Constipation and Headaches

By Alana Sibley

Ever suffer from constipation AND headaches at the same time? It is a medical fact that constipation can cause headaches.

Nature's alarm clock

Constipation causes waste materials to sit too long in the colon, which results in autointoxication.

When foods break down into waste but then that waste is not eliminated, the body becomes like a septic tank. Those wastes become toxic, dangerous.

Constipation leads to the absorption back into the blood stream of these toxic chemicals, and we get a headache. The resulting headache is nature’s alarm clock to alert us to the problem it is facing.

Of course, the best way to stop constipation and headaches that it causes is simply to get rid of constipation.


Five Ways that Constipation Causes Headaches

1. Through toxins, as feces becomes toxic

2. Through dehydration

3. By not eating, even skipping meals

4. Through tension from not eliminating

5. From pushing and straining to go


1. Toxic Buildup

The average person carries between three to twenty pounds of fecal matter in their colon. A sluggish bowel retains pounds of fecal material and can cause the bowel to inflate, putting stress on other organs of the body.

Not eliminating frequently enough causes waste to become stagnant. Waste that sits too long in the intestines begins to ferment. As it does, it becomes putrid and rots.

If the body doesn't do something to get rid of the toxins contained in this rotten feces, it will make the body really sick.

The impurities are forced back into the blood, and autointoxication sets in. These impurities in the blood lead to headaches.

Getting rid of toxins

So to deal with autointoxication, the body absorbs toxins into the blood stream, and looks for other ways to eliminate them. It uses:

  • The kidneys, which can cause kidney and urinary tract infections

  • The respiratory system, which places them in mucus for us to sneeze or cough out

  • The skin, to excrete through it’s pores, which can produce rashes

  • The immune system, which must now focus on getting rid of toxins instead of fighting infection and disease


Storing toxins as fat

Any left over toxins are locked away safely in fat cells. Later when we try to lose this fat, the toxins will be released back into the blood, resulting in renewed autointoxication.

Headaches resulting from constipation only highlight just how important it is for us to get our colons functioning properly, and rid ourselves of toxic waste sitting in our colons.


2. Dehydration

When we don't drink enough water we can get dehydrated. Dehydration, or a lack of fluids in the body, has been medically linked to constipation.

Being dehydrated can result in mild to moderate headaches.


3. Not Eating, or Skipping Meals

When a person has pain in their abdomen accompanied by a feeling of heaviness, it can make them feel full, so they skip a meal.

Skipping meals can cause blood sugar levels to drop, and can cause hunger headaches.


4. Tension from Not Eliminating

A tension headache is pain at the back of the head and neck. It can also feel like a tight band around the top of the head.

Constipation can lead to this stress and anxiety.

Second, constipation can cause strain in the lower back, inclining a person to poor posture. It has been shown that poor posture can result in a headache.


5. Pushing and Straining Trying To Go

Pushing and straining can add even more pressure to a gut related headache. Have you ever noticed that when you push hard to eliminate that you can feel the pressure in the temple area of your head?

When the colon is functioning correctly, there will be no straining or constipation pain when having a bowel movement. It should feel like when you urinate – sweet relief.

As stools become larger, heavier, and harder, straining becomes more intense.


Headaches are like smoke detectors

Smoke detectors signal an alarm when it detects smoke. The alarm signifies that there is a problem somewhere in the house.

Constipation and headaches work much in the same way. We need to be alert and attentive when we get pounding, throbbing headaches.

Even though it is difficult, with that type of pain, we need to ask ourselves a question:

 “When was the last time I had a bowel movement”?


Learning from constipation headaches

We need to pay attention to when the headache subsides. Some people say that as soon as they pass stool the headache stops immediately. Others tend to get the headache when they pass stool.

Personally, when I get a headache its one or two things, constipation or sinus related.

And, when I experience constipation and headaches, I start down the list above trying to determine what constipation cause is causing my headache.


A permanent solution for constipation headaches

The best thing I know of for dealing with constipation is to take a magnesium supplement every day. This draws water into the colon to help keep stool from drying out.

Moist stool is slick, bulked up, and easy for the body to eliminate. Besides, magnesium has numerous other health benefits.

Other simple measures can help avoid constipation and headaches, including eating more fiber, drinking sufficient water, and staying active.

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