Foods that cause constipation

Although lack of fiber is an important cause of constipation in modern society, foods that cause constipation are well known in Chinese medicine but not understood in conventional medicine.

But, it’s not as simple as just avoiding a group of foods. You see, the foods that cause constipation are different for everyone.

First, understand the "temperature" of the food

Chinese medicine categorizes foods according to “temperature.“ This doesn’t mean actual temperature, but their effect of “cooling” or “heating” your body.

Just as heat dries water, “hot” foods have a tendency to dry up fluids in your body.

Just as extreme cold slows movement in nature, “cold” foods have a tendency to slow down movement in your body.

“Hot” foods cause constipation by drying up the fluids of your body, leaving you with dry stools that cannot be moved properly.

“Cold” foods slow functioning in the body. Since transportation of food or stools through the intestines is not passive – it is an active function – then these “cold” foods decrease your ability to transport and cause constipation.

Next, understand your bodies temperature

Foods do not inherently cause constipation on their own.

If your system is already “hot” (you feel warm or thirsty, have hard and dry stools, your breath is bad, your irritable and you possibly have mouth ulcers) then “hot” foods will affect you more and may cause constipation.

If your system is already “cold” (you feel cold, sluggish, speak and move slowly, have abdominal pain that feels better with heat), then cold foods will cause you more harm.

It’s important to understand that, while a “hot” food may cause constipation in an already “hot” person, it may cure constipation in a “cold” person, and vice-versa.

Which foods that cause constipation should I avoid?

You may need someone like me to help you determine whether you are “hot” or “cold” and, therefore, which foods that cause constipation you should avoid.

If you have a doctor of oriental medicine available, you definitely can use his or her services. But, if you can take responsibility for your own health, you’re going to live a longer, healthier life (and save a lot of money in the meantime!)

I have programs to help you overcome your constipation. These include both the “foods” to avoid (and eat!) as well as several other techniques to use.

My goal is to make these treatments known and available to everyone. Health doesn’t belong to doctors. There’s no reason for you to suffer when there’s effective solutions available.

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