What is constipation?

Constipation is passage of little amounts of dry, hard feces, usually fewer than three times a week. People who suffer from constipation often have problems with bowel movements. Symptons are pain, feeling sluggish, bloated and uncomfortable.

Sometimes people think they suffer from constipation when in fact they only have irregular bowel movements. Not having a daily bowel movement doesnt mean you're constipated. There is "right" number of bowel movements one person should have in a certain period of time.
"Normal" can vary from 3 times a day to 3 times a week, it just depends on the person.

Almost everyone will get constipated at one point in his life. Bad diets and the lack of physical exercise are usually responsible for this. For most of us constipation is only temporary and not a serious issue. It's important to understand the causes, as this will help coming up with prevention and treatment measues in order to find relief.

One of the best preparations for active life is a first-class intestinal canal. A person whose mind is devoted to the
realization of ideals, and whose body has a set of bowels that perform the act of defecation twice every twenty-four hours,
is doubly prepared for a useful life.

Inflammation having once penetrated the circular and longitudinal muscular fibres or bands of a section of the intestine, all hope of a comfortable existence is at an end, for such inflammation will bring on constipation and constipation nervous misery. It is inevitable that inflammation should determine this outcome since
it induces spasmodic contraction of the muscular walls of the tube, lessening the bore or closing the portion of the canal invaded. Plastic infiltration takes place in the walls of the gut, thickening and binding them together; or, if the inflammation be of a simple catarrhal or atrophic nature, the plastic infiltration will more
or less bind the circular muscular bands of the gut together in their abnormally contracted state!

The presence of feces and gases above the zone of the disease
will increase the irritation and contraction of the affected portion of the intestine. Consequent upon these changes wrought by inflammation, gases and excrementitious material are perforce imprisoned in the intestine, inducing constipation, foul
fermentation, flatulency, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, loss of appetite, sick headache and, in fine, autogenetic poisons, the source of auto-infection, ending in auto-intoxication, the chronic poisoned condition of the system.

The numerous and various drastic purgative nostrums which literally fill our medical literature and the universal demand for them, are evidence of this very common disease, which disease is rendered worse by the drugs taken for the relief of a foul intestinal alveus. An abnormal amount of watery secretion is forced by the drug into the foul canal, to mix there with its contents, of which the major portion is retained and re-absorbed into the system. And to make the bad condition and treatment worse, all such sufferers, as a rule, drink very little water, some scarcely any.

The demand for an irritating stimulus to "open the bowels" (the exciters contribute to close them) is largely due to the popular error in thinking, " I can treat my own bowels quite as well as the
doctor, if not better." No intelligent person would think of stimulating and irritating daily an inflamed region of tissue on the outer portion of the body.

As in the case of opium fiends and drunkards, so with habitual cathartic drug users, should they be suddenly deprived of the accustomed artificial stimulus and irritant they become absolutely miserable, mentally and physically. It is a well-known physiological fact that every artificial stimulation of the intestines is
followed by a corresponding loss of vitality and reaction: Now that the almost universal cause of undue retention of foul, effete matter has been ascertained, it is important to communicate to the world at
large the best means of cleansing the bowels without increasing the local primary disease and its annoying symptoms.

That external physical cleanliness is next to godliness is an apt proverb. That internal physical cleanliness is nearer to godliness no,one will deny. Water is a universal solvent and therapeutic agent and is therefore indispensable in the cleansing and purifying of the
integument and mucous membrane of the body. A large quantity of water is necessary to carry on the functions of the animal economy. Water enters every cell and fibre of the living organism, aiding in
nutrition and in the elimination of wornout tissues which if retained turn into poisons.

Normal feces consist of 75 per cent water; and when unduly retained in the colon much of this fetid percentage is absorbed into the system. Then drugs are prescribed to liquify the hardened
putrid remnant and absorption begins again : a fact very shocking to a sensitive, even sensible, person.