Constipation Problems ?
Constipation problems? That hard lump below your ribs could be a sign your constipated.
A friend once had a hard lump they could feel that was sore, just below the ribs. After visiting the doctor and having an xray she found it was impacted faces.
As you can see on the x-ray below it is, in fact, possible and probably not that uncommon that a person can get backed up that much.
Constipation affects as many as one in five over the age of 30 at some point in their lives. Ref
Constipation was the most common digestive complaint in the United States, outnumbering all other chronic digestive conditions.
The number of people suffering from constipation is on the rise
A recent survey showing that 16 percent of Americans and a third of those older than 60 suffer from chronic constipation. Each year there is more than 700,000 emergency visits to the hospital for constipation. The number of people admitted to hospital has double since 1997 according to US statistics from statnew.com Ref
Constipation problems are far worse for women
“The condition is far more common in women than men; various studies show women are more than twice as likely to have constipation as men the same age. A recent Gut Foundation survey of 1,300 women, aged between 18 and 50, found around two-thirds reported periodic constipation.” Ref
The costs of constipation
The cost of treating constipation runs into the billions of dollars with over the counter laxatives. Needless to say there is a real market for anyone who can help others get things moving.
Constipation and Cancer
This story may not be that uncommon and illustrates the costs may be much more than monetary when it comes to constipation problems.
Larry had widespread cancer, but that was not the cause of his sudden death.
Larry was certainly not ready to die, you could see it in his eyes. He suffered intense belly pain before he died.
Even though Larry’s death was listed as proliferated colon, which resulted in bloodstream poisoning from bacteria. His actual cause of death was constipation. Ref.
How do you know when you are constipated?
Rome IV criteria for a diagnosis of functional constipation state that people must have experienced two or more of the following symptoms for the past three months, and that symptoms must have begun at least six months before diagnosis:
- straining during at least one out of four bowel movements
- having lumpy or hard stools during at least one out of four bowel movements
- having a sensation of incomplete evacuation in at least one out of four bowel movements
- having a sensation that your rectum or anus is blocked during at least one out of four bowel movements
- resorting to manual maneuvers such as using a finger to help remove feces or apply pressure to support the pelvic floor during at least one out of four bowel movements
- fewer than three defecations a week.
- the diagnosis also requires these two conditions:
- no loose stools without the use of a laxative
- no diagnosis of opioid-induced constipation
- no diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (no prominent pain or bloating).
Factors that contribute to constipation problems
Eating a low-fiber diet
There are two types of fiber – soluble fiber (which dissolves in water, becoming soft and gelatinous) and insoluble fiber (which passes almost unchanged through the intestines.)
Recommended daily fiber intake is 25-30 grams of fiber a day. Most people are getting well below that.
Over 18 years. Acceptable intake
Males 30g per day
Females 25g per day
Medications that affect your bowels
Certain medications affect your bowel habits and can lead to constipation. Opioid pain medication is one example
This is a very common issue. Most people are not getting enough water. Lack of water can lead to constipation.
What’s the solution to the constipation problem?
- Drink more water 6-8 glasses a day
- Eat plenty of fibre and shoot for the target mentioned above 30 grams for males and 25 grams for females
- If you are taking medication talk to your doctor about using alternative medications that won’t cause constipation
Supplementation that may support
Sisel H2 Stix
The Sisel H2 Stix is a great way to increase water in your diet. The H2 stix needs to be mixed with 500ml of water so this alone will give you a boost of hydration. In addition, this product contains magnesium which can help to move things along.
Supra Detox is designed to support the removal of the colon plaque. It can also help to relieve constipation. Follow as directed on the bottle and drink plenty of water with it. I have a friend using Supra Detox taking 1 a day to keep things moving as he eats lots of meat.
Sisel’s Balance D
Sisel’s Balance D contains pre and probiotics which is great for the gut flora and supporting the immune system. It contains 6 grams of fibre per serving so this product can help to increase your fibre intake and move things along.