Fiber for Elimination and Detox
It has been estimated by those who practice natural, integrative medicine that 90 percent of all diseases begin in the colon. The reason for this is because the colon is the sewage system for the body. Scriptures doesn't talk specifically about fiber or constipation, but I can tell you that the diet Jesus ate, and what most people have been eating over the last few millenniums was loaded with fiber.
When you eat food, you should eliminate what was just eaten in approximately 24 hours. This is referred to as transit time, which is the amount of time it takes from when you swallow food to when you eliminate it out of your body. The average transit time for most Americans is approximately 50 to 60 hours.
Think about that for just a minute. When you become constipated you hold poisons inside your body. These toxins that are supposed to be eliminated in about 24 hours are hanging around, putrefying and rotting inside your body for an additional 20-30 hours. Those toxins are sipping into your blood stream, making your body more polluted and needlessly activating your immune system.
Your colon or large intestine as it is commonly called is primarily designed for eliminating poisons and toxins. It is your liver that breaks the toxins down so they can be eliminated by your colon, but it is through your colon that most of these toxins get dumped out of your body.
FYI...when your large intestine is constipated and the toxins can't get out – your skin takes over that responsibility. This is why so many people start experiencing adult acne and other skin irritations, even odorous smells begin to emit from the body.
When you don't eliminate the toxins in a timely fashion they begin to rot and putrefy in your body. They emit toxins into your tissues, which internally pollutes your body. It is no different than living and breathing air out in the country verses downtown smog, polluted air. What are you doing to the internal environment of your body? Are you over-polluting the insides of your body and making it harder to stay healthy?
Back in biblical times and up until about the last 50-75 years people had been eating organic food. There were No burger and pizza joints around the corner, stripped of almost all the fiber in them. People ate lots of nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and 100% whole grains. Yes, they are lots of beef, chicken, eggs and fish, but they also ate lots of food loaded with fiber. The question is, are you?
Constipation and a Lack of Fiber
Constipation and a healthy bowel movement are not your typical conversations that you have with your friends. Fatigue, acne, allergies, headaches, joint pain, PMS are much more fun and less embarrassing to talk about. The funny thing is that all of those problems can easily be associated to constipation.
Therefore how can you tell if you are constipated and in need of fiber? Easy...how often do you have a healthy bowel movement? All right doc, what is a healthy bowel movement? Here are a few criteria.
- You should eliminate at least once a day! You're consuming food at least three times a day, aren't you? That waste material, the part of the food that your body can't use has to go somewhere doesn't it? It is Not Normal to go every third day or once a week. If you're putting food in your body, it has to go somewhere.
- It should not be painful, difficult or take more than a few minutes! If you are sitting on the pot for half an hour, grunting and groaning – that's not a good sign.
- You should eliminate about a foot to a foot-and-a-half of waste material each day! If it is just a bunch of little rocks that come dropping out, it's not a good sign and another indication that you need to increase your fiber consumption.
- It should have a slight or mild odor, but if it is causing your eyes to tear-up and family members to leave the house that is a bad sign! What is that quote in the movie 'Star Wars' "if it smells bad on the outside – it is much worse on the inside." I can't tell you how many times I have walked into the men's bathroom in my office building and had to hold my breath.
- Does it float? When it floats that is a good sign that there is adequate fiber in your diet and you are breaking down your food properly. If it rapidly sinks it could be telling you there is not enough fiber and or there is some mal-digestion going on. You are more than likely not breaking down your protein properly, which is causing all the bloating, gas and indigestion.
Those are the basic questions to ask regarding a healthy bowel movement. What helps keep everything moving properly is fiber! You find fiber in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Meat, chicken, fish and eggs don't have fiber, but when you eat a meal that has both protein and veggies you've done your part. It's when you don't eat a meal or two that doesn't have any fiber that gets you in trouble!
If you're not eating fiber rich foods, you need a good fiber supplement. Psyllium is the most popular fiber. It is kind of like peanut butter. It's inexpensive and good, but I prefer almond butter, it has many other great healing attributes. I like flax seed, apple pectin, guar gum...these are good fibers that help keep things moving. Stay away from fiber supplements that use artifical sweeteners such as Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucrolose), Sweet n Low (saccharin) or Acesulfame potassium. Also beware of using too much sugar or artificial colors and dye's. There are plenty of good, natural fiber supplements on the market.
Fiber has one basic function and that is to keep things moving. I like to think of fiber like a train or railroad cart – it carries all the toxins and poisons out of the body. Your liver breaks down all those harmful toxins, and it is the fiber that carries it out of the body. Therefore if you don't have enough fiber – a lot of those toxins will stay in your body or get eliminated through your skin.
FYI...when the toxins come out through the skin – they are still toxins and are harmful and irritating to your skin, which triggers the irruptions and outbreaks. Scrubs are great for getting them off the skin, but if you get your bowels moving properly you won't have to spend as much money on those cosmetics. Also, fiber has so many other healing benefits associated with them such as reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, and hormonal imbalances.
Fiber is different than a laxative. Laxatives, whether natural or prescribed cause a sudden surge and elimination, which isn't bad, but I don't recommend doing that for more than a couple of months, and would only use it on the more difficult, long-term constipated individuals.
As I have always said, good health is based on the foundation of your digestive and elimination systems. If they are faltering, there is a good chance your overall health is as well. Use the "online health quizzes" to test yourself. If you don't do so well, and are struggling with some health problems that aren't getting better. Look to the basics, get a Second Opinion and see where you may need some additional advice.
Just remember, if your bowels are not moving 1-2 times a day, and it is painful and odorous, begin using a natural fiber supplement in your daily diet and increase the intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Don't forget the water either, your body will love you for it!