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Anyone Try Phloe for Constipation?

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Updated September 30, 2014 at 3:11 AM
Created May 01, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Dr. Bernstein recommended using "Phloe" for constipation during his Webinar for diabetics last week. Has anyone used Phloe? It's supposedly a product made of prebiotics, fiber and enzymes extracted from New Zealand kiwi fruit.

http://www.phloe.co.nz/aboutphloe/howitworks/

I've tried probiotics and diagestive enzymes before (supplemented by yams, sweet potatoes and yuca as prebiotics). But has anyone used this?

There is porbably nothing I haven't tried, except for a few probiotic brands I haven't purchased yet (I'll be using Natren's Healthy Trinity and Dr. Ohira's soon when my current probiotics run out). But this one I haven't heard of.

The constipation I suffer from results from Low Carbing and has two components: (i) lack of moisture in the colon and (ii) pellet-like Bristol chart 1 stool. I've tried various different methods but nothing so far that permanently resolves Big C.

Edited 5/16/2011: Before Dr. B used to recommend something called "Pecta-Sol C" powder. Some kind of apple pectin powder. Not sure if this was effective.

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5132 · October 22, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Actually I did try Natural Calm. It wasn't much helpful. It's got so much salt that it makes you thirsty and I end up drinking another glass of water, which makes me go to the bathroom at night. Insted, I found a teaspoon of Epsom Salt (500mg of magnesium) to be more useful. Now, I have 2 bowel movements per day (still small, rabbit-like hard stools, though, so I'm still constipated).

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7970 · May 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, I agree here. If I have a choice between something that's been bastardized and extracted from a food, or the food itself (which even though not local, is usually easily obtainable) - I'll choose the food. Even if (as in this case) it's something from a dreaded fruit! OH HORRORS, THE FRUCTOSE! ;-)

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736 · May 31, 2011 at 6:29 AM

"It's supposedly a product made of prebiotics, fiber and enzymes extracted from New Zealand kiwi fruit."

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1300 · May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Constipation is often from food allergies. Buttermilk ingestion necessitates a pneumatic drill to get relief and other cultured milk products are problematic but less so while drinking cream is problem free. Chocolate can also cause this problem in me (lots of people are allergic to chocolate).

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5132 · May 30, 2011 at 3:44 PM

You mean kids' suppositories? What's the difference between adult suppositories and glycerin? I use adult suppositories now for my hemorrhoids / fissures that are internal.

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5132 · May 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

You mean the fruit?

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5132 · May 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I eat So Delicious brand Coconut Milk and Coconut Kefir regularly. However, it doesn't do much for my constipation.

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545 · May 02, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Not that this is a long term, curative solution... but in case you aren't aware of them, glycerin suppositories are a lifesaver if you are prone to constipation. I never travel without them.

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5629 · May 02, 2011 at 12:15 AM

I'm so stopped up right now! Hope we get some info on this.

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5768 · May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Chris kresser, who I feel is one of the leading guys in proper gut health, touched on this on constipation on a podcast with Sean croxton of underground wellness. He suggested taking a highly absorbable magnesium supplement like natural calm. I would also suggest eat some fermented foods like sauerkraut and beet kvass.

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5132 · October 22, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Actually I did try Natural Calm. It wasn't much helpful. It's got so much salt that it makes you thirsty and I end up drinking another glass of water, which makes me go to the bathroom at night. Insted, I found a teaspoon of Epsom Salt (500mg of magnesium) to be more useful. Now, I have 2 bowel movements per day (still small, rabbit-like hard stools, though, so I'm still constipated).

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736 · May 16, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I'm really empathizing with you guys right now, but here's a thought... just eat the Kiwis!

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7970 · May 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, I agree here. If I have a choice between something that's been bastardized and extracted from a food, or the food itself (which even though not local, is usually easily obtainable) - I'll choose the food. Even if (as in this case) it's something from a dreaded fruit! OH HORRORS, THE FRUCTOSE! ;-)

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736 · May 31, 2011 at 6:29 AM

"It's supposedly a product made of prebiotics, fiber and enzymes extracted from New Zealand kiwi fruit."

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5132 · May 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

You mean the fruit?

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1300 · May 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I suggest increasing your saturated fat intake for constipation or hard stools. Tallow and lard are great. I don't go with pure paleo so I make beans with lots of lard and/or tallow in them (preparing the beans based on Nourishing Traditions suggestions). Coconut oil is good too. Eat a lot of it at first and see if you get results...and the sat fat is only healthy for you anyway.

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33 · May 02, 2011 at 2:05 AM

The stuff on the internet about Phloe sounds pretty promising. I haven't used it. This is what I do: I know this sounds kind of weird but, I found cultured coconut milk at my local co-op and its available at Whole Foods. Its kind of like kefir, liquid yogurt. I get the plain and it tastes like bland buttermilk so I add some coconut nectar to it to give it a little sweetness. I think it might be saving me from the low carb slowness. The coconut milk has probiotics added and the coconut nectar is 80% inulin which is a soluble fiber that is pretty awesome. Check the wikipedia for info on it. I used to love buttermilk this reminds me of it a lot.

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5132 · May 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I eat So Delicious brand Coconut Milk and Coconut Kefir regularly. However, it doesn't do much for my constipation.

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0 · October 04, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ive tried Phloe and It is a lIFEsaver. BUt it's not available in Canada. Ive had good resluts with Triphala, and Aloe Vera Juice

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0 · October 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I'm using Phloe for IBS and it seems to be helping me. I've also been on many medications for constipation, bloating, ect snd nothing really has helped. I think this is a great thing!

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1317 · May 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Magnesium will help with dry stools as it pulls water into the gut. Give it a try!

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