Sadly, On August 16, 1977, the perfect storm of unhealthy habits finally got the better of Elvis Presley. After years of living under enormous stress, eating poorly while on the road, and taking an excess of pain meds to deal with arthritis and insomnia . . .
The King unexpectedly died.
The autopsy said, “cardiac arrhythmia”, but it also revealed something shocking. He had an EXTREME case of constipation. Elvis’s personal doctor said he believed his chronic constipation contributed to Elvis’s many health problems. And it can happen to anyone, not just the rich and famous, who live life over the top.
Most of us don’t live extreme lifestyles like Elvis, but the fact is, toxic overload can occur due to common things we do every day, such as:
- Are the medications you’re taking causing you constipation?
- Are you relying on coffee or laxatives to get results in the bathroom?
- Have you taken antibiotics?
- Are you eating lots of dairy products, processed foods, fast foods?
- Do you crave, and eat sugar, or artificial sweeteners?
- Are your meals full of carbohydrates (bread, pastries, cakes, cookies, etc.)?
- Do you drink alcohol in excess?
- Are you drinking enough water?
- Are you stressed out?
It only takes a few of the above to cause constipation.
There are around 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which are in your intestines. These healthy gut bacteria act like quarterbacks in our intestinal tracts: They call the shots and control the tempo of keeping your digestion running smoothly. They help break down food, absorb nutrients, remove the waste from your body and boost your immune system.
It’s surprising that conventional medicine doesn’t place a high priority on getting rid of the gunk that’s slowing you down.
It’s like saying there’s no need to change the oil since the car is running okay.
We may think that our disease or problem is unrelated to the bowel, but many Natural Healers recognize, when we clean the bowel, miracles can happen! Yes, a periodic detox or cleansing is very important.
Most of our problems begin with everyday bathroom habits. Many of us don’t have a daily bowel movement, so probably have experienced constipation at some time.
Here’s something critical to good health: We need a certain amount of GOOD bacteria to help digest food and promote daily elimination to keep our immune system strong.
How can we be sure our colon is flourishing with GOOD BACTERIA and that BAD BACTERIA do not run rampant compromising health and wellness?
Over the last 10-15 years we’ve been exposed to the conventional wisdom that every germ in our body is bad.
When we were young, our colon had billions of ‘good bacteria’ protecting us, keeping our immune system strong. And, those that were breast fed had a great start building microbiota (flora or good bacteria).
Probiotics are referred to as healthy flora or ‘good bacteria’, and they have been effective in supporting immune function, reducing inflammation, promoting healthy digestion, and maintaining beautiful skin.
Your good gut bacteria are also responsible for:
- Producing vitamin B12.
- Crowding out bad microbes
- Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria
- Promoting immune function
Probiotics are bacteria that line our digestive tract and support our body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. The human body contains about the same number of gut bacteria molecules as it does cells for the rest of the body. So it’s no wonder the gut is important to good health.
You have probably heard about the benefits of probiotics – but what about prebiotics? Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the probiotics. This helps the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon that leads to a healthy digestive system.
Thus, prebiotics help probiotics flourish. They promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Examples of prebiotics are:
- Fiber–whole foods rich in beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables, feed good bacteria. Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber which promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
- The pectin in apples has prebiotic benefits.
- Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, an insoluble fiber that travels from the small to large intestine. Once this insoluble fiber finds its way to the colon, it ferments into healthy micro flora, or good bacteria. Other sources of inulin include asparagus, leeks, onions, and bananas.
- Asparagus is a spring vegetable rich in antioxidants and prebiotic fiber, which promotes healthy gut bacteria.
- Fermented foods such as sauerkraut are filled with plenty of healthy bacteria for your gut.
- Whole grains contain non-digestible carbs that can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria within the gut microbiota.
- Plain, natural yogurt and kefir drinks feed good bacteria in your gut. However, read the labels since many contain high amounts of added sugar.
Everyone is different but, generally, we should have at least one bowel movement every day. Toxic waste needs to be eliminated.
Louise Hay on the Metaphysical Meaning of Poop:
“Bowels or poop are an indication of how we live our lives. All of life is: taking life in, assimilating what is good for us and releasing and letting go the stuff we no longer need.
When intake, assimilation and elimination are all in divine right order in my body, I feel great. There is nothing that feels like a really good poop.
Then we flush and it’s on its way, never to return! This is nature’s way.”
If only we could treat all of our life experiences the same way. Intake, assimilation, elimination and FLUSH; the secret to good health!
This article is not meant to provide any medical advice to any particular person. Each person's condition is different, and the proper treatment depends on your own particular body and its needs. Consult a doctor or alternative medical practitioner if you feel you have a medical problem that needs addressing.