There can be several reasons for constipation. Some can be gradually onset reflecting finally in constipation, and having nothing directly obvious to do with the colon function. The definition of Constipation here can also mean sitting on the toilet for a while, producing small bowel movements, and also straining, and producing a very dry and difficult bowel movement. But Constipation does also mean the obvious: not having sufficient bowel movements during the day.
Perhaps the best definition for Constipation is not having at least 2 bowel movements per day, especially after meals.
When there are pimples on the chin, near the nose area, you could be eating a constipating diet, an intoxicating diet, or have intestinal parasites that are feeding off of a farinaceous diet (e.g. eating too many flour based foods, like a cinnamon bun, or pastas, pastries, or other low carbohydrate foods on a regular basis. Even white rice can cause constipation.
Constipation is also caused by the the candida albicans organism overgrowing in the bowels, post anti-biotic use, and which can eventually cause gall-bladder issues, reduced organ energy causing constipation. The intestinal human micro-flora is needed for solving part of the frequent bowel movements needed during the day.
If eating a lot of yogurt helps, bring about relief, intestinal parasites, or an imbalance in the microflora could be a cause.
However, eating a lot of yogurt would not usually work in the case of a candida infection where energy healing is needed .
In all these recommendations above the purpose is to get yourself in touch with you body...
If you awaken, and you know that your body is feeling well, and you are in tune with the nutrition you need: protein, carbs, fats, minerals, a mineral drink a, protein smoothie, and water!, etc, and you are listening to your body, you keep staying well. You need to use your own judgement, sound judgement, and common sense to utilize these recommendations properly. Use you intuition. Develop your intuition about what you need! Sometimes the solution to your constipation is something so simple, you had no idea you needed it. For example, you could need some more cruciferous vegetables in your diet. So, eat the cruciferous vegetables that are indicated for your blood type. This web page is not really about solving constipation, it is about using sound nutritional advice, adjusting your diet, and adding in some foods, or supplements which you need to stay well. We are not meant to go and see the medical doctor when we are constipated. A medical doctor usually wants to find some pathology (something seriously wrong with your body). A medical doctor is supposed to teach you how to stay in touch with your body, and be well, but it is not part of their profession. Instead they teach you how to eat when you have some illness, like viral gastritis. I am not writing about prevention, I'm writing about being well all the time, about having vibrant, sustainable health. We need to know how to use herbs, and supplements to stay well, to stay away from stressful situations, and eventually leave stress behind. Staying well, is the key to healing. We are meant to use herbs, herbal formulas to stay well. Everyone has imbalances in the bodies, and so we need to treat those imbalances and understand them as early as possible so we avoid the visits to the medical doctor where we are freightened, and loose control of our thoughts, and give your power away.
It is almost always NOT just the lack of fiber in the diet that causes constipation, although fiber is essential. Eating bran cereals, because they are high in fiber can be beneficial and may lead to a solution of regular bowel movements again.
However, because the liver, gallbladder and also the stomach can also be involved
Constipation could be because of excess consumption of meat, especially red meat, both red meat and lamb. This is more true for blood type A, AB, but not O's. Lack of sufficient water will also cause constipation. People who eat a lot of red meat, often need it because their blood type thrives on it.
Another more common constipation is eating junk foods without much fiber in them, for example, eating potato chips, ruffled potato chips, pizza, corn chips.
Corn chips are especially difficult for the colon because they probably suck moisture out of the bowels whereas moisture is necessary for increasing moisture for bowel movements. These foods also have a sharp edge.
Rye bread is an also example of a food which sucks moisture out of the colon.
There is a big difference between eating a baked potato, and potato chips, even baked potato chips. These kinds of sharp edge foods are very hard on the colon. The more crinkly, and crunchy a food is, the more constipating it is. So, for example, you may have thought a rice derived snack, is ok for you, but actually it can be constipating.
The antidote to this is to eat grapes, oranges especially if you can handle the acidity. Kiwis may also be beneficial as well.
The most probably and important reason for constipation is losing tone of the bowels. This requires a herbal tonification formula. The reasons for the need for this is that there has been a lack of exercise, and a lack of listening to the colon needing to evacuate. That is, listening to the "call of nature.".
There is a natural action of the large bowel to push the matter out, which is called the peristaltic action of the colon. An underfunctioning thyroid and therefore an underactive thyroid causes a slowing of the peristaltic action.
Slowed Peristaltic action then shows up as small bowel movements in the morning, sitting on the toilet seat for much longer, insufficient evacuation, and bowel movements that occur much later in the morning.
It is actually normal for a person to have 2-3 bowel movements in the day, after each large meal. This is likely only to be accomplished when the bowels are well toned, and there is a natural squatting position on the toilet seat.
A small step stool which is put on the front of the toilet seat can help to move the body into a natural squatting position when the feet are put up. Both feet are put up on this toilet stool which can fit right underneath the toilet, and extends out just a foot to allow the feet to rest on it.
Another Important Reason for Constipation is mucoid plaque in the colon. The presence of mucoid plaque usually causes strained bowel movements, and can cause mood swings because of it's effect on the liver.
Finally, acidophilus can help constipation because it provides healthy flora or bacteria that normally inhabit the colon. There are now many probiotic yogurts on the market.
Apples and bananas can cause constipation. Apples are an astringent. Some apples may be more astringent than others. Typically eating several apples a day usually causes the colon to astringe. In this case, the person may wake up at 5am because of colon health difficulties. However, potassium in the apples may be needed since it is mineral used in pumping muscles! And the fiber may help too. So, solving constipation may be more difficult than just taking a supplement, you may need to examine mineral intake as well as eat the correct fruits for nourishment.
Incidentally, you might think that apple juice can cause constipation since apples can. However, apple juice almost always contains ascorbic acid, and high does of vitamin-c can increase bowel movements.
Sufficient sleep means between 8-9 hours per day on a continual basis. Lack of sleep can affect the body's ability to properly repair itself during the night, when it produces hormones. Deep sleep is needed each night to allow the person to feel refreshed in the morning.
Proper diaphragmatic breathing can improve the peristaltic action of the colon, and thus increase bowel movements.
When constipation is more complex to deal with because of chronic bowel health issues, candidiasis, and chronic reflexing to disturb the glands, or other organs, a vibrational Reading is often needed. This is especially true when the digestion is compromised, or weak.
What most people do not realize is that the reflex points at the bottom of the foot which correlate with organs, and glands, also exist in the colon as well.
In a Vibrational Reading, exact supplements and dosages are given to help the colon. The vibrational difference between 2 formulas can be dramatic even when both offer a laxative effect.
Remember: A visit to your medical doctor may be in order to rule out other more serious causes of constipation. This is true whether the constipation is once or twice a week or chronic.