Occasionally constipation can be uncomfortable (in physical and emotional way). But just like other health issues, this challenge is manageable and controllable when you understand the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent. Do you need to poo every day? We are going to open up this topic!
What does CONSTIPATION really mean to you?
Constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Constipation is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week.
Though it is common, but to some people constipation might affect their daily life.
Why? Why does constipation happen?
- Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum
- Changes in your usual diet or activities
- Colon cancer
- Eating a lot of dairy products
- Eating disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
- Not being active
- Not enough water or fiber in your diet
- Overuse of laxatives
- Problems with the nerves and muscles in the digestive system
- Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which some people do because of hemorrhoids
- Some medications (especially strong pain drugs such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills)
- Underactive thyroid (called hypothyroidism)
What happens to your body when you don’t go?
Our body recycles our waste and hormone byproducts, which leads to toxic build-up in the bowel. An unclean bowel leads to unclean circulating blood and as a result unclean tissues and organs. This weakens the health of our organs and as a result they do not function as well as they are designed to.
When too much pressure is used from straining to get poop out we can develop bowel pockets, where the lining of the colon bulges and food and contents collect there. These pockets are called diverticula and can be a house for fermenting, rotting food and other contents.
- Pathogen growth
Rotting food in the bowel and the development of diverticula can stimulate the growth of dangerous pathogens such as parasites, bacteria and fungus.
- Leaky gut
Toxins can weaken the bowel wall and cause a leaky gut. As the name states, the intestinal lining becomes “leaky” allowing undigested food, proteins, toxins, cholesterol and fats to pass through into the bloodstream and lymph where they go on to affect the health of other organs, especially those that are weak.
- Poor energy
Toxicity leads to poor oxygen delivery in the body. Without oxygen, our energy levels are depleted. An exhausted body does not remove toxins well. And the vicious cycle begins again!
Can I Prevent Constipation?
Eat a well- balanced diet with plenty of fiber. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain bread and cereal (especially bran).
Drink 6 to 8 cups of water and other fluids a day (unless your doctor has you on a fluid-restricted diet). Fiber and water work together to keep you regular.
Avoid caffeine . It can be dehydrating.
Cut back on milk. Some people may need to avoid it because dairy products may be constipating for them.
Exercise regularly. Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
Go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.
Manage your stress level. Your gut and brain are intrinsically linked as it will prioritize the response, which passing stool isn’t a priority.
Constipation, whether short or long term, is usually a sign that something is wrong. It may be simply a problem with your choice of foods, but it could be a more complex health issue. On and off constipation could mean colon cancer, for instance. Certainly, you should go to a doctor if you are not passing stool as often or as easily as you normally do as the result could be impacted feces if this goes on for weeks. Even when it’s only mild constipation, if it keeps happening, you would want to see a doctor. Something serious could be happening inside your body or you might be headed toward an impacted bowel. In a nutshell, it is OK not to poo EVERY DAY, but no less than 3 times a week.
WebMD, Mayo Clinic, I Quit Sugar
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