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Oat Bran for constipation?

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Created January 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

A few people I've chatted with lately swear by Oat Bran as a relief for constipation. What are your thought on taking 1-2 Tbsp of oat bran every few days? I have tried everything under the sun for relief (increased water, taking Omega, have been eating fermented kraut every day, have been tested for thyroid function etc etc).

Anyone tried Oat Bran before??

*Edit: Just as an FYI, I go to the bathroom once per week :(

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on April 27, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I'm not going to vote this answer (or comment down) but I would give a -1 for the name, but that's just me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 26, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Nemesis, Cody asked "No offense but did you try a simple google search on natural constipation rememdies?". It's a valid question even if you can't understand it.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Cool, so as long as I insert a "No offense" in my response to someone, I can imply that OP is internet-illiterate? Good to know!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Nemesis and PaleoGal, the question was "What are your thought on taking 1-2 Tbsp of oat bran every few days?" Cody gave an answer to the question. It might not be the answer you wanted but it was his answer. He also used the phrase "No offence" but you must have missed that?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 25, 2012
at 12:51 PM

-1 from me due the dismissive and rather smug tone of your post. Also for not really answering OP's question. She wants to solve the problem of her constipation naturally, not get hooked on taking laxatives.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on January 24, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Also gutsense.com explains how fibre, especially grain fibre is the worst thing for your bowels.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:49 PM

+1 for the name "Morning Glory Poop Smoothy!"

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Miralax was a godsend for me. It's very safe! Can't say the same about all of the others available on the market :/

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Try gelatin + magnesium + water kefir + removing eggs + more fat. If that isn't enough, apple cider vinegar might do the trick.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on January 24, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Weight loss is great until you feel like crap because you can't. Try to find a happy balance. I am not trying to lose weight, so we aren't sitting in the same boat. There is a direct correlation between the quantity I eat and the quantity I go (seems obvious) as long as I am eating quality Paleo food. Even if I am up a couple of pounds, I feel better when I am regular.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 24, 2012
at 02:29 AM

Cody, women's bodies are not te same as men's. What works for you may not work for someone else! Men don't have menses which cause fluid retention and constipation for several days a month. Been there and done that with the WATER FIBER MINERALS, as I had turned to Paleo to prevent kidney stone formation I knew all about that. PG, as I'm not trying to lose weight I eat starch every day.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on January 24, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Senna is a laxative, can be habit-forming. Psyllium irritates the gut. Inulin causes gas. I'd nix all those three. As well as oat bran - it's just not Paleo. One idea behind Paleo is to discover that there are ways other than grains to get your fibre, your minerals, and your daily poop. I'm not regular myself but find Natural Calm (powdered magnesium) is helping. Freezing cold compresses on the abdomen, and abdominal massage, can also help get things moving for me.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:24 AM

@ Cody - where you do you get the majority of your fiber? Are you basically eating just veggies and protein?

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:23 AM

@ Nemesis - do you eat starchy foods every day? every second day?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I don't buy the lack of starch causing your constipation. Sorry. I've been on low carb diets many times. No issues with constipation as long as I'm getting enough fiber, minerals, and water. I also don't buy one person's suggestion about not having enough fat. I'm on a PSMF, basically zero carb and zero fat, and still no problems going as long as I get enough fiber, minerals, and water. Notice the pattern there? FIBER MINERALS WATER FIBER MINERALS WATER FIBER MINERALS WATER Was that too subtle? ;)

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I will try adding in more starch - that is the one thing I haven't really tried (mostly because I am focused on weight loss and low carb seems to work).

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:20 AM

My question asked about opinions on Oat Bran specifically, not about natural constipation remedies. Yes, I have used google before.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I'm just glad that I was able to wean myself off of the Miralax. But man, it really saved me! Was having to do an enema just to get the poop out, 2-3 times a week.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:36 PM

HN, I'm not sure. For those six months of chronic constipation I was taking Miralax every night after dinner and it made a tremendous difference. I also had issues with constipation as a kid, but I think that had more to do with not drinking enough water.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:07 PM

@Nemesis, do you think that was caused by the mucosal insufficiency I've been hearing so much about lately by followers of the PHD?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:06 PM

@Nemesis, do you think that was caused by the mucosal insufficiency I've been hearing so much about lately by followers of the PHD.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:02 PM

Also, apologies for the TMI ;)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 23, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Cutting out all starch triggered constipation for me. Hard stools with painful evacuation (anal fissures, anyone?) almost made me go off of Paleo. Adding starch from white rice or potatoes/yams, as well as taking a probiotic, has helped me out a lot. I go once a day (sometimes more depending on what I eat that day). Stools are much more manageable now. Also taking Mg and Ca.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 23, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Are you eating enough? I just throw this out there because frequency has been a surefire indicator of how much my toddler has been eating.

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on January 23, 2012
at 09:28 PM

If you eat egg whites, just pitch them and start eating only the yolk.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:17 AM

Google is your friend. No offense but did you try a simple google search on natural constipation rememdies?

Try any of the below (they should all be better than oats from a paleo perspective):

  • Senna
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Psyllium
  • Inulin
  • Increase water intake

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 24, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Senna is a laxative, can be habit-forming. Psyllium irritates the gut. Inulin causes gas. I'd nix all those three. As well as oat bran - it's just not Paleo. One idea behind Paleo is to discover that there are ways other than grains to get your fibre, your minerals, and your daily poop. I'm not regular myself but find Natural Calm (powdered magnesium) is helping. Freezing cold compresses on the abdomen, and abdominal massage, can also help get things moving for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Nemesis and PaleoGal, the question was "What are your thought on taking 1-2 Tbsp of oat bran every few days?" Cody gave an answer to the question. It might not be the answer you wanted but it was his answer. He also used the phrase "No offence" but you must have missed that?

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:20 AM

My question asked about opinions on Oat Bran specifically, not about natural constipation remedies. Yes, I have used google before.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 25, 2012
at 12:51 PM

-1 from me due the dismissive and rather smug tone of your post. Also for not really answering OP's question. She wants to solve the problem of her constipation naturally, not get hooked on taking laxatives.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Cool, so as long as I insert a "No offense" in my response to someone, I can imply that OP is internet-illiterate? Good to know!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 26, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Nemesis, Cody asked "No offense but did you try a simple google search on natural constipation rememdies?". It's a valid question even if you can't understand it.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on January 23, 2012
at 09:43 PM

I used to consume oat bran regularly, but I have stopped. I read that oat bran is one of the highest phytate foods, and probably gets things going by irritating the heck out of your gut lining. Personally, I avoid it just for that reason.

If you do like it, and it doesn't cause IBS symptoms for you, I would recommend at the very least lacto-ferment it overnight before consuming it.

Have you tried magnesium? I know I've taken a little too much magnesium at once if things get, uh, a little urgent in the bathroom department.

If you are doing a lower carb version of paleo are you getting enough fat? If my ratio of muscle meat to fat is too high I get a little backed up sometimes.

And....I don't even begin to claim I understand how it works yet (just started researching), but I've been reading that the vagus nerve is connected to bowel and digestive function, and anything you can do to support your nervous system can be helpful.

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B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on January 23, 2012
at 11:34 PM

You should look into GAPS or the specific-carbohydrate diet. They're designed to fix digestive problems. The main feature is cutting out all diasaccharides, and olgi/ply-saccharides, and only getting carbohydrates from monosaccharides, eg honey, ripe fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. So not tubers, unripe fruits, lactose, etc.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on January 24, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Also gutsense.com explains how fibre, especially grain fibre is the worst thing for your bowels.

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Magnesium supplements and probiotic foods are gonna be way more helpful and healthy in the long run. Eating more fat helps some people, quitting dairy helps for others.

Any laxative over the long term is detrimental, grain fiber may be the worst http://www.gutsense.org/fibermenace/about_fm.html

If you're a pain patient or otherwise long-term impaired in gut motility, Miralax is available over the counter and is actually NOT a traditional laxative, it can be used to actually retrain your gut to hold more water in your stool and keep things moving. To have this effect though, you have to take it pretty much every day for six months to a year.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Miralax was a godsend for me. It's very safe! Can't say the same about all of the others available on the market :/

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 24, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I used to use oatmeal, not just oat bran to help with that problem. Now everything is working out fine without it!

Someone I know who had the same problem now uses:

Morning Glory Poop Smoothy

1 Persimmon 1 Tomato 1/3 of a Cucumber 1 Apple 1 Orange 1 Banana 1 Carrot

Add a little fruit juice or water to help blend, drink it all down and KABOOM! LOL

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:49 PM

+1 for the name "Morning Glory Poop Smoothy!"

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 27, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I'm not going to vote this answer (or comment down) but I would give a -1 for the name, but that's just me.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on January 23, 2012
at 09:44 PM

They suggest that just because oat bran contains more fiber than any other grain. But when you have constipation (or diarrhea), while fiber helps, it's not the main ingredient that fixes the gut. Fermented foods (e.g. sauerkraut, home-made lactose-free probiotic goat yoghurt), offal, raw & unfiltered local honey, multi-probiotic (e.g. iFlora), are more effective, as it's magnesium.

So, don't go the grain route to get fiber, which is only one of the multitude of reasons of a healthy gut. If you must have fiber, simply eat veggies & fruits (e.g. avocados have lots of fiber too).

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:38 AM

Very intetesting. Just bumped into this thread, and it strikes a chord with me. I get plenty of fibre, from a balanced diet, but 2 months ago, things went pear shaped in the poop dept. for me. Hard stools, constipation, anal fissures, it was driving me mad. Coincidentally, it started after I included oat bran into my diet, 1/2 cup a day on my breakfast cereal. I finally worked out that the oat bran may be the culprit, eliminated it, and 3 days later all is back to normal. My summation, fibre overload, and the oat bran was acting like quick set cement in my gut.

Use with caution.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:34 PM

PG, try adding a few ounces of pureed pumpkin to your meal. Pumpkin is renown for relieving constipation as well as firming up stools if one has diarrhea. Out of the squashes, pumpkin seems to work the best.

Resistant starch foods are considered the 3rd type of fiber (along with soluble/insoluble) and works as a prebiotic in the small intestine. Feeding digestive bacteria, creating butyrate (an enzyme which may prevent colon cancer) and increasing lipid oxidation (fat burning).

The most Paleo way to get RS foods is by heating and cooling them (think: digging out last night's leftovers out of a cooled pot and having them for a cold breakfast). Cold tubers & bananas are your best (and most Paleo) bet and you only need 4g a day.

http://www.ehow.com/list_6850812_list-resistant-starch-foods.html http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/resistantstarch.htm

EDIT: I ate some white rice yesterday for lunch (Thai food), and this morning my poo was soft and easy to pass. I take Mg in the a.m. and Ca citrate & probiotic before bed. It seems as though white rice is a better RS than potatoes, at least in my experience.

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Try ground flaxseed (2-3 tbsp).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Eat fatty meat and drink water. Don't overcook your eggs and meat.

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