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Simple Steps to Eliminate Chronic Constipation

Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 09:06 AM

By the time the 35-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel was blasted through the Alps, the Swiss had hauled out 28.2 million metric tons of solid rock. With the obstructions finally removed, they're planning to have cars cruising through the passageway by 2016. For about 15 percent of folks in North America, getting their flow of intestinal traffic to run without interruption is just about as daunting a challenge.

Chronic constipation (three or fewer bowel movements weekly; hard to pass, dry stool; and the sensation of incomplete evacuation during 12 of the past 24 weeks) may be triggered by: dehydration; lack of dietary fiber; insufficient physical activity; low thyroid; nerve dysfunction; medication (including antacids, antidepressants and pain pills); physical obstructions; irritable bowel syndrome; and more.

Whatever the cause, your doctor may suggest using stool softeners, laxatives or stimulants. Unfortunately, about 50 percent of the time, they cause unpleasant side effects or don't solve your problem. So researchers are developing a constipation-busting vibrating capsule that you swallow! Preliminary results indicate that it makes intestine walls undulate, which helps show waste the way out.

But for now, to keep your bowel traffic moving, drink 64 ounces of water and eat plenty of fiber - nine servings of veggies and fruit, and 100 percent whole grains daily. Plus our fave: a teaspoon of psyllium husks in water at the start of every meal. Complete your "clear tunnel" project with a walking program; aim for 10,000 steps daily. And don't forget 10 minutes of meditation daily to reduce stress. Now you're good to go.


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By the time the 35-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel was blasted through the Alps, the Swiss had hauled out 28.2 million metric tons of solid rock. With the obstructions finally removed, they're planning to have cars cruising through the passageway by 2016. For about 15...
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