Well, this is kind of an embarrassing topic to talk about but here it goes… First, let’s have a look at what constipation is. According to the Mayo Clinic constipation is caused by infrequent bowel movements, usually having less than three bowel movements a week. Chronic constipation can prevail for several weeks or longer. Chronic constipation can sometimes be painful and even prevent some to do their daily tasks effectively. I actually disagree with the Mayo Clinic’s statement that less than three bowel movements a week can be classified as constipation. In my personal opinion less than seven bowel movements a week can be classified as constipation. And here’s why…
A lot of people don’t really see constipation as a serious condition, especially those who don’t really experience pain along with it. It should in fact be classified as an illness and a very serious one as well. Neville Mandy writes the following in his book called No More Illness: “When food stays in the colon for a very long time, it begins to decay. In other words, germs infest the food and it begins to rot within us. This decomposing process produces toxic waste. If this toxic waste stays in the colon, the situation would not be too serious. Unfortunately much of this poisonous matter is taken up by the bloodstream. Constipation can thus actually be a process of self-poisoning.” Dr. I.H. Moore talks about some of the serious illnesses that can be a result of this self-poisoning process: “The colon is a sewerage system, but by neglect and abuse it becomes a cesspool. When it is clean, we are well and healthy. Let it stagnate and it will poison the…
- brain and nervous system so that we can become mentally depressed, melancholic, irritable and restless.
- heart so that we are weak and dispirited.
- lungs so that the breath is foul.
- digestive organs so that we are bloated, belching and distressed with gas pains.
- blood so that the skin is sallow, blotched and unhealthy.” (No More Illness, page 9).
You can read more about all the dangers of constipation in Chapter 2 of No More Illness (check link above). But for now, I think we get the picture. It’s serious all right. So let’s get to the good part of fixing this problem. Is it fixable? Yes! Is it manageable? For sure! Can it be managed without medication? Yes, and I believe that’s the best way. Okay, so let’s get to the how part.
First of all you would have to clean the bowels. This can be done by doing the following:
- Grind linseed/flaxseed in a coffee grinder.
- Drink two tablespoons of the grinded seeds with two glasses of water five times a day. If that is a bit too much for you lessen it to three times a day instead of five.
Do take note of the following:
- The linseed/flaxseed must be grinded. It won’t help much if it isn’t.
- For each tablespoon of grinded seeds you must drink a big glass of water. If you don’t the seeds can cause a blockage.
- These seeds can cause you to be a bit uneasy such as having stomach cramps or passing gas. The cramps can be the result of the seeds that are starting to clean house, in a manner of speaking. All the food that stagnated there must be removed which can obviously cause some uneasiness or even pain. I’ve been told that no pain should be involved but when I started doing this for the very first time there was some cramps involved. It got better with time though. But if you are concerned or worried first consult a doctor.
- Once you are regular you don’t have to continue doing this every day. From there on you can do it as soon as you notice that you are becoming constipated again.
However, drinking the seeds alone won’t be that effective. Together with the seeds try to implement the next tips in your daily routine:
- Eat a big breakfast that contains some fresh fruit (very important), whole wheat bread and oats. You can also make porridge with whole wheat couscous, pearl barley, brown rice and Bulgar wheat instead of oats. These unrefined foods contain vital elements that will aid in digestion and help with your overall health. Therefore always opt for unrefined foods. You can read chapter 1 in No More Illness to understand a little bit more about refined foods.
- Grind different kinds of seeds together and add them over your porridge at breakfast. Seeds are usually high in fibre which helps with digestion. To read more about the benefits of seeds you can refer to these two websites: Bodyunburdened.com and Globalhealingcenter.com.
- Avoid eating your food too hot or too cold. “The stomach is greatly injured by a large quantity of hot food and hot drink. Thus the throat and digestive organs, and through them the other organs of the body, are enfeebled. Food should not be eaten very hot or very cold. If food is cold, the vital force of the stomach is drawn upon in order to warm it before digestion can take place. Cold drinks are injurious for the same reason; while the free use of hot drinks is debilitating.” (Counsels on Diet and Food, Page 106)
- Don’t drink anything with meals and don’t drink half an hour before meals and an hour after meals. Not even water. “Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meals. Food should not be washed down. Taken with meals, water diminishes the flow of saliva; and the colder the water, the greater the injury to the stomach. Ice water or ice lemonade, taken with meals, will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again. Masticate slowly, and allow the saliva to mingle with the food. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals, the more difficult it is for the food to digest; for the liquid must first be absorbed.” (Counsels on Diet and Food, Page 106).
- The usual…drink 8 glasses of water a day. I personally need to drink 9 classes of water a day before I see any results. But this will obviously depend from person to person.
- Go for a short walk after a meal. This should be done at a moderate pace. “Neither study nor violent exercise should be engaged in immediately after a full meal; this would be a violation of the laws of the system. Immediately after eating there is a strong draft upon the nervous energy. The brain force is called into active exercise to assist the stomach; therefore, when the mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another. Exercise aids the dyspeptic by giving the digestive organs a healthy tone. To engage in deep study or violent exercise immediately after eating, hinders the digestive process; for the vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work of digestion, is called away to other parts. But a short walk after a meal, with the head erect and the shoulders back, exercising moderately, is a great benefit.” (Counsels on Diet and Food, Page 104)
- Allow your stomach to rest in between meals. Therefore don’t snack in between meals, not even on healthy snacks such as fruits or nuts. “The stomach must have careful attention. It must not be kept in continual operation. Give this misused and much-abused organ some peace and quiet and rest. After the stomach has done its work for one meal, do not crowd more work upon it before it has had a chance to rest and before a sufficient supply of gastric juice is provided by nature to care for more food. Five hours at least should elapse between each meal, and always bear in mind that if you would give it a trial, you would find that two meals are better than three.” (Counsels on Diet and Food, Page 173)
Well, that was quite a mouth-full. But that is it. If you can follow all of the tips above you will be well on your way to managing constipation. You will, however, need to be consistent. And we all know that being consistent can be such a hard job, right? Hang in there!