The Truth: About Constipation

Constipation is probably the least understood condition of the body and the most common problem faced today.

The reason I say it is least understood is because while talking with clients about bowel movements and the importance of regular bowel movements, we are on the same page, until I take the plunge and clarify the issue of frequency.

Most people believe that if they pass a bowel movement once every morning they have a healthy digestive system.

Once a day is certainly not the type of regularity naturopathy believes in. The truth is, that going just once is actually a constipated body.

A healthy body must excrete 2 to 3 times a day.

Before you panic on the amount of time you will then have to spend in the bathroom, please understand that a healthy body does not take 15 or 20 minutes to pass a bowel movement. In fact it will take you a total of 20 minutes but spread over 2 to 3 times. So the amount of time spent in the bathroom is the same.

Over and above that it is also important to know that it is very unhealthy to put pressure or sit on the pot for long periods of time reading or playing on your android, because even if you’re not pushing all the time, the position you’re sitting in with your cheeks apart still allows more pressure on the rectal veins causing haemorrhoids.

The problem with bowel habits is that we tend to acquire the bowel habits of our family based on sharing a similar lifestyle and diet. These then form our only real comparison for assessing our own habits.

Talking about habits, how many of you hold the urge to pass bowel movement if out of the house?

You need to realize that by doing that, you have spared your mind of dealing with an unclean toilet, but you haven’t spared your body. What you don’t eliminate hangs around in your bowels and putrefies, creating poisonous gasses, parasites, and destroying your delicate intestinal tissues. An unhealthy colon also leeches out poisons into your blood. This poisonous blood is a tax on your immune system as well as your liver, and when the poisons are collected and sent for excretion, they end up back in your colon, where you reabsorb them.

Bernard Jenson, widely regarded as a leader in the field of Naturopathy, once wrote that “when the bowel is under-active, toxic wastes are more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the blood stream. The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits some of them in tissues, with the greatest amount retained in the constitutionally weakest tissues.”

It is important you have your facts right on what is more important, an unhygienic toilet or an unhygienic colon. To understand how germs function and how they exist everywhere from public toilets to your own bed, read my article on The Truth: About Germs.

Just like everything else in life where we are taught, that to improve and evolve, you have to work inside out, whether it is mental or spiritual. Likewise in the body, you have to start with keeping your insides clean to have better outwardly health.

A constipated body leads to bad breath, skin eruptions, dark circles and digestive diseases to name a few. It is becoming more and more important in today’s day and age to monitor what we put in, because a lot of it is like eating shit to start with anyways, let alone holding that in for long periods of time.

Common foods that cause constipation:

Meat, fried, oily and junk foods, bread, cakes, pasta, pizzas, burgers, cookies, fats, excessive salt, White flour (maida), biscuits, preserves and white sugar.

The cure for constipation is very simple:

  • Eat lots of FIBRE and drink plenty of WATER.
  • EXERCISE is essential in the treatment of constipation.
  • PEAR is regarded as one of the best laxative fruits.
  • Drinking lukewarm water with lime juice is also a highly effective remedy for constipation.

let it all out, it’s the only way to be  😉


Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 6

I am 56-year-old woman weighing 88 kgs. I workout for an hour and a half daily and watch my diet. In spite of that my weight stays the same. Recently my R.A test came positive. I have a problem in my right hand’s second finger, no other medical problem. What diet should I go on? 

Currently you need to focus on your arthritis and cure it using a combination of naturopathy (which will give you nutritional guidance)and life force healing(which will give you emotional guidance). Once you start curing that, the weight will also start going. The weight that is refusing to leave you right now is actually protecting you as the body needs fat and water to dilute fat soluble and water soluble toxins.

I am a student and with my daily busy schedule I don’t get much time to exercise. Erratic eating schedules have made me suffer from indigestion and bloating. What healthy snacks can I add to my diet, which are easy to make and carry with me? 

I suggest you carry fruits or vegetables that can be eaten easily like apples bananas pears grapes carrots cucumbers etc as well as a bag of mixed dry fruits. You could also carry a boiled egg as it’s easy to peel and eat when ready.  It is unhealthy to keep the stomach empty for long durations, so I suggest you keep nibbling every 2 to 3 hours.

I am a 35-year-old homemaker. After dieting and exercising for a whole year, I have reached my ideal weight. But maintaining that seems tough. Being a south Indian, the food at home is full of vegetables and rice. What should I include and exclude from my diet? 

Diets don’t keep excess weight off. A healthy body does. Make sure you are healthy in body and mind. As I do not know what diet you have followed to lose weight, i cannot tell you what to include or exclude. However you could try brown rice instead of white and eat plenty raw foods through the day. Avoid processed foods and unnatural sugars and as for exercising, I suggest you do yoga and walking over any other cardio.

I have heard that vanilla ice-cream is an excellent digestive. Is that true? Will it be a problem if I have it everyday? 

First of all, ice cream is a dairy product(dairy is acidic to the body). Secondly, did you know that many conventional and commercial brands of ice cream contain car antifreeze solution? Propylene glycol is an ingredient used in many ice creams. Other additives found in ice cream include Piperonal, Diethyl glucol, Amyl acetate, Aldehyde and many more which are seriously poisonous. Many nutritionists now refer to ice cream as the garbage dump food. Apart from that Ice cream is sweet because of the number one and most addictive drug in the world – sucrose (sugar). Various forms of synthetic chemical sugars and sweetners can be found under such umbrella terms as Sucrol, maltose, dextrose, glucose, saccharin (or Equal), aspartame (or Sweet N Low), and xylitol to name a few. So vanilla ice cream is in NO way an excellent digestive. If you do have digestive problems, I suggest you consult with a specialist and get to the root of what is causing it and alter your lifestyle nutritionally to achieve smooth digestion.

As appeared in the Bombay Times Column(Ask the expert)

By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

For more information on how Naturotherapy can help you, click here.