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Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Today’s stressful, sedentary lifestyles and highly-processed, low-fiber diets predispose us to constipation. Since good statistics on the prevalence of the problem don’t really exist, medical and holistic health professionals have widely differing views as to what defines constipation.
The time it takes for food to pass from the mouth to elimination through the rectum is generally referred to as “transit time”. In the view of holistic practitioners, transit time should be somewhere between 12 and 24 hours, and that anything longer than a 24-hour transit time indicates constipation. However, many conventional medical professionals consider even longer transit periods perfectly normal. According to the Physician’s Manual for Patients, “Daily bowel movements are not essential to health”.
Even if the statistics available were not skewed by contradictory opinions within the medical community, their accuracy could be affected by a public somewhat shy to discuss the issue. Let’s face it; bowel function is not a subject that many folks feel comfortable talking about. Instead, let’s consider some of the symptoms that holistic practitioners believe could be due to constipation. When looking at the following list, we begin to get a sense of how many people may be suffering from this unpleasant condition.
SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTIPATION
According to holistic practitioners, symptoms that may be due to constipation include the following:
- abdominal pain
- bad breath, body odor
- fatigue, low energy
- depression, irritability
- mental sluggishness
- skin eruptions, sallow skin, dark circles under eyes
IS CONSTIPATION A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK?
When wastes do not move from the colon in a timely manner, the waste material stagnates and the toxic compounds within the waste grow. The wastes can also become impacted and adhere to the intestinal walls. In serious cases, the toxins in the impacted fecal matter can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, leading to a condition known as autointoxication (self-poisoning).
As a result, chronic constipation can contribute to reduced nutritional absorption, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, premature aging due to increased free radicals from higher levels of toxicity, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid disease, colitis, appendicitis, prolapsed rectum, and diverticulitis. A higher incidence of breast disease and colon cancer has also been associated with constipation.
WHY IS CONSTIPATION COMMON IN CANDIDA RELATED COMPLEX (CRC)?
CRC sufferers typically have a deficiency of healthy flora, and frequently food intolerances as well. In addition, yeast toxins cause congestion of the eliminative organs, resulting in compromised digestive function. These factors can all add up to constipation.
OTHER CAUSES OF POOR ELIMINATION
Many other dietary, lifestyle, and even emotional factors can contribute to constipation. Following are the most common underlying causes for this condition:
- Candida overgrowth and other intestinal flora imbalances
- Coffee (high consumption disturbs bowel function)
- Constitutional predisposition
- Chronic dehydration
- Digestive deficiencies, such as inadequate pancreatic secretions, stomach acid, intestinal enzymes, or intestinal flora, or weak liver or kidney function
- Emotional tension or repression (e.g. fear, self consciousness, anxiety, depression)
- Endocrine disorders (eg. hypothyroidism) and hormonal imbalances
- Low fiber, high sugar, high salt, high processed food diet
- Fecal build-up (impacted waste material.) Fecal build-up can also cause diarrhea
- Food intolerances
- Herbs, if they are astringent and diuretic. Many herbs (including herbal teas) are both diuretic and astringent and can therefore reduce bowel lubrication, leading to constipation.
- Laxative and enema misuse. Many laxatives, especially irritating ones such as whole leaf aloe, senna, and cascara sagrada may bring about dependency and/or damage bowel function.
- Structural abnormalities
- Medications. Anti-hypertensive drugs, diuretics, antacids, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and some antibiotics may significantly slow transit time.
In addition, a number of diseases and conditions can contribute to inadequate bowel function; including diabetes, intestinal obstructions, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, pregnancy, scleroderma, spinal cord injuries, thyroid abnormalities, and uremia.
STRATEGIES FOR MAINTAINING BOWEL REGULARITY
There are a number of things that can be done to re-establish healthy bowel function and support improved health. Try to incorporate one or two of the following suggestions every week, adding new habits every week, until your bowels are functioning well:
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Sometimes our usual or therapeutic food choices can be disrupted due to travel, family and social gatherings. We can also stray from the healthy path under periods of stress due to emotional habits.
Have you recently eaten more sugar, caffeine, grains or other things not on your make-me-feel-best food list? Do you want to feel well again?
First of all, please 'speak' gently with your inner voice. Kind acceptance of whatever choices you made will help you direct positive energy towards steering back to a better state.
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Food combining is a diet strategy designed to lighten the load on the digestive system by combining specific foods that utilize complimentary digestive efforts in order to break them down. People with candida overgrowth often experience a reduction in digestive efficiency. This strategy can be helpful, especially during recovery from candida issues.
If you're like many health-conscious people, you pay a lot of attention to what you eat. But even the highest quality foods won't necessarily help you build health if you don't digest them well. Following are some tips for optimizing your digestive process and preventing digestive problems from arising in the first place. You may not need to employ all of these strategies-look at your own eating habits and decide which ones will help you most. Then you'll have the right tools to keep your digestion running at its best; so you can absorb more nutrients and prevent indigestion. You'll also find a special list of remedies for indigestion. If a particular food or eating experience upsets the applecart the more familiar you are with your options, the better chance you'll have of limiting discomfort and finding relief when you need it.
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We often hear from our clients that they need help redesigning their approach to the first meal of the day so that they can incorporate the healing food recommendations outlined in the Whole Approach Candida Diet pages. I've put together a list of favorite candida foods for breakfast or anytime to inspire and encourage you! There are many more amazing candida cleanse recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices. Once you’ve explored this list, be sure to check out all the rest! We'll post some grain-free breakfast ideas soon! (All suggestions below use foods from the WholeApproach Candida Diet Food List.)Read More
by TL Cornish, CNP
Making the necessary dietary changes presents a challenge that requires practice and patience. Most people find that after an initial adjustment period, they feel so good that the efforts expended seem more than worthwhile. You'll discover that the comfort and pleasure you derive from living in a healthier body can be tremendously satisfying.Eventually, your inner wisdom will guide you to choose only the foods that nourish you and starve the candida. You'll probably misunderstand this instinct a few times at the outset. You may even choose to ignore it a time or two. This is all part of the learning process.
The following helpful hints will serve to keep you on track during your transition.
- Remember, you are making dietary choices to nourish you. The diet is designed to deprive the yeast - not you. Counter any feelings of deprivation by exploring exciting new foods and recipes that are delicious and nourishing to the body and the soul.
- Focus on what you can have, instead of what you can't and remember the benefits of your choices.
- Empty your cupboards of those items that are inappropriate for your program, so you won't be tempted.
- Plan ahead; utilize rotation-diet and recipe books that help you to organize your groceries and meal plans. Also, visit our Support Forum pages at http://forum.wholeapproach.com/ for help with diet questions and recipes.
- Ask your loved ones to participate in the diet with you or, at a minimum, to respect your choices.
Once you have felt even a day or two of the reassuring comfort that comes with improving your health, it will be even easier for you to find the inspiration you need to optimize your nutritional self-care.