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If you spend too much time in the bathroom...

During a session in the loo, breaking out in a sweat means that there is something wrong with your intestinal flora. Normally, it should work loosely in the John. However, with constipation, everything accumulates in the intestine, it does not flow as it should, and it gets very difficult. Even if that can't happen, you might feel like you're about to burst. It's terrible!

Mostly, obstipation (that is the technical term for constipation) is no reason to panic. In fact, constipation is not diagnosed until you are experimenting less than three sessions a week, or even if you do it regularly but still have to apply a lot of pressure.

Hard times arise in the colon

Your intestine is eight meters long and processes around 30,000 tons of food and 50,000 liters of liquid during your life. A remarkable achievement isn't it?!

Under normal circumstances the way of your food is as follows: it pushes through the esophagus into the stomach. It crushes all, the stomach acid decomposes all germs and splits proteins. Then it continues in the small intestine. There the food paste is neutralized, and the bile dilutes all fats into smaller drops, which are distributed everywhere. Enzymes of the pancreas break down the carbohydrates, proteins will continue to break down.

 

Dein Darm mag Verstopfungen genauso wenig wie du.

The small intestine releases all nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in the blood, from where they enter the body everywhere. Now it goes into the colon. Water is extracted from the food paste there, bacteria continue to work on it, and the intestinal cells form mucus to transport the paste smoothly out of the body. This is done by the rectum, at the end of which are two sphincters, the inner and the outer. If you have constipation, the problem is usually in the colon and rectum. There are many causes for it like diseases, bad nutrition, stress or the disgust before strange toilets.

Do you "squash it" in a strange environment?

Then you're a candidate for constipation. If you regularly deny yourself going to the toilet (e.g. at work), there will be congestion in your intestines. The food paste, which has been diligently processed by the bacteria in the colon, cannot get out through the rectum because you control the outer sphincter muscle. While the food paste in your colon stays longer than necessary, the microbes, i.e. the bacteria, continue to work. They draw more and more water from your food until your intestinal excretions are reduced to the point where they are as hard as coal briquettes.

Maybe you already got constipated on vacation? Most of the time it is due to the change of place and food. The classic is white bread, which is almost the only type of bread in many countries. If you're usually the whole grain type, your intestines won't cope well with these carbohydrates and they stuff you. After a few days, however, your intestinal flora usually regulates itself again.

When the colon gets lame

Stress, poor diet or too little exercise can make the colon slow and sluggish. It then needs twice as much time to channel everything to the rectum. Meanwhile, more water is extracted from the food and the pile becomes more compact and dry. At the same time, more food comes from the top of the small intestine, causing congestion and unpleasant constipation. What helps is movement and plenty of water, to stimulate intestinal activity again. If you use laxatives, be sure to take the right dosage and don't take it so often. Otherwise, you will completely mess up your bowels.

If you get constipated more often, you can check some things out for yourself:

  1. How is your diet?
  2. Do you eat enough fiber like fruit, vegetables, and whole grain products?
  3. How much alcohol and coffee do you drink?
  4. Do you take any medication?
  5. Do you have any professional or private stress?
  6. Do you sleep well enough?

These are all factors that affect your intestinal flora. It's made up of trillions of bacteria that take care of your digestion.

With a test you will find out what your intestinal flora is like. You will learn how to use your food, how well you digest fiber, burn carbohydrates and fats, whether you have a tendency to develop an intolerance to fructose, lactose or gluten, which of the three types of intestinal flora you belong to, how strong your immune system is and whether your intestinal flora is in balance. INTEST.pro is a self-test that you can easily realize at home.

The kit includes a cotton swab with the one you take a small stool sample and put it in a tube that you send to our laboratory in an envelope. Our scientists create a profile of your intestinal flora and give you recommendations on how to make them happy. And this will also make you happy if you feel healthy and well and the session in the loo is completely relaxed.