Best supplement for severe constipation?

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Sean.scott787
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   Posted 1/4/2018 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Since starting a GI/candida rehab program my bowels have basically stopped moving. Fiber and psyllium made things worse. I tried very high doses of magnesium but it only worked briefly. I even drink castor oil but it rarely helps. I'm taking Ma zi ren wan now which helps some but it's very expensive. I've been doing enemas since nothing else works.

Any suggestions of something that will keep me regular? I prefer something natural but I'm getting desperate. Thanks

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   Posted 1/4/2018 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I think magnesium has to be taken in proper proportions with Vitamin D and calcium in order to work, Sean. But now the latest things seem to suggest that calcium is bad to take at any time unless you get it naturally through cheeses, milk, and other foods because it can clog up the heart, so the Vitamin D should also be taken with Vitamin K to better balance the D as well as the calcium.

Knock on wood, I don't experience that and I rarely eat things like fiber, psyllium, oats, etc. I do drink a lot of green smoothies though, and eat dried prunes though to get the proper iron in a safer form than pills. If you ever get into serious problems prune juice works great too. Gave that to a plugged up old man who visited once and believe me he made one heck of a mess of my toilet! Sounds like you need some really strong probiotics to get your system back to normal again as well, although Dr. Mercola says a couple of tablespoons of Sauerkraut every day will do just as good. If you can eat non GMO popcorn from a health food store that should help too. I just put about 1/2 cup in a brown paper bag and throw it in the microwave because the bought bagged stuff is deadly!

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   Posted 1/4/2018 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had chronic constipation issues which greatly has affected my ability to detox. My LLMD suggested increased magnesium also - didn't work. Also went thru doing that dreadful drink (can't think of what it's called) that Dr's have you do prior to checking for colon health - twice - didn't even work the 2nd time. The abdominal pain I went thru having that liquid just charge about my abdomen and NO bowel movment! But just recently, I am taking Slippery Elm Bark in capsule form daily and also in tea ( a concoction made by a herbalist) Has worked for me when no otc options didn't work and even 2 prescription medications specifically made for those who have constipation due to opiod rx.

So try the slippery elm bark. It's natural and the only thing that has ever worked for me. But, must take daily for daily results.

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   Posted 1/4/2018 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm totally dependent on Natural Calm magnesium citrate, but I've had to increase my dosage over the 2 years I've been taking it. Started at 2 tsp. Now it takes 5, and for the past few days even that's barely working. My intestines are inflamed right now, and of course, I can't figure out why except everything feels inflamed right now (LOL).

Sunflowers,
Thanks for the tip about slippery elm. I still haven't tried that yet, and I need to.

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   Posted 1/4/2018 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are suffering.. Constipation is not fun and can make a person feel very toxic..

I don't know if there is one "best" supplement as everyone is different. What helps keep me regular is drinking Green Vibrance everyday (not cheap) but you can try the packets they sell on Amazon or Vitacost for less money.

In the past I used Natural CALM and that helped me when I would have an emergency. I see they sell that in packets on Vitacost:

/www.vitacost.com/natural-vitality-natural-calm-30-packets

/www.vitacost.com/vibrant-health-green-vibrance-powder-15-packets-4

Hope this helps,
Denise
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I still detox even though healed and drink Green Vibrance. I come back to help others for others helped me when I was sick. Pay it forward! smile

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   Posted 1/4/2018 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Deejavu said...
Sorry you are suffering.. Constipation is not fun and can make a person feel very toxic..

I don't know if there is one "best" supplement as everyone is different. What helps keep me regular is drinking Green Vibrance everyday (not cheap) but you can try the packets they sell on Amazon or Vitacost for less money.

In the past I used Natural CALM and that helped me when I would have an emergency. I see they sell that in packets on Vitacost:

/www.vitacost.com/natural-vitality-natural-calm-30-packets

/www.vitacost.com/vibrant-health-green-vibrance-powder-15-packets-4

Hope this helps,
Denise


Denise, on your recommendation, I take Green Vibrance daily. The probiotics are what hooked me😊

Deejavu
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   Posted 1/4/2018 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that Purrrsiankitty! One day I walked into the Vitamin Shoppe looking for a green drink because they carried so many (I was suffering from lyme then). I ended up talking to a woman that worked there who seemed very knowledgeable and she told me about Green Vibrance after we had a long talk. I never regretted it after all these years. If I miss one day without it I can feel it.

Also, welcome to 3Sunflowers!!

Denise
12 years well ~ used Dr. Jernigan's protocol from his book about Biological Medicine (used Borrelogen, Microbojen and Neuro-Antitox).

I still detox even though healed and drink Green Vibrance. I come back to help others for others helped me when I was sick. Pay it forward! smile

http://javuviews.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/how-i-became-better-from-chronic-lyme

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   Posted 1/5/2018 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Eat more salt and/or drink more water.

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   Posted 1/5/2018 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The "good " magnessiums which end in "ate"often sugested here for muscle and nerve help absorb into the body.

The "cheap" magnessiums not suggested on this forum, do in fact work like a laxative. Mag "oxide" should make you "go", but will NOT provide the bennies a good mag does.

Thus, you will need much LESS Mag oxide to aid in constipation vs mag, glycinate, orotate, citrate or malate ect.

Post Edited (astroman) : 1/5/2018 11:14:53 AM (GMT-7)


PeteZa
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   Posted 1/5/2018 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
In my house we have a jar of cherries for constipation and a jar of blackberries for diarrhea.

Those are pretty natural. I also am a huge fan of Green Vibrance. And Slippery Elm tea is in my tea drawer. So is a tea called Smooth Move. I love that one the best and it is very gentle.

I know that if you want to find our daily requirement for Vitamin C, you take it daily and watch your bowel movements. Once you get "loose" you back off a little and that is your daily requirement. So obviously Vitamin C can loosen things up.

Welcome 3Sunflowers.

Sean.scott787
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   Posted 1/5/2018 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I take high doses of Vit C, and magnesium. I also drink a ton of water. I'll try th slippery elm but I really need something strong. Prunes and vitamins will not do anything for me.

PeteZa
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   Posted 1/5/2018 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you can buy magnesium citrate liquid at the pharmacy. I think you drink like the whole bottle. That is what you take to clean out for a colonoscopy. I don't think it should be used regularly, but it is a good clean out. Don't venture far from a bathroom for the rest of the day because you don't know when it will happen, but it will!

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   Posted 1/5/2018 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
You do want to be careful that you don't have a bowel blockage, but serious constipation issues can also be from the nerves in the GI tract not functioning well. The nerves in the GI tract are what keep the contractions in the intestines smooth and moving all in one direction in wave like motions.

I have to take a combination of 3 herbs 3 times a day, every day to keep my intestines working without just staying all cramped up. I don't know if there is a pharmaceutical that will do the same, as no doctor has ever bothered to check into my issues far enough to understand what the problem was - they all just kept telling me more water, more fiber and more prunes - and like you, Sean.Scott, that simply wasn't helping me.

I still have to take magnesium oxide for my intestines, and a mag orotate for my muscles, and once in a while I have to do a 'vitamin C flush', but for the most part, the herbs are what really keeps things moving in the right direction.
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The Dude Abides
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   Posted 1/5/2018 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Sean.scott256:

See my suggestions in the following thread:

/www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=3961419

Obviously, you need to move your bowels. But, the more stuff you throw at the problem, the worse it might become, based on the nerves in the GI tract, as Traveler already mentioned. The nerves may need a chance to settle down. But, again, you also need to eliminate. It's a tough balancing act.

At some point, you may wish to discuss some sort of enema/colonic with your Doctor. Epsom salt is used in cases of extreme constipation, but, again, you should first discuss this with someone who is qualified in such things. Enemas/colonics are not without some risk.

Check the above link I provided, first, and look into those products. Then, you can make a decision how to proceed. I do hope you're able to find a solution (and, relief) soon.

Best regards,
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