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digestive enzymes for constipation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 01, 2011 at 5:26 PM

One quick question: Did anyone try to use digestive enzymes for constipation? Any success? And if so, which enzymes would you recommend?

I had many issues with gut ( symptomps pointing towards either IBS or leaky-gut ), but most of it I healed. Still, I experience recurring episodes of constipation.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:31 AM

be careful in taking mg often for constipation, you can through off your electrolyte balance........

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:49 PM

to make some general response to all of the comments and my progress: - kefir so far doesn't seem problematic and I think it is somewhat helpful - presently I go to toilet every second day, does it mean that I still don't have normal bowel movements ? ( considering that I weight 125 lbs ( 57 kg ) being 6.1 feet tall ( 186 cm ) ) - can I expect some side, short-term effects from eating fermented foods? after I started eating sauerkraut daily I see both positive ( less bloating ) and negative ( I need to eat less when I mix some food with it, cause otherwise I am begging to feel tired quicker )

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:41 PM

that's exactly the logic behind my thinking, I don't want to indefinitely treat my symptoms, I want to fully recover and I know I won't achieve it with fast and simple aids like laxatives or rich fiber foods

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I have been taking primal defense probiotics and at the begginng they were also helpful, but I am not sure if they help me anymore

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I am male, sorry :)

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I have been taking magnessium for a long time and of course they somehow helped me with my constipation, but they didn't fully resolve the problem

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:40 PM

I'm with Nancy on the water kefir. I also make my own kimchi and kombucha.

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on December 02, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Just for clarification, I mentioned WATER kefir and I don't happen to use dairy kefir but I know many people do with good results. I can tell you that the water kefir is definitely not constipating! You have to start with small amounts to avoid diarrhea.

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on December 02, 2011
at 04:48 PM

One caveat re: probiotic foods- high protein dairy like kefir can be problematic for constipation. The GAPS diet recommends sauerkraut and sour cream for constipation; kefir for diarrhea. My n=1 supports this. I'd lay off the kefir until the constipation resolves.

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Yes, I have started eating homemade kefir like two weeks ago, but very small amounts so far, since I was dairy free for few months and want to incorporate all dairy very slowly. I think it's making me good, but can't say any definite conclusions yet. I also eat occasionally sauerkraut, planning to make some by myself in future. Also taking probiotics for few months, but still have these occasional episodes with constipation lasting from two to three days.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

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on December 02, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Garden of Life Raw Enzymes helped someone I know with constipation, when none of the other above mentioned strategies did.

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on December 01, 2011
at 05:59 PM

For many people, anything fermented works to solve constipation. Yogurt, water kefir, sauerkraut, etc. Are you eating any of those? They also help establish good gut flora, particularly the kefir.

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Yes, I have started eating homemade kefir like two weeks ago, but very small amounts so far, since I was dairy free for few months and want to incorporate all dairy very slowly. I think it's making me good, but can't say any definite conclusions yet. I also eat occasionally sauerkraut, planning to make some by myself in future. Also taking probiotics for few months, but still have these occasional episodes with constipation lasting from two to three days.

Medium avatar

on December 02, 2011
at 04:48 PM

One caveat re: probiotic foods- high protein dairy like kefir can be problematic for constipation. The GAPS diet recommends sauerkraut and sour cream for constipation; kefir for diarrhea. My n=1 supports this. I'd lay off the kefir until the constipation resolves.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Just for clarification, I mentioned WATER kefir and I don't happen to use dairy kefir but I know many people do with good results. I can tell you that the water kefir is definitely not constipating! You have to start with small amounts to avoid diarrhea.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:40 PM

I'm with Nancy on the water kefir. I also make my own kimchi and kombucha.

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:33 PM

When posting about constipation you will usually get the same litany of answers about what to put in your body. Coconut oil, cold water on an empty stomach, enzymes, ripe bananas, fiber, coffee etc. You should be doing some/all of this but it is also important to remember that sometimes the problem is not what is going in your body but your body itself. Two pieces of advice for those with constipation.

1) Do not take laxatives. Ever. Sometimes constipation stems from loose intestinal muscles that cannot properly move the bowels along. Using laxatives makes your intestines dependent on the flush of water to the intestines that laxatives cause, instead of training your intestines to do their job properly. Just wait it out, it will come.

2) When you are on the toilet, practice the "Asian Squat". http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ky72KqArodY/TUpL2d_S9LI/AAAAAAAAAPY/79iq9FvOqTs/s320/AsianSquat.jpg

The way modern toilets are built are actually not optimal for doing one's business. The Asian squat however, makes your organs loose and more open and it is the optimal way to go. An easy way to do this is to put your feet up on the toilet and with your arms on the back of the toilet to help you with equilibrium. Another way is to sit on the toilet normally but lean forward as much as you can, sort of as if you are skiing. This will also relax the bowels. Do this everytime you are in the rest room for a few minutes. It should help.

Here is some more info, in of all places cracked.com. Read #7 http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html

HIIT also seems to help, as it gets everything pumping and moving.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:41 PM

that's exactly the logic behind my thinking, I don't want to indefinitely treat my symptoms, I want to fully recover and I know I won't achieve it with fast and simple aids like laxatives or rich fiber foods

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on May 23, 2014
at 06:53 PM

When you eat cleaner you naturally detoxify. You awaken toxins as your body cleanses itself. Your body's main way to eliminate toxins are via the bowel. Sometimes when you eat cleaner you awaken more toxins than your bowel can handle, which results in constipation. To really enjoy the benefits of a clean diet, get a gravity method colonic to remove the excess toxins and help tone the bowel. Read 'The Raw Food Detox Diet' by Natalia Rose or 'The Body Ecology Diet' by Donna Gates for more information. Peace out @caban

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Are you taking a probiotic? There are lots of good ones - just be sure to buy one that is stored cold (like found at Whole Foods). You can eat yogurt and drink kefir, but would have to consume a lot (calories and sugar) to match the amount of active units in a good probiotic supplement. Digestive enzymes can help with constipation (along with any bloating) as they help fully digest your food but they aren't a "magic pill." So you can't usually take them with one meal and expect to see a difference. I'd suggest taking a good digestive enzyme along with probiotics for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference. Or just start with a good probiotic for a week or two and see how it helps. I have more information on my web site about enzymes and probiotics at www.enzymeessentials.com Please let me know if you have any questions.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I have been taking primal defense probiotics and at the begginng they were also helpful, but I am not sure if they help me anymore

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on December 02, 2011
at 01:03 PM

Are you taking magnesium? Do you squat when you go to the bathroom? Both help me a lot. www.squattpotty.com. I don't think digestive enzymes are gonna help with much except bloating and gas.

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I have been taking magnessium for a long time and of course they somehow helped me with my constipation, but they didn't fully resolve the problem

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:31 AM

be careful in taking mg often for constipation, you can through off your electrolyte balance........

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on December 02, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Constipation can be caused by menstrual cycles as well! But that might not be applicable if you are male. If so, nevermind :)

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I am male, sorry :)

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on December 01, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Funny as entire family started taking them, people with constipation had little or no constipation and people that had the opposite of constipation usually were also reporting better bathroom results. We used Nature Sunshine

http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/products/product/stocknumber1836-food-enzymes-120-caps.aspx its 120 capsules for $24 retail or if you order more than $40, you get free membership so the price would be $16, great price I say, for what it does, big Pharma could just re bottle it and sell it for thousands, lol.

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