It’s an uncomfortable topic, but it’s okay to talk about it.
What is Irregularity?(Regular bowel movements are regular!) Most health professionals agree that a daily bowel movement is important. While you may not be considered to be “constipated” until the 4th day without a bowel movement, by then your stools may be dried out and impacted making them difficult to pass. A regular bowel movement begins with the gastrocolic reflex. This can be triggered by eating or drinking, particularly on an empty stomach. This reflex triggers the peristaltic movement in the colon. This action propels the formed stools toward the rectum. Once the stool makes it to the rectum, the anal nerve plexus is stimulated and this is what gives you the urge to “go”.
Healthy elimination should be pain-free and strain-free.A bowel movement should be light in color and soft, breaking up easily when flushed. Irregularity can be uncomfortable and many people experience it from time to time. Most people have a routine to their “morning ritual”. When your rhythm gets out of whack it can cause discomfort, pain and even contribute to health issues. It can also be an inconvenience when you have a job or obligations that don’t allow you to relax enough to eliminate outside of your familiar environment. If you don’t have regular bowel movements, it may be time to consider a natural colon cleanse.
What Causes Constipation*, Irregularity and Bowel Problems?
Digestive problems can be caused by medication, diet, and lifestyle. Many over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause constipation. These include:
Antidepressants Antihypertensives Parkinson’s treatments Iron supplements Opioid cough syrups Pain medicationA diet that is not well balanced can lead to constipation and bowel problems. Refined and processed foods do not contribute to healthy bowel movements. Too little fiber and too much fiber can also cause constipation. Bloating and gas can be caused by undiagnosed food allergy or sensitivity to casein or lactic acid. Dehydration also leads to gastric problems. Your digestive system needs adequate water to form and eliminate stools. If you don’t keep active, you can’t expect your digestive system to keep active. Sedentary lifestyles can contribute to irregularity. Travel and changes to your daily routine can also wreak havoc to your body’s normal rhythm, resulting in constipation*, irregularity or gastric discomfort.