Constipation is one of the most harmful conditions for your health. As I mentioned earlier, the prostate is located in the vicinity to the rectum, and with age, it may enlarge several times in size, even pressing into the wall of the rectum. When your bowel works correctly, the feces are eliminated in time, and the level of exogenous and endogenous toxins in the feces is low, the wall of the rectum performs its barrier function perfectly; even if the content of the bowel had a high level of toxins, their exposure time to the wall of the colon is short.
Now let’s try to understand what is happening in your bowel when you are constipated? How constipation affects your prostate? First of all, the balance of healthy gut microbiota may change; sulfate- or nitrate reducing bacteria multiply, producing more and more carcinogenic toxins. When the concentration of toxins in your bowel is too high, they begin to leak outside, causing inflammation of the prostate and may lead to prostatitis or even to prostate cancer.
Moreover, the colon as a place where all kinds of wastes and toxins are accumulating has its protective mechanisms which allow functioning properly during a long life; the lining of the colorectum regenerates regularly. The prostate is an internal organ and has not such a regenerative mechanism and so is more vulnerable than bowel in terms of toxicity. Therefore, constipation is dangerous for your health and particularly for your prostate primarily by its toxifying effect. Toxins are getting into your blood system, body odor changes; you may feel unpleasant taste or feeling in your mouth. What about your internal organs? All your internal organs, including your brain, are affected too. So constipation is not only an uncomfortable condition, it may be a time bomb, causing most inflammations in your body, affecting your health, making you age faster and damaging your skin and hair.
What causes constipation?
Wikipedia defines constipation as bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. In cases where a man goes to the toilet to empty his colon less than once every 3-4 days, he can be diagnosed with constipation.
The bowel movements between three per day and three per week are considered as normal for adults. Most often, we know why we are constipated, but sometimes it’s not so obvious. When you know at least the principal reasons, you can analyze your condition and take the necessary measures to get rid of constipation.
There are many causes of constipation, but all of them can be split into two categories: various medical conditions leading to constipation and functional constipation, depending on multiple external factors leading to the slow movement of stool within the colon. Here we will focus on functional constipation.
The principal factors of functional constipation are:
- Hypodynamic or sedentary lifestyle.
Age. When you get older (50-60+), your gut muscles become sluggish and contract more slowly, which makes food to move at a snail’s pace through your bowel and leaving you constipated. Another problem is that with age, your gastrointestinal tract needs more time to digest the food as a result of reduced bile production; bile is definitely crucial for breaking down and digesting fats. Though it’s a general tendency, your gut system still can function correctly in old age if you take care about what kind of food you nourish your body and the natural health of your digestive machinery.
Diet. Low water drinking, dieting, and low-fiber diet can result in constipation.
How much water you should drink every day may vary greatly, depending on factors such as climate and your daily physical activity. Health experts suggest eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters for an adult man.
Your diet must include enough fiber from fruits and vegetables, which is proven to soften the stool and decrease its transport time through your colon.
Medications. Constipation is a side effect of many drugs, including opioids, diuretics, antidepressants, antihistamines, and so on. About 90% of those who take opioids develop constipation. Fortunately, stopping taking medications usually helps to normalize bowel movements.
It is a common situation when people voluntarily withhold the stool for various reasons such as fear of public restrooms, laziness, or when traveling. If it happens rarely, it doesn’t cause noticeable harm to your health, but if it occurs regularly for a long time, it may cause general poisoning of your body leading to inflammations in the bowel and nearby organs, like prostate.
Hypodynamic or sedentary lifestyle.
Analyzing the literature, I noticed that many sources underestimate the role of the sedentary lifestyle as a cause of constipation. It’s a sedentary lifestyle that depresses blood circulation in the lower abdominal and pelvic areas leading to malnourishment and malfunctioning of your bowel. Usually, if you are a physically active person, your bowel movements are perfect, and you have no issues with constipation.
What can you do to avoid constipation?
As I pointed out earlier, normalization of your stool and bowel functioning may directly improve your prostate health, by decreasing the amount of the toxins getting into your prostate and poisoning your body.
If you are suffering from chronic constipation, you should be aware of foods to avoid and foods that help improve bowel movements.
Tanin is a component of green and black tea and may contribute to constipation.
Dried bilberries, cocoa-containing products (including chocolate), strong tea, too much coffee, red wines, as well as rice porridge, semolina, and jelly may cause delayed bowel movements and result in consumption.
Inclusion of the following foods in the diet helps to empty the bowel regularly:
- Rye bread, pastries with a high content of bran;
- Vegetables and fruits, preferably unprocessed (raw), as well as dried fruits (mainly prunes);
- Cereals and side dishes of buckwheat, oatmeal, barley cereals;
- Fresh dairy products;
- Natural pickled, fermented vegetables with a natural fermentation process (sauerkraut, pickled, barrel-chopped cucumbers, etc.);
- An increased amount of liquids (mineral and drinking water, juices, fruit drinks, compotes), as well as the beer of natural fermentation;
- Lean meat with a high inclusion of connective tissue, etc.
Fiber supplements and Laxatives
Soluble fiber supplements such as psyllium are generally considered first-line treatment for chronic constipation and are preferable compared to insoluble fibers such as wheat bran.
The use of laxatives in the treatment of constipation is quite a controversial issue. The body gets used to the use of laxatives that stimulate peristalsis in one way or another, which causes not only a decrease in the effect of medications but also to aggravation of the condition.
If laxatives are used, milk of magnesia or polyethylene glycol are recommended as first-line agents due to their low cost and safety.
Enemas can be used to provide a form of mechanical stimulation.
How to prevent constipation?
Preventing constipation is easier than its treatment. Moreover, it will help to keep your prostate healthy as well. Three main components of your healthy bowel are adequate exercise, fluid intake, and high-fiber diet. If you search for the ways how to get rid of constipation, you’ll find all sorts of pills rejuvenating and restoring your gastrointestinal system. I really like those advertising promoters in doctor’s robes, that say, you just keep living your lovely lifestyle, eat what you used to eat, and no need to push yourself to change something in your daily routines, but the only thing that you need to do is just taking one pill before your meal. It will take you only 10 sec a day and all your gut issues, including constipation, will disappear. I believe it would be so easy if we lived in a wonderland, but in real life, you just pay for your temporary relief and keep living with your problem. No matter what they put inside of that pills, they cannot restore your bowel until you change your lifestyle or start doing adequate exercises to keep your colon in proper shape.
In my personal experience, constipation, apparently, was a result of a sedentary lifestyle. I found the shiatsu acupressure and belly massage combined with abdominal breathing, very helpful. It helped me not only to get rid of constipation and any symptoms of discomfort in the belly area, but I regained confidence that I can eat almost everything I like without health consequences.
Anatomy of the large intestine.
Before starting exercising, I guess, it would be helpful to have a clear image of the large intestine to understand the meaning of each pressure or massage movements.
In humans, the large intestine begins in the right iliac region of the pelvis, just at or below the waist, where it is joined to the end of the small intestine at the cecum, via the ileocecal valve. It then continues as the colon ascending the abdomen, across the width of the abdominal cavity as the transverse colon, and then descending to the rectum and its endpoint at the anal canal. Overall, in humans, the large intestine is about 1.5 meters (5 ft) long, which is about one-fifth of the whole length of the gastrointestinal tract.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_intestine
Belly acupressure and massage.
- Put your fingers together and press down with your fingertips on four areas around the navel. To find appropriate areas for the pressure, measure the width of four fingers to the right, left, up and down from the navel. The pressure is applied with both hands simultaneously, and it must be hard enough to feel discomfort in the pressing area. Hold in this position for 10 sec, breathe easily. Repeat the pressure ten times in each area.
- Put the palms of both hands on the navel, make a deep exhale. In this position make ten retractions and protrusions of the abdomen and then inhale. Repeat the exercise 8-10 times.
- Massage your belly for 1-2 minutes. Stroke the stomach in the direction from the right side up, to the left and down. Make a few stroking motions over the areas experiencing discomfort.
- In the toilet, make a deep exhale and press down the left and lower abdomen. Hold in this position for 8-10 sec. Repeat the exercise a few times.
Usually, it takes 2-4 months to get the desired result. If you’ve done exercises regularly, you’ll make a useful habit of massaging or pressing certain areas on your stomach to help your bowel to get clean from the waste.
I found the next video on YouTube as the most trustworthy and effective constipation treatment. The study of the University of California showed that perineal self-acupressure helped 72% of people with chronic constipation to relieve their condition.
Your colon is the site where most of the toxins contained in the food may get into the blood and poison your body. The prostate health reflects better than any other organ, the chemical contamination of the food due to its vicinity to the rectum. By normalizing your bowels, you can prevent prostate health problems, improve your everyday well-being significantly.