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Not All Liquids Will Cure Constipation

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

One of my patients told me about his neighbours. They are an elderly couple, retired, who both suffer from a host of bodily ills. Of course, they accept these as a product of "getting old."

Sure, as you get older your body's going to wear down, but is that because of time or because of exposure to the wrong things?

When you're born your body is normally in excellent health. A fetus will draw from its mother's body the best of the best of what she has to offer.

Once born, the body has to make the best of what it can get.

Usually, we fuel it up with not only cheap fuel, but the wrong type of fuel. We literally pour foods into our body that are largely incompatible. The body actually has to take "emergency" action to stop some foods, like corn syrup, from harming us. The liver and pancreas need to kick in to stabilize the high rush in blood sugar. The immune system needs to switch to RED ALERT as unhealthy bacteria feed off undigested sugar particles and multiply.

So anyways, my patient saw his elderly neighbour hobbling up the driveway, in obvious pain. He knows that he suffers from joint pain and stomach problems.

His elderly neighbour's cliché counsel regarding his own situation: "You gotta take it one day at a time. That's what I always say."

But in his hand, as he hobbles up the driveway from his car, is a 2L bottle of Coca-Cola which he just made a special trip to the convenience store for.

He also has a new carton of cigarettes in a bag hanging from his other hand.

Now, this shouldn't diminish your sympathy for him – instead it should increase it. I mean, it's like going to the hardware store and buying a drill bit, so you can go home and make holes in your hand.

Likewise, you may be doing the same thing with your constipation. That's why I'm glad you are reading this article. You too, may be investing your money in foods that are making you suffer greatly.

Today, I just wanted to talk briefly about...

Three Common Beverages That Can Cause Constipation, Bloating and Indigestion:


1. Soda Pop.

2. Coffee/tea.

3. Juice.

I bet you were surprised to see juice on the list? And, yes, some juice is doubly bad because it has sugar added. Avoid that type of juice entirely.

Regular 100% juice is "okay," especially if you've just run around the block at top speed and need to get your blood sugar up. But keep in mind it's basically just a drink of natural sugar. It absorbs straight into your bloodstream in less than 30 minutes. If you don't need that type of energy boost it's going to cause elevated insulin levels which will promote the sugar getting stored as fat.

You're probably best getting used to eating fruit instead, and when you do drink juice, dilute it 50/50 with water.

Juice Can Cause Constipation & Bloating, In The Same Way That Soda Pop Does

I don't really encourage you to drink any soda pop. It's basically sugar water with no nutritional value and a lot of negative side effects. You don't need it. Ever. Unless you're lost in the desert for 4 days without anything to drink and just found a case of 7-UP.

But, that only happens in the TV commercials.

If you are going to drink pop and juice anyways, you need to know WHEN to drink it so that it will not upset your stomach, cause fermentation in your digestive tract and produce constipation and a bloated stomach.

If you drink pop and juice in one way, it'll have little or no effect on your colon. If you do it another way (the most common way) it will make you feel sick.

It's actually a fairly simple guideline; it's not like one of those dietary rules where you need to remember 14 variables.

In my collection, Constipation Relief Strategy #36 shows you how to eat fruit, juice, pop and desserts so they don't upset your stomach or cause constipation...

  • Bloating Gone! Follow this one simple guideline regarding fruit and a piece of watermelon or a juicy orange won't ever upset your stomach. Also, by following this guideline, you'll avoid throwing junk food down your throat because you're too hungry to make dinner.
  • When to Drink Pop and Juice: I'm no fan of pop. Juice is okay in moderation. Since you probably drink both you should know when it will cause your stomach to swell and when it will have little negative effect.
  • Ever Feel Like a Party's Going on Inside Your Stomach? That's because you may be having dessert at the "traditional" time most people do these days. It's the wrong time to eat it. If you want to enjoy the occasional sweets, that's great. But follow the directions I'll outline for you to avoid suffering for it later. You CAN live without pop. You probably CAN'T live without chocolate, cake and ice cream. And you NEED to eat plenty of fruit. All of these foods can be constipating if eaten in the wrong way.

On page 39 of my 37 Constipation Relief Strategies, I give you THREE easy-to-remember guidelines that will eliminate most if not all of the problems these foods may be causing you.

You'll be able to get rid of constipation, without getting rid of your sweet tooth.

Yours in Natural Health,

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Constipation Relief Strategies For Women


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