Constipation is more common among civilized people than any other physical disorder; in fact, it is said to be
a disease of civilization. It is a condition that fills drug store shelves with concoctions which are one of the greatest sources of income to the proprietors. It is the forerunner and cause, to a greater or lesser degree, of many maladies listed under the name of degenerative diseases. One of the causes of constipation is the restraint to call of nature. Nature calls have to be obeyed if we are to avoid constipation caused by this restraint. There are other causes of constipation that have been addressed by other posts in this blog. The major cause is the high fat diet that the body has problems is digesting resulting in constipation.
There was a time when it was considered inelegant to refer to such a subject as constipation. In fact, it has not been so long since one could not mention any of the vital organs of the body, or their ailments, without giving offense. Fortunately, intelligent people now want to know those things that arc conducive to health and longevity, that they may live as long as possible on this mundane sphere, enjoy the greatest degree of good health, and avoid, as far as possible, the inconveniences of life, and accomplish as much as possible while they are here, without becoming a burden to others.
Constipation is a habit that is started among enlightened peoples early in life. Mothers, unwittingly, early teach children this pernicious habit. It is too much trouble to attend to the child’s demands of nature or call of nature; consequently, those responsible for the care of children, either by punishment or intimidation, compel the child to restrain natural call and impulses and develop this habit. When the child goes to school, he is embarrassed to request the leave of absence to respond to nature’s call. In later life, during social enjoyments, automobile trips, or business hours, time is too precious and present company too sensitive to permit of attention to the demands of health.
If constipation is a habit, what should ‘be the normal rhythm of the system in this respect? Doubtless the same regularity as in the taking of food, three times a day, is the ideal routine; but an evacuation at least once a day at some regular time is imperative. Constipation is a habit, and the overcoming of it must become a habit. Regularity in this matter is of the utmost importance. The system can be trained in this particular to be as punctual as clockwork, but the impulse must be heeded when it makes demands.It cannot be stated too emphatically or too frequently that all of the activities of the body are results of habit. The normal appetite craves food at a certain time. If it is satisfied at that time, it becomes a safe guide to regularity in eating. If the time of taking meals varies greatly, the appetite becomes precarious and sometimes is lost entirely. Sleep is likewise a matter of habit. Irregularity in time for retiring breaks the rhythm, and sleep becomes irregular. The offenders often become sleepless and suffer from insomnia. They must be educated back to sleep. So with
the intestinal activity.
If the impulse for expulsion is neglected or suppressed systematically, the body soon loses its rhythm of relief, the impulse disappears, and the process must be restored by systematic education of the intestines again. Nature will not tolerate intrusions or impositions. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” is a law
that is as intolerant in the formation of bad habits as it is tolerant in the development of good habits.
Let us consider for a moment some of the results of natural quick constipation relief . It is well known that the contents of the colon are very toxic. Foul gases and poisonous compounds are generated therein. The intestinal wall is an absorbing surface. The lower part that should be the receptacle of the waste matter from digestion for a few hours, does not absorb readily from the intestinal contents, and unless the bowel is emptied frequently, its contents back up and soon fill the part of the tract where absorption of these toxins is active. Often during long-continued constipation the contents of the colon may even back up into the small intestine, where absorption is rapid. Hence the headaches, nausea, migraine, dizziness, and loss of appetite that accompany constipation.