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Is constipation inevitable in old age?

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Is constipation inevitable in old age?

We tend to get less active as we age.
This tends to lead to a loss of muscle tone and problems with emptying the bowel.
Regular exercise helps.
A ten minute walk will stimulate the muscles of the colon and stimulate gut motility.

Smooth muscle forms a large part of the muscular tube that makes up the alimentary canal. To exercise the smooth muscle of the muscular tube you need to stretch the muscle fibres. You do this by including soluble and insoluble fibre and plenty of fluids in the diet. The two types of fibre help to form a perfectly formed stool which causes the muscle in the intestines to stretch, keeping it toned.
If the bowel muscle is not toned by this type of stimulation regularly, it can become sluggish and dormant, reducing gut motility, which can lead to complications such as minor constipation or major inflammatory bowel conditions and irritable bowel syndrome. The motility of the muscular tube is critical for smooth functioning of the digestive process.


Loss of appetite due to illness, irregular meal times and the consumption of the wrong type of foods due to neglect ( e.g. cooking for one person only), not drinking enough water, effect of prescription medication will all contribute to bowel regularity.

 

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat. The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.