How to fight constipation and colon cancer
By Kerubo Lornah
How to fight constipation and colon cancer
“A satisfying bowel movement is the end-result of good digestion… learning to have a bowel movement is almost as important as learning to eat.” George D. Pamplona-roger.
Constipation is described as a condition when a person passes less than three bowel movements in a week or has difficult bowel movement.
It can occur due to a certain disease of lack of dietary fiber, physical inactivity or medication side effects.
Are you suffering from constipation or do you want to prevent that colon cancer? Then you have a reason to smile. Follow the steps suggested by Dr. George Pamplona Roger in his book Health Body prayerfully and you will have a testimony.
An inactive lifestyle promotes constipation. Movement is needed for toning abdominal muscles. Taking a brisk walk is ideal bowel movement stimulator.
Consume more fiber
Be sure to consume foods with soluble fiber for example from the Psyllium family. This soluble fiber is preferred over the insoluble fiber in bran, which can irritate the bowel.
Drink enough fluids
Without enough water intake, the body absorbs water from stool, making it dry and harder to eliminate.Use natural treatments for the bowels
Bowel massage, enemas and sitz baths are effective remedies against constipation.
• Bowel massage: lie on a hard surface and relax. Using the 3 middle fingers of both hands, massage the surface of the midsection making semicircular movement, from right to left.
• Enemas: this is the introduction of aqueous liquids into the anus with a tube. This is meant to soften the stool and make it easier to pass, helping keep the bowels clear. Enemas are usually done with a liter of warm water. This should be administered by an expert.
• Sitz bath: a warm sitz bath tones abdominal muscles and as result promotes bowel movement. It also helps heal anal fissures. This should be done for 5-10 minutes, one to three times a day, preferably before meals.
Eat more fresh fruits
All fresh fruits are excellent natural laxatives due to their water and fiber content.
Use magnesium salts
Magnesium is a hydrophilic (water-attracting) minerals that pulls water into the bowels, softening stool.
The juice or gel of this plant is a natural softener for digestive tract mucosa. Take a few tablespoonful with water before bedtime to help with the next morning’s bowel movement.
Healthy bowel movements
1. Drink a glass of water or two upon waking up of room temperature water. This cleanses the stomach of the mucus that builds up overnight and stimulates the bowel reflex.
2. Prepare for a bowel movement – get in a position that allows for bowel movement and relax, waiting as long as necessary for the bowel movement to occur. Squatting position is ideal. Squatting has many advantages over other positions. Like, fewer anal fissures, fewer abdominal hernias and less need to increase pressure in abdomen movement among others.
3. Check stool – immediately you are done, you must check your stool to identify anything unusual. The ideal bowel movement should occur in the morning before leaving the house. It should occur at least once per day. Stoll should come out without great effort. Bowel movement should not cause pain, but rather relief after stool is eliminated. Large stool-snake like is a sign of a healthy stool.
• Whitish stool – can be due to bile drainage
• Bloody stool- contains red blood, generally due to anal fissures, hemorrhoids, intestinal polyps, diverticulitis or colon cancer.
• Dry stool- associated with constipation, colon diverticulosis or irritable bowel.
• Ribbon- like stool- associated with irritable colon with colon spasm.
• Black, tarry stool (melena) – due to presence of blood coming from the stomach or small intestine.
• Forthy stool – contains undigested fats due to deficiency in pancreatic enzymes.
4. Cleanse the anus – a long with having bowel movement seated position, the use of bath tissue for anal hygiene is another habit of modern western society. However, the tissue do not achieve complete cleansing. Water completely removes stool, without causing skin irritation.
Reasons you must see a doctor
• Blood in the stool
• Abdominal cramping after easting, especially in accompanied by diarrhea.
• Constipation that does not improve with ordinary diet changes.
• Pain with bowel movement.
Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon) the colon is the final part of the digestive tract.
This type of cancer majorly affect older population but it can also happen at any age.
Preventing colon cancer:
Eliminate meat intake: both red meat (pork, veal and lamb) and white meat (chicken and turkey) promote colon cancer. This is due to the lack of the fiber needed by the colon, but also to the carcinogenic substances formed at high temperatures with cooking or grilling.
Eliminate alcohol intake
Alcohol has been found to promote colon cancer.
Decrease fat intake
There is a direct link between the total amount of fat in the diet, especially animal fat, and the risk of colon cancer.
Recently, it has been shown that trans- fatty acids, which are formed by industrial hydrogenation of vegetable oils to obtain solid fats or by frying foods, promote colon cancer. Certain margarines, sauces and pastries are main source of trans-fatty acids.
A study by the University of North Carolina (United States) has shown that trans-fatty acids promote the development of adenomatous polyps in the colon, which are considered pre-cancerous lesions.
Increase fiber intake
Fiber acts as a broom that sweeps out bad elements in the colon. It retains water and increases the size of stool, speeding up elimination. This leads to the reduction of time that colon mucosa remains in contact with carcinogenic substances that be present in stool.
Overweight people have excess of blood insulin, a hormone that promotes cell growth in the mucosal cells in the colon.
Exercise has been shown to have a protective effect against colon cancer, possibly because exercise decrease blood insulin levels.
With above guidelines in mind, be sure to practice them carefully and prayerfully, you will enjoy great health results. Good luck.
Disclaimer: the above information is for education purpose and is not intended to replace medical functions of a health professional in anyway, either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. The writer of the article will not take responsibility arising from the inappropriate use of the foods stated therein.