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Undigested Food Can Cause
My life may be just as busy as yours. My clinic keeps me busy during the week. With two adorable kids, ages nine and seven, my home life isn't a spa, I can tell you that much.
So I know how difficult it can be to just do something like EAT properly.
And I don't mean COOK properly. I'm not talking about WHAT you eat.
I'm talking about HOW you eat – putting our teeth to the purpose they were created for: CHEWING.
It's so easy to gulp stuff down, once we've chomped on it a few times.
Sure it fits down the throat, but it needs to be a lot smaller if it's going to absorb through the walls of your small intestine.
At least, that's what I thought.
I think all of our grandmothers used to say...
"Chew Your Food 32 Times"
Well, that's good advice. One that people used to ACTUALLY follow when mealtime was a time to connect with other people, enjoy nature and reflect on the day. You know, back when it was a form of relaxing entertainment.
Nowadays, we have "higher" forms of entertainment: IPads, IPhones, bursting email inboxes and 500 TV stations.
Most of us here in North America don't enjoy the 90 minute lunch breaks they do in Europe.
North America is a Type A Personality continent. We are driven by the need to be highly productive, make more money and get more stuff (even though most of us fail at these three goals miserably).
We often ignore our needs. You know the old saying, "We spend the first 50 years of our life making money and losing our health, so we can spend the last 50 years losing our money to get our health back."
The point I'm getting at is that you NEED to make time for chewing your food.
PLEASE take me seriously on this one. It sounds so simple. But very, very important.
You don't have to count 32 times each mouthful. You may want to do that the first mouthful as it may help you slow down.
But you need to chew until you don't feel anything solid in your mouth. You need to break it down by thoroughly mixing it with your saliva. Many of the foods we eat require enzymes in your mouth to start breaking them down.
Most importantly, food needs to be small when it hits your stomach. The enzymes and acid in your stomach have only a couple of hours to breakdown the food before it hits the small intestine. If you're sending large chunks down to your stomach, only the outer coating of the food will be diminished.
When these large chunks of food hit your small intestine, they won't fully be digested and absorbed. Instead they become food for unhealthy bacteria in your colon. These bacteria produce toxins that damage your colon wall and gas that causes constipation, bloating and flatulence.
Plus, the increased number of bad bacteria weakens the good guys (probiotics) who actually help stimulate the pumping movement of your colon.
Incompletely Chewed Food Becomes Toxic in Your Colon. It Does Not Nourish You.
So you need to make sure that when you eat, you chew. Chew until it's liquid.
You'll probably find that less food will satisfy you (as you'll be absorbing more). You'll also find you enjoy your meals more.
It's sad, but in our society, people almost look upon it as strange if they see you thoroughly chewing your food instead of wolfing it down.
Let's face it... anything out of the normal rat-race lifestyle is going to raise an eyebrow.
If you eat in a public place, alone, you may want to bring a book or magazine. If people see you reading, they assume that's why it's taking you longer to eat.
If you're eating a meal with others, chewing teaches you to become more of a listener. Most of the time people aren't really hearing what the other is saying. They're just waiting for them to finish so they can say what they want.
You'll feel calmer and attract more true friends, if you can be a good listener.
So learn to fully digest what people are saying. Don't be in a rush to keep on adding your 14-cents worth. You'll only be clogging up your mind with "talkativeness."
In my volume, 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women, Strategy #23 on page 26, I show you...
• A Healthy Snack That'll Clog You Up: You may be snacking on this nutritious food because you want to improve your health or decrease weight. This food family is loaded with healthy protein, iron, potassium and good oils. But one out of two varieties takes forever to be properly chewed. Instead, I have several ways you can consume it, enjoy it even more (as these methods draw out the flavour) and not suffer constipation as a result.
• Why Restaurant Food is Constipating You: In two short paragraphs I'll show exactly what you need to watch out for at restaurants (as well as your own kitchen!). If the waiter serves you food like this, send it back with instructions to make it edible.
• Cooking Rice and Grains to Perfection: Most people cook their rice, barley, millet, etc. only half-done. In Strategy #23 I'll show how to prepare grains so that their FULL flavour comes out (they'll taste so good all you'll need is a little salt). Plus, I'll show you a simple method to know, without a doubt, if they have been cooked soft enough for your tummy.
This strategy, along with 36 other natural strategies for constipation, is revealed in my collection of 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how concise I've made the information. It's not loaded with theories and drawn out explanations of how your colon works. Most of the strategies are half a page to one-page long. You can get started using the strategies within minutes of opening the volume.
Yours in Natural Health,
Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Over the last 12 years Dr. Karlo Mauro has helped thousands of patients with their gastro-intestinal issues. He works out of his clinic near Windsor, Ontario on the border to Detroit. For more information on his naturopathic practice, go to www.theNaturopath.ca.
In 1992 Dr. Mauro began training in the martial art of Aikido Yoshinkai. In 2003, he earned a 3rd degree black belt. It was Aikido that originally opened his eyes to living a more natural lifestyle -- staying more balanced physically and mentally.
In 1995, he began receiving help from a Naturopathic Doctor for some digestive trouble he was experiencing. This first introduction to natural medicine resulted in him meeting other Naturopathic Doctors and finally making a life-changing decision.
Despite the fact he had just completed 6 years of university, including a Masters degree in Education, Dr. Mauro abandoned his teaching career, entered Naturopathic College, emerging four years later an ND.Dr. Mauro lives in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Natalia, son Alek and daughter Ella. When he's not at the clinic, he's either watching Alek play golf, watching Ella in gymnastics class or coaching Alek's soccer team.
Though he's helped patients with a wide variety of disorders, he's found the most success helping people with gut trouble. "I like the fact it's so easy to see an improvement," he says. "If you're constipated, only going once a week, and you start going everyday, you KNOW you're getting better."
Eva V., a 52 year old woman drove 3 hours (one way) to come to my clinic to tell me her story. She had bowel troubles since she was a child...
"Throughout the years I got used to using enemas -- at least 2 to 3 time a week. And if things got really bad I would go to the hospital and get something stronger. This was my life.
I saw many specialists and tried the best natural remedies available. They would work for a couple of days and then I would return to my usual bowel habits.
That's when I decided to buy Dr. Mauro's 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women.
When I started strategy #5, I immediately started feeling movement in my stomach. The next day I started a few more strategies and surprise, surprise, I had a bowel movement.
That was over 2 months ago and I'm still having daily bowel movements without taking any enemas or laxatives.
I am extremely happy. It feels so good when your colon is working properly. Especially in my case, having such an extreme case of constipation, my whole body is now working properly. Thank you Dr. Mauro.!"
Sometimes, even if you are going once a day, it's difficult because your stools are too hard and dry.
Ideally you want your stools to be about the consistency of a ripe banana. Anything looser or thinner is undesirable.
One of the problems with laxatives is that they don't produce this banana-like quality. Instead they bring on diarrhea. Diarrhea is dehydrating and depleting of valuable nutrients (such as potassium and sodium).
Dr. Mauro's 7-part email series and his collection of 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women help produce this ideal consistency because they help you retrain your bowels to work properly. When your colon is in good health, it will naturally make sure your stools are neither too dry nor too hard.
Are you confused about how much you should be eating? Do you feel like you're already full after your first bite of food?
It's no wonder," says Dr. Mauro, "that so many women suffer eating disorders. If you're not evacuating, it's hard to make room for more food. If waste can't find its way down and out, it's going to make your stomach bulge outward and upward.
In fact, your colon can expand three times its regular size (along with your stomach). The secret to a normal appetite is making sure you are emptying your bowels every 24 hours."
You should have no problem achieving one or two bowel movements a day, if you make the simple changes outlined in 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women. This should happen in less than 30 days of using these strategies.
Some medical doctors will prescribe birth control drugs to help with constipation. They believe this will help balance the hormones. Like most synthetic hormones, birth control pills come with complications.
Many women experience breakthrough bleeding, decreased appetite, depression, headaches, low libido, urinary tract infection, skin problems, gum inflammation. They also have an increased risk of contracting viral diseases.
Considering all the risks, is this really a good way to "balance your hormones?" Especially when natural methods may produce far superior (and economical) results...
Oftentimes hormonal imbalance is caused by a high consumption of white flour and sugary foods. These same foods turn into a glue-like substance that further clogs up your bowels.
By following the natural remedies and lifestyle changes in 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women, you'll be helping to bring your hormones into balance, naturally. Likewise, getting your bowels moving will stop toxins from backing up into your bloodstream, which will further knock your hormones out of whack.
"Many medical experts today agree that most illness begins in the colon and that the colon may be the single most critical organ in the body. As the colon becomes a stagnant cesspool, failing to move the poisons from food waste out of the body on a regular basis, the toxins back up.
"It is estimated that there are 36 different poisons that come from the colon, and as these accumulate in the bowel over a period of weeks, months or often years, they spread into your liver, gallbladder and other organs; into your blood; into your tissues and finally into your cells."
-- Women's Menopause Health Newsletter, October 2007
"A lot of elderly people are taking senna," explains Dr. Mauro. "It's an herb that causes your colon to flush itself out. Many people must drink it as a tea everyday in order to keep on going. The nerves and muscles in their colon are totally zapped and dependent on the stuff. It's a nightmare trying to get them off it."
Senna is one of the few herbs medical doctors prescribe. Unfortunately, it's harmful to use on a daily basis. Once a week as part of a colon cleanse is okay, but more frequently is impairing.
The effects of senna can be fairly drastic," explains Dr. Mauro. "They tend to flush out too much of the healthy bacteria. It's like having diarrhea. It's dehydrating and depleting of your electrolytes (potassium and sodium)."
I don't know about you but I don't want to be dependent on an herb to make me go. Worse still, you have little control over your bowel movements. You go when the herb is ready to make you go. There's not much warning.
That's fine if you're 80 and don't leave home. That's not great when you're on your way to soccer practice to pick up the kids.
Senna is also dangerous for people with high blood pressure, kidney problems or edema.
Healing and strengthening your colon so it can function on its own, as described in 37 Constipation Relief Strategies For Women, is the way to go.
Over 4 million Americans, each year, are affected by constipation, according to the The National Institute of Health. That works out to about 2.5 million doctor visits and $725 million in over-the-counter laxatives. The majority of those visits and purchases are by women.
As you can see, there's a lot of money in keeping people constipated and reliant on laxatives. No wonder Dr. Mauro's 37 Constipation Relief Strategies are not more well known.
Digestive disorders account for the largest amount of lost time from work; they are the number one cause of disability absence; they comprise one-sixth of all hospital admissions. It is acknowledged by conventional medicine that at least 40 percent of all cancers originate in the gastrointestinal tract. Many alternative practitioners would say the number is much higher."
— Women's Menopause Health Center Newsletter , October 2007
"And yet, as the old expression goes, death begins in the colon. Don't believe it? Ask any coroner. Autopsies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material."
— Martin Zucker,
"[Toxic waste that built up in the colon turns into] a sinister world of monstrous creatures that feed on living flesh: parasites..."
"In fact, parasites have killed more humans than all the wars in history."
Find out how to kick parasites out of your colon in Strategy 33, on page 35, of 37 Constipation Relief Strategies For Women.
Copyright © 2007 - 2012 Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.
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