Doctors and the conventional web sites say “eat more fiber, drink more water and exercise.” The problem is, that doesn’t work for about half of the people who are constipated. Once you are eating a normal amount of fiber and drinking a normal amount of water, adding more…and more… doesn’t help. And for some people with constipation problems, adding fiber and eating high-fiber foods makes it worse.
It’s common sense that moving around helps keep your bowels in better shape, but there’s no real evidence that exercising more helps constipation either.
Did you ever think that the problem might not be “down there” ie in the colon, but “up there” in the stomach and small intestine? For some reason, many doctors have simply ignored the evidence that stagnation of food in the stomach and small intestine can cause constipation.
Food Can Get Stuck in Stomach and Small Intestine
Your food can get stuck in your stomach. This is called “slow gastric emptying” or stagnant stomach. Obviously if the food you eat gets stuck in the stomach, “up there,” it’s going to have a really hard time coming down through the small intestine, into the colon and then…. out there.
Your food can get stuck in your small intestine, too. Same thing. If it’s stuck “up there,” it “ain’t goin’ nowhere.”
Here are some symptoms that indicate you might have stagnation in your stomach or small intestine:
- Area around abdomen feels tight and terribly uncomfortable
- Stomach ache
- Feeling too full after you eat or right when you start eating
- Loss of appetite
And here’s the good news – there’s something you can do about it. There are 6 main mechanisms of “perfect digestion” in your stomach and small intestine. Why is it important to know what they are? So you can fix them!
The “Fixable Six”
1. Acid – Stomach
2. Mucus – Stomach and Small Intestine
3. Digestive enzymes – Stomach and Small Intestine
4. Chemistry/Acetylcholine – Stomach and Small Intestine
5. Bile — Small Intestine
6. Good bacteria – Mainly Small Intestine with a little bit in the Stomach
The Fix is In!
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1. Acid is needed because if you don’t have enough stomach acid, your protein doesn’t get digested and may stay too long in the stomach causing…. Stagnation.
2. Mucus is needed because it contains natural sodium bicarbonate that prevents acid from getting too acidic. It keeps it in the normal range and it helps keep food liquid so it can move easily.
3. Digestive enzymes break down your food so it doesn’t clog up your stomach or your small intestine. If you don’t have enough enzymes to digest your fat in your small intestine, it sends a signal to your stomach to “stop sending any food!” Yikes!
4. Chemistry. If your brain doesn’t signal your stomach and small intestine to unleash a chemical called acetylcholine, neither organ starts the mechanical movement that pushes food on through. Yikes again! It can get stuck! The scientific extracts of Magnolia Bark and Perilla frutenscens help acetylcholine.
In fact, scientists have shown that a very scientific form of Perilla frutenscens extract from Germany can help stop horrible bloating within hours by affecting the chemistry in your brain and your gut.
5. Bile. If you don’t have enough bile in your small intestine, fat doesn’t get broken down and absorbed and the small intestine says to stomach “No more food until we get this fat absorbed.” Food is stuck in the stomach again!
One of the best ways to get an optimal amount of bile is to take 40 mg of scientifically processed curcumin, from the root of an Indian plant called turmeric.
6. Good bacteria. And of course you need your good bacteria, especially in the small intestine, to help make enzymes that digest food and keep your mucus healthy so your food keeps movin’ on. Probiotics support good bacteria.
How bad is the problem of stagnation “up there?”
Approximately 50% of people with the above symptoms have a stagnant stomach or small intestine. (Thumshirn, 2005)
50% of people who have slow-type constipation have stomach stagnation and not enough bile. (Gunay, 2004)
There you have it! Take care of “The Fixable 6”, turn it around and keep it moving!