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A Simple Solution for Constipation

" Majestic Hospitality on Hermosilla 2 [ Plaza de Colon : Paseo de la Castellana : Calle Serrano ]  in the heart of Madrid "This is a touchy subject that can be embarrassing for people to talk about. But it is a wide-spread problem. Physicians write more than one million prescriptions for laxatives each year, costing over $700 million.  And more than 400,000 people are hospitalized each year in the United States because of untreated constipation.

We are familiar with the common causes of constipation: poor diet, low fiber, inadequate water, large amounts of dairy and wheat products, and we can’t forget stress. Over time constipation can lead to colon problems such as episodes of diarrhea, a distended abdomen and irritable bowel syndrome.

More people are becoming aware of the importance of what they eat when it comes to their colon’s health. Processed foods devoid of vital nutrients and fiber clog your colon. Over time the incomplete digested foods begin to cake the walls of the colon much like a pipe junking up. Shifting to a diet high in natural fiber and low in the foods we’ve grown to love will often resolve the constipation.

Exercise and drinking up to two quarts of water a day may turn around the constipation. It is easy to understand how giving your body more liquid and movement will aid in regular bowel movements. Many will tell you that you should have two bowel movements per day. That will be impossible without lubricating, moving, and properly feeding your colon.

When all else doesn’t work

One of the common symptoms that clients bring to me is chronic constipation. I’ve seen this over and over again in the 30 years I’ve been practicing. Inevitably, all these clients are tense throughout much of their bodies and particularly in their abdomens. Often their stomachs feel as firm as their chests. But unlike the chests, they don’t move with the breath.

Many of these men and women improved their diets, increased their water intake, exercised, and did yoga, and took probiotics (healthy bacteria that helps digestion) while a few tried colonics (a deeper enema). Yet in spite of all their efforts their constipation remained because of their tense abdomens.

Once their abdomen releases all that tension, the constipation usually disappears quickly (particularly because they did all the right things). When you think about it, if you compress a hose, the flow through that hose will be restricted; when you compress the colon with tension the flow through that colon becomes restricted. It as if someone is sitting on your gut.

I commonly hear from these Rolfing clients that their first few bowel movements after the release yields old, impacted fecal matter. The released colon frees what was impacted on its walls.  Structure affects functions. A relaxed colon works as it’s meant to work.

Owen Marcus, MA Certified Advanced Rolfer,, with 33 yrs experience – call if you have questions: 265.8440.

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Julie Ferwerda April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

For a lot of people (me included), any amount of dairy is a huge cause of constipation. Taking dairy out of my diet (I’m allergic to casein anyhow) made 100% difference.


admin April 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Julie, I would say for most people diet is the cause and the first place they should look.


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