Constipation Nation

ConstitpationNationConstipation is one of the most common medical disorders in modern societies, according to Mayo Clinic.

It affects all ages, but is particularly troubling to older folks. Age is not a direct consequence of constipation, but it is closely associated.

Most older people take medications that affect nerve condition and smooth muscle function, and lack fiber and sufficient liquids.

Also, physiological changes increase collagen deposits in the left colon, reduce nerve input to the colon’s muscle layer and increase the binding of plasma endorphins to intestinal receptors causing a diminishing of anal sphincter pressure and loss of rectal wall elasticity.

A good morning routine to help prevent constipation is to move around immediately after awakening and to have one or two hot drinks, preferably caffeinated (Mayo).

Most constipation is caused by not enough exercise, insufficient water consumption and a poor diet lacking fiber, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. People in modern society often consume mostly processed foods and are dehydrated.

They should be drinking many glasses of water and eating fiber-filled whole foods such as beans, fruits, whole grains and raw vegetables daily.

Other causes of constipation include chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism, stress and bed confinement. Constipation can also be a side effect of antacids, antihistamines, aspirin, antipsychotic drugs, blood pressure medications and painkillers.

Chronic constipation can lead to bowel obstruction, hemorrhoids, hernia, spastic colitis and laxative dependency. The elderly and disabled can also suffer from bowel impaction, which is feces trapped in the lower part of the large intestine.

Inside our belly is a semi flexible container filled with sludge. As Dr. Ed Ward says, the sludge that is inside our body must come out. Otherwise, over time, the poisonous waste can have dangerous effects throughout the body, including collectoral cancer, diverticulosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

There are many alternative (natural) aids to prevent or alleviate constipation. Harvard studies and others around the world have indicated that beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and more attention to the old-fashioned, natural, fiber-filled diet and the exercise which was an integral part of our ancestors’ lives, may be the answer in fighting the constipation problem that afflicts so many today.

Remember—Sludge in, sludge out. Don’t be a member of the constipation nation.

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