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Not much feels worse than when you make a trip to the bathroom but just can’t “go.”
Constipation. It happens to everybody on occasion…
Unless you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from “chronic” constipation.
Let’s hope not because that kind of prolonged constipation is known to significantly boost colorectal cancer risk.
But that’s not all you need to watch out for if you’re backed up. There are three other serious health concerns that you may be surprised to learn can come hand-in-hand with chronic constipation…
Constipation Danger #1 – Fatigue
That exhaustion you’ve been experiencing… You know, the one that just won’t go away? Well, it could have more to do with your constipation than you would have ever believed.
That’s because when you’re constipated, your gut is in a state that’s known as dysbiosis — basically, there’s too much of the bad stuff growing in it and not enough of the good stuff.
When this happens, the carbohydrates you eat begin to ferment instead of being broken down and passing through. That’s why when you’re constipated, you pass that super smelly gas.
That gas is made up of hydrogen sulfide and it’s a big problem for your body because it causes a dysfunction in your mitochondria — the powerhouses of your cells. And, no powerhouse… no energy. That means you end up worn out, exhausted and drained.
To top it off, when your gut is in a state of dysbiosis, with not enough good bacteria and way too much bad bacteria, you can’t absorb enough nutrients and vitamins from your food — which compounds your fatigue even more.
Constipation Danger #2 – Estrogen dominance
You may or may not have heard of estrogen dominance. But, put simply it just means having too much estrogen in your body and it puts you at risk for some chronic health issues.
If you’re a woman, estrogen dominance can lead to:
- Weight gain
- Loss of sex drive
- Anxiety and depression
- Uterine fibroids
- Swelling and tenderness in your breasts
- Fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- And, more
And, for men estrogen dominance can cause:
- Enlarged breasts
- Increased abdominal fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Type 2 diabetes
- Low Libido
- Erectile dysfunction
And in today’s world, you’re increasingly at risk for estrogen dominance since you’re exposed to more and more artificial forms of estrogen through medications, plastics, and hormones in meats and dairy products.
How does constipation tie into estrogen dominance? Constipation slows your transit time — that’s the amount of time it takes waste to leave your bowels.
If you’re constipated, that estrogen just builds up and up and, instead of passing through, sits against the walls of your bowels where it can be absorbed into your body — leaving you at risk for estrogen dominance and all of those symptoms I just mentioned.
Constipation Danger #3 – Anxiety and depression
Do you remember how we said that when you’re constipated your gut is in a state of dysbiosis — which basically means it’s all out of whack?
Well, scientific research shows that when your gut is out of whack, your brain is too. This link between your gut and your brain is what scientists call the gut-brain axis.
In fact, some studies show that over 33 percent of patients with constipation suffer from anxiety while over 31 percent live with depression.
So, if you’re feeling blue the fact that you can’t “go” could be to blame.
How to overcome chronic constipation
Luckily, there are natural things you can do at home to relieve your constipation and get things moving along.
What does that mean exactly? Optimally, you should produce 1-3 smooth soft stools daily. Anything less is considered constipation.
So, if your bowel movements are less than optimal, follow these tips…
- Be sure to exercise since it’s been proven that regular activity helps to keep your bowels moving.
- Try changing your toilet position to achieve constipation relief. Since studies show that squatting while pooping can help you strain less while eliminating more completely, you might consider placing a stool under your feet to raise your knees — simulating a squatting position. Experts say this straightens the angle between your rectum and anus to allow for “A more relaxed and complete elimination.”
- If you still find it hard to “go,” don’t forget about turning to supplements that support a healthy colon. These include:
- Ancient aloe – Aloe naturally stimulates your bowels and softens your stools for easier elimination.
- Inulin – Inulin is a prebiotic found to support the natural production of beneficial bacteria in your colon and restore your gut health – taking it out of that dysbiotic state.
- Potassium – This mineral is important to keep your stool hydrated and moist so that it can quickly move through your digestive tract to the toilet.
- Cascara sagrada – This is the herb you need to restore your natural urge to “go” for normal healthy bowel movements.
You can find all four of these supplements in Peak Colon Support™.
Constipation is not just a symptom, it can actually be a cause of the health problems you’re experiencing and can lead to far more than just pain and strain. Use the tips above to overcome your constipation and “go” again with ease.
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