Mangosteen and Foods that Relieve Constipation
A number of foods that relieve constipation have been published in numerous articles. Mangosteen may be the exception as a new comer, more so because its a fruit that brings with it so many more other benefits.
When discussing constipation, we always have to think about bowel movements. It is best to have regular bowel movements, and most authorities agree that “regular” means once a day.
As water and waste materials enter the colon, it absorbs water and forms solid stool. The muscular contractions of the colon, as well as the normal vibrations of the body as you walk, bend, and move about, propel the waste tot he rectum. If the colon contractions are slow or irregular, more water is absorbed than usual, resulting in hard and dry stools that are difficult and painful to pass.
If the food moves through the gastro-intestinal tract too slowly, the colon may absorb too much water, resulting in feces that are dry and hard. Defecation may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction. The term obstipation is used for severe constipation that prevents passage of both stools and gas.
Causes of constipation may be dietary, hormonal, anatomical, a side effect of medications (e.g. some opiates), or an illness or disorder. Treatments consist of changes in dietary and exercise habits, the use of laxatives, and other medical interventions depending on the underlying cause. Everyone suffers occasionally from constipation, but if it is a frequent or persistent problem you should see your doctor.
What Causes Constipation?
There are many contributing factors, but these are the most common:
* Not enough fiber in the diet… A certain amount of bulk is required in the colon for it to move the mass forward and form stools.
* Lack of exercise. Movement of the body plus muscular contractions of the colon move material toward the rectum.
* Not enough fluids in the diet.
* Stress and anxiety.
* Side effects of medication.
Constipation associated with sudden change in bowel movement habits, bleeding, or unexplained loss of weight may indicate more serious problems. See your physician right away.
Prevention of Constipation
Absent the presence of other serious disease factors which may be partially manifested as constipation, there are many things you can do to keep your bowel movements regular.
* Breakfast is very important. Putting food in your stomach first thing in the morning triggers the gastro-colic reflex. The brain sends a message to the rectum to empty as a new food mass enters the system.
* Form a habit of having a bowel movement each day. Do not deny the urge to go or delay going.
* Eat foods high in fiber content.
* Drink plenty of water. The body needs about 6-8 glasses of water every day.
* Exercise regularly. Movement of the body aids the movement of food through your colon.
Mangosteen and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder which interferes with the normal function of the colon, it is characterized by persistent and severe abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea. It affects 15 to 20 percent of American adults. Other symptoms, besides diarrhea and constipation include:
* Rectal Bleeding
* Unexplained weight loss
* Changes in normal bowel movement habits
Of course these symptoms could be caused by other serious problems, and you should consult your physician if you experience any.
The exact cause of IBS is not clear. Research suggests that people with IBS have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual to a variety of substances, including certain foods and stress.
Normally, the food you eat is broken down by chewing and by gastric juices in the stomach, then processed through the small bowel and colon where nutrition is extracted and waste matter expelled. Rhythmic contractions of the colon move the food along through your system. However, in IBS, the normal motility of the colon is disordered. The colon may go into spasm or stop altogether. The spasms are sudden, strong muscle contractions in the wall of the bowel which come and go, hindering the absorption of fluid and resulting diarrhea. Conversely, if the contractions are too slow, irregular, or absent, too much fluid is absorbed and the movement of food through your system is slowed or halted. This is classic constipation.
If you have IBS, you are probably hypersensitive to certain foods or stress factors which don’t seem to bother other people. Knowing what triggers or sets off IBS in your body can help you avoid it. Here are some common food triggers:
* Spicy foods
* Fatty or greasy foods
* Caffeinated drinks
Stress is also a common IBS trigger and can interfere with messages sent from the brain to the colon telling it when to contract.
Treatment of IBS
Since the disease is largely triggered by individual sensitivities, people who have IBS can do a lot to help themselves by identifying foods that seem to set it off and by reducing stress or learning techniques to cope with it better.
In people without medical problems, the main intervention is to increase the intake of fluids (preferably water) and dietary fiber. The latter may be achieved by consuming more vegetables and fruit and whole meal bread, and pulses such as baked beans and chick peas and by adding linseeds to one's diet. The routine non-medical use of laxatives is to be discouraged as this may result in bowel action becoming dependent upon their use. Enemas can be used to provide a form of mechanical stimulation. However, enemas are generally useful only for stool in the rectum, not in the intestinal tract.
Lactulose, a nonabsorbable synthetic sugar that keeps sodium and water inside the intestinal lumen, relieves constipation. It can be used for months together. Among the other safe remedies, fiber supplements, lactitiol, sorbitol, milk of magnesia, lubricants etc. may be of value. Electrolyte imbalance e.g. Hyponatremia may occur in some cases especially in diabetics.
In alternative and traditional medicine, colonic irrigation, enemas, exercise, diet, and herbs are used to treat constipation. The mechanism of the herbal, enema, and colonic irrigation treatments often includes the breakdown of impacted and hardened fecal matter.
Making mangosteen juice a regular part of your diet can also help. Two ounces of mangosteen before each meal will act at the brain influencing signals to the colon as well, at the colon wall with its anti-inflammatory effects. View 2 min Video on Colitis, IBS Testimonial
How mangosteen can help
Constipation is usually easier to prevent than to treat. The relief of constipation with osmotic agents, i.e. lactulose, polyethylene glycol (PEG), or magnesium salts, should immediately be followed with prevention using increased fiber (fruits, vegetables, and grains) and a nightly decreasing dose of osmotic laxative. With continuing narcotic use, for instance, nightly doses of osmotic agents can be given indefinitely (without harm) to cause a daily bowel movement.
Recent controlled studies have questioned the role of physical exercise in the prevention and management of chronic constipation, while exercise is often recommended by published materials on the subject.
In various conditions (such as the use of codeine or morphine), combinations of hydrating (e.g. lactulose or glycols), bulk-forming (e.g. psyllium) and stimulant agents may be necessary to prevent constipation.
Drinking two ounces of mangosteen juice before each meal will supply fluid and help keep the colon contractions normal. It sends signals both to the brain and to the colon to work together and function normally.
NOTE: One of the reasons for designing this website is to educate visitors on the benefits of daily consumption of Pure Mangosteen Juice. It is also a web site sharing resources and info about mangosteen juice benefits and Xanthones.
Mangosteen is a fruit. The health benefits from mangosteen due to xanthones have been shown in laboratory studies to be powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and to have other special properties.
However, laboratory results do not guarantee that the same will happen in the human body. Mangosteen is a supplement and not a drug; therefore, no one can say that mangosteen juice benefits include a cure, treat, or prevent any specific condition or symptom the way a drug prescription is administered by a qualified health practitioner.
The United States government, however, has determined and stated that increasing the amount of plant-based foods and supplements in our diet improves our health and decreases the incidence of chronic disease. Look at the available science on the mangosteen and then answer for yourself - Does mangosteen juice make sense for you?
The only way to find out what mangosteen will do for you is to begin taking it. In the case of mental illness, it is important to do this with the assistance of a qualified professional.
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