Constipation

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When it comes to improving digestion and fixing constipation, the conversation typically revolves around food, supplements and functional medicine. Unfortunately, this is only part of the conversation. There are so many other factors that can help us achieve perfect poops.

Things like play, laughing and movement…

These 3 are underrated and underappreciated…

Which is why I invited my friends Chad and Brenda to share some of their insights. They focus on movement and how it impacts our overall health – including digestion.

The boring truth is sometimes if you can’t poop then going for a walk or trying the exercises below might be the only thing you need to stimulate a bowel movement.

I’m really excited to begin trying some of their ideas in the video below. If you try them, please post in the comments what you are noticing and we’ll all learn together. [click to continue…]

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enemas

After seeing private 1-on-1 clients for a few years, I was consistently shocked at how many constipated clients reported things like, “I use 1 or 2 enemas a week because the constipation is so bad.”

Everytime I heard this it made me cringe. I knew that these people were doing their best to poop as often as they could, which in my opinion is better than being constipated. But they likely had no idea how dangerous enema usage for chronic constipation can be.

In the alternative health world enemas seem to get a free pass. But I doubt so many people would use them if they knew about the following concerns.

As you’ll soon learn, I’m not suggesting that very occasional (not monthly) usage of enemas is bad.

I think that when used as suggested by doctors for colonoscopy prep and to avoid further complications that can come from constipation, such as toxic megacolon, impacted stools or hemorrhoids, they can be a wonderful tool.

A Seemingly Harmless Tool for Constipation

Enemas are often a go-to for people experiencing chronic constipation.These seemingly harmless constipation fixes are available over-the-counter in different forms:

  • Sodium phosphate (referred to as saline)
  • Bisacodyl
  • Oil based

Each of these types of enemas achieve their laxative effects via different pathways.

The Interesting Ways Enemas Work

Interestingly enough, enemas don’t just flush water in there to help you get the poop out. They work in some very novel ways.

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senna-pods-mortar-and-pestle

We are a constipated nation. If you’ve ever struggled with constipation, like me, you know how painful it can be. And with 15-20% (or over 42 million people) in the United States struggling with it I know I’m not alone.

So, what should constipated people do? If you head to the local drugstore, it’s likely you’ll end up buying a product that contains an herbal laxative.

But have you ever paused to wonder: are these things dangerous?

As someone who used to be constipated I wondered the same thing. And so I decided to dive into the research to see what I could find out about herbal laxatives.

And as always, the story is more complex and contextual than anyone, including myself, would like it to be.

Let’s first be clear: constipation is a serious issue and if you’re not regularly eliminating the waste of your body you’ll start recirculating it. And you’re raising your risk of serious medical issues such as hemorrhoids, toxic megacolon and possibly colon cancer.

What’s important is to begin a short-term intervention to start pooping again, but the question is… where do you start?

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100-grand-constipation-issue

At some point, almost everyone has suffered from constipation. It’s likely that 50% of people over the age of 50 have some level of constipation. (1) The problem is that you might be suffering from IBS-C but think that it’s normal.

As humans, we are usually prone to accepting the way things are and how we are feeling. The reality, however, is that suffering from constipation greatly increases your chances of hemorrhoids, anal fissures, diverticulitis and megacolon. (2)(3)

You might be thinking, “Hemorrhoids?!  Not me!” Well, I’ve got news for you. Those painful little buggers are estimated to affect 75 % of Americans. (4)  Those are not good odds. Before I get into explaining how to tell if you’re suffering from constipation, I need to clear up a huge misconception. [click to continue…]

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Constipation Pain

Trading diarrhea for constipation?

This was NOT what I signed up for when I started SCD.

10 months into SCD, I had suddenly flipped from gassy loose stools to gut squeezing, belly protruding constipation. I was going sometimes up to 5 or 6 days without a movement. And it was consuming all of my attention after a few days of not going. This was a new kind of pain. Diarrhea pain I could handle; it was familiar, but this was a totally new sensation.

And I hated it.

Sure, I tried prunes – no luck. I couldn’t get any answers from the old school SCD world…

So I walked away.

I went for a walkabout, willing to try anything. Not judging, just experimenting, hiring experts and in the end found out several root causes that were driving my problems and lots of quick ways to get rid of constipation while I worked on the root causes.

First Things First, Are You Actually Constipated?

I honestly didn’t understand it, till I went 6 days without pooping. I thought rabbit pellets were bad… but that pain is nothing like what it can escalate to.
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