Think about the last time you felt really healthy. You were confident and eager to face the day because you looked and felt great. When you’re self-confident, you believe you can do or achieve anything you put your mind to, and this encourages success in anything you manifest through your thoughts and actions.
In order to have confidence, feel great, look great, be happy, healthy, and successful, you must be clean from the inside out, exercise regularly, drink water, stress less, eat high fiber foods, and implement healthier eating habits. This could mean you have to eliminate, or at least reduce, how much of the following items you consume on a daily basis.
- Red, Fatty Meats – Steak, veal, brisket, pork
- Fast & Fried Foods – Pizza, burgers, tacos, fried chicken
- Caffeinated Drinks – Sodas, coffee, energy drinks
- Dairy Products – Milk, butter, ice-cream
- Carbonated Drinks High in Sugar – Sodas, energy drinks
- Refined Sugars – Chocolate, cake, pie, candy-bars
- Alcohol – Beer, wine, mixed drinks
- Enriched White Flour – White bread, doughnuts, some varieties of tortillas
All of these foods can cause constipation, so when you eliminate them from your diet, you are proactively reducing the number of constipation side effects you experience. But, how will they impact your overall digestive health?
Constipation is not a disease, it is a symptom of a much larger issue we all experience at some point in life. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) reports that over than 4 million Americans experience constipation frequently, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year.
When we have a majority of people consuming tempting, delicious and perhaps taste addictive foods on a daily basis, these statistics become a disappointing reflection of how far we are in making our health a priority.
Here’s the reality. Due to the environment in which we all live, everyday we come in contact with many industrial chemicals, toxic metals and substances that can be detrimental to our health. Your body absorbs an abundance of toxins from genetically modified foods, pesticides, soy, white flour, MSG, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. These impurities contaminate nearly everything and are the root cause of many dangerous health conditions.
Now, on top of all this, imagine if you have the added weight of an impacted colon, suffering through irregular, uncomfortable, and painful bowel movements because of constipation! A healthy digestive system alone has a challenging time ridding the body of all these toxins, much less a digestive system plagued by occasional constipation.
Side Effects – The Serious Side of Constipation
As you already know, constipation is the slow movement of feces (stool or body wastes) through the large intestine resulting in infrequent bowel movements and the passage of dry, hard stools. The longer it takes for the stool to move through the large intestine, the more fluid is absorbed and the drier and harder the stool becomes. As a result, when your body is unable to eliminate waste properly to cleanse your digestive system.
Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures
When you’re constipated, and you find yourself straining to have a bowel movement, it is quite possible you may also be suffering from hemorrhoids and/or anal fissures. The NDDIC estimates that half of the population will have develop hemorrhoids by age 50 .
Hemorrhoids and anal fissures are painful and can cause swelling in the rectal area. Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anus or rectum that can rupture and bleed. Fissures, or ulcers, are cuts or tears in the skin, or around the anal area.
Aside from constipation, other contributing factors to hemorrhoids include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation, frequent diarrhea, and anal intercourse.
Fecal impaction is another side effect of constipation that occurs when the stool becomes impacted in the bowels, to the point that your body is unable to eliminate the collected waste.
Symptoms of fecal impaction include abdominal pain (especially after meals), headache, nausea and vomiting just to name a few. If you are not taking proactive measures to relieve this problem, you may be experiencing aggravated symptoms of fecal impaction which include dehydration, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, fever, agitation, confusion, and urinary incontinence.
Note: Fecal impaction can be life threatening! Patients with fecal impaction may not have gastrointestinal symptoms. Instead, they may have circulation, heart, or breathing problems. If fecal impaction is not recognized, the signs and symptoms will continue to get worse and ultimately lead to a more complicated problem
Your Colon is a Breeding Ground for Harmful Bacteria
When your bowel is constipated and clogged with feces, your colon becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Unclean bowels will lead to a whole host of problems throughout your body. Some of these problems include gall-bladder problems, varicose veins, arthritis, hernia, heart disorders, appendicitis and, in extreme cases, colon cancer.
Constipation Weakens the Body’s Immune System
When you’re constipated, your immune system is weak and you’re more prone to illness. As a result, there is great strain on other vital excretory organs like lymph, skin, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Because of this strain, these organs become overworked. When overworked, they do not function normally and cannot eliminate stool. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down and affects energy levels.
Other Side Effects of Constipation Include:
- Mood Swings
- Sleep Disorders
- Rheumatic Fever
- Feeling of Lethargy
There is Hope for Constipation Relief!
As mentioned in the very beginning of this article, you can experience promising side effects (in essence, results) of confidence, feeling great, looking great, happiness, overall health and success on a daily basis, when you choose to be clean from the inside out, exercise regularly, drink water, stress less, bulk up on high fiber foods, and implement healthier eating habits.
One great way to be clean from the inside out, as well as help occasional constipation, is to begin a colon cleansing program. If you experience occasional constipation, one or two capsules of Oxy-Powder® can help provide relief.
Remember, constipation can lead to more serious health problems. If lifestyle changes don’t work, then it’s best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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