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coconut oil to treat constipation?

Commented on December 06, 2013
Created December 05, 2013 at 2:22 AM

I have been doing some research, and for my non-chronic constipation, I think I want to try (in addition to proper hydration):

1) Milk of magnesia

2) More probiotics like Greek yogurt (is kefir better? I can only find commercial ones.)

3) Coconut oil (maybe 1 tablespoon) in the morning

I want to try one at a time. What do you think I should try first? What is the most effective remedy?

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on December 06, 2013
at 07:30 PM

i finally got the potato starch in the mail. put it in a smoothie with 1 cup of kefir, a cup of cantaloupe, and 1 scoop of vanilla whey powder. i couldn't taste it at all and it was DELICIOUS. highly recommend this smoothie!

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on December 06, 2013
at 02:14 AM

I got magnesium citrate today, so I will see if it helps. I have been generally undereating (lowish fat)--not intentionally I just don't have much appetite. I think that may have been contributing to constipation. thanks!

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Read this, the short summary is that Resistant starch is very minimal in just cooked potatoes, so you need to eat them cold or raw for the benefits.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:57 PM

i am drinking my first coffee+coconut oil concoction now. doesn't taste bad. hopefully this thing works...

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:56 PM

good point. i've been eating low fat for the last 4 months but constipation became an issue like two weeks ago. I am going to try increasing fat.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:54 PM

interesting. just curious -- why wouldn't just eating potatoes work the same way (or even better)? I eat 2-3 potatoes a day.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:34 PM

You would think that PS is binding, but I have been using it for 10 days and it works well for me. I won't describe it, but wow it is good.

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on December 06, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Refined coconut oil does not have any dietary fibre in it, virgin coconut oil may have dietary fibre but that too should be very less to make significant impact. Coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids which promote the breeding of good bacteria in our intestine. This not only helps in proper absorption of food nutrients but also helps in keeping a check on disease causing microbes Coconut oil eases constipation woes because it is fibrous and it cleanses the colon very effectively. It also increases your metabolism rate letting your system break down food faster and more effectively which can lead to an increase in the frequency of bowel movements.

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on December 05, 2013
at 05:08 PM

A cup of warm water with a tablespoon of (freshly squeezed) lemon juice first thing in the morning.

Coffee with oil/butter with a proper breakfast.

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on December 05, 2013
at 05:04 PM

There is a lot of individual variation. For me, oils and fats have no effect. Meat tends to slow my system a tad and the same with other people, but after a while, if I eat the same amount regularly, then my system adapts. So I would say for most people, meat slows the system AT FIRST but usually not long term.

Long term, I think your quest will be to figure out why your digestion is overall not quite right. THe answer to that is what you really want to know and it may be that you are lacking something or multiple things or that there are some things you are eating that don't agree with you. Or it could be both of those things. ALso, eating healthy over the months may also slowly help you as time goes by. Gut health can take a long time to recover after a lifetime of eating less healthy foods.

For the short term, I would say magnesium is great for moving the system without causing damage, plus many people, even paleo eaters, are magnesium deficient so the extra vitamin helps many people in other ways too. Magnesium is the most likely to work, any kind will do, pills or the white 'milk' form. Start really slowly, some people get a lot of movement for only a little magnesium. Keep in mind that milk of magnesia neutralizes stomach acid so it's not something you should take daily. However, vitamin pills still help for many with less effect on stomach acid.

If it does something for your digestion, coconut oil is also a good candidate and probably quite healthy in general. It would be the most paleo solution if it works for what you want but I would suggest it's also healthy in general. Everyone does not notice motility from coconut though.

I would stay away from true milk products and coffee and starch as there is a chance your digestion does not like those things and they may cause additional problems. They may work but I would not take them as first candidates to try. It's not just about moving things along but what condition your gut is left in from that process. For instance, fiber famously loosens stool but it does so by scraping the lining of the intestines, causing more mucus, which moves food along faster. So it 'works' short term but long term it is not great for the gut and for those with weak gut health already, it can create more problems than it solves.

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on December 06, 2013
at 02:14 AM

I got magnesium citrate today, so I will see if it helps. I have been generally undereating (lowish fat)--not intentionally I just don't have much appetite. I think that may have been contributing to constipation. thanks!

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on December 05, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Potato starch is binding, i use it if I have diarreha. Wouldn't recommend it if your constipated. I have problems with that as well but going very high fat has helped. Noticed that to much coconut meat-products make it worse. But the oil is great!

Medium avatar

(238)

on December 05, 2013
at 04:34 PM

You would think that PS is binding, but I have been using it for 10 days and it works well for me. I won't describe it, but wow it is good.

3d7ad776cb81f1e56f77ffd82b7d5eaa

on December 05, 2013
at 04:56 PM

good point. i've been eating low fat for the last 4 months but constipation became an issue like two weeks ago. I am going to try increasing fat.

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:13 AM

Coconut oil and butter blended in coffee on an empty stomach lubes the tube. Even if you have some food packed in there, it seems like it just sort of works like Drano.

Go with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter per 1 cup of coffee. Something like this:

http://thepaleomama.com/2013/01/i-just-put-butter-in-my-coffee/

3d7ad776cb81f1e56f77ffd82b7d5eaa

on December 05, 2013
at 04:57 PM

i am drinking my first coffee+coconut oil concoction now. doesn't taste bad. hopefully this thing works...

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(238)

on December 05, 2013
at 05:24 AM

Potato starch, 1 tablespoon with a cup of yogurt or kefir. Try working your way up to 3 tablespoons a day. Seems like the Resistant Starch thing is working for me. Bobs Redmill unmodified starch.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:54 PM

interesting. just curious -- why wouldn't just eating potatoes work the same way (or even better)? I eat 2-3 potatoes a day.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 06, 2013
at 07:30 PM

i finally got the potato starch in the mail. put it in a smoothie with 1 cup of kefir, a cup of cantaloupe, and 1 scoop of vanilla whey powder. i couldn't taste it at all and it was DELICIOUS. highly recommend this smoothie!

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