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Constipation Diet

Constipation is an uncomfortable, potentially debilitating digestive condition that may be largely caused, or worsened, by the diet a person follows. The digestive tract of a healthy person is a highly efficient machine for eliminating waste and promoting the nutrient absorption by the blood. The eradication of toxins within the colon is necessary to keep the body healthy, and to make room for additional fuel being transferred into the body from the stomach. When foods high in chemical additives, preservatives, and also lacking in living enzymes are sent into the digestive tract, it places a strain on the entire gastrointestinal system. The digestive system has to work harder to break these harmful particles down into digestible pieces. Furthermore, the preservatives and chemicals, over a period of many years, can damage the nerves and muscles in the intestinal walls, thereby creating conditions favorable for constipation.

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Not Enough Fiber

When foods high in fat and protein are the main source of nutrition, these particles move through the body more slowly. Fiber is an indigestible substance that pushes waste out of the body more quickly. However, if someone maintains a low-fiber diet, there is no bulky substance or “roughage” to push out the toxic substances in the intestines. Diets high in fat and protein, and lacking in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fiber could be termed “the constipation diet”. The constipation diet causes your body to become more frequently constipated due to a lack of fiber especially and a lack of beneficial bulk overall. The low-fiber diet also diminishes your colon’s ability to absorb enough water to make the stool bulky and well formed, which in turn makes it much more difficult to pass.

Foods low in enzymes due to being cooked, deep-fried, boiled, or heated at extreme temperatures are difficult to digest, and over time, can create an internal environment inhospitable to proper digestion and thus lead to constipation enzyme deficiencies. For example, foods without enzymes can kill off beneficial bacteria and yeasts residing in the digestive tract and constipation can occur as a result. The live bacteria assist in breaking down foods and so they can be assimilated into the bloodstream easily.

Fad Diets

The constipation diet corresponds to fad diets made up almost entirely of proteins such as eggs and meat, and dairy products such as cheese. These fad diets are also notoriously lacking in whole grains and organic fruits and vegetables. Another aspect of the constipation diet is a low consumption of clean water. Six to eight glasses of water should be consumed each day, as water is vital in the tasks of stool formation and lubrication of the intestines. When a person’s diet includes large amounts of caffeinated beverages, this dehydrates the body and dries out stools, making them hard and difficult to pass.

Laxatives

In addition, the frequent use of harsh laxatives to end bouts of constipation can actually contribute to chronic constipation in the long term. Harsh laxatives can damage the intestinal muscles and nerves promoting the muscular movement enabling stools to pass easily. Harsh laxatives can also cause the body to become reliant on a drug in order to have a bowel movement at all, removing the body’s ability to operate naturally.

Eliminating the Constipation Diet

There are a few effective methods for eliminating the constipation diet and increasing the chances of having a healthy, efficiently running body. Such a diet can aid in preventing and alleviating constipation. Foods high in fiber should be consumed on a daily basis, and everyone should aim for around 30 grams of fiber per day. Foods rich in fiber include oat bran, whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Stay away from white starchy foods like refined sugar, white flour, white rice, and white pasta. These starchy foods are sticky and toxic. Their nutrients have been removed, and they can clog the intestines, thus promoting constipation.

High fiber, fresh organic fruits to eat more frequently include:

  • berries (especially ones containing many seeds)
  • apples and pears

Vegetables promoting regularity include:

  • sweet potatoes
  • yams (especially the skins)
  • spinach
  • kale
  • chard
  • pumpkin
  • butternut squash

Varieties of beans include:

  • black
  • northern
  • kidney
  • pinto
  • garbanzo

Eating foods rich in enzymes and live bacteria, like plant foods and organic yogurt, will repopulate the stomach with these beneficial substances to ensure the thorough breakdown of food.

Rather than relying on harsh laxatives, include ground up flax seed, oat bran fiber, or preferably raw vegetables in your diet. Spices such as ginger and cinnamon have relaxing effects on the bowels and can be added to foods as well. A regular dose of Oxy-Powder® (tailored to the human body’s physiology) will help keep your bowels clean and moving waste along properly. Avoiding the constipation diet is essential for a clean and efficient colon, and for avoiding chronic constipation throughout your life.

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