Most advice on causes and cures of constipation, while helpful, gives you only part of the story.
I can't tell you how many clients have asked me in disbelief, Why, even though eating lots of fiber am I still constipated?'
Vital information that can help you find lasting relief is almost always entirely missing!
Conventional (and even 'holistic') advice telling us to eat whole foods containing a moderate amount of fiber, cut out processed foods, drink water, fresh juices and teas, and sufficient exercise is all good.
However, many people are doing all those things and they're STILL CONSTIPATED!
A Missing Link to Constipation Relief...
Toxicity, rather than lack of fiber, is a MAJOR cause of constipation!
abundant flow of bile
is ESSENTIAL to stimulate peristalsis. (Peristalsis is the involuntary contraction and relaxation of the musculature of the intestines, which moves food along).
Here's where it gets interesting: Did anyone ever tell you that an overload of toxins in the body causes the bile to thicken into slow-moving 'bile sludge?'
A rough analogy is when the oil in your car's engine is dirty and needs changing, it gets blackened, thick and sludgy.
Thickened bile can't flow well.
Since your intestines REQUIRE bile to stimulate movement, poor bile flow causes lack of peristalsis, which equals constipation.
Eating Fiber Will NOT Relieve Constipation!
I can't tell you how many clients have complained to me that they are eating lots of fiber, still constipated!
Conventional sources of information (and also 'holistic' ones), give you the impression that if you just eat enough fiber, you will not be constipated.
That is a big MYTH - it is not lack of fiber that causes constipation; it is lack of bile. Moderate fiber intake is good, as fiber helps bind some toxins and carry them out of the body.
Think about this - do you ever wonder why Eskimos living on a high fat diet of wild meat do not suffer from sluggish elimination?
No matter how much fiber you eat, if there isn't sufficient bile flow, you will be constipated.
Without plentiful bile to stimulate peristalsis, eating lots of fiber will only stuff your intestines and you will feel even more bloated! Fermentation of slow moving fibrous foods can add to the discomfort.
I know; I've been there.
Eating a moderate amount of fiber, moderate hydration through intake of water, fresh juices and herb teas, and exercise are all supportive of good bowel function. But nothing can replace the stimulation bile gives to the muscles of your small intestine and colon.
Body Cleanse For Better Bowel Function!
Detoxification of the body! This is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Toxins cause bile to thicken; then bile flow is too slow to provide proper stimulation of intestinal peristalsis (muscular contractions that move along the intestinal contents).
Because it removes toxic heavy metals from your body. We are all continually exposed to heavy metals through 'silver' fillings containing volatile mercury, seafood, household products, etc.
Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum damage the nerves, including the nerves of the intestines. This can be a major contributor to sluggish elimination; the damage to the intestinal nerves makes them less responsive to stimulation needed for peristalsis!
This is why EDTA chelation to remove heavy metals can help relieve constipation!
Conditions that Can Contribute to Poor Bowel Function
It is important to rule out any serious medical condition that may be causing poor elimination.
Colon cancer, hypothyroidism (low thyroid), Parkinson's disease, diabetes and scleroderma and MS (Multiple Sclerosis) are the most common conditions that can lead to inefficient elimination.
Many medications' side effects include slowing of bowel function. You may know that it is common for prescription medications to interfere with liver function, and that liver enzymes are (or should be) routinely tested in these cases.
Since one of the functions of the liver is to produce bile, and
sufficient bile flow
is vital for proper elimination, it is important to monitor liver function when taking drugs.
Magnesium deficiency is a major cause of sluggish bowel.
Over 80% of all Americans are sub-clinically deficient in magnesium.
Besides increasing magnesium rich foods such as nuts, seeds, greens and beans, you might want to consider adding a supplement that contains a VERY easy to absorb form of magnesium.
A Highly Effective Way to Improve Bile Flow and Relieve Constipation
If you are truly ambitious to take control of your health, and adventuresome enough to try something new, you might want to look into coffee enemas, which are wonderful for improving elimination, increasing energy and optimism and restoring youthful vigor.
Not only are coffee enemas an anti-aging secret of the rich and famous (Angelina Jolie, for example). They are also a very powerful detoxification method used in the Gerson Cancer Clinics to restore healthy liver and gallbladder function in terminal cancer patients.
Coffee enema is one of THE most effective tools for a person who wants to achieve Peak Health.
If doing a coffee enema (easier than you may think), seems too involved for you right now, you might want to consider a much quicker, more convenient way to obtain similar benefits.