Cleansing, Fasting, Detoxing, Parasite Removal, and Proper Bowel Function: How do they all relate, and why are so many people chronically constipated?
If you are having fewer than 1 or 2 bowel movements daily, you are constipated. And it is toxicity, not lack of fiber, that is the primary cause of constipation.
Most people assume, or have been told, that lack of fiber causes constipation. Moderate fiber intake is healthy and very important, because it helps bind with toxins to remove them from your body, and long term can help prevent certain cancers. However, adding more fiber to a toxic body does not help with constipation.
I often see clients who have tried eating more fruits and vegetables, or oatmeal, or worse — psyllium — or some other fiber to relieve constipation, only to become bloated, gassy, and with distended bowels. That is because all the fiber in the world is of no assistance to toxic body with malfunctioning bile production. When the system is sluggish to begin with, slow moving fibrous foods ferment and cause even more intestinal discomfort.
It’s another reason why some people who transition from a carnivorous diet to a plant based diet will often encounter some stomach discomfort in the initial stages. For many people jumping into a plant based lifestyle may cause enough discomfort to scare people away from a healthy lifestyle altogether. That is the primary reason why I always recommend a cleanse, a fast, and other detox protocols to clear the body first.
When the body is overloaded with toxins, bile turns into a thickened sludge that literally slows everything down, and that needs to be corrected before adding lots of healthy fibrous foods.
It is truly important to detox and cleanse the liver in order to alleviate constipation. And, for people suffering from heavy metal contamination, supervised chelation methods like EDTA should also be considered. Metals like mercury, lead and aluminum damage the intestinal nerves which contributes to sluggish elimination, because the nerves are less responsive.
It is also important to rule out serious medical causes of constipation. Constipation is always a sign that your body is not working as it should be. Some very serious medical issues can cause constipation including: colon cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. Also, many medications cause slowing of bowel function.
Another potential culprit of constipation? An estimated 80% of all Americans are clinically deficient in magnesium, a mineral that is critical to healthy digestion and proper bowel functioning.
Overall, it is wise to fully cleanse and detox the body at least once per year. Parasites and fungal infections like Candida feed on residues of refined foods which clog the walls of the colon, which is the primary reason I recommend a juice fast in conjunction with detox protocol AND parasite cleanse. Juice fasting alone, without removing the toxins, is not only dangerous, but will not eliminate the problem. Yet, it continues to be widely promoted. An effective parasite cleanse in combination with the juice fast means that your body will be doing very important healing:
1. Releasing stored toxins
2. Releasing impacted fecal matter that is currently feeding parasites and yeast
3. Swiftly eliminating all debris from your internal system and avoiding auto-intoxication