Constipation: Are You Poisoning Yourself?
By Nancy Desjardins, R.N.C.P
Nobody likes to talk about constipation – supposedly it isn’t polite. So we suffer with our pain and inconvenience in silence, desperately hoping that relief will miraculously come, the sooner the better.
OK, let me clear up two things here. First, it’s perfectly all right to talk about constipation! How else will you get the information you need to help yourself if not through honest, open dialogue? And second, you don’t need to keep suffering. Solutions are as close as your kitchen.
The sooner you start on an aggressive plan to combat your constipation, the better. Because the longer you remain stopped up, the more you are poisoning your body. That’s right, poisoning yourself! Between the wrong foods you’re eating, the right foods you’re missing, and the fact that the stuff that needs to come out is trapped inside your body, you are definitely poisoning yourself. No wonder you feel so poorly!
To begin detoxifying your body and feeling better, you’ve got to take a good, close look at your routine and make some necessary changes.
Think about your daily habits. What do you do first thing in the morning? If you’re like many people, you have a cup of coffee, maybe with a bit of milk and sugar. Yikes! Several things are very wrong with this morning routine. Research shows a direct link between coffee and constipation. Cow’s milk causes hard, dry stools. Sugar disturbs the natural digestion process.
The bottom line is that you need to be drinking water in the morning, not coffee! Drink pure, clean water – lots of it, with a bit of lemon juice. This will help you get regular. Look at what else you eat on a typical day.
Maybe a sugary pastry for breakfast, an order of fries with lunch, pizza and soda for dinner … where’s the nutrition here? And just as importantly, where’s the fiber? In order to escape the cycle of constipation, you need a lot of water, preferably 8 to 12 glasses a day, and plenty of fiber.
Living foods will give you the fiber you need to stop poisoning your body and start getting waste out in a timely manner.
These foods include raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. They’ll supply you with valuable nutrients while cleaning out your insides. Did you know that a healthy colon eliminates waste in 6 to 18 hours?
If you haven’t had a bowel movement in days, then you know your colon needs help! When waste remains in your intestines this long, toxins form. Even worse, they get absorbed into your body, carried to your cells by your bloodstream. This poisoning will result in many unpleasant symptoms.
These are just some of what you may be experiencing because of constipation:
- Feeling sluggish
- Lacking energy
- Lower back pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Bad breath
- Skin problems
You may think that these are isolated problems, but if chronic constipation is poisoning your body, you can bet these are interrelated issues. Take care of your colon first, and watch these and other symptoms diminish and eventually disappear.
Think of colon cleansing as flushing out your system.
The quicker and more completely you flush things out, the healthier you will be and the better you will feel. I can’t stress enough the importance of water and fiber-rich foods like raw vegetables and fruits. You can also drink raw vegetable juices. They provide a perfect combination of liquid and fiber to really get things moving! Other colon-friendly foods include flax seeds, green foods such as alfalfa, wheatgrass, and spirulina, and foods that are rich in magnesium, such as figs and dark leafy greens.
Another way to get your bowels moving is to get you moving. Exercising your body improves your circulation and helps your digestive system. Part of the reason you’re constipated may be that you’re not moving enough, especially if your job involves sitting all day long. Take action! Bring regular exercise into your life. We’re not talking extreme sports here – you’ll be amazed at what something as simple as a brisk walk three or four times a week will do for you.
While you’re at it, take care of other areas of your life you might have been neglecting lately. Make sure you get enough sleep. ~Don’t eat when you’re upset; you and your colon will feel much better if you eat when you’re calm and relaxed. Give yourself enough time to eat. Instead of wolfing down your meal, chew each mouthful 20 to 30 times before you swallow.
Even your attitude makes a difference to your colon health. The more positive you are, and the less you worry, the less constipated you’ll be.Colon health is as important to your body as heart health or brain health. Every system is affected when chronic constipation poisons you. The good news is that you don’t have to keep taking it. You can do something to promote your colon health. Why not start today?