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Constipation (a hard question)

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Created January 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I know, I know, I searched already. But this is NOT an easy question because I am not just constipated. I have the methane producing bacteria that is responsible for my problems. It slows down my gut motility and it stalls the whole digestive process.

That's why most normal things that other people can use do not work for me.

This is what I CANNOT USE DUE TO SIBO:

no beets (high in sugar)

no prunes (fiber)

no aloe vera (polysaccharide)

no magnesium (citrate, oxide, glycinate) - I react to them

no Natural Calm

no fiber (no Metamucil or Phsyllum Husks - they irritate my already damaged gut)

no senna (gut irritant) or herbs like cascara sagrada

no grains or fiber (I am on SCD diet)

I can only have some natural constipation aid, preferably as foods, low-fiber, not starchy and low-fodmap.

See, I told you it is not an easy question ;)

I am fine with carrot juice (so far) but I need a lot of carrot juice - like a half a gallon or something.

Any other solutions that worked for you and were not mentioned?

THANK YOU!!!!!

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

@Pecan - today I did not react to it. But usually I either fall asleep or gag or get dizzy from it.

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1013 · January 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

How were you diagnosed with SIBO?

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1013 · January 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Yes. I don't have time to juice every day but that plus the raw egg yolks helped for me. Definitely check out the digestive healing GAPS protocol at the link above and http://gapsdiet.com/

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10994 · January 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Yea dude, for me, I pour some great lakes Argentinian gelatin from grass fed cows into a stew and basically, I've noticed I get perfect 4's when I do this. Like on the Bristol stool chart, a perfect 4 consistently.

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1232 · January 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

In what way did you react badly to it?

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I guess I am weird - I react to things other people don't. Like I have tried 5 different prokinetics - and I have severe side effects. Nobody else I know does.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Really? I will try it (without the sour cream - I react to dairy). Sounds good to me.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I cannot have probiotics - I am trying to kill the little bastards. Nice to know about Florastor though :)

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I love papaya. But I am trying to stay low on FODMAPS. If worse comes to worse - that will be my choice.

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4703 · January 17, 2013 at 4:28 AM

It's magnesium...so if you react poorly to magnesium...

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Thanks! I don't react to bone broth - that's for sure.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Thanks for sharing. My gall bladder was removed. I can't tolerate dairy - I have tried. I will try yoga, not sure about the outcome.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Thanks! It is on my list "haven't tried yet".

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

@ Remee - I don't remember now - I have taken so many supplements - but I guess I felt uneasy and got hives from what I remember. @ Ic875 - hydrogen methane test. If I had hydrogen, I would not have this problem. @ Amy - thanks - it does sound a bit funny. @2020mojo and Pecan - I will try coconut oil. I have no alternatives. Although on many occations I have reacted badly to it.

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470 · January 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Doctor Finds Coconut Oil Effective Against Helico Pylori Bacteria http://coconutoil.com/doctor-finds-coconut-oil-effective-against-helico-pylori-bacteria/

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619 · January 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Wind removing pose, that's hilarious!

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8014 · January 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Not making light of your situation at all; just want to point out the humor in your question title. Not sure if it was intentional or not. ;-)

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1232 · January 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I've had very regular, healthy bowel movements since I started taking coconut oil. It's supposed to work by lubricating the gut and cleansing the colon. It also increases your metabolism, so peristalsis is stimulated faster. Have a tablespoon mixed in with a cup of coffee or herbal tea in the morning, cook with it, put it on salads. etc.

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1232 · January 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM

I've had very regular, healthy bowel movements since I started taking coconut oil. It's supposed to work by lubricating the colon and cleansing the gut. It also increases your metabolism, so peristalsis is stimulated faster. Have a tablespoon mixed in with a cup of coffee or herbal tea in the morning, cook with it, put it on salads. etc.

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454 · January 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

were you diagnosed with sibo by a hydrogen breath test?

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11683 · January 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT. Also, what is your reaction to Natural Calm/magnesium?

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601 · January 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

OP stated that magnesium is off the table.

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1649 · January 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Maybe try a different approach. Read this article: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/04/causes-and-cures-for-constipation/

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1013 · January 17, 2013 at 3:32 AM

GAPS milkshake for constipation relief: Celery, apple, carrot juices. 2x a day. Break a raw egg into it and add sour cream and whisk. Will be soft on digestive tract. Adding fat and protein will reduce blood sugar spike.

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1013 · January 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Yes. I don't have time to juice every day but that plus the raw egg yolks helped for me. Definitely check out the digestive healing GAPS protocol at the link above and http://gapsdiet.com/

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Really? I will try it (without the sour cream - I react to dairy). Sounds good to me.

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10994 · January 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

@VB, Gelatin. Seriously, you're welcome. Get a high quality if you can, one that doesn't have MSG added. Also, I find that it's best to put some in a hot soup or something, but any way should do the trick. Gl, and seriously this works.

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10994 · January 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Yea dude, for me, I pour some great lakes Argentinian gelatin from grass fed cows into a stew and basically, I've noticed I get perfect 4's when I do this. Like on the Bristol stool chart, a perfect 4 consistently.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Thanks! I don't react to bone broth - that's for sure.

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1826 · January 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Ripe papaya, maybe 1-2 cups cubed, if you can stand the smell/ taste. Southeast Asians use this and it works well but many Westerners don't care for the taste. Also the super ripened ones contain a lot of sugar so cut it up and eat it while it's still yellow, before it turns orange. It's high in the digestive enzyme papain.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I love papaya. But I am trying to stay low on FODMAPS. If worse comes to worse - that will be my choice.

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5650 · January 17, 2013 at 3:49 AM

i so wish i had your problem. i can't remember the last time i was constipated.

i've noticed freshly squeezed apple juice has a very laxative effect on me.

also, the probiotic Florastor is equivalent to colonoscopy prep. VERY potent. i felt like i'd pooped out everything i ate in the last year.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I cannot have probiotics - I am trying to kill the little bastards. Nice to know about Florastor though :)

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80 · January 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Why no natural calm? I have sibo and it works like a charm for me! Is there something bad in it for sibo??

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I guess I am weird - I react to things other people don't. Like I have tried 5 different prokinetics - and I have severe side effects. Nobody else I know does.

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4703 · January 17, 2013 at 4:28 AM

It's magnesium...so if you react poorly to magnesium...

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1925 · January 16, 2013 at 11:49 PM

have you tried slippery elm? My Naturopath has recommended it to me to help with my gut and to 'keep things moving' in a gentle fashion.

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/slippery-elm-000274.htm

I don't see a reason for it be on your list of 'can't haves'. It seems to be a pretty harmless herb. I just stir a teaspoon or 2 into a glass of warm water.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Thanks! It is on my list "haven't tried yet".

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2030 · January 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

You could try a Pavanamuktasana pose? Thinking back over my vegetarian days I remember this helping me with bowel movements, although I wasn't constipated it did help with regularity. I think it would work best if you get the blood flowing a little before hand and then do it as it shunts all the blood that's suppose to be going down your leg to the digestive system momentarily.

http://www.bikramyogavancouver.com/about-bikram-yoga/26-bikram-yoga-poses/wind-removing-pose/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x7ufKtoveY

Apart from that I think you got it covered, anything that would increase bile output as bile would increase intestinal peristalsis. I was gonna say carrot juice but you got that, and maybe some raw goats milk kefir? If you can do dairy? The MCT's in goats milk are more abundant than cow's milk and have been shown to dissolve gallstones, I'm not saying you have gallstones just that it could help the liver/gallbladder. Fermenting the goat's milk can increase the fats too.

http://www.ajas.info/Editor/manuscript/upload/18_112.pdf

http://getyourgoatcheese.com/lipidsandproteinsingoatmilk.htm

Hope this helps some.

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15400 · January 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Thanks for sharing. My gall bladder was removed. I can't tolerate dairy - I have tried. I will try yoga, not sure about the outcome.

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619 · January 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Wind removing pose, that's hilarious!

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8 · January 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

How about a weekly cleanse. Magnesium citrate (grape flavor), you can find this one at Walmart. It has worked for me in the past.

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601 · January 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

OP stated that magnesium is off the table.

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