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Constipation Is No Laughing Matter
 
 
No matter how much we advance in years, there is still a childlike snicker that accompanies talk of constipation. There is also a great deal of embarrassment and resistance to even discussing the matter. The social conditioning of “holding it” when we are not in the right place at the right time can undoubtedly contribute to constipation; it not only trains the colon’s behaviour it can harden feces causing more difficulty in elimination.
Constipation is a different experience for each person because how often you poop depends on your digestive process. The healthy norm is considered once a day; some may go up to three times and for others it may be every other day. Regardless of your schedule, constipation happens when you cannot pass stool easily or not at all (fewer then three a week), having lumpy or hard stools, straining to have a bowel movement, feeling as if there is a blockage in your rectum, even pressure and feeling as if you are never really empty. You may also feel pain or experience bloating or nausea. Constipation may occur due to lack of fluid in the colon, causing the stool to harden and sit in your colon, which forms a sort of mass that becomes too large to pass. Did you know that most symptoms of constipation can be alleviated just by increasing your intake of water? A lack of the different forms of fibre (see below), which help not only to bulk up stool but support the movement of unwanted sticky feces from your colon wall, can also cause constipation. The side effects of certain medications that affect your central nervous systems may interrupt the body’s signals for evacuation (e.g., some narcotics, antidepressants, codeine). Hemorrhoids, which can arise from constipation and pregnancy, may impede the opening to the rectum making passage more difficult. Certain diseases such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or Parkinson’s disease can also cause constipation. Insufficient exercise may result in a sluggish colon and overuse of laxatives, suppositories, or enemas could lead to weakened peristaltic muscle and dependency.
 
 
Renew Life’s Protocol For Constipation
 
 
No matter what the underlying cause, constipation is uncomfortable and can lead to other health issues of the gut and even affect the skin, mood etc. Finding a natural protocol to relieve constipation is an excellent option and Renew Life is one of our best go-to companies for all matters of gut health. First, commit to drinking more fluids (water, tea, juice,) as this will provide fluid to your colon and get things moving through. There is no denying that you need fibre in your diet, but there is undoubtedly confusion around fibre mostly because of the types of fibre that you consume. Some types of fibres may increase constipation if you are not drinking enough fluids. As an example psyllium, a soluble fibre,
functions to absorb the water in your colon, causing your stool to become bulkier, which can further dehydrate the colon. Psyllium is an excellent choice of fibre for chronic diarrhea. We prefer Renew Life FibreSmart, a flax-based fibre, which contains a blend of roughly 50% soluble and 50% insoluble. A combination of these two types of fibres allows FibreSMART to bind to toxins and increase elimination, without the constipating side effects. It also contains supporting herbs that help to heal the intestinal tract such as L-Glutamine, Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm Bark. When you need more than fibre and water, we suggest Renew Life CleanseMORE; it is an all-natural colon support formula for the relief of occasional constipation. It can be taken every few days when things get sluggish or once or twice a week for colon maintenance. It helps to hydrate the colon, making stools easier to pass and it helps to stimulate peristalsis (contraction of the muscles in the colon). It has no harsh laxatives such as cascara sagrada or senna, which can irritate and weaken the colon and become habit-forming with long term use. Consider taking a daily Probiotic such as Renew Life Ultimate Flora 30 or 50 Billion because healthy gut flora supports healthy elimination and ensures a healthy balance of good bacteria.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/
health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/definition-facts
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3206557/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2237936314000276
https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/
diseases-and-illnesses/constipation
 
 
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