Foods That Cause Constipation: Part 2 of 9 about Elimination
Yesterday, pee. Today, poop.
Green bowel movements are completely normal (that’s the plant fiber in all those greens you’re eating!). Take a look at the horse poo you see along the road, if you live where you can see horses. It’s indicative of what they eat (alfalfa, all plant foods). You can read about indigenous people who have no toilets and therefore “squat” outside. They don’t worry about human waste removal like we do, because it’s not toxic and disgusting, like it would be here in the U.S. The poop of indigenous people who eat mostly raw plant food looks like horse poop: lots of it, lots of fiber in it, greenish, no odor. Brown feces are simply a result of bile pigments coming from the liver, also normal.
What you should be concerned about is dark, hard, smelly, putrified poop–that’s what most of America is experiencing. (And that, I believe, is why we’re so shamed about the topic of elimination–feces of people eating the S.A.D. are, in fact, disgusting!) That’s what eating meat gets you: rotted stool that took days (or with pork, even weeks) to digest. Accumulation of decaying material in the digestive tract, euphemistically known as constipation, is the single biggest threat to our health, the “modern plague,” according to Dr. Jensen.
I helped run a babysitting co-op for 10 years while my children were small, and I was always horrified when I had to change other babies’ diapers–the smell was astonishing. I was at a party last week where everyone watched a little boy straining, his face beet red, trying to have a bowel movement in his diaper. This little boy is fed a steady diet of hot dogs and potato chips, zero-fiber foods. I never once saw any of my children do that. Many parents have come to think of that phenomenon as normal (people thought this was funny at the party—I just felt bad for the little guy). It’s not normal. Straining at a bowel movement is this, plain and simple: constipation.
People get painful hemmorhoids–that’s when your bulging veins pop out of the anus instead of staying inside like they should–when their colons are overtaxed with low-fiber foods and they must exert lots of force to eliminate. And that’s just one of many side effects of eating a low-fiber diet.
Diverticulitis is a very dangerous disease caused by chronic constipation, where pouches of the colon sag, lose nerve/muscle tone, and become breeding grounds for bacteria that eventually rot the colon. Foods that cause constipation? Meat is mentioned above, and constipation is well catalogued in any honest review of results of the Atkins Diet, since anyone on that diet is excessively eating animal proteins.
But Dr. Jensen and his researchers also constantly noted that those suffering from the worst colon problems ate lots of WHITE BREAD, which functions like the gluey mess that it is, slowing and gumming up your digestive system. He said anyone eating refined flour better be eating lots of vegetable roughage at the same time (and he recommends whole millet, rye, cormeal and rice instead).
People who eat lots of plant food have soft but formed stool. People who have been eating an almost exclusively plant-based diet for a long time, and have been through all the “cleansing” so they are now rather clean, have . . . are you ready for this? . . . poop that doesn’t stink.
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