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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:05
Hey everyone I'm a mess and I've been this way for a long time. I only have bowel movements every 3 to 5 days and I usually wind up taking laxatives to do that. I don't want to keep taking laxatives and would like to have more bowel movements. Any suggestions for my situation?

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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:19
Lots and lots of water, drank throught the day. Every day. This is the most important but somehow it ends up being the hardest to accomplish.. And a fiber supplement everyday, whether it be the powder you mix with water, a fiber bar, or they have fiber gummies! Good luck.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:26
Much more water and a higher fiber diet. Cruciferous vegetables will help. Cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts...
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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:40
You should be getting 25 grams fiber a day at least. Beans have the highest fiber of any food. And as said here you really need lots of water.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:43
women need 25 grams men need 30 grams of fiber per day.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:49
Magnesium oxide helps me. Phillips caplets are a good choice. I take one a day and it works. Most people are low on magnesium and don't realize it.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2014, 18:53
warm water with lemon added in the morning when you get up and walk around outside while you drink it. magnesium works also.

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Posted: 31 Jul 2014, 01:55
You should be eating a lot of fruits, veggies and drinking enough fluids as already mentioned. If you take laxatives on a regular basis your bowels will get lazy and won't do their work.

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Posted: 31 Jul 2014, 02:36
Add some fiber to your diet, helps a lot. Avoid rice. Also, there are some natural remedies in the herbal/health shops, I am sure you can find something that can help you. Maybe worth looking up online to see exactly what herbs would be suitable for you?
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Posted: 31 Jul 2014, 04:36
All good advice given, for extra fiber cook and eat washed potatoes and carrots unpeeled. I only peel fruit and veg if it's really necessary, such as sweet potatoes, citrus, bananas etc.
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Posted: 31 Jul 2014, 04:43
Try sprinkling ground flax seed or psyllium on everything you eat. A teaspoon here and there should give you some relief.

Eat your fruit to get the fibre, don't drink it. Lots of high fibre veggies such as Greens -- collards, kale, turnip greens
Lima beans
Potato with skin
Pumpkin, canned
Peas -- black-eyed peas, green peas
Sweet Potatoes

If you must take something try a stool softener instead of a laxative, as stated y snezica, your bowels will get lazy if their job is done for them.

and try to find one by a company called Senokot, theirs comes from the natural senna plant.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 31 Jul 2014, 18:59
I also wanted to add that a low thyroid (Hypo) can really slow down the bowels. That's what I'm fighting--even with a hormone replacement, I still need the magnesium help (AND lots of water AND huge amounts of consumed fiber). Ask you doctor to run a FULL thyroid panel -- TSH3 and TSH4.

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 12:52
Also, I highly recommend you start using the Squatty Potty. You can get a full size one on Amazon for around $40.

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 13:05
SylvesterKing - LOL, I've never heard of a squatty potty, but I was going to recommend my even cheaper method of putting my feet up on the bathroom trash can or laundry basket! Smile

dianemillervuoso - I only go about once a week (if I'm lucky). Fiber does nothing for me, but water certainly helps.

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 13:12
Start eating Coconut Oil, up your fat, cut the grains out.
Are you on Atkins

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 13:19
I have been told that I have pointy angles on my colon and the sharp corners prevent things from rounding the corners easily. Laying down, a bowel massage helps to move things along at times. Also, chew-able Vitamin C with Sorbitol works wonders for me when that's not enough, and when I can afford it, a colonic every few months, just to start from scratch. However, I'm having my thyroid tested, as I believe that may be adding to my physical issues as well.
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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 19:50
Yes I am on Atkins and it is difficult to get in as much fiber as I believe I need

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 21:59
Magnesium citrate is amazing for keeping things regular when going low-carb, which is what I take. It's cheap, readily available, and helps with so many other things, too (great sleep, no more leg cramps, etc!)

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Posted: 01 Aug 2014, 23:59
I totally agree with Ketomancer. I added it over the past month and no more problems. I dropped all the extra fiber, etc. Take one at noon and one with dinner.
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Posted: 02 Aug 2014, 16:12
fiber (30g - 35g per day) and lots of water with it (at least 2 liters) Dried prunes and cooked apples as well. Exercise is good to get your bowels moves as well. Massage your add omen anti clockwise works as well.

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