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Bowel Problems

Maintaining healthy bowels is a key step towards achieving excellent overall health. As such, understanding common bowel problems is an important part of learning about your body and improving health.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the most common bowel problems experienced by almost everyone at one time or another. Characterized by frequent, watery bowel movements, acute diarrhea is often caused by gastroenteritis from bacterial or viral infections. In the case of severe bacterial infections, antibiotics may be necessary. It is important to maintain fluids and electrolyte levels to prevent dehydration from diarrhea.

Constipation

Constipation is perhaps the most common of bowel problems. Sufferers of constipation experience hard stools that are difficult to pass and may also experience a great deal of pain while straining. Chronic constipation can also lead to fecal impaction which may be life threatening in severe cases. Constipation can occur as a side effect of medicines, or from an illness or hormonal imbalance. Most often, constipation is caused by a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and lack of fluids.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The most common of the functional bowel problems is Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. It is considered a functional disorder because nothing abnormal can be found in the intestines and it doesn’t lead to cancer or any other disease. Sufferers of IBS may experience both constipation and diarrhea along with abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and mucus in the stool. There is no cure for IBS but it can be managed through maintaining a proper diet, practicing stress reduction techniques (such as relaxation and meditation), and medication if necessary.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Unlike IBS, Colitis (also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is a condition in which the colon becomes inflamed. Colitis can be diagnosed through x-rays, testing the stool for blood and pus, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy.

Types of colitis:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Infectious colitis
  • Chemical colitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Atypical colitis

Treatment of colitis typically involves antibiotics, steroids, or sometimes surgery.

Symptoms of IBD include:

  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Swollen tissue in the colon
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Redness (Erythema) on the surface of the colon
  • Colonic ulcerations

Diverticular Disease

In older adults, bowel problems such as Diverticular disease have become widespread in industrialized areas where low-fiber diets are the norm. This condition is marked by the formation of pouches along the intestinal wall. These pouches usually affect only the large intestine but sometimes they occur in the small intestine as well. If these pouches become inflamed by infection, the condition is known as Diverticulitis. People with Diverticulitis experience lower abdominal pain (usually on the left side), fever, and an elevated white blood-cell count. These individuals may also experience nausea, diarrhea, or constipation, so a person experiencing either of these bowel problems should seek qualified medical intervention. This condition is treated with bowel rest, antibiotics, and in very severe cases, surgery.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease occurs in people unable to tolerate gluten—a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. This disease actually causes damage in the small intestine and interferes with nutrient absorption. In people with Celiac disease, the immune system responds to gluten ingestion by attacking the villi, which are essential structures for nutrient absorption. In the absence of healthy villi, a person with this condition will become malnourished no matter how well they eat. This disease is genetic in origin. However, its onset can be triggered by pregnancy, childbirth, illness, stress or surgery.

Symptoms of Celiac disease include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Stool which is pale, fatty or foul smelling
  • Pain in bones or joints
  • Delayed growth in children

Colon Polyps

Another of the more potentially serious bowel problems to be aware of is colon polyps. Polyps are growths occurring on the inside of the colon. These growths are usually benign but can become cancerous if not removed, so this is one of the bowel problems you should not ignore. People at high risk for polyps include those over 50 years of age, those who have had polyps before, and those with a family history of either colon polyps or intestinal cancer. Smoking, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, excessive weight, and a high fat diet also increase the risk of developing polyps. Symptoms of polyps are rectal bleeding, constipation or diarrhea lasting longer than a week, and blood in the stool. Sometimes you can have polyps presenting no symptoms. The only treatment for polyps is to have them removed so they do not become cancerous later.

Colon Cleansing Agent

To help your bowels work their best, Oxy-Powder® is a both a safe and effective colon cleansing agent. This innovative product works gently to help the colon remove mucus, toxins, and impacted waste without the dangerous and embarrassing side effects of conventional laxatives. Over a 12-hour period, through the use of oxygenated Magnesium and natural citric acid, Oxy-Powder® promotes the colon’s normal cleansing ability without harming beneficial intestinal bacteria. With a thoroughly cleansed and healthy colon, you can experience increased energy and vitality, reduce the occurrence of bowel problems, and achieve an improved sense of overall health!

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