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.
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.
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.
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.
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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