Treatments for Constipation
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, PhD, DACBN
If you’re suffering from constipation, you are no doubt looking
for some answers to bring relief. Treatments for constipation
vary with the type of constipation from which you’re suffering.
Most people do not know that they should have 1 bowel movement
for each meal they eat. At a minimum people should have two
bowel movements daily.
If you experience constipation for more than 1 week, you should
consult your healthcare provider to determine the cause of your
problem. Most people are suffering as a result of lifestyle
changes and choices. For some people, though, constipation can
signal a more serious problem such as a bowel obstruction or
even colon cancer. If your bowel movements smell foul it is your
body giving you a warning signal! Listen to your body.
If you’re diagnosed with a bowel obstruction, you and your
physician will have to make a decision about appropriate
treatment. If you’re suffering from constipation as a result of
lifestyle, there are several treatment options for you.
Changing your diet. People who have chronic constipation will
almost certainly need a change in diet. Increasing the amount of
fiber in the diet can help relieve chronic problems with
constipation. Eating raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice,
flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals will provide a good
source of fiber.
Adding exercise. It’s also important to increase the amount of
activity you’re getting. Starting an exercise program can help
regulate your bowels. Exercise can be as simple as taking a
brisk 20 minute walk every morning of evening.
Keeping your body hydrated. People who suffer from constipation
are often dehydrated. Make sure to drink 6-8 glasses of purified
water each day. Avoid tap water! Tap water can contain harmful
chemicals, viruses and bacteria. I recommend adding raw organic
apple cider vinegar to the water you drink. Organic apple cider
vinegar has been used for centuries as a remedy for all sorts of
Check your medications. Many medications are the cause of
constipation. Check with your healthcare provider to make sure
that you’re not making your problem worse with prescriptions. Be
aware that there are natural alternatives available if you know
where to find them. A good source of information and high tech
natural alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery can be
found at www.globalhealingcenter.com
Be wary of laxatives. Try to avoid over-the-counter laxatives.
They are often very harsh on the large intestine and overuse can
actually cause more problems with constipation. Laxatives can
cause serious health problems such as diarrhea, bloating,
dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.
Herbal remedies. Many herbal supplements are designed to aid in
constipation. If you decide to try an herbal remedy, make sure
that you talk with your physician first. Some herbal remedies
interfere with prescription medications you may be taking. We
suggest the following: Pure aloe vera, ginger, senna, yerba
mate. The best is a concentrated green formula such as “Perfect
Food OM” manufactured by Garden of Life.
Improve your bowel habits. Try to go the bathroom at the same
time every day, after meals and as soon as you feel the urge.
Give yourself enough time to go to the bathroom. Never, Never
hold in a bowel movement.
Cleanse the colon weekly. It may be a good idea to begin a
colon-cleansing program every week that will help remove
impacted feces from the large intestine. It’s best to
participate in a program, such as using oxygen colon cleansers
such as “Oxy-Powder”, that is non-invasive and will not remove
the good bacteria in the large intestine. Oxy-Powder will also
deliver oxygen into your system. This is the secret used by the
stars in Hollywood.
It’s always best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional
before beginning any treatment option. Everyone’s body is a
little different. You’ll want to make sure that your treatment
choice is safe and will be effective for your body.
A prolific author, Dr. Edward Group has written seven books and
dozens of articles on subjects such as cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, ultimate health, constipation, pain relief and more...
In addition he is editor of the worldwide Internet monthly
newsletter Alternative Health and Healing.
His latest work, “Transforming Your Health in 90 Days or Less!”
shows people the seven most important steps to feeling good and
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Group’s knowledge of alternative/natural protocols is thorough
and his expression is opinionated and passionate. He never fails
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