It has been known for several centuries that constipation (lack of regular bowel movements) is not only  dangerous but has been implicated in several chronic diseases.

If you are not having 2-3 regular bowel movements each day with a normal diet, undigested food is accumulating in your small and large intestines.    Accumulating stool otherwise known as constipation will reabsorb toxins through the intestinal wall back into the body, not only damaging the intestinal wall but bringing toxins into the blood stream.

Because blood is filtered by the kidneys  these toxins originating from accumulated stool in the intestines results in a 10-15 % increase in kidney disease and 10% increase in kidney failure.

Additionally Dr. Marc Micozzi has published research correlating a doubling of breast cancer in highly constipated females as well as other chronic illnesses as a direct result of the constipation.

Combating constipation naturally

There are several predictable and heathier ways to either prevent constipation or to relieve constipation:

  1. Not becoming dehydrated (dehydration is very common).  Cell hydration (product rehydrate) helps with digestion and helps to prevent constipation
  2. Periodic colonics (colon hydrotherapy) cleans the large intestine
  3. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
  4. Physical activity prevents constipation;  30 minutes 3-5 times a week or more
  5. Don’t use laxatives or your body develops a tolerance to the laxatives eventually leading to constipation
  6. Avoid antidepressants  or allergy medications (Benedryl) as they interfere with brain stimulation of the bowels
  7. Don’t take Iron or Calcium supplements which constipate.   Magnesium (as magnesium citrate or magnesium acetate) will help prevent constipation
  8. Avoid antacids which generally contain aluminum.   For heart burn (acid reflux) digestive enzymes with meals usually prevents this problem during meals and assists with digestion
  9. Peppermint, linden root and ginger teas decrease constipation

It is critical to know that poor digestion from the mouth through the entire digestive tract is one of the chief reasons for constipation.   Any factor leading to poor digestion (eg incomplete chewing of food, lack of digestive enzymes and stomach acid) will initiate or exacerbate constipation.

If you are not having 2-3 good Bowel Movements per day and your stools are not soft and well formed take measures to become regular to eliminate unhealthy constipation.   Constipation is dangerous health condition and should not be ignored.

Enjoy the Journey,

Dr Bob