Constipation issues

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Posted: 04 Feb 2018, 15:05
I have the same problem. I hardly ever have the urge to go. I am a little afraid to use Miralax, as I've read it could be habit-forming and would rather use something, if I must, that will not make my bowels lazy. My thyroid levels were good, except my T4; My total T4 was 4.4 (range 4.8-10). But my other 2 numbers were good. TSH 1.39 and Total T3 95. Not sure how to handle it, but I know it's not healthy. I can't eat gluten, soy, or greens because of their goitrogenic effects. What can i do?

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Posted: 04 Feb 2018, 18:26
I don't eat gluten either; its' been 10+ years for me. However, I've always had a problem with urges. I usually need a softener. Using Senna tea works, but it's quite hard on the insides. I do use Blackstrap Molasses(1 tblspoon). Using Flax in your food can help. I grind it and use it in my Bullets. But I like you don't like relying on any of these. I have been using Prune Juice, but it's so high in carbs! We are definitely in a dilemna

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Posted: 05 Feb 2018, 06:08
I adjusted my fiber in (e.g. adding nuts to) my diet... that worked. But, keep in mind, that in Atkins/Keto/LCHF... your body is going to process food more efficiently; thus, reduced waste... and that, in turn, should help with the overall constipation.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2018, 16:05
37.....I regularly use sliced almonds in my salads (2 a day) and don't find help there. We really are all different.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2018, 19:37
I know for me water enemas are never out of the question, or epsom salt in water, magnesium really helps aid in my issues.

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Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 19:36
What I have done is add some mixed nuts to my diet. About and oz. That fixed up the constipation problem (from medications).
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Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 21:04
If your on akins or keto, you bowls movements will be lower because of the lower calories. But things that affect greatly bowel movements while on does diet are first, are you drinking enough water, while on keto/akin the body does not retain salt and water you need to drink a galon of water or more per day. 2 fiber since its not a high cal diet make sure your getting enough fiber eat veggies higher in fiber. You can also looks to supplement fiber as well. Hope this helps

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Posted: 14 Feb 2018, 10:04
are you taking you supplements? you need to be taking at least magnesium and potassium. these will help you with constipation and muscle cramps.
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Posted: 14 Feb 2018, 17:35
Apparently a high protein can cause constipation. I have been eating two or three figs or prunes each day and Metamucil once or twice a week. This has helped a bit. I mentioned this to my chiropractor and he said he might be able to help. One correction and it helped substantially. A few more corrections might do it.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2018, 08:22
You can also try a tablespoon and a half of oat bran.

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Posted: 14 May 2018, 16:31
I take Metimucal twice a day - they have a variety called "shake additive" that has no added sugar or sweeteners.

If you squirt some splenda water flavor into it (like MIO), it's not bad at all.

Hopefully, this is not having any effect on my Ketosis - it is, after all, recommended by Atkins.

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Posted: 14 May 2018, 18:28
I had chronic constipation and consulted a Board-certified gastroenterologist. He recommended daily Miralax (polyethylene glycol 3350). (Wal-Mart's Equate-brand ClearLAX is identical to Miralax and less expensive.)

Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PG3350) is different from bulking agents and laxatives, in that it draws moisture into your lower GI tract to soften stools so that they pass more easily and more readily.

The package warns against use for longer than a week without consulting a physician because persistent constipation (for more than a week) may indicate a serious GI condition. My M.D. said that the package warns not to use these products for more than a week to encourage people to contact a physician for long-term constipation, diarrhea, and/or persistent abdominal pain.

PG3350 is not habit-forming. Once any serious medical condition is ruled out by a physician, it may be taken daily. What I've found is that increasing fluid intake (half a gallon is more than sufficient!) and taking ClearLAX three times a week has reversed my lifelong chronic constipation.

Bulking agents (fiber products like Metamucil) add fiber. If...
(1) you're constipated because your digestive system has been slowed (e.g., autonomic nervous system neuropathy caused by diabetes or other conditions), or
(2) you actually have an intestinal obstruction (blockage),
...extra fiber can worsen the condition and even be dangerous, but it is not habit forming.

If all you need is extra fiber, bulking agents may help. I find that I need a fiber supplement in the KD.

Stimulants (like ex-LAX or Phillip's Milk of Magnesia) are the harshest measure of this type. Magnesium, the active ingredient, contracts the muscles of the GI tract to squeeze out stool by force.

(NOTE: A Magnesium supplement, taken in the evening, can help. Magnesium citrate is used as a bowel prep, to forcefully and quickly empty the bowel, so it is absolutely clean for GI scans and colonoscopies.)

Again, if you have an undiagnosed obstruction, laxative use can be very dangerous. You also want to make sure that you have no other medical condition or habit that's causing constipation. (Example: Opioid medications can cause constipation. They turn my gut to rock! TMI!)

Also, frequent laxative use can cause dependency because you are not allowing the GI tract to achieve a natural rhythm and strength.

"Regularity" is best achieved with adequate fiber and fluid intake, by never ignoring an urge to defecate, and by practicing "sitting" each day, at the same time and for an adequate period of time.

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