Patients that take part in our weight loss program receive Phentermine. One common side effect of Phentermine is constipation. If you are prone to constipation, taking a stool softener daily may be recommended. Over the counter (OTC) stool softeners may be taken as directed.
Many people think they must have a bowel movement at least once a day to be normal. You do not have to worry about being constipated unless you have three or less bowel movements in a week.
When you are constipated, your body is not able to get rid of waste like it needs to. Constipation occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be eliminated from the rectum, which may cause the stool to become hard and dry. While occasional constipation is quite common, some people experience chronic constipation that can interfere with their ability to go about their daily task. Constipation becomes chronic when you have been dealing with symptoms for more than 3 months; this could lead to complications.
Treatment for constipation depends in part on the underlying cause.
Side effects of being constipated:
Infections– if you end up being constipated, you are having trouble passing a stool. If the stool has become dry and hard from lack of moisture, it could make having a bowel movement painful. When the rectum is stretched out to accommodate the painful stool, the rectum could stay open resulting in rectal prolapse. This could lead to an infection.
Bad Breath– one unusual side effect is bad breath. You may wonder how a condition that is occurring at one of your body could affect the complete opposite end of your body, but it can. What happens inn this case is the gases and toxic waste that are building up because you are constipated rises and as it goes throughout the body, and it usually ends up in your mouth.
Lowered ratio of healthy bacteria– healthy bacteria in your body is called flora. The purpose of flora is to help with the production of vitamins and helps with your immune system. When you are constipated the amount of flora in your intestine is reduced, putting you at risk for illness and infection.
Colon cancer-the colon is meant to store a couple of pounds of stools. If you become constipated, there is a buildup of stools which puts the colon at risk of ripping. When the colon becomes strained because it is overloaded, it in turn strains the inner membrane. Ruptures and possible infections can occur, and could lead to colon cancer.
Increased toxins– your skin will show on the outside what your body is going through on the inside. If you become constipated, you will suffer an excess of toxins in your body. The skin, your largest organ, must work overtime to get rid of these toxins. If your skin looks less than glowing you need to address the issues that are going on inside of your body before you start looking for a new facial cream.
Hemorrhoids– when you are constipated, you may find yourself trying too hard to push out a stool. What can result is a hemorrhoid. A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein that can be found around the bottom of the rectum. They can result in extreme pain, difficulty sitting in a chair, and uncontrollable itching. There are over the counter treatments and soothing pads available to help deal with the side effects.
How to prevent being constipated:
Eat more fruits and vegetables– eating more fruits and vegetables is a good thing for many reasons but when it comes to avoiding being constipated, it helps to add these foods to your diet. When you eat fruits especially, it is best if you can consume the skin of the fruit, which is what increases your fiber intake.
Avoid eating too many processed foods– most junk food is so processed there is no fibrous content to it, let alone any nutritional value. When foods have no fiber content at all it makes it difficult to process it leaving you feeling bloated and constipated.
Make sure to chew your food properly– when you chew your food thoroughly you break it down into small enough pieces so that it can be transported through the digestive process more easily. It will make it easier to exit the body, keeping you from becoming constipated.
Check the medications you are taking– there are many medications that could leave you in a constipated state. Check with your doctor to find out if one of the side effects to your prescription is constipation. If it is, make sure you get a natural laxative, so you can resume regular bowel movements again.
Increase your fiber– eating a high fiber diet helps your body operate properly. Your food can move through your digestive system smoothly and complete the entire process, so you are able to have a healthy bowel movement.
Drink plenty of fluids– you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. If you do not drink enough fluids, your body will suffer, and you will find it more difficult to have a bowel movement.
Exercise on a regular basis– regular exercise revs up your metabolism and increases your circulation. When your circulation and metabolism are running at an optimum level, you eliminate your chances of becoming constipated.
Try a natural laxative– if you do find yourself constipated, try a gentle, natural laxative so that you do not put undue strain on your body. Check out a health food store or ask your doctor for recommendations.
Ways to promote regular bowel movements and improve constipation:
- Omega 3 fats
- Vitamin C
- Abdominal massage
Cape aloe has been used for thousands of years to promote the health of epithelial tissue, including the bowel lining. Cape aloe contains a class of phytonutrient compounds called anthraquinone glycosides. When ingested, these compounds are activated through bacterial metabolism in the gut, promote water retention in the stool, and stimulate peristalsis in the large intestine. By causing active chloride secretion, cape aloe increases the water and electrolyte content in the stool and eases elimination without artificial additives and cramping associated with other therapies.
Super Aloe is intended for the relief of occasional constipation. Cape aloe, the solid residue obtained by evaporating liquid aloe ferox, has been shown in the research to affect regularity due to its influence on colon peristalsis, which triggers contract, resulting in accelerated intestinal passage. This formulation Super Aloe 450 is available in convenient blister packets.
1 capsule at bedtime weekly (allow 24 hours before redosing) or as recommended by your health care professional
Maintaining a clean digestive system leads to a lifetime of better health, because when your colon is clean, you get more nutrition from food supplements you take. A good colon cleaner will eliminate old fecal matter and toxic waste to promote a health digestive system.
May be taken daily as a stool softener or as recommended by your health care professional
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