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Constipation is a common condition from which nearly everyone suffers at some time or another. In fact, approximately 4 million people in the United States suffer from occasional or frequent bouts of being constipated. In more severe cases, the condition does not come and go on its own. Rather, proactive steps must be taken to reverse the factors causing the digestive dilemma and prevent it from occurring in the future.

Symptoms of a Constipated Colon

The state of being constipated may be characterized by infrequent or difficult bowel movements or a complete lack of bowel movements altogether. Whenever waste is passed by a constipated person, it will generally be hard and dry due to water being reabsorbed by the colon while the bowel movement remains inside the digestive tract too long. The waste may also be small but still very difficult to expel from the body because of this dryness. In many cases, a person suffering from this condition finds it quite painful to have a bowel movement and they typically strain from the difficulty. Even after waste is successfully eliminated, usually every few days or so, the person may still feel “full” or bloated rather than relieved or a frequent urge to eliminate without success.

Difficulty in having bowel movements can strike anyone at any age, from infants to the elderly and even from humans to pets, but it occurs more commonly in individuals over the age of 65. Often, eliminatory problems present as a side effect of taking certain medications or from maintaining unhealthy lifestyle habits. For example, poor diet and lack of physical activity can have a negative impact on digestive regularity since chemicals and preservatives in food inhibit the body’s ability to extract nutrients and weak intestinal muscles hinder digestive efficiency.

Negative Health Effects of Being Constipated

If left untreated, constipation can lead to other, negative health conditions. Some individuals experience persistent fatigue and moodiness while others are afflicted with foul body odor and bad breath. Furthermore, the accumulated waste in the body leads to noticeable weight gain. The accumulated waste may cause you to always feel “full” which often results in a general loss of appetite plus cravings for sugary treats and salty snacks. A person may also develop hemorrhoids from the excessive pushing while trying to “go” and it can be irritating and painful to say the least. Whenever bowel movements are hard and dry, the sphincter muscles stretch to push it out and anal fissures may develop from the tissue damage. Fissures, in turn, can cause routine bleeding and if preventative measures are not taken soon enough, surgery may be required to completely remove the damaged tissue.

Chronic Constipation Treatment

In many cases, becoming constipated can be avoided by maintaining a well-balanced high fiber diet. Since the body cannot break down dietary fiber, it remains in the digestive system and soaks up ambient water to add extra bulk to the stool. You can pass waste out of the body more easily when it’s packed with sufficient water. Fiber can be added to your diet by eating more organic foods such as:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Raw vegetables
  • Whole grain breads
  • Brown rice and whole wheat pasta
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Legumes and sprouts
  • Wild berries and raisins

Fiber supplements may also be used to encourage regularity but these should be used only in moderation and for short periods. Some types of fiber supplements, such as Psyllium, present dangerous side effects especially if taken over extended periods. However, a person can even suffer a life-threatening allergic reaction to some of these herbal supplements through non-direct exposure, such as within an occupational or manufacturing environment.

All-natural colon cleansing methods can be used to provide relief for symptoms of many types of digestive difficulty. The most common forms of colon cleansing are enemas, laxatives, high colonics, and the use of organic health supplements. Enemas can be messy and they do not cleanse the entire digestive system, so they are probably not the best option. Commercially available laxatives are not recommended because they don’t cleanse the intestinal walls thoroughly and the colon can become chemically dependent upon them to function. Colonics effectively cleanse the entire system but can cause tissue damage if not implemented properly. Therefore, most individuals choose all-natural supplements as a safe and effective alternative.

Besides helping to relieve symptoms of constipation, organic colon cleansers can help maintain a clean and healthy colon by removing hard impacted fecal matter. It’s important to select an oxygen based supplement because this type liquefies accumulated waste adhering to the lining of the colon so it can be easily removed. Once the waste is gone, your body can begin the process of healing, your digestive system can assimilate nutrients with less effort, and many related symptoms (such as headaches, fatigue, and allergies) can disappear. As you can see, it is vitally important to take care of your body so it can carry out its many functions and keep you healthy and enjoying life!

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