Caution - danger!
The most prompt and obvious complications are hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectum prolapse; the immune system goes down (colds and infections start to “latch on”), the absorption of vitamins and minerals gets disrupted; you start having allergic reactions, chronic fatigue syndrome and depressive moods. And those are not the most terrible consequences of constipation! According to the Central Scientific Research Institute of Gastroenterology, people suffering from constipation are at a drastically increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and diverticular disease of colon (when pockets with decaying food are formed in the mucosa, causing inflammation).
What to do?
Reconsider your diet! It absolutely should include foods with sufficient amount of dietary fibers. Dietary fibers are substances that are not absorbed by the body, but they take up water and swell, thereby facilitating intestinal peristalsis. Legumes, groats, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts are excellent sources of natural fibers that help the beneficial intestinal microflora’s generation.
To prevent constipation, get into the habit of arranging fasting day for yourself: during 3 days each month or 1 day every week. The “fasting” menu should include fruit, vegetables and greens; you can also add a bit of rice: rice doesn’t only give a sense of fullness, but it is also a natural absorbent that helps to remove toxins.