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Supplements to remedy constipation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Can anyone offer me an effective and safe supplement to solve my constipation issues. I currently eat a diet of sweet and white potatoes, ghee, and various meats and shellfish (mainly oysters).

I feel great on this diet but I am consistently constipated for 4-5 days at a time. I have tried magnesium citrate to no avail, and am now considering cilium fiber based on a recommendation I received on this blog last week. I am aware that cilium is in no way paleo, but is it a safe solution to my problem or is it chock-full of antinutrients and potentially toxic?

I have also come across slippery elm bark as a possible remedy. Any thought on this?

How about digestive ensymes? Or an addition of sauerkraut to my diet?

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:06 PM

The amount of dietary fiber per ounce of chia is somewhat higher then the same amount of ground flaxseed but flax contains slightly more omega 3. Whole Flaxseed per 1lb is considerably cheaper than chia. Flaxseed goes off faster once ground. So invest in an electric spice/coffee grinder and grind up a pot full once a week to keep in the fridge and sprinkle on your breakfast. Both contain Oligosaccharides so promote good gut flora.

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I would try some combination of eating more varied veg including some which have some insoluble fibre, fish oil supplements, and fermented foods and see if any of that helps

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on December 01, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Both. It's a very common supplement used for muscle building, recovery and gut-healing. It can also be found in almost all dietary sources of whole-food protein.

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on December 01, 2012
at 07:30 PM

yes i drink lots of water but no dairy besides butter/ghee.

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on December 01, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I use the Renew Life "Organic Clear fiber" product. If you mix it with room temp water it dissolves very easy, and with little taste. www.renewlife.com/organic-clear-fiber.html and a good video of this was on the Suzanne Summers TV - Episode 3 segment on HOPE formula. http://bcove.me/q1ru6q1s

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on December 01, 2012
at 03:21 PM

I tried both natural calm and mag citrate pills, neither made a noticable difference.

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:26 PM

What is L-Glutamine, does it come in a supplement or food?

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

What about chia seeds instead of flax, would this have a similar effect?

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Eat some SPINACH. Cook it down in some fat.

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on December 02, 2012
at 07:57 AM

Now Foods MCT 100% Oil blows my stuff out. No freakin' idea why, but there ya go.

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on December 01, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Drink Traditional Medicinal 'Smooth Move' senna tea before bed. Wake up early and mix the following: 4 cups water, 2 tsp sea salt. It should taste salty. If it tastes like spit add more salt. Chug the quart of salt water as fast as you can, then don't leave your home for a couple hours.

An extra cup of senna before the flush might be a good idea if you think you're too stopped up. If it doesn't come right out, don't worry. Just drink more senna until you're empty.

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on December 01, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Surprised the mag isn't fixing it. Do you drink much water? More veg? More (and more varied) fats? Try eating yogurt every day for a while?

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on December 01, 2012
at 07:30 PM

yes i drink lots of water but no dairy besides butter/ghee.

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I would try some combination of eating more varied veg including some which have some insoluble fibre, fish oil supplements, and fermented foods and see if any of that helps

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Curious which magnesium citrate you tried? Natural Calm works TOO well for me for this issue, so I switched to regular capsules.

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on December 01, 2012
at 03:21 PM

I tried both natural calm and mag citrate pills, neither made a noticable difference.

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on December 01, 2012
at 10:42 AM

Laxative effects of partially defatted flaxseed meal Ordinary whole brown flaxseed can be whizzed in an electric spice/coffee grinder for a few seconds to form a coarse meal. A couple of tablespoons (30g) will improve matter. It's partly the physical properties of soluble + insoluble fibres that move things on but flaxseed meal is also a good source of Oligosaccharides that promote the growth of gut flora. A significant percentage (30~50%) of dry matter of healthy bowel movement stools is from bacteria. The consistency of the stools is determined by the bacterial content. Less bacteria = drier, harder stools. Bacteria hydrate stools and prevent constipation.

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

What about chia seeds instead of flax, would this have a similar effect?

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:06 PM

The amount of dietary fiber per ounce of chia is somewhat higher then the same amount of ground flaxseed but flax contains slightly more omega 3. Whole Flaxseed per 1lb is considerably cheaper than chia. Flaxseed goes off faster once ground. So invest in an electric spice/coffee grinder and grind up a pot full once a week to keep in the fridge and sprinkle on your breakfast. Both contain Oligosaccharides so promote good gut flora.

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Two answers.

  1. L-Glutamine
  2. H20

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:26 PM

What is L-Glutamine, does it come in a supplement or food?

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on December 01, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Both. It's a very common supplement used for muscle building, recovery and gut-healing. It can also be found in almost all dietary sources of whole-food protein.

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on November 30, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Definitely throw in sauerkraut. I added fermented foods into my diet and at first had some gas but it passed quickly and I go more regularly now.

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on November 30, 2012
at 10:41 PM

This product has helped me out like crazy. Aerobic Life's MAG O7. It's a magnesium/oxygen cleanse. I feel like nothing else works as well. It's very "cleansing" so be careful...but follow the directions and it has yet to fail me. The reviews speak volumes. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00014H7GA

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