Millions of people struggle every day with constipation, but few realize that over time this condition can lead to even more serious health problems. Constipation slows down food transit time, allowing undigested food to sit and ferment in the colon. As a result, harmful toxins are released into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. This can lead to a form of self-poisoning called autointoxication, which may in turn cause everything from headaches to immune disorders.
Ordinarily, a combination of factors ultimately results in constipation, including poor diet and nutrition (too many processed foods and refined sugars), a lack of dietary fiber, a lack of essential fatty acids, too little exercise, the use of certain medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), changes in daily routine, and not setting aside time to eliminate regularly. Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural solutions for relieving occasional constipation and restoring regularity.
All-natural herbal laxatives provide fast-acting relief for a constipated colon, with traditionally used ingredients such as cape aloe and rhubarb to stimulate bowel contractions, as well as magnesium to hydrate the stool and soothing herbs such as marshmallow and slippery elm to help lubricate the colon.
Once healthy bowel function is restored, maintaining regularity is essential. This begins with following a high-fiber diet, since fiber adds necessary bulk to the diet in order to help move food through the intestines and absorb and eliminate toxins. A daily Omega oil supplement is also recommended to keep the colon lubricated and ease elimination. Finally, taking a daily probiotic is the key to maintaining a balanced intestinal environment and promoting regular, healthy bowel movements.