Get Things Moving for a Healthier You!
Chronic constipation is a potentially serious problem many people suffer from in silence. This silence is partly due to embarrassment, but it’s also because many people that are constipated fail to realize they have a problem. For these individuals, a lack of bowel movements seems perfectly normal. In reality, you should have at least two bowel movements per day. And if you consistently have less than four bowel movements a week, you’re considered to be medically constipated.
In addition to the general lack of bowel movements associated with constipation, there are other symptoms to watch out for. For example, if you’re constipated, your stool will likely be dry and hard. It may also be small, yet difficult to pass. It may even be painful for you to have a bowel movement and you might find yourself straining to eliminate waste. In addition, your bowels might have a continually “full” feeling and you may experience bloating.
If you’re dealing with frequent constipation, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated over four million people in the United States experience frequent or continuous constipation, making it the most common gastrointestinal problem in the country. Although women and individuals over the age of 65 are the most frequent sufferers of constipation, it affects people of all ages and of gender.
Effects of Chronic Constipation
While it’s not considered unusual to experience constipation on occasion, chronic constipation is not normal. You can experience many negative side effects aside from those commonly recognized as symptoms of constipation. For example, many people fail to realize severe constipation can lead to feelings of fatigue and moodiness. It can also bring about body odor and bad breath.
The pressure caused by constipation within your body can also cause you to experience a loss of appetite. Yet, the back up of waste in your body can actually cause constipation weight gain even if you are eating less! In fact, it’s not unheard-of for a person to lose several pounds while having their colon cleansed.
Another issue commonly associated with chronic constipation is hemorrhoids. As you strain and push in order to eliminate the waste from your body, you can inadvertently push your blood vessels out and create hemorrhoids. An even less pleasant potential complication of constipation is anal fissures, which are tears in the skin around your anus caused by your sphincter muscles getting stretched by your stool. This can cause rectal bleeding and may require removal of the tissue around the area that has been damaged. On rare occasions, the straining can also cause rectal prolapse, which occurs when a small amount of the intestinal lining gets pushed out of the anus.
Colon Cleansing to Help Relieve Symptoms of Occasional Constipation
If you are experiencing constipation symptoms, it’s beneficial to cleanse your colon on a regular basis to help remove accumulated waste from your body. One excellent product for colon cleansing is Oxy-Powder®. Unlike many laxatives, which are not always effective and may have dangerous side effects, Oxy-Powder® works naturally and also does not induce dependency.
Even if you’re not experiencing chronic constipation, it can be beneficial to periodically cleanse your colon. Regular colon cleansing can help keep your colon healthy and free of toxins and impurities. Colon cleansing with an oxygen based supplement can help your colon perform as it should by liquefying fecal matter that has become imbedded in your colon. Thereafter, the muscles of your digestive system can remove the waste through the normal process. This waste includes any mucus or sludge that has become built up within your colon as well. Colon cleansing thus helps make your colon a more welcoming environment for beneficial bacteria, which you need, while also helping to discourage the reproduction of harmful bacteria.
Optimal Colon Health
Several steps exist to help maintain optimal colon health and prevent symptoms of chronic constipation. Your diet has the largest impact on the quality of your stool. If you maintain a high fiber diet, for example, you will be less likely to become constipated. Diets high in fats or containing large quantities of meats, cheeses, and eggs are more likely to lead to digestive trouble. Fiber, on the other hand, can be found in raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole wheat bread (not bleached or enriched) and unprocessed grains.
Keeping the body hydrated also helps prevent chronic constipation. Proper hydration means drinking plenty of water and avoiding liquids that dehydrate the body, such as colas, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. A lack of physical activity can also cause your intestines to become constipated, so try to get your body moving every day . . . and your colon will soon follow!