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How Constipation Affects Your Body & How To Naturally Cure It

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Most of us know how painful constipation can be, but we view it as more of a nuisance than an actual illness. However, constipation is a real health issue that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Fortunately, constipation can be cured quite easily and in this article I’m going to show you how to do that easily and naturally so you can end constipation forever. There is no need for strong laxatives or harmful pharmaceuticals, we just need to equip ourselves with some strong knowledge and the right approach and we will get movin’!

What Is Constipation & How Is It Caused? 

Constipation is one of the most common bowel issues. According to The American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately 19% of the U.S. population suffers from constipation, which is defined as passing hard, dry stool that is difficult and painful to move.

The definition for constipation ranges depending on which professional you talk to. Some believe an individual is typically considered constipated if he or she has passed fewer than three bowel movements per week, while others believe mild constipation begins when you don’t go to the bathroom one time per meal you ate the previous day.

Constipation can be caused by a number of issues, including taking laxatives too frequently, hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and ignoring the urge to pass a bowel movement. So, if you know you need to use the bathroom, don’t hold it in!

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Travelling can also promote constipation, especially because many people tend to alter their eating habits when outside their everyday routines. Travelling may interfere with your typical meal schedule, limit your accessibility to bathrooms and healthy foods, and heighten stress, all of which may affect your bathroom schedule.

Specific pharmaceutical drugs, such as antidepressants, antacids, blood pressure pills, and iron supplements, can also provoke bowel issues like constipation. And one of the simplest causes: dehydration! You should be getting at around eight glasses of water per day or even more depending on your body size and weight, frequency of exercise, and climate.

Physical fitness also plays a role in constipation. If you’re not exercising regularly, then you may not have normal muscle contractions in the bowel wall. Sedentary or low-exercise lifestyles increase risk of constipation and bowel issues.

Perhaps the most common cause of constipation is poor diet, especially if your diet isn’t high enough in fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy bowel system, so if your diet is high in processed foods, you’re depriving yourself of fiber. Foods that are naturally high in fiber are those that typically need to be chewed more, such as apples, carrots, flax, whole grains, quinoa, and chia seeds.

Warning Signs That Indicate You’re Constipated

Whenever we have stomach aches, a lot of people will simply say, “I’m constipated,” or, “I have indigestion.” However, there are tell-tale signs that can actually tell you what’s provoking your stomach pains. Some constipation clues include:

Bad breath (halitosis): Constipation may cause bad breath because, as toxic waste builds within the body, gasses rise up and sometimes come out through the mouth. Unfortunately, those who have bad breath cannot always smell it on themselves, so unless your friend speaks up, you may not even realize you have this issue!

Rectal issues and infection: Perhaps the most obvious indicator of constipation is the pain that often comes along with it. Constipation can be painful because the rectum begins to stretch. As stool spends more time in the bowels, water is reabsorbed, making stool hard and dry. If the rectum stretches too much it can cause rectal prolapse, meaning your rectum fails to close, which can result in leakage and infection.

Skin problems: The skin is our largest organ in the body and is often considered a reflection of what’s going on inside. Constipation is essentially a build up of toxins, which can cause acne, skin dicolouration, and other skin problems (source).

Fewer than three bowel movements per week: Technically, you should be passing one or two bowel movements per day. However, since not all of us have perfect bowel systems (largely due to our imperfect diets), it’s common to only have bowel movements every second day.

Small, hard, dry stool: The appearance of your stool is another good indicator. Healthy stool looks smooth, long, S-shaped, typically a medium brown colour, and not broken into a bunch of pieces. When you’re constipated, your stool is often very small and broken up, dark, hardened, and fairly dry.

Strain during a bowel movement and not “feeling empty” afterwards: If you’re literally pushing your stool out, you’re likely constipated. After passing a bowel movement, you shouldn’t feel like you’ve just run a marathon. It’s a natural process that should be fairly quick and painless. The need to strain and push excessively during a bowel movement, or not feeling “empty” afterward, may indicate that you’re constipated (source).

The Dangers of Ignoring Constipation

So, you’ve recognized that you get constipated fairly often. You can’t just ignore it; it won’t go away on its own if you continue your regular patterns. Plus, if you are constipated regularly, it can manifest into other health problems.

Constipation is a really great way to be tired and sick. When you are constipated you give time for bacteria to come out of spore in your intestines and proliferate in your intestines. Parasites do the exact same thing and this can lead to parasite infections. Bacteria can also make their way through your body and begin causing inflammation in a number of areas. This is why ending constipation is so important.

Here are some of the health risks chronic constipation poses:

Colon Cancer: The colon is designed to only hold a few pounds of stool. Much like a plastic bag, if the colon is overloaded with heavy items, it can rip open. The colon’s primary function is to transport stool, not store it. If the colon is acting like a storage container, it puts strain on the inner membrane and can cause ruptures, internal infections, and in some cases, colon cancer (source).

Hemorrhoids: If you’re constantly pushing out stool and experiencing pain from constipation, this can cause large hemorrhoids in the body, which can be very painful.

Constipation Emergencies: If you allow your body to become constipated too often without remedying it, you may find yourself sitting in an emergency waiting room with severe abdominal pain. Over time, the pain can worsen, so much so that you may feel you require a doctor’s assistance. Between 2006 and 2011, ER visits in the U.S. due to constipation increased by 42% (source).

Loss of Healthy Bacteria: Constipation reduces the intestine’s overall concentration of flora, a healthy bacteria that helps with immunity as well as vitamin production. Without flora, the intestine becomes more susceptible to infection and illness. Flora also acts as a stool softener, so the less flora you have, the worse your constipation will get (source).

How To Cure & Prevent Constipation 

Many people resort to popular laxatives like Ex lax which to rid themselves of painful stomach aches and constipation, but laxatives like this can actually do more harm than good due to their harsh ingredients. Your body can become dependent on laxatives, meaning you can’t have normal bowel function without taking them regularly. Laxatives can also decrease your colon’s ability to contract, which can worsen constipation, and they also flush out the good bacteria in your colon. Laxatives can even damage nerves, muscles, and intestinal tissues.

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There are numerous easy methods to naturally cure constipation. For example, you could start by simply drinking more water. As stool moves throughout your intestines, your body removes water. If you are extremely hydrated, your body will remove less water, leaving the stool to soften and pass quickly and painlessly. An easy indicator of whether or not you’re hydrated is the colour of your urine, which should be pale yellow: too yellow means you’re dehydrated and clear means you’re too hydrated.

Change Diet

The best way to cure and prevent constipation is, ultimately, to change your diet, particularly by increasing the amount of fiber you eat. It’s recommended to eat at least 20 grams of fiber per day, but preferably 30 grams. Fiber in your stool helps to draw more water, allowing the stool to soften. As you increase the amount of fiber you eat, so too should you increase your water intake, to allow that fiber to move through the body.

Fiber

If you cannot get enough fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy sources, or you feel you need additional support, you can supplement it with organic psyllium dietary fiber. Psyllium aids with colon health and has other benefits such as controlling blood sugar, improving acne and skin irritations, helping to maintain or lose weight, and decreasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, gallstones, kidney stones, and diverticulitis.

wsHowever, you can’t just take fiber and expect to have a healthy bowel system. If you’re eating poorly, fiber will not help your bowel movements, but rather hinder them. The human digestive system isn’t actually designed to properly break down fiber. What happens instead is that fiber remains undigested in your bowel along with your flora, your healthy bacteria. If your bacteria are healthy, then they’ll feed on the fiber and proliferate.

However, if they’re unhealthy, fiber may actually worsen your constipation. Fiber is a non-specific growth factor, meaning it cannot distinguish between pathogenic (bad) and beneficial bacteria. This means that if your gut contains pathogenic bacteria, yeast, or fungi, you’ll need to increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut before you can increase your fiber intake and fix your constipation. A healthy gut requires adequate fruits and vegetables as well as a healthy amount of naturally fermented vegetables (source). You can also take an all-natural/organic probiotic to help improve your gut health.

Exercise

can also help cure and prevent constipation. Have you ever noticed that you have the urge to use the washroom more frequently when running? That’s because physical movement increases the motility of your digestive tract and can provoke bowel movements. Remember, if you feel the sudden urge to use the washroom, don’t wait. The longer you wait, the longer it remains in your colon and the more difficult and/or painful it will become to pass (source).

Squatting

Another wonderful way to cure and prevent constipation is squatting. Not only will this improve your strength, but it’s incredible for your bowel system as well! Many people around the world squat while using the washroom, which may be why North Americans suffer from constipation more than other cultures (of course, diets play a role in this too). If you’re uncomfortable with squatting over your toilet, you can even use a stool. Simply place your stool in front of your toilet, bend your knees, and rest your feet on top of it. This will help stool move out of your colon and decrease your risk of hemorrhoids as well.

Natural Herbs And Stool Softeners

There are a number of all-natural stool softeners that can help constipation, too. I personally use fennel essential oil, as this can aid digestion and the pain associated with indigestion and constipation. Fennel tea and any organic “smooth moves” or laxative-type teas are excellent cures for constipation as well.

There are also many natural herb aids that can help you regulate your bowel movements, including Wholey Shit, an all-natural, wild crafter, vegan stool softening aid. It contains very few ingredients and works effectively to get your stools moving. You can actually get a free sample of Wholey Shit here!

Final Thoughts

If you do suffer from constipation, try these natural alternatives to conventional laxatives. The aforementioned cures and preventative measures have worked for me in the past, so I’d highly recommend giving them a shot!

Even if you don’t get constipated, it’s crucial to have a healthy gut and digestive system. Many of these remedies can not only cure constipation, but help prevent it and improve your overall health as well!

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needless acupressure is often used on children.


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