Physically, the colon is simply not designed to store large amounts of old fecal matter. Stores of old fecal matter are not only breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and dangerous parasites, but the extra garbage causes the colon to distend and expand. This causes the walls of the colon to thin out (like blowing up a balloon more and more). As the walls extend out, they press on and compress other organs in the abdominal cavity.
Again, the net result of a backed-up system is sickness and disease including:
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, part of the National Institutes of Health, constipation is a condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements in a week, and your stools are hard, dry, and small, making them painful and difficult to pass. Some women naturally have a bowel movement a few times a day, while others go just a few times a week. You don’t need constipation treatments unless you’re going to the bathroom a lot less often than usual.
Constipation Treatments — Starting With Good Habits
One way to keep things moving is by getting enough fiber in your diet, which makes stool bulkier and softer so it’s easier to pass. Gradually increase the amount of fiber in your diet until you’re getting at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily.
Good fiber sources include:
Bran and other whole grains found in cereals, breads, and brown rice
Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, and asparagus
Fresh fruits, or dried fruits such as raisins, apricots, and prunes
And on the subject of diet, water is important for preventing constipation, too. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Also, exercise regularly (you know that is a fix for most things, don’t ya). Moving your body will keep your bowels moving, too.
Grab some fresh fruits: Apples (green), apricots, cranberries, add some dried fruits: Apricots, prunes, raisins,tart cherries— Play with varieties and amounts. Cover with 2-3 times water and come near to boiling then simmer for at least 2 hours. Serve in a mug and ENJOY!