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Immediate Relief!

October 2013

By William Faloon

Obtaining Immediate Constipation Relief

Irritable bowel syndrome of the constipation type has several causes, but the underlying insufficient peristalsis is what this article is addressing.3

Instead of reverting to chemical laxatives, the proper nutrients taken at the right time can support soft fecal consistency and induce colonic peristaltic action without serious adverse effects.13-16

There are convenient powdered formulas available that contain magnesium and potassium mixed with ascorbic acid that induce an evacuation of bowel contents within 30-90 minutes. Depending on the person, a few teaspoons (or, in some cases, 1-2 tablespoons) of a buffered vitamin C powder can produce a powerful but safe laxative effect.

Another approach is to use several teaspoons (or 1-2 tablespoons) of vitamin C and magnesium crystals that will evacuate the bowel within 30-90 minutes if taken on an empty stomach with several glasses of water. One of these powdered formulas provides 4,500 mg of vitamin C and 250 mg of magnesium in each teaspoon. The dose needs to be individually adjusted so it will not cause day-long diarrhea.

The suggested number of times these nutritional colon cleanses be used is about three times a week. Excess use may create tolerance and require higher dosing, which may not be bad for those who benefit from the nutrients.

Nutritional laxatives such as ascorbic acid mixed with magnesium are becoming more popular with enlightened individuals who have constipation that is resistant to fiber. Yet a search on Google reveals that polyethylene glycol (PEG) is the most highly recommended by the medical mainstream.

Why Fiber is Not the Solution for Most People
Why Fiber is Not the Solution for Most People

Physicians and lay people often recommend fiber supplements to relieve constipation. Yet published studies show that a significant number of chronically constipated people do not find relief from fiber supplements.

An example of fiber not working was a trial that showed that 80% of patients with slow transit did not respond to dietary fiber treatment. In 85% of patients without these disorders, fiber was effective. This study showed that slow gastrointestinal transit (which is another term for insufficient peristalsis) and/or a disorder of defecation may explain a poor outcome of dietary fiber therapy in some patients with chronic constipation. This study showed why nutritional laxative therapy may be an important option.7

Another example of fiber not working was a trial with 73 consecutive constipated children whose mean fiber intake was the same as in healthy controls, although energy and fluid intakes were lower. The conclusion was that the amount of dietary fiber played no role in chronic constipation.21

Still another study evaluated whether laxatives and fiber therapies improve symptoms and bowel movement frequency in adults with chronic constipation. Fiber and laxatives decreased abdominal pain and improved stool consistency compared with a placebo. The conclusions were that both fiber and laxatives modestly improved bowel movement frequency in adults with chronic constipation. The results of this study showed that there was inadequate evidence to establish whether fiber was superior to laxatives, or if one laxative class was superior to another.22 Clearly, fiber is not the solution to chronic constipation for many people.

Epidemic of Constipation

Chronic constipation is the number one gastrointestinal complaint in the United States, particularly among the elderly.17 Constipation accounts for more than 2.5 million physician visits a year and is among the most frequent reasons for patient self-medication.17,18

The American Family Physician journal reported that constipation affects as many as 26% of elderly men and 34% of elderly women.19 Constipation is one of those health problems that has been related to diminished perception of quality of life.

Most individuals with uncontrolled constipation develop a variety of symptoms, ranging from large bowel pain, rectal discomfort, abdominal fullness, nausea, anorexia, and a general feeling of malaise. These people feel like they never completely evacuate their bowels. Severe chronic constipation may be accompanied by fecal impaction resulting in unexpected episodes of diarrhea, ulceration of the colon, and intestinal obstruction.20

The good news is that there are natural solutions that can provide immediate relief.

Effervescent Vitamin C-Magnesium Crystals

Up until now, those who chose to use healthy colon cleanses had to drink powdered mixes that were not particularly palatable.

After decades of trial and error a low-cost effervescent formula consisting of vitamin C and magnesium has been developed. This effervescent formula provides 4,500 mg of vitamin C and 250 mg of magnesium in each teaspoon with lower acidity, so it’s gentler on the stomach.

Mixing one or more teaspoons in eight ounces of water and drinking it on an empty stomach, followed by additional glasses of tea, juice, or water, can provide immediate rapid relief from sluggish bowel function that causes so much discomfort.

In the process of achieving rapid fecal evacuation, beneficial nutrients will be ingested that are often lacking in typical Western diets.

According to one study, 68% of American adults consumed less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. 23 Women with the lowest magnesium intake have a 37% greater risk of sudden cardiac death.24

Critics of the judicious use of nutritional laxatives fail to realize the ancillary benefits that aging humans can attain with higher intakes of vitamin C-magnesium that promote desired peristalsis and fecal consistency.

By turning this page, you can learn about a new low-cost effervescent vitamin C-magnesium crystal formula.

For longer life,

For Longer Life

William Faloon


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