Signs our body gives us: Constipation, IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s

The normal functioning of our colon is extremely important. Recently someone said to me: "I am healthy. I don’t do anything specific for my health.” After talking a little longer I found out she had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It turned out that she didn’t know about the dangers that are building up in her body. To make matters worse, her doctor had told her to not take any supplements.

I sensed her stress. She was not able to listen to what I had to offer in ways to reduce her high stress level which would have been very beneficial for her. Stress is worse than any bad eating habit. Dr. Ben Johnson writes in ‘The Secret’:  "Remove physiological stress from the body and the body does what it is designed to do: It heals itself.”

Very few people have a normal functioning colon. Concerned doctors say one should have 2 – 3 bowel movements per day. One of my customers told me how upset her doctor is about all the colon problems his patients have. According to him it is like an epidemic. Why is nobody wondering about all the intestinal problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Colitis, and Crohn’s. The stories I hear are horrible and I can’t understand why people seem to believe, it is just part of life. It doesn’t have to be that way. Many other cultures have better gastrointestinal health.

We have to be very observant of our bodily functions. I had mothers bringing in their children for Reflexology sessions, because their child had not had a bowel movement for three to seven days. In the case of a baby, the doctor said that it was normal to have fewer bowel movements when the baby is being nursed. A registered nurse told me that is not true, nursed babies have in fact more bowel movements. Perhaps the doctor thought mother’s milk is so good that it gets totally absorbed.

People relate stress only to their current life situation. They don’t realize that it could have started much earlier. The stress we experience can remain deep in our consciousness. "We know that tension causes contraction of the bowel wall. We might say that colitis begins in the head…” Dr. Bernard Jensen "Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management”

Nowadays, we also take antibiotics more frequently and even give them to our children, because we believe we have to work and rather than stay at home with our sick child. Antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in the intestinal tract, which can result in constipation. For a short period of time after taking antibiotics one should always eat a high quality yogurt without any fruit, sugar or flavouring! Only these contain the necessary count of live acidophilus.

Most dairy products that are not certified organic contain antibiotics, as do most processed products that contain non-organic milk.

It is difficult to know which additives that our food contains affect our digestive system negatively, so that is why I prepare nearly everything from scratch.

Another important factor for intestinal health is exercise including walking, sports and working in the garden because the bending encourages good peristalsis (a distinctive pattern of smooth muscle contractions that propels food stuffs distally through the esophagus and intestines).

Constipation results in toxins that seep through the intestinal wall into the body. Toxins cause acidity and disease prefers an acidic environment. "It’s like having a time-release poison in your bowels” Dr. Bernard Jensen (page59).

All of us can start today on the road to improving our gastrointestinal health and increase our bodies’ ability to maintain and heal itself by reducing our intake of processed food, sugar and animal fat. Instead, let’s increase our intake of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and plant-based fats.