What Type are you?
Mainstream medicine doesn’t view constipation as medical condition, often dietary fibre and laxatives are prescribed to address the symptoms.
Why constipation is a serious condition and should be addressed through changes in nutrition and lifestyle:
• Constipation predisposes us to all major colorectal disorders from enlarged hemorrhoids to colorectal cancer. The reasons: our colon was designed by nature to hold a few pounds of feces in transit. When a person gets constipated, the colon may be holding 10, 20 or more lbs. The weight by itself isn’t the problem, but the volume is – large, heavy stools enlarge and stretch out the colon, irritate the colon mucosa, harm the anal canal, and may produce toxins related to fermentation and rotting. We start holding on to the toxic load.
• Constipation is one of the symptoms of disbacteriosis – a condition where the normal, intestinal flora is dead and/ or missing. When alive, this flora performs several, important functions:
*protects the colon from any inflammation-causing pathogens
*produces essential B-vitamins and vitamin K, responsible for blood clotting
*governs primary immunity and bacteria form stools, and keep them soft and moist
When these functions are compromised, we are in discomfort and long – term health suffers
• Constipation significantly increases the risk of becoming a victim of medical error and/or of the side effects of drugs, all related to the treatment of any ensuing colorectal disorder.
• Constipation affects genitourinary health, particularly for women, because the large intestine and the female reproductive organs reside in close proximity. Potential problems for women: undue pressure on the uterus, rectal prolapse inside the vagina, fecal incontinence, miscarriage from straining, amongst certain other.
• Constipation affects our quality of life, causes stress, diminishes our overall sense of well-being. These things tend to self-perpetuate, profoundly affecting the cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune systems.
• Closer to the end of one‘s life, chronic constipation strips the large intestine from its thinning, mucosal membrane, causing flat lesions and polyps that eventually transform into colon cancer.
Don’t take drugs for constipation, investigate what’s causing it first. Don’t settle for easy diagnosis. It’s not about addressing the symptoms but getting closer to find out the root cause and treat it accordingly then seeing the changes and the Type of stool acquiring new shapes.