Natural Relief for Constipation
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on November 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Constipation is one of the most common conditions of modern society and is most often due to lack of fiber, stress, inactivity, and dehydration. It is technically defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week.
Constipation, sluggish digestion, and irregular bowel movements can put a burden upon the entire system from toxic buildup of waste material in the intestines. This can result in fatigue, bloating, gas, skin blemishes, immune system challenges, and more.
Stress can play an important role in constipation because, when we’re in a stressed state, our sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system is turned on. This is the opposite of what our system needs in order to promote a bowel movement – a relaxed state, which is facilitated by the parasympathetic side of the nervous system.
Supporting the nervous system, including moderating caffeine consumption and ‘heeding the call of nature’ when it arises, can help with constipation by encouraging the muscles of the intestinal wall to relax and helping to reestablish regularity.
Eating more fiber and drinking plenty of water will also do much to help “keep you regular”!
Colon & Digestion Essentials™ can also help. This all-natural, herbal formula includes Turkey Rhubarb root, Burdock, Dandelion, Cascara sagrada and Marshmallow root, which support elimination by providing a gentle stimulant action upon the large intestine. Colon & Digestion Essentials also supports nervous system input to the bowel to promote regular elimination and cleanse the colon of toxic wastes, improves digestion, and soothes inflammation in the intestinal tract.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan