CONSTIPATION...WHAT IS IT?
Those who suffer from it can tell you, constipation, which affects
most Americans at one time or another, can make you feel miserable.
Defined as difficult or infrequent bowel movements, constipation (a
compacted bowel) can cause headaches, depression, a protruding
abdomen adding inches to your waistline, no energy, appendicitis,
Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoids, Benign Tumors, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and more… including
that “just not feeling good feeling. It even gets worse when you
travel or have to go in a strange public toilet…
What goes on in the colon?
It’s good to understand what goes on in the colon. The prime
function of the small intestine is to digest food and absorb
nutrients. The remaining waste matter, a watery fluid containing
only non-digestible material such as fiber, passes into the five-
foot-long large intestine, gut or colon. There rhythmic contractions
known as peristalsis propel the bowel content up, then across and
then down (up through the ascending colon, across through the
transverse colon and down through the descending colo) then into
the rectum (the last six inches of the colon). In the process, the
wall of the intestine soaks up excess water so that the longer the
waste remains in the large intestine, the harder and drier the
What’s healthy ? How many times should I go?
Retaining stool in the colon is harmful for a number of reasons.
The longer feces remain in the colon, the more moisture is absorbed
from the fecal mass, which results in dry, hard stools. The
straining needed to expel these hard stools can cause hemorroids as
well as hiatus hernia and varicose veins. A Life-threatening
disease that is linked with sluggish bowel function is colon cancer,
the commonest cause of death from cancer apart from lung cancer. So
how many times should you go?? Once after every major meal…(just
like a baby). Typically, that is 2 – 3 times a day if your colon is
working in optimum health.
A Modern Day Plague
Dr. Bernard Jensen, a renown expert on colon health, and author of
twenty-five books on health, calls constipation a “modern day plague
that “cripples and kills more people in our country than any other
single morbid condition.*1 Constipation causes a multitude of
diseases including cancer, diverticulosis, even breast cancer in
women, he says, owing “autointoxication – the body poisoning itself
on its own toxins. “When the bowel is under-active, toxic wastes
are more likely absorbed through the bowel wall and into the
bloodstream from which they become deposited in the tissues….As
toxins accumulate in the tissues, increasing degrees of cell
destruction take place and digestion becomes poor…Proper function is
slowed in all body tissues in which toxins have settled. *(2)
(1) Bernard Jensen Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel
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