Lack of dietary fiber is one of the main causes. The average American ingests white flour and white sugar products, a diet high in meat and fried food, with very little raw vegetables and fruit, and little or no whole grains. With this type o diet there will be problems in the bowel area. A congested colon will balloon and create pockets and weaken the walls of the colon, allowing bacterial toxins to enter the bloodstream and cause autointoxication.
Intestinal toxemia or autointoxication is produced by the decomposition of protein in the intestinal tract. in normal digestion the protein molecules are broken down into twenty amino acids. The amino acids are non-toxic; however under the influence of bacterial growth they are capable of producing amines, which are highly poisonous and found in a toxic colon.
A congested colon causes the poisons to be reabsorbed in the bloodstream and settle in the weakest areas of the body to eventually cause chronic diseases. These toxins back up into the veins, arteries and lymphatic system and into the cells.
• enlarged abdomen, with discomfort
• depression, anxiety, irritability
• fatigue and exhaustion
• indigestion and gas
• insomnia, and frequent waking up in the night
• overweight, malnutrition, glandular imbalance
• lower back pain ( colon pressing on sciatic nerve )
• skin, hair and nail problems
Lack of fiber in the diet slows the elimination of fecal matter, allowing toxins to infect colon pockets. Adhesions can be a cause of constipation due to infected mucous membranes of the bowel wall. Other causes include: a stretched colon from overload of food contents; ileocecal valve incompetence, which allows bowel content to re-enter the small intestine and damage organs, joints, nerves and the immune system; and lack of exercise, especially in the abdominal area.
Poor posture interfering with the voluntary and reflex contractions of these important muscles necessary for normal elimination; constipation causes hemorrhoids, and hemorrhoids cause spasms or tightness of the anal muscle and prevents normal bowel elimination; weak bowel muscles can become paralyzed and prevent complete emptying of the bowels. This allows toxins from the fecal matter to irritate the mucous membranes and produce chronic catarrhal, infections, adhesions and even cancer. Lack of liquids causes dehydration, which creates hard fecal matter and prevents normal elimination. Lack of water is usually the cause. Lack of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes can eventually lead to constipation and autointoxication.
Lifestyle changes need to be made. Eliminate alcohol, tobacco, carbonated drinks, white flour and white sugar products and greasy food. Increase dietary fiber, raw foods and reduce meat and fat. This will decrease the accumulation of bad bacteria while building and protecting the immune system.
Exercise is also very important, especially for the abdominal area. Jumping on a mini-trampoline and walking are good exercises. Using a rowing machine and squatting exercises will strengthen the abdomen and intestinal system.
Learn to listen tot he inner body and eat only when hungry. Avoid eating when you are emotionally upset. Learn to combine foods that digest well together. Combining meat and sugar and starch will cause fermentation and create an alcohol substance in the stomach and intestines. Learn about your own body and your particular weaknesses and what nutrients will build and maintain physical, emotional and mental health.
Eliminate over-the-counter laxatives, as they interfere with the proper absorption of sodium and potassium balance in the large intestine. Laxatives pull water and minerals from the body.
Add more whole grain such as whole wheat, whole oats, brown rice, millet, kamut, buckwheat, yellow corn meal ( polenta dishes are delicious ), amaranth, quinoa, and spelt. Whole grains provide fiber, the fatty acids, B-vitamins and minerals when in their whole state. Cooking in a slow cooker or thermos overnight is very nutritional. Chew food longer to assure enzyme activity and help to prevent constipation. Chewing longer satisfies hunger and prevents indigestion.
Juice fasting for one to three days will help start a cleansing of the bowels. Good juice combinations are: carrot, celery, parsley and garlic; and cabbage, carrots, celery and ginger. Wheatgrass juice is cleansing for the colon and blood. Some have benefited from a wheatgrass and garlic enema to speed colon cleansing.
A liver flush is very beneficial with all the toxins in our water, food and air. First thing in the morning, mix in blender one cup warm water, juice of one lime or lemon, 1 capsule ginger or I teaspoon fresh ginger, and one teaspoon pure olive oil. Mix and drink. this will clean and stimulate liver function.
A fresh juice made with grapefruit, oranges, limes and lemons drink before breakfast will aid the body in cleansing.
A fiber and herbal formula is beneficial for cleansing deep into the pockets of the colon. It should contain psyllium, guar gum, burdock, black walnut and pumpkin seeds.
Make flaxseed tea by soaking a tablespoon of flaxseeds in a quart of pure water overnight. mix in the blender, strain, and drink a cup twice a day.
Plain yogurt, made from live culture, is very nourishing for the bowels. It provides friendly bacteria in the bowels and builds immunity to disease.