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Constipation, Diarrhea and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
 

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 acids.

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 time.

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 overall.

Constipation: How fiber helps

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 prevent it.

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 surgery.

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 each year.

What Causes Constipation?

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 Constipation

• Not enough fiber in diet
• Not enough liquids
• Lack of exercise
• Medications
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, older age, and travel
• 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 your diet

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 immune problems.

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 50 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 disease!

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, ulcerative colitis.

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, for example).

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?

MegaOmegaTM 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.
 

 

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