Beginnin to manage our "Intestinal Brain"
This article will discuss two of the most common behavioural aspects associated with constipation. It deals with the regular habits of those who do not have a good relationship with their intestine.
During, and especially after a cycle of Colon Hydrotherapy, it is crucial to vary the behaviours that prevent the colon from evacuating normally.
Let us remember that the intestine is an organ that works independently but is greatly influenced by emotions, stress, and the constraints that at some point in life have been instilled in our minds and that, in some way, mostly unknown, disrupt the work of the colon that would be physiologically in sync with the sleep-wake cycle and of meal times.
In fact, the hardest thing for a constipated person is evacuating at about the same time every day and to be able to discharge in bathrooms other than their own.
The ambitious goal in the treatment of constipation, is to obtain a closer behaviour to that of a normal intestine, we should keep in mind how an individual who has no evacuative problems reacts to normal physiological stimuli. This will give us an idea of the limits that a constipated bowel has, and what changes could be made to hope for a rehabilitation of natural movements.
It is a well established fact that the intestine moves in relation to our own habits. A regulated life, in fact, facilitates the establishment of a certain routine.
So upon awakening, the intestine will make its first movements, which become more intense after breakfast as a result of gastro-colic reflex, which is, a nerve impulse transmitted from the stomach to the colon when the gastric walls are stretched by food.
Not giving due importance to this stage, reducing the time between waking up and when you leave your house due to being in a hurry, or worse, skipping breakfast altogether, means slowing intestinal transit and completely preventing a regular morning evacuation. A fundamental moment that affects our well-being throughout the day is therefore lost.
Very often, constipation starts when children voluntarily suppress the need to evacuate. This happens for various reasons such as distraction due to playtime that procrastinates to the extreme of physiological necessity, or fear of a recurrence of a painful evacuation, or the idea, perhaps originating from a reprimand to performing at an inconvenient moment and made to feel ashamed.
These reactions lead to suppressing the stimulus, first in a conscious manner and then in an unconscious way. When, as an adult, you are immersed in a busy life, the last thought you will have on your mind in the morning is to spend 10-15 minutes of your precious time on the toilet.
If the bowel clock was simply moved ahead a few hours there would be nothing wrong, so then, if the stimulus arrived while in the office, the problem would not arise except, and this is the second argument, for those who think that to fulfil their needs there is no other place in the world than in their home bathroom.
It is unusual that an experience which is so natural and common to all living beings turns into a private and exclusive predicament. Sometimes we arrive to the extreme of being ashamed even within our own families. Noise and odours tend to become unbearable to share even in the home.
This is a taboo to be broken as soon as possible.
It is enough to think that the public toilet stalls in the USA are often closed with a saloon type door that only partially hides us from view!
It is unthinkable that we should retain our physiological needs just because we do not have a perfect privacy. And it is unthinkable that constipation is determined by the shame of carrying out our functions by choosing to train our bowels, and succeeding, to resist at any cost.
So this is about not suppressing the calling of the intestine when it arrives as well as being consistent with hygiene and basic privacy, we should use any bathroom that we find.
Therefore, we should re-evaluate the pleasure of getting up in the morning on time, allowing our bodies to set in motion, do a little physical movement and enjoy an energetic breakfast, perhaps in the company of our loved ones. All in all, the time that we "waste" in the morning to ourselves is largely recovered during the day in terms of serenity and well-being.