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Constipation or Diarrhea

Constipation is passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times per week. Difficult and painful bowel movements are associated with other symptoms of constipation including feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sluggish. Depending on the person, normal may be three times per day or three times per week. We know that the major cause of this problem is delayed food sensitivities.

To understand constipation, it helps to know how the colon (large intestine) works. As food moves through the colon, it absorbs water while forming waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon push the stool toward the rectum. By the time the 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 or if the colon's muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. The common causes of constipation are food related, not enough liquids and fiber in the diet, and lack of exercise.

A diet low in fiber found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains and high in fats found in cheese, eggs and meats is commonly the leading cause of constipation. Conversely, a diet with 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily helps to form naturally soft, bulky stool. Therefore, constipation is closely related to your diet - what you eat and how much you eat is very important. The elimination of food sensitivities will help manage your constipation.

Diarrhea - loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day - is also a common food sensitivity problem. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems. It can cause dehydration meaning the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. This is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly and must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems. Diarrhea may be accompanied by cramping abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or an urgent need to use the bathroom. It can be acute (short term) lasting less than four weeks. Chronic (long term) diarrhea lasts more than four weeks and is usually related to functional disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. In both cases, the major cause of this disorder is foods.

The key to the successful treatment of both constipation and diarrhea is determining what foods aggravate these conditions and remove them from your diet. The most effective reliable test available that accurately identifies these offending foods is the Complement Antigen Test. Through the use of this test, the offending foods can be isolated and removed from the diet thereby allowing the digestive system to heal naturally and providing permanent relief from the devastating and embarrassing effects of constipation and diarrhea.

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