How to avoid your colon from clogging up - by Heidi du Preez
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Constipation is the number one affliction underlying nearly every ailment. It is the root of all dis-ease. Constipation is often referred to as the 'modern plague' – the greatest present-day danger to health. It affects the health of the colon, upon which the health of the body in its entirety depends. Constipation is the clogging up of the colon. Some people carry up to seven kg of impacted waste material in their colon around with them.

One bowel movement a day is a positive indication of constipation. X-ray examinations of the colon after a test meal show that in persons whose bowels move once a day, the body wastes are usually retained for 50 hours or more. The bowels should move at least three times a day or after each meal. Some health professionals claim that one bowel movement every three to five days may be considered normal. However, normal in today's world does not necessarily mean healthy. Diarrhoea can also be a symptom of a badly clogged colon, in which all the faecal solids are being held back and only eliminative liquids are getting through. Diarrhoea can therefore be a sign of constipation!

Apart from leading to auto-intoxication, constipation can also result in a prolapsed transverse colon or crowding of the colon against other organs. It can affect the bladder or reproductive organs, for example, the ovaries and fallopian tubes or the prostate. This can cause problems with urination or even infertility.

What are the two main causes of constipation? The first is the consumption of processed, devitalised and refined foods. The second is neglecting to stop everything we are doing when the urge to evacuate the bowels should drive us headlong into the bathroom!

Measures you should take to prevent constipation

- Diet: It is important to consume a wholefood diet consisting mainly of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. At least 50% of the diet should consist of raw food. The major contributor of constipation is refined carbohydrates, bread being the main culprit. Our mass-produced bread is soft, gooey, devitalised, nutritionally deficient and laced with chemical additives. South Africans eat 2.9 billion loaves of bread per annum, equating to three slices/person/day. No wonder we've become a constipated nation! All baked products made with refined flours should be limited, ideally avoided, that means bread, cakes, pies, pasta and pastry products. Rather include whole grain millet, rye, yellow maize and brown rice in your diet. Wheat bran is not an ideal form of fibre, being very abrasive to the inside of the colon, thus acting as an irritant.

Animal protein, meat and dairy, are mucus-forming and therefore contribute to constipation. Meat also introduces putrefactive bacteria and serves as a wonderful growth medium for these bacteria. As a result of this putrefaction, ammonia and other alkaline substances are formed, which paralyse the bowel and therefore further contribute to constipation. Limit meat protein to once a day in your diet.

- Water: Most people who suffer from constipation habitually drink too little water. On a daily basis, you should consume at least 300 ml of good quality, filtered water per 10 kg of body weight.

- Responding to the ‘call’: Make time to respond to the call of nature! If the nerve impulse to evacuate is ignored too often, its function will diminish. Don’t hold back.

- Exercise: Daily bodily activity is necessary, being a way of mechanically stimulating the intestines.

- Stress: Emotional and spiritual development is very important, since stress is one of the major contributors of constipation and ill health. Our modern lifestyles pose many stresses on us, which we need to address effectively in order to enjoy health and vitality.

- Posture: A stooped or relaxed posture when sitting or standing tends to induce constipation by weakening of the abdominal muscles and causing congestion of the liver and all other abdominal organs.

- Stop smoking: Numerous laboratory experiments have shown that the use of tobacco in any form has a paralysing effect upon the splanchnic nerves – without the aid of these sympathetic nerves normal, rhythmical bowel movements are impossible.

- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and other narcotic drugs: These tend to produce constipation by causing chronic intestinal mucus, ulcers of the stomach and paralysis of the sympathetic nerves. Alcohol and caffeine also dehydrate the system, further contributing to constipation. Supplemental iron can also cause constipation.

Your health is your own responsibility. You can't pay for health – you earn it! If the colon is neglected, each passing year has its ravaging effect on the sewage system of the body. Prevention is better than cure. Look after your colon’s health!

To learn more about Heidi du Preez, view her website.