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Obstipation, what to do?


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I suffer from it, since I remember myself existing... 

 

I eat well, i train a lot, i drink loads of liquids... I eat dried plums, brans, all kinds of fresh fruit, drink green teas - everything!!! But i am never regular ... I think i am losing weight, but all i lose, i carry with me, inside!!! (so tired of it)..

 

The doctors now gave up on medicines, saying that some people are just like this - its normal..

 

Normal?

 

Any magic tricks you've tried and it worked??? 

 

Thank you!!

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I think it's just something some of us have to deal with!  I am regular only if I make sure I do certain things every single day.  My tips/tricks (some or all of which you already do).  Part of my problem might be from a history of laxative abuse as a teenager.

(1) Plenty of cardio

(2) Plenty of fiber.  Fruits and veggies don't do it for me, although I strive to meet the requirements every day.  I rely on Fiber 1 cereal, oatmeal, and unprocessed bran.  These have a very high fiber content. 

(3) Coffee (as a stimulant it stimulates the bowel as well).

(4) Lots of water!

(5) Most foods in natural form (clean diet). Very, very limited amounts of sugar, processed foods, dairy, and red meat.

Good luck!  A GI doctor once told me to eat an apple a day.  That seemed to work, but there is nothing like biting into a mealy, mushy, tasteless apple off season to make you gag!  Also remember, you are not constipated unless you go more than 3 days without a bowel movement (I know how uncomfortable missing one day is, but that is what the literature says, anyways).  Good Luck!

I posted this a while back in another similar topic.  Thought it might help here...

I have had help in the past through seeing a chiropractor- although I never went specifically for this reason- this is just an observation. There seems to be a spot in my middle back, and occasionally my lower back, where I have some stiffness. Whenever I've been for a treatment and had the areas adjusted, I always find it helps me move my bowels within an hour. And if you have a look at a chiropractor's chart, you can see the areas of the spine that relate to different symptoms.

Here's an example of the chart

http://www.drcraigdc.com/images/chiropractic. gif

Just something to consider.

Have you tried probiotics, and/or fermented foods?

I'm a huge advocate of all things fermented (and raw), such as tempeh, kombucha tea, apple cider vinegar, and sauerkraut. 

Not only do they taste good (okay well some people may debate this haha), but the bacteria in these foods helps to keep your plumbing running smoothly 

Try mixing 1-2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar in 8-10oz of water and drink before meals, or any time really. It improves digestion and fights bloat.

What always seems to work for me is to drink 1-2 glasses of warm-hot water upon waking (add lemon for extra "detoxing"), than have a cup of black coffee (on an empty stomach) This usually "gets me going" pretty quick hahaha. The warm liquid in the morning is very comforting too, this is my routine everyday. Makes me feel good! Cool

Carmen, thank you for your comment! It's funny, i have never heard anything about these fermented products you've mentioned here, but last week i bought the tempeh - what do i do with it???? Apple cider is something for me to re-remember, thank you!! I will start doing it.. Hmmm and this tea, i will definitely investigate.. I used to drink pu-erh and oolong.. but getting tired of the tastes.. some new methods are needed to change routines and not to quit at all :))) P.s. what is sauerkraut??

I feel like I could have written this myself!  I have had "digestion problems" for my entire life - my "regular" schedule is one or twice a week, if I'm lucky.  My parents used to joke about "elephant poos" when I was a kid.

I normally avoid bread and sandwiches (I just don't like it in my teeth) but last year, I noticed that the problem and cramping was worse when I traveled, when I was eating more bready stuff than usual.  My younger brother and a few of my friends, none of whom were diagnosed with Celiac, Crohn's or anything else, tried going gluten-free with serious benefits to their GI tracts as well as their skin and joints.  In September 2011, I started eating GF and have seen some positive results.  Although it's not a perfect fix, and I have to get more fiber from mostly fruits and veggies, I have become a bit more regular and can tell immediately if I eat gluten, even accidentally.

I know GF is a bit trendy these days, but you might want to try it!  Good luck. :)

Original Post by ausradearaujo:

Carmen, thank you for your comment! It's funny, i have never heard anything about these fermented products you've mentioned here, but last week i bought the tempeh - what do i do with it???? Apple cider is something for me to re-remember, thank you!! I will start doing it.. Hmmm and this tea, i will definitely investigate.. I used to drink pu-erh and oolong.. but getting tired of the tastes.. some new methods are needed to change routines and not to quit at all :))) P.s. what is sauerkraut??

I just slice the tempeh up and eat it plain (sometimes I warm it up in the toaster first) It has this taste that is like nothing I've ever had before and I LOVE it. I have yet to put it in anything, because usually it's down my throat before I can!

Most people I see just use it like you would tofu. It has much more flavor than tofu (kinda nutty), and a fantastic chewy texture. When I first tried it, it was quite a shock cause I expected it to be like tofu. The flavor really grows on you though.

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Kombucha tea... honestly it tastes like sparkling apple cider vinegar. Again the flavor surprised me when I first had it, but after just one bottle it grew on me and I've been getting mad cravings for it! Find it in the refrigerated drink section of health food stores.

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Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage! It's a popular topping for hot dogs and perogies, but if you want the benefits of it, then you need to get it RAW (not pasteurized-- most store bought brands are so be careful) When they pasteurize it, the heating destroys all of the healthy bacteria

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I only go once a week and that is normal for me
Original Post by enamora214:

I only go once a week and that is normal for me

Well it will be, since you are starving yourself on 850 calories a day. Food has to go in in order to come out...

OP: I used to have this problem, until I was diagnosed with IBS-C. Like the other IBS, but with constipation instead of diahorrea. I am on medication for it (NOT laxatives), and things have never been better!

Limit intake of binders - cheese, chocolate, {bread, puddings, cake, cookies especially ones with refined sugar and flour}, high fat foods, caffeinated drinks,  (caffeine dehydrates the body, leaving less water for fiber to absorb, rendering the fiber less effective), red wine (another dehydrator - drink more water of you drink alcohol)

Increase intake of liquifiers - bran, prunes, prune juice if you can stand it, yogurt, flax seed, oatmeal, beans and nuts, fruits and veggies

You could cook your 'binders' with your 'liquifiers' included to help mitigate the problem. For example bran muffins are better for your digestion than chocolate muffins.  Add bran to your chocolate muffins to help stop them from causing the problem in the first place.

Increase liquids as you increase fiber.  Fiber soaks up lots of water.   If it is not moving through your body quickly, you need to feed it more liquid.

Also, sitting for long periods can cause bowel problems.  Get up every 30 minutes and stretch or move around.  When I drive cross country, I have to stop every hour and walk and stretch or my body just quits eliminating cra$.

Your 2 'free' days may be not so free. Sealed

Original Post by arlodesigns:

I posted this a while back in another similar topic.  Thought it might help here...

I have had help in the past through seeing a chiropractor- although I never went specifically for this reason- this is just an observation. There seems to be a spot in my middle back, and occasionally my lower back, where I have some stiffness. Whenever I've been for a treatment and had the areas adjusted, I always find it helps me move my bowels within an hour. And if you have a look at a chiropractor's chart, you can see the areas of the spine that relate to different symptoms.

Here's an example of the chart

http://www.drcraigdc.com/images/chiropractic. gif

Just something to consider.


Wow, this is really interesting I never heard of it before:) So problems with ones spine could actually be responsible for other health problems? My spine for example is somewhat shortened in the neck and lower down (I think what is called the 'lumbar' spine I have a bit of a distortion... I have loads of troubles with nervosity, neck stiffness, sleep, weak bowel (or too active), cramps, heartburn, weak leg muscles (despite doing cardio such as cycling, running and having 'toned' legs)....I drink lots, have a very healthy diet (hardly ever sweets or fast food/not at all for the past few months), enough exercise.....and all I ever get to hear from the doctors is that they can't do anything, it's mental or stress related...haha funny I don't think I imagine all this and it would mean I'm under permanent stress;) .....So maybe have to check this spine thing! However for the bowel/stomach problems (cramps, weak/too active digestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating...) I'm considering to take a test for food intolerance.... 

Thank you so much your friendly replies!!!  

I have started already to take apple cider water twice a day, bought dried prunes (i am loving it!!!) and to add wheat germ and brans in all my salads and soups.. I am actually seeing result.. Tempeh is so bitter.. Still couldn't manage to find a place for it in my manu :/

Now, stay still sitting in my office for more than an hour.. could be one of the reasons.. My new plan is, every time my Boss is away, I will do 100 sit-ups :))) Double benefit :)

 

Ahhh, and I just discovered one kind of an amazing tea - i am enjoying it so much that probably consume like 1liter of it per day without any effort! Here it goes my japanese kukicha :)  http://ourhometea.com/shop/kukicha-roasted-ja panese-tea

try using prunes ... 50 gms prunes in the morning and 50 gms prunes before going to sleep... u ll have bowel movement as per your satisfaction twice a day ... this is guarenteed

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