My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 26 … How to reduce or eliminate constipation!

waterfallsConstipation as you know (and may be experiencing) is one of the more unpleasant aspects of Parkinson’s. I’m happy to say that I don’t have constipation thanks to four things:

  1. Diet
  2. Colonics
  3. Exercise
  4. Hydration

Diet is the single most important strategy to minimize constipation, and the most important part of this strategy is the elimination of dairy. Not only is most of the dairy sold around the world extremely unhealthy and counter productive to healing (unless it’s raw and comes from organic grass fed cows), the human pancreas stops producing the lactase enzyme after age two and therefore, we don’t properly digest dairy foods and thus, they constipate.

I am currently on the Ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb) and it seems to be doing a good job of keeping me regular.

Colonics is also extremely important. Colonics is simply a colon cleanse. Most of us have a clogged up colon from a lifetime of consuming unhealthy foods and therefore, cleaning it out is essential to staying regular. I had two colonics in October and I’ve had the best bowel movements of my life since.

Regular exercise is also important because according to webmd.com, exercise helps eliminate constipation by decreasing the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, thus limiting the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body. Hard, dry stools are harder to pass. In addition, aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate. This helps to stimulate the natural contraction of intestinal muscles to help move stools out quickly.

Wait an hour after a big meal before engaging in any rigorous physical activity. After eating, blood flow increases to the stomach and intestines to help the body digest the food. However, if you exercise right after eating, the blood flows toward the heart and muscles instead. Since the strength of the gut’s muscle contractions directly relate to the quantity of blood flowing in the area, less blood in the GI tract means weaker intestinal contractions, fewer digestive enzymes, and the food waste moving sluggishly through the intestine. This can lead to bloating, excess gas, and constipation. So after a big meal, give your body a chance to digest it before you exercise.

Hydration is important because it keeps the intestinal muscles well lubricated and the stools soft, so they’re easier to pass. Having said that, it’s best to stop drinking liquids at least one half hour before meals and don’t resume again for at least one hour afterwards, so as not to dilute the enzymes in the stomach. It’s also best to drink pure spring water.

So there you have it, four steps to staying regular! I hope this helps.

Have an awesomely regular day!

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2 comments on “My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 26 … How to reduce or eliminate constipation!

  1. Hello Fred,
    Just found this post on constipation, which I will send to my brother. But before I do, I want to know if you did mean to say, “NOT to drink liquids a half before or an hour after eating” or you meant to say,” it’s best TO drink liquids a half hour before or an hour after eating.” I personally, never drink with my meals, for that very reason of diluting the enzymes in the stomach which aid in digestion. Please forgive me if I have misunderstanding.
    May you always be rewarded for your aspiring others.
    May Peace be with you.
    Dorothea

    • Thank you for pointing that out Dorothea. What I’m meaning to say is, it’s best to stop drinking liquids at least one half hour before meals and don’t resume again for at least one hour afterwards.

      I’ll rewrite it so it’s more clear.

      Cheers,
      Fred

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