Constipation is a condition warning you that your colon is not working properly, or that you may have an undiagnosed gastrointestinal disease. Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. It is a symptom that many people try to ignore — because they're too busy — or attempt to get rid of, by using unnatural and potentially dangerous, over-the-counter laxatives.
The two basic types of constipation are — organic and functional.
Organic constipation is a result of some physical change, obstruction, or distortion in your colon.One of the many benefits of colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation is that these distortions and obstructions may be removed.
Functional constipation can result from:
• Not following a proper diet.
• Not drinking enough fluids daily.
• Not having a balanced emotional health.
• And not having a good lifestyle...
A sedentary lifestyle can be a leading contributor to chronic constipation. While a good, active lifestyle, promotes proper movement of digested foods through the intestines and colon.
Whether or not you suffer from organic or functional constipation, constipation is a condition where the fecal matter traveling through your colon, remains too long in your colon before exiting the rectum.
Approximately four and a half million Americans are constipated most or all of the time. Women are more likely to be affected than men are. Children and the elderly are also susceptible to frequent constipation. Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the U.S. Most people treat themselves without seeking medical help as is evident by the $725 million spent on over-the-counter laxatives annually. Drugstore laxatives should be avoided when you have constipation. They can become habit-forming, damage your colon and cause serious side effects, if used too long. Sometimes these laxative drugs actually create or exacerbate, the very problem you're trying relieve — constipation.
To keep your body in chemical balance, it is important to only use natural remedies for constipation. Natural remedies, including certain herbs and foods, can give your colon the nutrients it needs to rebuild and reactivate natural peristaltic action. There are many different natural remedies to choose from... But, keep in mind that most remedies should only be used for a short time. Depending on your current colon health — and the severity of constipation you are experiencing — you may only need to take a natural colon remedy 1-3 times per day for a week. Others may use a low dose maintenance program to prevent the constipation conditions from returning.
Many people think they are constipated when they are not. There is no correct number of daily or weekly bowel movements. Normal may be three times a day or three times a week depending on the person. Almost everyone gets constipated at one time or another. In most cases, constipation is temporary and not serious. Increasing fiber in the diet, drinking more liquids and exercising regularly alleviates most cases of constipation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the intestines that leads to abdominal cramps, gassiness, bloating and changes in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have constipation, others have diarrhea and some people have both. Severity of IBS symptoms varies greatly from person to person. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, although a number of factors such as stress, diet and genetic predisposition may be involved. The medical community does not accept the notion that IBS is purely a psychological disorder.
IBS is the most common functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, affecting approximately 20 percent of adults. The disorder affects women to a much greater extent than men – as many as 70 percent of all sufferers are female. IBS is a chronic problem, with a tendency to exacerbate and relapse, yet only about 10 percent of those with IBS seek medical care for evaluation or treatment. Some people with IBS find relief from medications that treat their symptoms but disease management remains suboptimal.
One treatment for colon cleansing for IBS is colon hydrotherapy. The main premise behind this treatment is that it helps to “wash” out the waste products that may be built up in your digestive system to allow it to start working more normally with less severe and frequent IBS symptoms. Many people have found the colon cleansing raises their entire health and fitness levels, as well as decreasing their IBS symptoms.
In most cases, patients find that colonic irrigation makes a big difference in the incidence of their IBS symptoms. It has been found to allow the muscles that are in the digestive system to relax, which makes it easier for your food to digest. If you are looking for a treatment method to better help control your IBS, then you should consider colon hydrotherapy.
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