnesium hydroxide and gentle (laxative) herbs such as cape aloe and rhubarb to assist with natural bowel movements.

Step 2: ADD BULK with Fiber

A healthy colon requires bulk in order to eliminate regularly, and fiber can help provide that bulk. Many people do not consume enough fiber through diet alone. A flax-based fiber supplement is ideal for promoting 2 to 3 healthy daily bowel movements because it provides a better balance of soluble and insoluble fiber. Avoid fibers that could be binding, such as psyllium, as they can leave the colon dehydrated and in turn reduce peristalsis.

Step 3: LUBRICATE with Oils

To achieve bowel regularity and a healthy elimination schedule, it is critical to keep the colon lubricated. Beneficial oils (Essential Fatty Acids - Omega-3 and Omega-6) such as fish oil, flax oil and borage oil are very effective in providing the necessary lubrication for smooth and gentle bowel elimination.

The material on this page is for consumer informational and educational purposes only, under section 5 of DSHEA.

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