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Constipation Blues

Approximately 4 million each year suffer from the “constipation blues” in the United States alone. If left untreated, constipation can lead to complications and potentially serious side effects. Therefore, it’s important to know how to recognize constipation and how to treat it to prevent those negative side effects from occurring.

RECOGNIZING CONSTIPATION

Constipation is usually pretty easy to recognize. The following signs will help you determine if you having a problem with constipation:

  • Lack of bowel movements
  • Dry and hard stool
  • Small bowel movement that is difficult to eliminate
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • Bloating
  • A sense of being “full” even after having a bowel movement

While it is somewhat normal to experience periodic constipation, the constipation blues occurs when you have these symptoms on a frequent basis or they last for a long period of time.

RISK FACTORS FOR CONSTIPATION

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You can suffer from constipation at any age. Even infants can experience constipation, though their symptoms may be somewhat different from the symptoms of an adult. Nonetheless, people over the age of 65 are more likely to suffer from the constipation blues than their younger counterparts. Much of the reason for the increased risk with age is the fact the elderly tend to eat a less balanced diet and do not engage in enough physical activity to stimulate the bowels. Therefore, a healthy diet and exercise are important for preventing constipation.

PREVENTING AND TREATING THE CONSTIPATION BLUES

To prevent constipation, you need to take good care of your colon. By following a high fiber diet, you can decrease your chances of developing constipation. Fiber cannot be digested by the colon and, therefore, it remains in the colon and absorbs water. The absorbed water helps to loosen waste while fiber adds bulk to it, both of which make it easier to pass through the digestive system. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

It is also important to keep your body hydrated because your digestive system needs water to soften and remove waste. It is particularly important to increase your water intake when you increase your fiber intake because your digestive system will need even more water for the fiber to absorb. Ideally, you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Exercise is also essential for preventing the constipation blues. Although researchers are still unsure of the connection between physical activity and bowel movements, it is clear participating in regular exercise helps keep things moving for proper digestion and elimination.

It is also wise to perform an occasional colon cleanse to help prevent constipation. You can cleanse your colon by fasting or by using an enema, a high colonic, or an organic supplement. For many, fasting is undesirable because it severely restricts your food consumption. Similarly, enemas and colonics can both be uncomfortable and even dangerous if used incorrectly. Also, enemas can be quite messy and cleanse only a small portion of the colon. For these reasons, many people choose to use an all-natural supplement instead.

When selecting an organic supplement for cleansing your colon, it’s beneficial to choose one that is oxygen-based. An oxygen-based supplement, such as Oxy-Powder®, liquefies the accumulated waste from the walls of your colon. This cleanses the lining while also making it easier for your colon to pass waste out of your body. Stay away from colon cleansing supplements relying on a laxative effect, as these supplements only soften the waste already set to be eliminated by your colon. Laxatives, in other words, don’t really cleanse the waste from the colon walls. In addition, laxatives can cause your digestive system to become dependent upon their chemical additives.

If you’re already suffering from the constipation blues, increasing your fiber intake, staying well hydrated, and improving your level of physical activity can help you get things moving again. A thorough colon cleansing with an organic supplement such as Oxy-Powder® will also help relieve your constipation blues.

THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

Aside from the general discomfort, several other negative side effects can occur if constipation is left untreated. Many people do not realize constipation can cause you to feel fatigued and moody, and can even lead to bad breath and foul body odor. As your organs become pressured by the stored waste, constipation can also cause you to lose your appetite. Oddly, you will still gain weight as the waste continues to build up.

The constipation blues can also lead to hemorrhoids as you push and strain to eliminate waste. Anal fissures, or tears in the skin surrounding your anus, can also develop. As a result, you may experience rectal bleeding or even full rectal prolapse, which occurs when a portion of your intestinal lining is pushed outside of your anus.

With so many negative side effects associated with chronic constipation, it is important to take time to properly care for your colon and the rest of your body. Get plenty of exercise, stay hydrated, follow a healthy diet, and provide your digestive system with an occasional colon cleansing and your will find that everything can move along nicely again!

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