Though not always the most comfortable thing to talk about, successful elimination of wastes is a key component to good health. Without such, wastes build up in the gut, fermenting and putrefying––not the best thing in terms of maintaining optimal health. Yet, many people suffer from stomach problems, among them constipation, which involves difficulty in maintaining regular elimination. Many people who experience constipation feel they need to go, but simply can not. This is a frustrating, uncomfortable problem that plagues many sufferers on a daily basis.
There are a variety of causes for constipation. These include, lack of fiber in the diet, not drinking enough water, lack of exercise, stress, medications and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Fortunately, many of the causes of constipation are remedied with simple, dietary changes. By adding more fiber into the diet, drinking more water and getting regular exercise, one may be able to eliminate constipation completely.
As far as diets are concerned, some critics of the Phase One Diet argue that the diet lacks enough fiber to be considered a healthy diet. This is because of the elimination of grains from the initial phase of the diet. For many people, diets rich in grains (particularly, whole grains) equal getting proper amounts of dietary fiber, in their minds. But grains are not the only source of fiber, and according to research, there may be a greater problem with the consumption of large amounts of grains.
Grains are known to be commonly contaminated with mycotoxins, poisons created by fungi that can infest grains, particularly during the siloing process. These are among the most toxic, naturally produced chemicals on earth. Furthermore, because of their high carbohydrate content, grains would ostensibly be a perfect food for feeding a pathogenic fungal infection in the body. For these reasons, the Phase One Diet seeks to eliminate grains from the diet virtually all together, at least initially, despite the fact that they are high in fiber.
Regardless, grains are not the only source of dietary fiber available to you. Foods such as avocados, artichokes, berries, broccoli, green apples, Brussels sprouts, almonds and other nuts are all high in fiber; The Phase One encourages these sorts of plant-foods in abundance. Knowing this, is completely possible to get recommended amount of fiber (and more without consuming any sort of grain or products containing grain, whatsoever.
On Phase Two, limited grain products and legumes (beans) are added back into the diet in moderation, expanding your options for getting more fiber into your diet.
Furthermore, it may be a good idea to include fiber supplements, such as psyllium hulls into your diet. Psyllium hulls, in particular, have the added benefits of binding to mycotoxins in the gut, sweeping them out via the elimination process. This insoluble fiber may be an especially good choice for those struggling with constipation despite diet changes, ample hydration and proper exercise. Psyllium hulls’ inability to be absorbed means that whatever goes in, comes out! This should help in maintaining regularity for those struggling with constipation.