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Goes in, Gotta Go Out: Reasons Why Constipation Can Be More Than Just A Nuisance

Posted by Ian D. Ravensdale

August 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Humans are biologically designed to be omnivores, and all of us are in fact beings that obtain our nutrition by eating a wide variety of foods, and digesting both plant and animal matter. The eating of them comes quite naturally, comfortably, and enjoyably for the majority of us, but when it comes to eliminating the waste that these foods become after digestion – we don’t all do so equally naturally or comfortably at all.

Many people endure constipation from time to time, and in most instances it’s related to the nature of the food they eat. Other factors play into it too, and we’ll get into them too, but let’s get biological briefly.

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Your cecum is the first stop along your large intestine, where chyme – a semi-fluid substance made in the stomach and consisting of partially digested food, water, hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes - begins the process where your food becomes the waste you eventually pass with a bowel movement. Having hearty, fully-fortified chyme is essential to ensuring the full and thorough digestive process and seeing to it you pass your waste entirely effortlessly.

Good chyme comes from good bolus – which is the ball-like mixture of food and saliva that forms in your mouth as you chew. Chew is the key word there, as if you don’t chew your food enough before you swallow it then you won’t have the right mixture of saliva with it to have it optimally converted to chyme in the cecum.

So there you have it, it may even be not so much a case of what foods we should or shouldn’t eat for better digestion as it is simply chewing our food more thoroughly before swallowing it! That’s the tip of the day right there for you folks – chew more. Gastroenterologists recommend chewing each bite 30 times before swallowing.

Doing so and taking a quality all-natural laxative like CanPrev’s Fibre Flow may have you finding that alleviating your constipation was no big deal at all! But now let’s move on to discussing why it’s important to not be chronically constipated, and why you need to find constipation cures whether it’s easy or not. Many people find the standard under-the-counter osmotic laxatives like Dulocolax and Ex-Lax to dehydrate them and / or deplete their electrolyte levels too much.

Natural laxative products like the one above are definitely a much gentler choice, and a more effective alternative to home remedies for constipation.

Rewards of Regularity

Being constipated can have side effects that extend far past just being bloated and having gas. Here’s some other unpleasant conditions or side effects that come with being ‘irregular’, as they call it:

1. Headaches

A common cause of constipation is dehydration. Drinking a sufficient quantity of water is important for prevention of it, as water promotes softer stools which are then easier to pass. When you’re constipated your waste stays in your intestines much longer than it would otherwise, and as a result you’re more prone to absorb some of the toxins that are supposed to be on their way out. It’s been established that exposure to these toxins as a result of constipation can lead to increasing numbers of headaches and headaches of greater severity.

 

2. Acne & Other Skin Breakouts

Constipation can be an indication that your supply of specific gut flora is insufficient, and you’re not breaking down your food effectively enough to be able to eliminate it without difficulty. There can be any number of complications from gut imbalances, but acne, skin rashes, skin puffiness in the face and dark circles around your eyes are less obvious constipation symptoms that will be particularly troubling for people who put great value on their appearance.

Nearly everybody would do well to take a probiotic supplement to make sure their gut is balanced and functioning with maximum efficiency.

3. Loss of Appetite

As mentioned, enjoying eating is natural and a healthy human being will have a natural impetus to nourish itself via the consumption of food. The reason constipation can cause you to lose your appetite is because there’s a very specific process undertaken via your enteric nervous system where special nerves lining the inside of inside of your stomach begin to stretch.

The message to your intestines is that it’s time to ‘move things along.’ It’s not that the food that’s already being digested and prepared for elimination is literally being pushed further along, but when you eat that meal your body is giving a signal for the food to be propelled further through the digestive tract.

When you’re constipated, this feedback and response loop is thrown out of whack. Rather than clearing space, you brain and stomach get confused and believe that things are backed up. The consensus between the 2 becomes that it’s inadvisable to add more volume to limited space down there, and as a result your hunger response is muted.

That’s no good for you, from both nourishment and enjoyment standpoints

4. Hemorrhoids

The connection between the two here is quite easy to make. Physically exerting yourself to have a bowel movement can put great strain on the muscles regulating your sphincter. When they’re taxed they themselves put pressure on the veins which line the rectum.

When these veins are stretched beyond their normal capacity, they often begin protruding from the cavity – and that’s a hemorrhoid. It’s uncomfortable and disconcerting, and if you hadn’t have been constipated you wouldn’t have been straining yourself so much.

Unimpeded digestion = much less chance of hemorrhoids

5. Bad Breath

It may seem hard to believe, but it’s entirely true that there’s a correlation between constipation and bad breath. That’s because the retention of waste leads to proliferations of toxic gut bacteria, promoting gaseousness that makes it way up your esophagus and out of your mouth.

Last tip for today. Consider this; when emergency room nurses need to quickly and thoroughly clear the bowels of a patient in advance of surgery or exploratory treatment, they use a high-strength milk of magnesia. Magnesium citrate is magnesium with citric acid, and it relaxes the muscles in the intestines and attracts water, which softens the stool and makes it easier to pass. Be sure to take a magnesium citrate that does not contain calcium though, as calcium can actually increase the risk of constipation. So if you’re going to tackle your irregularity with magnesium, make sure it’s a magnesium citrate.

Topics: Diet, Nutrition, Skincare, supplementation

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