Hey, we’ve all been there. You feel heavy, tight, tense, maybe even bloated. And no matter how many times you try to go number two, you just can’t seem to make anything happen. Your your sluggish digestive system is at a stand still. And then you realize, ‘I Am Constipated’.
Now, before I go any further, I want to reassure you that poop is not my favorite topic to research, write and talk about. In fact, when I was growing up, I would get quite offended when someone would bring up their visit to the bathroom and how they struggled with ‘trying to go’. It seemed rude and inconsiderate to bring up such a gross topic. Little did I know at the time how important our digestive system truly is. That your poop and the frequency of your visits to the bathroom directly effect your internal health, and external beauty.
I share this with the hope that you will join me in looking at this specific topic of constipation objectively and get past the ‘yuck, I don’t want to think about this!’ All, in order to learn valuable bits of information that can truly transform your health, longevity, and vitality.
OK, let’s do this.
What Causes Constipation?
Constipation happens to all of us in different periods of our lives. Some people encounter it only occasionally while others struggle with it off and on for most of their lives. Statistically between 2 and 20 percent of the population from Western countries battle with constipation. About 2.5 million visits to the doctor, 92,000 hospitalizations, and several hundred dollars per year spent on laxatives are the result of this terrible plight. Constipation affects more women than men and more children and elderly than middle aged adult. (1)
Although the exact reason is usually hard to pin down, there are many factors that are thought to contribute to causing constipation both physical and emotional/psychological. (1) Some examples of the physical factors are:
- Physical inactivity,
- Poor diet (too much heavy processed food)
- Lack of whole food fiber,
- Regular consumption of medications ( as seen in cancer patients, the elderly population etc.)
Examples of Emotional and psychological factors that could cause constipation are:
- Daily stressful situations or stress while traveling,
- Emotional stress (from painful relationships, home life etc.)
- (sometimes even) Deep emotional and psychological pain from trauma such as abuse (sexual, emotional etc.)
Why is it a Problem?
Yes, Constipation is an annoying and uncomfortable situation that we all have to deal with from time to time. However, it becomes a serious problem when someone goes from experiencing occasional bouts of constipation to it becoming an almost daily battle.
Constipation is the result of a sluggish digestive system. To keep it simple. when you don’t poop regularly, you are HOLDING IN toxins, chemicals and dangerous waste that your body so desperately needs to get rid of. The longer you keep those toxins in your digestive, the more your increase the likely-hood of reabsorbing those toxins BACK INTO YOUR BODY!
The consequences of an unhealthy digestive system often result in MANY unpleasant symptoms ranging from acne breakouts to more serious diseases such as cancer. There are many studies that show that constipation increases your chances of getting colon cancer. (2)
Therefore, it is of upmost importance that you pay attention to the frequency of your visits to the toilet as pooping is vital to your health and appearance.
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