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The Side Effects of Constipation

Published on , Last Updated on June 5, 2013

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Think about the last time you felt really healthy. You were self-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 experience such promising side effects (in essence, results) of confidence, feeling great, looking great, happiness, overall health and success on a daily basis, we must be clean from the inside out, exercise regularly, drink water, stress less, bulk up on 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?

It is important to remember that constipation is not a disease, it is a symptom of a much larger issue. We will all experience constiption symptoms at some point in our 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. Unless you’re looking to prevent being a statistic, then that is exactly what will happen.

Here’s the reality. Due to the environment in which we all live, everyday we come in contact with many industrial chemicals, heavy metals and other substances that can be detrimental to our health. Our 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 we eat, drink, touch, or breathe and they 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 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, then you may potentially experience some of the following side effects of constipation.

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 approximately half of the population will have developed hemorrhoids by the time they hit 50 [1].

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

Fecal impaction is another side effect of constipation that occurs when the stool becomes extremely 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 Becomes 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 weakens thereby making you more prone to catch colds and other illnesses. 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 are not functioning at full capacity and their ability to eliminate stool from the body gets hindered. Hence, this causes your cellular metabolism to slow down, which means your energy level drops.

Other Side Effects of Constipation Include:

  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Feeling of Lethargy

There is Always 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 relieve constipation, is to begin a colon cleansing program every week . This will help remove impacted feces from the large intestine, which lead to fewer of the side effects associated with constipation.

Oxy-Powder® has been clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of constipation. If you are constipated, taking one or two capsules of Oxy-Powder® daily can help provide relief, as well as proactively prevent the symptoms from developing in the first place.

Please remember, severe and chronic constipation can lead to more dangerous health problems. If simple 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


  1. National Institutes of Health. Hemorrhoids. NIH Publication No. 11-3021. 2010 November.

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  • Steven

    the part were it says bleeding of the anal? yeah how is that cureable and is it very dangerous?

  • Roch

    Fifth paragraph: Lets face it. –> Correction: Let’s

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