What You Will Learn in Cleansing 101:
- Why Constipation Hurts Your Health
- What Nature Wants As It Pertains To Bowel Movements
- How To Stay Regular
- How Much Fiber You Need And Which Fiber Supplement To Choose
Bowel movements are something that we are not really allowed to talk about in our society. It is something that many people are uncomfortable discussing other than in the confines of the doctor’s office or in very private settings. Somehow, it has become lost in us that this is a very normal, vital part of our body functioning properly, and should be as fully understood and open to discussion as our blood pressure or cholesterol. So, here is to making the topic of bowel movements and proper bowel function an acceptable part of any health care discussion.
Do you have a constipation problem? How do you define constipation? I have seen reports from doctors say that for some people it is perfectly normal, just their particular rhythm, to have one bowel movement every 3 days. In my opinion, this is not what nature wants. It is not normal, although it may be typical (but so are high blood pressure and diabetes), to have one bowel movement every 3 days.
This is what nature wants: FOOD IN, FOOD OUT. If you eat 2 to 3 meals a day then you should be having 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Food in, food out, get it? Do you doubt me? Here’s an example: people who have dogs as pets usually feed their dogs twice a day and the dogs have 2 bowel movements a day. And if a dog went 3 days without having a bowel movement then the owner would have him to the veterinarian immediately. So why would we assume that we are any different from other animals in the animal kingdom?
So, now the issue is, what happens in our body when we are not as regular as we should be? Let’s assume that you eat 3 meals a day and have a bowel movement every other day, and let’s look at a week at a time. That is 21 meals and only 4 bowel movements. What happens to those other 17 meals? I’ll tell you, they hang around, they ferment, they turn into toxins, and those toxins reabsorb into your system. And those toxins can be responsible for all sorts of conditions, like: acne, bad breath, bloating, indigestion, brain fog, arthritis symptoms, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, cancer, etc.
What kinds of things are important to help keep you regular?
Diet & Fiber. The government recommendation for dietary fiber intake is 25 – 30 grams a day, which means you actually need more like 50 – 60 grams. Getting that from diet alone takes some dedication, including plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, grains & beans, with the emphasis on legumes, grains and beans (a banana has only 1 gram of fiber). There are many fiber supplements on the market,however, not all are good. There are three main guidelines for choosing a good fiber supplements:
- Fiber should be full of nutrients – Many fiber products on the market are made od psyllium or some other nutrient poor fiber. Unfortunately, these fibers are constantly wanting to hold onto nutrition and thus can bind important vitamins and minerals. I recommend fiber supplements that contain ground seeds and vegetables such as flax seed, chia seeds, rice bran, carrot, hemp seed, beet fibe, etc. One such fiber is called 4Fiber by Genesis Today. This formula is nutrient dense and thus mimics what nature intended.
- Fiber supplements should contain a good blend of soluble and insoluble fiber.
- Fiber should not contain harsh or abrasive irritants such as psyllium or senna.
Exercise. Getting exercise is one of the things that signals your bowels to keep moving along. My best recommendation is to walk, jog or run on a regular basis. And that means getting out and taking a walk for a minimum of 30 minutes at a healthy pace at least 3 times a week. And please don’t tell me that you get plenty of exercise at work. That is activity, not exercise. You need to walk just for the sake of walking, not walking from the parking garage to the office building.
Water Intake. One of the major reasons for irregularity is lack of fluids. And the best fluid to drink is water. It should be either filtered or bottled water, never from the tap. And here is a formula to figure out how much water you need. Take your body weight and multiply by 0.7. This is the number of ounces you need on a daily basis. So a 200 pound man needs 140 ounces, or 14 ten ounce glasses of water a day. A 140 pound woman needs about 100 ounces. This is much more than the 8 glasses a day that we have been told.
Probiotics. Probiotics are the bacteria in the gut which play very important roles in supporting immune function, vitamin and mineral absorption, fiber metabolism and control of negative organisms growth. Many things in our lifestyle impact these very important organisms such as stress, antibiotic use and chlorine in the water. There are many on the market, the formula that we use in our practice is called Enteropro and generally only requires one capsule daily for maintanence.
And what do you do about the accumulated toxins that have built up over the years? I recommend taking on an internal cleansing program consisting of herbs and fibers that will cleanse all of the organs of elimination in your body, including the lungs, kidney, liver, skin, and lymph. See the special below if you are interested in a powerful way to give your body a clean slate.