People suffering from constipation,
diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can alleviate those
conditions by adding MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax Products
to their diets. MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax
are natural foods high in fiber, lignans,
vitamins, minerals, protein, enzymes and omega-3 essential fatty
The unique combination of fiber and omega-3
EFA’s soften the stool and promote bowel movements for relief of
constipation. MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax
cleanses the colon and continued use may help
prevent colon cancer. Unlike laxatives, MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax
is a natural food that is gentle, non-habit forming and supplies
the body with healthy nutrients. People suffering from diarrhea
or IBS will find consuming MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax Products
daily will add substance to their stool after a short period of
Many find that MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax Products
work better than any other products they have tried. Many have
also noticed other benefits such as: relief from indigestion,
lower cholesterol levels, faster growing and stronger nails,
relief of PMS and menopause symptoms, fewer colds, better
control of blood sugars, more energy and simply feeling better
Inadequate fiber in the diet is a principal
cause of constipation, which is generally diagnosed if bowel
movements occur less frequently than three times per week. While
accompanied by discomfort, constipation is not a disease. A
product such as MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax
will help those afflicted. The natural dietary fiber in MegaOmega™ Organic Sprouted Flax
is not digested in the stomach, passing instead to the large
intestine (colon), where it acts like a sponge drawing water to
the stool and increasing the number of bacteria in the colon.
Both contribute to a larger, softer and easier-to-pass stool.
Experts also recommend plenty of water, regular exercise, and
avoidance of long-term use of pharmaceutical laxatives.
Who and why
Some people think they should have a bowel
movement every day, but that is not necessarily correct. There
is no "right" number of bowel movements. Each person's body
finds its own normal number of bowel movements. It depends on
the food you eat, how much you exercise, and other things. At
one time or another almost everyone gets constipated. In most
cases, it lasts for a short time and is not serious. When you
understand what causes constipation, you can take steps to
According to the 1991 National Health
Interview Survey, about 4 1/2 million people in the United
States say they are constipated most or all of the time. Those
reporting constipation most often are women, children, and
adults age 65 and over. Pregnant women also complain of
constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or
Constipation is the most common
gastrointestinal complaint in the United States, resulting in
about 2 million annual visits to the doctor. However, most
people treat themselves without seeking medical help, as is
evident from the almost $1 Billion Americans spend on laxatives
To understand constipation, it helps to know
how the colon (large intestine) works. As food moves through it,
the colon absorbs water while forming waste products (stool).
Muscle contractions in the colon push the stool toward the
rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum, it is solid
because most of the water has been absorbed.
The hard and dry stools of constipation occur
when the colon absorbs too much water. This happens because the
colon's muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the
stool to move through the colon too slowly.
Common Causes of
• Not enough fiber in diet
• Not enough liquids
• Lack of exercise
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, older age, and
• Abuse of laxatives
• Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
• Specific diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus
• Problems with the colon and rectum
The importance of diet
The most common cause of constipation – and
one of the most significant -- is a diet too low in fiber (found
in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains) and too high in fats
(in cheese, eggs, and meats). People who eat plenty of
high-fiber foods are less likely to become constipated.
Fiber--soluble and insoluble--is the part of
fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest.
Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft,
gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes
almost unchanged through the intestines. The bulk and soft
texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are
difficult to pass.
An easy solution: MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax added to
The gelatinous liquid created via the process
is termed mucilage. The hard shell that makes up 12 percent of
the seed absorbs moisture quickly and expands into a gel as soon
as it comes into contact with liquid.
Two tablespoons of MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax stirred into a
glass of warm water will thicken up quickly and have the
consistency of a pudding. To use flax for reducing constipation,
drink the mixture before it thickens…the thickening will occur
in your stomach.
The mucilage formed by flax can serve another
important purpose: the repair of damage caused by taking massive
doses of antibiotics. The friendly bacteria (probiotics) in your
intestines are destroyed in large quantities when you take
antibiotics, birth control pills, or other drugs, especially for
a prolonged period. Chronic constipation may develop. Flax
mucilage assists intestinal flora in re-establishing itself.
Proper amounts of probiotics will help relieve constipation,
diarrhea, digestive complaints and prevent diverticulitis and
Inadequate and incorrect
elements in diets
Unfortunately, Americans on the average ingest
only about 5 to 10 grams of fiber daily, far short of the 35 to
grams recommended by leading health experts. Scientists have found that both the soluble
and insoluble types of fiber (as found in MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax) are beneficial.
Two-thirds of the fiber in flax is insoluble, consisting of
cellulose and lignin. This fiber cleans out the intestines,
reducing bowel transit time, therefore helping a person to avoid
constipation. The other one-third (soluble) plays an important
role in reducing serum cholesterol levels and helps to regulate
blood glucose (sugar) levels. This is especially good news for persons
afflicted with diabetes.
Both children and adults eat too many refined
and processed foods in which the natural fiber is removed. This
results in having a high calorie, low fiber diet .. a recipe for
A low-fiber diet plays a key role in
constipation among seniors. They often lack interest in
eating and may choose fast foods low in fiber. In addition, loss
of teeth may force older people to eat soft foods that are
processed and low in fiber.
Not Enough Liquids
Water is an essential liquid, adding
fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements
softer and easier to pass. People who have problems with
constipation should drink enough pure clean (not tap) water every day,
about eight 8-ounce glasses. Other liquids, like coffee and soft
drinks, that contain caffeine seem to have a dehydrating effect.
Lack of Exercise
Lack of exercise can lead to constipation,
although doctors do not know precisely why. For example,
constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness
when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a problem
that affects mainly the bowel, which is also called the large
intestine. The bowel is the part of the digestive system that
makes and stores stool. The word syndrome means a group of
symptoms. IBS is a syndrome because it can cause several
symptoms. For example, IBS causes cramping, bloating, gas,
diarrhea, constipation and pain.
Some people with IBS have constipation; others
have diarrhea; and some people experience both. Sometimes the
person with IBS experiences cramps and has an urge to move the
bowels but cannot do so.
Through the years, IBS has been called by many
names - colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, spastic bowel,
and functional bowel disease. Most of these terms are
inaccurate. Colitis, for instance, means inflammation of the
large intestine (colon). IBS, however, does not cause
inflammation and should not be confused with another disorder,
The cause of IBS is not known, and as yet
there is no cure. Doctors call it a functional disorder because
there is no sign of disease when the colon is examined. IBS
causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not
cause permanent harm to the intestines and does not lead to
intestinal bleeding of the bowel or to a serious disease such as
cancer. Often IBS is just a mild annoyance, but for some people
it can be painful and disabling.
High-fiber diets keep the colon mildly
distended, which may help to prevent spasms from developing.
With IBS, the nerves and muscles in the bowel
are extra-sensitive. For example, the muscles may contract too
much when you eat. These contractions can cause cramping and
diarrhea during or shortly after a meal. Or the nerves can be
overly sensitive to the stretching of the bowel (because of gas,
Some people with IBS, also known as spastic
colon, have spasms in the colon that affect bowel movements.
Although IBS can produce lifelong symptoms, it is not a
life-threatening condition. IBS can be painful and it can worsen with
stress, but doctors emphasize that it does not damage the bowel
or cause any other diseases.
Diarrhea: What is it?
For persons with chronic diarrhea or IBS, as
noted previously, MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax will add substance to their stool.
Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery stools occurring more
than three times in one day. It is a common problem that usually
lasts a day or two and goes away on its own without any special
treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other
problems. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means
the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is
particularly dangerous in children and the elderly, and it must
be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems.
Dehydration is discussed below.
People of all ages can get diarrhea. The
average adult has a bout of diarrhea about four times a year.
What Causes Diarrhea?
Diarrhea may be caused by a temporary problem,
like an infection, or a chronic problem, like an intestinal
disease. A few of the more common causes of diarrhea are
bacterial infections, viral infections, intolerance to food,
parasites, reaction to medicines, intestinal diseases and
functional bowel disorders.
Some people develop diarrhea after stomach
surgery or removal of the gall bladder. The reason may be a
change in how quickly food moves through the digestive system
after stomach surgery or an increase in bile in the colon that
can occur after gallbladder surgery. In many cases, the cause of
diarrhea cannot be found. As long as diarrhea goes away quickly, on its
own, an extensive search for the cause is not usually necessary.
People who visit foreign countries are at risk
for traveler's diarrhea, which is caused by eating food or
drinking water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Traveler's diarrhea is a particular
problem for people visiting developing countries.
What Are the Symptoms?
Diarrhea may be accompanied by cramping
abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or an urgent need to use the
bathroom. Depending on the cause, a person may have a fever or
bloody stools. Diarrhea can be either acute or chronic. The
acute form, which lasts less than 3 weeks, is usually related to
a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. Chronic diarrhea
lasts more than 3 weeks and is usually related to functional
disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or diseases like celiac
disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
How and why does MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax
work so well?
Organic Sprouted Flax works for
people suffering from common constipation or diarrhea
because it moves thorough the digestive tract quickly and
results in softer stools. As noted, doctors and nutritionists
say it is important to drink water directly after consuming flax since it absorbs 10 to 14 times its weight in liquid. MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax (like flax) will help cleanse the colon and continued usage can help
avoid colon cancer. For persons with chronic diarrhea or IBS, MegaOmegaTM
Organic Sprouted Flax will add substance to their stool.