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  • #31
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    Senna is WAY too potent for me, as in it causes painful stomach cramps and makes me sweat and cry like a baby and beg for my mommy.

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    • #32
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      Yeah, switching over to PB with all its fats I was kind of expecting the opposite. (Like grease through a goose, as they might say). I've found it to be the opposite. About every other day and much smaller poops.


      Which makes sense. When I look back on the other time in my life my body was definitely maximizing all fuel intake (three month Outward Bound trip) I was on much the same 'schedule.'

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      • #33
        What happens if you have a redundant colon and Crohns as well? Would should you do to get things moving hopefully non painfullly.
        My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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        • #34
          Well, cut out gluten and casein, for one. Additionally, some people with inflammatory bowel disease do well cutting out nightshades and high-lectin foods like beans and nuts. Besides that, see how fiber affects you. Soluble and insoluble fibers aren't the same thing, but both are a good idea for many people having trouble getting things moving. Some people do fine without them, but they sure help me out.

          If you have a redundant colon, extra fluids help some people out (since the colon is where water is absorbed and overdry stools tend not to move along properly).

          Walking and plenty of fat are a good idea as well.
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          • #35
            MG: Redundant colon?? What is that?

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            • #36
              What is a redundant colon?

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              • #37
                It's pretty much what it sounds like. You have a longer colon than is typical. It's mostly not a big deal, but it can cause some issues with intestinal twisting in a few cases, and some people get constipated because they absorb extra water. People with a redundant colon can be difficult to give a colonoscopy as well, which can be an issue.
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                • #38
                  Correct on that. They used to use a more powerful laxative which really cleaned you out, but now they use a weaker type. Doesn't fully clean you out when you have a colonoscopy. As a result of that, I ended up having 2 colonoscopies last year within several months of each other. What would be a good supplement for a stool softener and laxative? With not many side effects.

                  I have read about Hydro-C but not sure what it is and if there is a cheaper version.
                  My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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                  • #39
                    You could look into high-dose vitamin C therapies or even magnesium... I think Hydro-C is those two plus a couple of other minerals anyway, isn't it?

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                    • #40
                      A few spoonfuls of coconut oil gets things moving nicely. I can only go regularly when I haven't had any dairy.

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                      • #41
                        I think. I saw a senna type at Vitamin Shop.

                        "a few spoons of coconut oil makes things go down! - Marry Poppins

                        Coconut oil raw is not great tasting. It helps and so does a glass of water before eating.

                        What about prunes? Prune smoothie (I've wanted to try one since they mentioned it in Family Guy)?
                        My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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                        • #42
                          Senna tea works like a dream for constipation.

                          I've been thinking about this subject recently, and I think the majority of us are constipated. If you look at all animals they actually go several times a day. I think we should be, too.

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                          • #43
                            StoneAgeQueen: I agree that Senna tea works but to me it seems more like a laxative than a "natural" herbal supplement! I'm trying to stay away from it but do admit that I use it when I need it bad.

                            Constipation is a symptom, so what is the cause? We all seem to be eating plenty of fat. Could it be the sudden decrease in carb intake which is resulting in less bulk?

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                            • #44
                              That's weird, my quick reply didn't make it! Anyway here is what I posted:

                              I agree that Senna tea works like a dream, but don't you guys treat it more like a laxative than a "natural" herbal supplement?

                              Also, constipation is a symptom..so what could be the cause? It sure isn't too little fat because we all seem to be getting plenty of it. Could it be that we have a hard time breaking down protein and fat? Especially for those that have decreased their carb consumption and don't have enough "bulk?"

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                              • #45
                                Yes I would definitely treat it more like a laxative, CJ. I only really use it when I'm fasting.

                                I often wondered why some of us are constipated. Shouldn't we be using the bathroom after every meal the way animals do?

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