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  • #46
    Originally posted by Underwaterer View Post
    One thing I have noticed since cutting out the breads is that I don't get these horrible gas pains anymore...Ugh, they were the worst!
    I have noticed this as well. Pasta, bread and grains gave me horrible gas. I did not realize it until I stopped eating them. No more gas. I am still regular as before though. Not sure why people are having issues with constipation. I do eat lots of veggies and I have ground flax in my morning smoothie...so perhaps that is what works for me.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by CJ4400 View Post
      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?"
      Maybe it has something to do with salt (and the whole electrolyte balance with potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc.)?

      Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
      Shouldn't we be using the bathroom after every meal the way animals do?
      I'm sure there's a lot more to it, but we are eating more of what we need and less 'crap' - sorry, pun intended - that we can't use/don't need and would eliminate. But I know what you mean, I feel like I need to get rid of the same quantity of food that I eat, too.
      Last edited by MmmFat; 04-15-2010, 03:11 PM.
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      • #48
        when I was pregnant, the *only* thing that helped was prune juice. About a quarter of a cup perhaps, plus a glass of water. (if you're not sure, a couple of very tiny serves twice a day rather than a lot at once!!!) Don't do what a friend did and drink a whole glassful of the stuff....

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Helen in Oz View Post
          when I was pregnant, the *only* thing that helped was prune juice. About a quarter of a cup perhaps, plus a glass of water. (if you're not sure, a couple of very tiny serves twice a day rather than a lot at once!!!) Don't do what a friend did and drink a whole glassful of the stuff....
          LOL! I wish that stuff helped!!! Although, it's been a while. I should try it again. Do you think prune juice is more effective than eating whole prunes? That is a whole lotta carbs/sugars! =/

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          • #50
            not sure. Try them both and see. Prunes seem rich in nutrients so I think they are worthwhile carbs, and you don't need to consume much. My view is that (allowing time to recover from years of abuse) the digestive system should function reasonably easily and naturally. If you're having issues, then something is out of balance somewhere.

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            • #51
              There's an interesting book called "Fiber Menace".

              He points out that poops are formed mostly from bacteria, and that "fiber" is not necessary to make them. (Notice a baby drinking only milk, not a bit of fiber, and they poop just fine, sometimes several times a day.)

              So, if you are passing hard little rocks once or twice a week, "dysbiosis", the lack of intestinal flora, may be the cause. They are hard because the longer they stay in the colon the dryer they get. Bacteria in poops hold in the fluid, so they are soft.

              He thinks that healthy poops are small, soft, and numerous. "Fiber" filled poops are big, may have been around for a long time, and do a lot of damage because you have to strain to drive them out.

              If you're interested in his approach, here's more than you ever wanted to read about poop:

              http://www.gutsense.org/

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