A well-formed, healthy stool lets the body know when it is time to come out. It should not need to be coaxed. It should be well hydrated, and it should slip out easily. Chronic straining can not only cause hemorrhoids it can lead to rectal prolapse, in which part of the inside of the rectum protrudes through the anus. Over time, straining to defecate can cause thin sacs, called diverticula, to form in the colon walls. Food and toxic particles can collect in these sacs, become infected, and eventually burst and release unfriendly bacteria into your body.
Stool that looks like little balls all wadded together has been in the colon too long. The longer waste materials sit in the colon, the more concentrated bile acids become; concentrated bile acids irritate the lining of the colon. Hormones that have been broken down by the body are also excreted via our feces. If the stool sits in the colon for too long, these hormones are reabsorbed into the bloodstream, increasing the risk for estrogen-dependent cancers.
Common symptoms of constipation include:
- Abdominal pain
- Less frequent bowel movements
- Dry, hard stool
- Blood with stool
- Rectal pressure or fullness
- Rectal pain with bowel movement
- Oozing liquid stool
- Indigestion, heartburn, GERD, acid reflux
- Swollen rectal veins
- Decreased appetite
- Bad breath
- Body odor
More than anything else, the extra time that food residues remain in the colon contributes to the formation of toxic substances, alters intestinal flora, and results in intestinal toxemia and autointoxication. Constipation contributes to the lowering of the body’s resistance, predisposing the body to many acute illnesses and the initiation of many degenerative and chronic processes. Constipation is so widespread that the average person who is constipated doesn’t even know it
Optimal bowel transit time is 12 to 24 hours, so if you are having only three bowel movements a week, you have a transit time of 56 hours, which is way too long. Frequency of bowel movements is a good health indicator. People on good diets generally have one to three bowel movements a day.
When we cleanse and remove the toxic debris; feed the body good, healthy, vital foods; and stop poisoning ourselves, the body will respond with healing and reversal of the disease processes.