The main cause of constipation can be summarized as follows: bad diet, ignoring the call to eliminate, lack of exercise and physical activity, emotional and mental stress, external poisons, some medications, and inadequate consumption of water.
Bad nutrition is the major factor in constipation. Most American diets are made up of devitalized foods that are low in fiber. Americans on the typical western diet produce 80 to 160 grams of feces a day. Vegetarians have an output of about 225 grams and African villagers effortlessly excrete about 470 grams. High fiber diets increase the size of the stool. When healthy volunteers increased their daily fiber intake from 17 to 46 grams of fiber, their fecal weight increased from 79 to 228 grams per day. While there is no current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for dietary fiber, the National Cancer Institute has recommended eating 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day as a step toward preventing colon cancer. Currently, most Americans consume about 9 to 15 grams daily. Ignoring the call to eliminate feces or urine can contribute greatly to cellular congestion, auto-intoxication and bi-ventricular disease of the colon.
Inactivity contributes to constipation. In fact, some scientists believe lack of physical exercise, not old age, causes constipation in the elderly. Americans are lazy. This is evidenced by the epidemic of obesity we see today. The lack of physical exercise makes weak and flaccid muscle tone incapable of dealing with the assault of processed junk that we call food. Two-thirds of the foods consumed in this country are processed to some degree. Over 60 percent of the American diet is made up of processed, refined and devitalized food.
Further, emotional and mental stress produce very unfavorable conditions in the digestive system which cause them to be tense and underactive. External poisons such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and sugar also have unfavorable effects upon digestion. Many medications are very upsetting to the digestive tract. Antibiotics, such as penicillin and sulfa can destroy the good intestinal flora. This sets the stage for reinfestation of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Next to oxygen, water is the most important substance in the body. Most people do not drink enough water. They stay dehydrated. This causes the body tissues and fluids to become thick and more viscid. The mucous lining in the colon changes consistency, failing to provide a slick lubrication for the movement of feces. The average adult body contains about 45 quarts of water and will lose about 2 to 3 quarts daily in their perspiration, respiration, urine and defecation. The average body temperature is 98.6 and is controlled by water. Water makes up 92 percent of the blood in the body and almost 98 percent of intestinal, gastric, saliva, and pancreatic juices. A person that will not drink water can have a dehydrated look. Their skin is old looking, withered and dry. Their hands are usually very dry and wrinkled. Another sign of dehydration is chronic constipation. Water is a vital factor in all body fluids, tissues, cells, lymph, blood and all glandular secretions. Water holds all nutritive factors in solution and acts as a transportation medium to various parts of the body. Water holds toxins and wastes in solution and again serves as a transport medium to these substances. The mucous membranes need water to keep them soft and free from friction. Liquid is very necessary for the proper break-down and digestion of food. The proper amount and right kind of water is the real key to good health and longevity. People who drink clean water and eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables have better circulation, which is vital to good health and long life. The right kind of water is nature’s beauty and health tonic.
Constipation is a serious menace to health and vitality. The consequences of this common but subtle malady are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take that first step towards correcting and protecting your health by adding lots of natural fiber foods to your diet, drink lots of clean water and remember to keep your colon clean.
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