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constipation help

Commented on December 11, 2013
Created December 08, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Sorry another BM issue--

i have constipation. I can't go naturally unless I take Magnesium Citrate (1000mg to induce movement), which means I can decide when and how frequent I want to move my bowels.

If I don't do anything proactive about constipation, I will probably not have any urge to go for 1-2 weeks (red-flag, I know). When I let myself to be constipated, I don't have any pain or discomfort up to like 7 days... I don't feel hunger either during that time. On day 7, I will start feeling "full" and then I take magnesium to help me poop. I don't like the few days after I have a BM, because I get really hungry... So actually being constipated doesn't really have any negative effects on my daily function; I would even go as far as saying it makes me more productive (not getting bothered with eating/hunger).

My current food consumption over 6 days:

12 cups of plain Greek yogurt

6 potatoes

salsa

4-5 can of sardines

4-5 eggs

1 bag of greens (collard, kale -- cooked)

Occasionally I eat banana chips (fried in coconut oil), and a few nuts.

Water - 5-6 cups a day.

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:31 PM

sorry, forgot to mention that I'm taking more than the minimum on the iodine. However, I pay very close attention to how my body reacts (detox reaction, etc.).

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:29 PM

I use iodine drops...mine include kelp. I have taken Lugol's in the past, but right now I'm using a preparation from my chiro/naturopath. I do like the roasted laver (seaweed), though. Available at Asian markets or in bulk at Costco. :-)

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:19 PM

do you take supplements, or just food sources of iodine?

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:10 PM

(by immediate I mean 24 hours or so)

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on December 09, 2013
at 05:06 PM

see my edit..thanks!

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:33 PM

Seriously, details on your diet may help others give better answers. Claiming to eat 'enough' doesn't help (particularly when you may very well be in a disordered eating pattern now.)

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on December 09, 2013
at 01:43 AM

yeah, i'd give it a try. i use magnesium citrate by natural calm. it's pretty gentle on my system and doesn't give me runs like other laxatives i have used in the past. i only need a tsp of it so about 300 mg but maybe you'd need more since you are so backed up.

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on December 09, 2013
at 01:26 AM

I don't know. I eat enough to satisfy me everyday, but I guess not enough by other people's standards. I am going to take magnesium everyday like you suggested.

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on December 08, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Recovery is going to take a while. Definitely see a doctor/specialist that has experience with recovering disordered eaters.

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on December 08, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I don't really restrict calories, but I've noticed that I just don't have much appetite (due to constipation maybe).

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on December 08, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Nope, I wasn't seeking validation. I really thought I recovered from ED. I thought I was following my hunger/satiety signals. I really don't starve myself; I eat when I am hungry. But I have to agree that on some days, I am undereating but not intentionally.

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on December 08, 2013
at 05:27 PM

An ED fucks up your body pretty bad. And what you describe is pretty extreme and abnormal. Not having BMs also suggested to me that you were likely in a disordered eating state, a starvation diet possibly. You don't talk at all about your diet (which is a huge deal when it comes to GI issues). If you're simply seeking validation of unhealthy habits, it's unlikely you'll find that here.

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on December 08, 2013
at 04:51 PM

Yup - all sorts of disordered eating previously. Now I am in recovery. Share your thoughts about how my BM and ED could be related.

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on December 08, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Yup - all sorts of disordered eating previously. Now I am in recovery. Share your thoughts about how my BM and ED could be related.

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on December 08, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Have issues with disordered eating, now or previously?

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:09 PM

I've noticed immediate results with iodine...I forgot it could be like this. :-) And it has to be balanced with selenium (couple of Brazil nuts a day should take care of the selenium).

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on December 11, 2013
at 07:10 PM

(by immediate I mean 24 hours or so)

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on December 09, 2013
at 10:25 PM

Constipation is not a good dieting technique.

Just take the magnesium every night. I fluctuate between 400 and 1000 mg depending on my diet and stool consistency at the time. There's nothing healthy about avoiding a supplement for a mineral most everyone is deficient in. You need the magnesium, and probably a few other things, to be right. I'd also throw in some iodine and make sure you get plenty of natural selenium from things like eggs, fish, and the occasional brazilnut.

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on December 08, 2013
at 07:51 PM

poop is what your body wants to get rid of- it's waste. when it sits so long in your digestive tract, it gets reabsorbed into your body when you really want it out of there. i would probably take magnesium every day to get you going more regularly. i am shocked that a week's worth of poop doesn't make you feel really uncomfortable. are you barely eating? even when i don't go for one day, my gut gets huge and bloated.

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on December 09, 2013
at 01:26 AM

I don't know. I eat enough to satisfy me everyday, but I guess not enough by other people's standards. I am going to take magnesium everyday like you suggested.

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