When most people hear the word “constipation,” they think of not being able to have a bowel movement at all. But in reality, there are different ways that you can be constipated that can actually make it seem as though you have the opposite problem.
What is constipation?
Sure, when you can’t go to the bathroom for a few days, you are clearly constipated, but constipation is simply the term for when your bowels do not completely empty. You can have a bowel movement every morning like clockwork, but it doesn’t mean you’ve rid yourself of all the waste.
How can I be constipated if I have diarrhea?
Having diarrhea doesn’t mean that you are emptying your bowels completely. In fact, it could be a sign that you are more backed up than you think. If you don’t empty your bowels every time you go to the bathroom, small amounts of waste will remain in your body. This waste builds up over time and creates an odd blockage that can be like a honeycomb. This pushes waste through the holes in the blockage, making it seem like diarrhea.
What are the dangers of being constipated?
Constipation can actually affect your wellness in impactful ways due to waste buildup. That stool contains compounds that can make you sick if it is not expelled. Even if you don’t become truly ill, you could be easily fatigued, suffer severe stomach cramps, or have brain fog.
Another problem with constipation is that it can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are actually veins in the anus that become inflamed or enlarged at a particular point. They occur when undue stress is put on the veins, such as when pushing hard to have a bowel movement.
How do I get my bowels clear and emptying fully?
There are several different ways you can empty your bowels, many of which are over-the-counter treatments that don’t require a prescription, but some of these can stimulate and irritate the lining of the colon.
One of the best ways to get your bowels completely clear is with colon hydrotherapy. A gentle stream of warm water is used to completely flush the bowels. However, this should not be attempted by anyone other than a professional with the appropriate training and equipment.
If you are eating 3 meals & 2 snacks a day and only moving your bowels once a day, you still might be constipated.
If you are interested in seeing if colon hydrotherapy might be able to make you feel better inside and out, contact us today to schedule an appointment.