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Big Problems May Arise When You Ignore Symptoms Of Constipation
One mistake that you never want to make is to simply ignore the symptoms of constipation no matter how often the problem arises or disappears. There are a number of factors that lead to problems with short term cases of constipation which is perhaps why the condition is so common and so rarely diagnosed by a physician. When the symptoms do not intensify and normal bowel functioning returns within a few days, there are generally no long term medical problems caused by the constipation.
There are times when the bowel movements do not normalize and symptoms persist for several days without lessening. Long term problems with constipation is a serious health concern because it may lead to the accumulation of toxins in the colon and along the gastrointestinal tract.
Future bowel movements will compact this waste along the walls where it will harden and dry. Compacted feces along the gastrointestinal walls make it easier for parasites such as hook worms to attach to the lining of the intestines. In time, these parasites will become a drain upon your body and may weaken the immune system's ability to repel bacteria.
Some problems that can arise when waste and undigested food are allowed to accumulate in the colon and intestines:
1. Diverticulitis- this condition is very severe for your health because it causes herniated pockets to develop in the colon. These pockets literally store waste and toxins and thus are potential sources for long-term toxic damage, including cancer. Coleo-rectal cancer is the number three killer among all cancers and the accumulation of compacted waste and undigested foods make the entire colon more toxic and lead to a number of medical problems, including colon cancer, and the development of polyps.
2. Candidasis- this is essentially a yeast infection growing out of control within your gastrointestinal tract. Typical symptoms are actually caused by a weakened immune system and include:
. Chronic to severe fatigue and general loss of energy, even during
. Severe and acute abdominal pain
. Skin problems including acne, rashes
. Mucus in Stool
1. Septicemia- in cases of protracted fecal impaction and the resulting inability to pass stool, bacteria and toxins will be absorbed into your blood stream. These harmful elements will cause cell damage to several systems. If the bacteria are allowed to accumulate for a prolonged period or if the immune system is weakened by other causes, a condition known as septicemia may develop. This is little more than a massive infection raging in your body and it can lead to death unless treated immediately with antibiotic or other antimicrobial treatments.
You cannot actually prevent constipation forever. Even using enemas, suppositories, and even laxatives will only relieve short term symptoms.
You can help avoid problems, however, by eating a diet rich in fiber and helping your digestive system to function more effectively. Drinking plenty of water and eating the daily recommended amount of fiber will help keep the stool soft and bowel movements regular. However, if prevention fails, do not ignore the symptoms of constipation because there may be severe consequences to your long term health when you do.