Many people have an extra long colon and aren’t aware of it. It may cause life long constipation. Megacolon can be congenital and is often hereditary, or can gradually develop over many years of poor diet, constipation and/or laxative abuse. If there is a very large amount of extra bowel, there may be huge redundant loops of bowel that trap food, which stagnates and putrefies inside them. This promotes the development of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, with symptoms like abdominal bloating, constipation, flatulence and pain. A special X-ray called a barium enema is able to diagnose megacolon because it can visualize the extra loops of unwanted bowel.

If you have this condition, you will need to be very careful with your diet and lifestyle, doing all the necessary things to keep your intestinal contents moving. If you don’t drink enough, the fecal matter will become dry and hard and then become extremely difficult to pass. Aim to drink between 8 and 12 glasses of water each day, depending on the climate you live in and how much exercise you obtain. Drinking too much tea can worsen constipation because of the tannins in it.

Vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds are all high in fiber. Grains and legumes are also high in fiber but they can be irritating to the gut lining and can actually worsen constipation and bloating, therefore are best avoided. You may need to take a fiber supplement to ensure you obtain enough each day. Fibertone powder can be stirred into water or added to smoothies, yogurt, cereal or sprinkled over chopped fruit. Fiber is not an adequate remedy for stubborn types of constipation. The natural ingredients in Colon Detox capsules have a more powerful bowel clearing action and can provide great relief for a clogged up bowel.