It is estimated that approximately 40% of women and 8% of men suffer from constipation.
Constipation is a condition where the body has trouble with elimination. When one is affected by this condition, the metabolism is reduced and it will be difficult for the person to lose weight. It is one of the several factors that can contribute to a “slow metabolism”.
The food we eat is energy for the body. When food is consumed, it is digested and then absorbed, primarily in the intestines. What’s left is then removed or eliminated from the body. If any of these steps is affected, the metabolism will suffer and weight loss will be difficult.
Some of the main causes of constipation are hypothyroidism, an excess of the candida yeast and dehydration (not drinking enough water). It is true that fiber intake is important, but even those who do not necessarily consume much fiber can have regular bowel movements and not suffer from constipation.
Those with hypothyroidism have constipation solely due to the fact that the thyroid gland controls all of the movements within the body by regulating the body’s energy. It goes without saying; you need to have energy in order to move. People with hypothyroidism typically have low energy, which in turn will lead to less movement in their intestines. Simply, when movement is deficient, there will be a problem with elimination.
When one becomes overweight or obese, the candida albicans yeast (a fungus), a common inhabitant of the intestines, grows and invades a substantial area of the intestine. This yeast is present in all humans and primarily feeds off of refined carbohydrates, such as bread, sugar, pasta, alcohol and any other very sweet or starchy natural carbohydrate, such as bananas or potatoes. If a person eats these types of food in excess, the candida fungus will grow excessively until it invades most of the intestine, sometimes piercing the walls of the intestine and causing irritation, thus inhibiting bowel movements.
For those who do not drink water or worse, drink soda, the body will become dehydrated, also causing constipation. If there isn’t enough water present, the body will extract whatever water it can from the food itself, which will make for dry, solid fecal mass that will cover the intestines. Without enough water, the removal of this fecal mass will be difficult.
To help fight a candida fungus infection, we suggest following a diet that is low in refined carbohydrates, such as the 2×1™ Diet, as covered in my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism”. Without reducing what feeds candida (refined and starchy/sugary carbohydrates), reducing it will be nearly impossible.
What can also help is taking organic coconut oil, particularly COCO-10 Plus™ (available at www.RelaxSlim.com). This supplement not only contains organic coconut oil (a natural fungicide), but also a supplement called Co-Q10, which will help increase the energy of the cells in the intestine (and the rest of the body). COCO-10 Plus™ is ideal for those suffering from hypothyroidism, as it improves thyroid function while simultaneously ridding the body of fungus (candida and others), bacteria and parasites.
Another supplement that is VERY effective in reducing constipation is magnesium, which is a natural mineral extracted from vegetables, like broccoli. One that I recommend is Constipend™, available at www.RelaxSlim.com. Daily use of magnesium capsules will help one regain a regular bowel movement. Unlike laxatives that contain irritating herbs, magnesium is gentle on the body and will not cause intestinal pain or irritate the intestines. The correct dose will vary per person. For some, just 2 capsules per day will help them achieve a regular bowel movement. For others, 3 or 4 capsules daily may be needed, depending on the severity of the constipation. Once again, magnesium is a natural and non-irritating supplement, and works wonderfully for those suffering from constipation.
When someone who has been suffering from constipation starts using magnesium capsules, they may even notice that any back pain or headaches they once experienced is also eliminated. Backaches are often related to muscular problems, which more often than not indicate a magnesium deficiency. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 85% of the population is deficient in magnesium.
In short, if you are constipated, it will be difficult to lose weight. By addressing this problem, weight loss will be possible, as your metabolism will not be slowed by the toxic and acidic environment characteristic of chronic constipation. If you are suffering from constipation, start by taking magnesium capsules daily (such as Constipend™), reducing your consumption of refined carbohydrates and drinking more water.
Frank Suárez, Obesity and Metabolism Specialist