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  • What causes this kind of constipation??

    Okay you guys, this post isn't for anyone who gets easily grossed out or offended. The way I look at it, we all go, there's no reason to be embarrassed.

    I have been severely constipated for months, but the only catch is that I DO GO TO THE BATHROOM EVERY DAY (or every other day when it's bad). So many people think constipation is just not going every single day, but I feel like my situation is a lot worse. The stool is never formed together in one piece; it's always hard balls or pellets. Sometimes they're hard to get out, sometimes they're not. But they're never. one. solid. piece.

    I'm just looking for a clear answer. I've heard everything from bowel transit time to lack of exercise to stress and I'm just very confused. I really don't want to hear, "Drink more water, eat more fiber" -_- because I really do believe that drinking too much water and consuming too much fiber can make the problem a whole lot worse. I drink enough water, I can assure you. I get enough fiber (maybe even too much, I'm still trying to wean off grains). I am just so frustrated. I'm uncomfortable and bloated and I have terrible acne and I can trace it all back to my constipation. Can anyone tell me what exactly causes my abnormal stools?

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    I can't tell you exactly what causes it. I would try a little fruit. Maybe a little coconut oil. And I'd bring a magazine or book in with me. I'm not being sarcastic, but relaxing while you go is kind of crucial. If you have to bring your phone in because you stress over missing a call or text, go ahead and bring it in. Warm fluids can help.

    I totally wouldn't advise more fiber. Fiber "laxatives" never did anything for me except make things worse.
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    • #3
      I have something similar.

      I have found that what works for me is eating more fruit and vegetables, specifically sweet prunes.
      Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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      • #4
        That was my experience for years and I didn't realize it was abnormal, only I usually would go every other day.

        There is no one answer. It varies for everyone. First thing is get off grains esp. gluten. For a little while at least, even cut out rice and use potatoes, fruit, and starchy tubers for carbs. Try some prunes (I have 3 every morning) or a regular dose of mag citrate in the evening to see if you can loosen things up.

        And don't strain! No matter what!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by jenniferbarclay View Post
          Can anyone tell me what exactly causes my abnormal stools?
          Low cellular energy production, AKA low metabolism. Do you have any idea what your waking body temperature is?
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          • #6
            No, but I'm interested!

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            • #7
              What helped make your stools normal again? And I will definitely give grain-free a try, I'm kind of in a rut though because I bring Ezekiel bread sandwiches for lunch to school every single day (they're easy and require no heating up/refrigeration, I can eat it quickly, etc.). What would you suggest I bring instead?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jenniferbarclay View Post
                What helped make your stools normal again? And I will definitely give grain-free a try, I'm kind of in a rut though because I bring Ezekiel bread sandwiches for lunch to school every single day (they're easy and require no heating up/refrigeration, I can eat it quickly, etc.). What would you suggest I bring instead?
                Whatever you put in the sandwiches, except "sandwiched" or wrapped in lettuce leaves? Plus maybe a baked potato or something, with butter pre-melted into it. Maybe I am weird though, I like them at any temperature.
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                • #9
                  My name is JoanieL and I was a laxative abuser for over five years. I'm sure this must be a subset of one of the eating disorders (purging by laxative maybe?). When I went everyday, I was sure it was because I was overeating.

                  Eventually I came to terms with the fact that sometimes we go every day, and sometimes we don't. I weaned myself off laxatives and it took about six months. There are long periods of time when I go every day. There are occasional days when I don't go as well as occasional days when I go a couple of times. I no longer stress. Maybe once every couple of months, I experience constipation or loose stool. I'm not worried about it. And if I could tell you anything like I would tell a gf in real life, that would be it - stop worrying.

                  Eat from all the food groups - meat/fish/eggs/cream, veggies, fruit, the occasional rice and root food. Eat butter. Put some coconut oil into your coffee. If you're feeling stopped up, eat a couple of citrus fruits. Take some magnesium supplements. But relax. Defecating is just another part of life. Relax, take a dump. Focus on something else - your family, your job, fun times, etc.

                  When Grok defecated, I'm sure he wasn't jounaling it. S/He squatted when s/he need to do so and that was it until next time.
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                  • #10
                    I am in the same boat, but the only things I can suspect for me is SIBO brought on by too much wheat creeping in and too much fiber from raw vegetables following. I cook any vegetables that I feel need it, basically anything that doesn't go in salad, and am treating the SIBO with some natural supplements.

                    As far as lunch; buy a medium sized thermos and bring leftovers. Hands down easiest and fastest lunch. A big container with a decent lid is great for salads; just throw everything you would put in your sandwich in the bowl and bring oil seperately. There are tons of threads/posts about primal non-sandwich lunches.

                    Good luck, when I first got it bad, my doctor gave me PPIs to which I thought, WTF, and proceeded to do the opposite: drink some water with lemon or ACV before meals to aid digestion, stop drinking so much water with meals, drastically cut down on safe starches. Magnesium supplementation can help some people, myself included.

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                    • #11
                      Get off of ALL grains immediately. No more weaning.

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                      • #12
                        Magnesium citrate cleans me out every time. 2 capsules at bedtime and by morning, all cleaned out. I take one capsule in the mornings to keep me regular and help with all that.....I now don't take it every morning, but just a few times a week.
                        44 F 5'5
                        SW 205.4
                        CW 180.4
                        GW 150

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                        • #13
                          I have wanted to start a thread like this for 6 months at least. I have had some really bad problems with this too. I have had to go to the doctor 3 times now in an effort to figure out what is going wrong. My issue pretty much started overnight and right at the same time I quit drinking Diet Coke cold turkey (that had been the only thing I wasn't able to give up). Once I quit drinking it all hell broke loose. It was a 20 year habit. I donít know for sure if that has anything to do with my problem but that is when I noticed it.

                          I have gone the magnesium citrate route and the supplements really help unless I am too far gone. If that's the case I have to go buy a bottle of the liquid magnesium citrate and clear my calendar for a day and a half. My stomach gets bloated and distended beyond belief and I can't eat anything. I have tried coconut oil, prunes, you name it. Nothing works for me. I seem to notice that this usually happens a week before my cycle.

                          At this point after having my thyroid checked and a limited food allergy panel done they want to stick a camera up my butt. I can't bring myself to schedule it. The food panel came back with a milk allergy but I donít drink it.

                          I have been eating primal for several years now so I know itís not the food. I don't even know what to do. I am convinced that if I didn't take the magnesium citrate tablets I would not be going at all.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bodybyvi
                            you need to increase the amount of drinking water. this is really important to get used to it and need to take a lot of veggies. take few days this routine and i think you will get the result for sure.
                            Unless SIBO is the culprit like in my case. Vegetables and anything starchy bloated me up almost as bad as wheat. Took a couple weeks well cooked, low FODMAP or fermented veg to get regular movement back.

                            Not saying that you shouldn't eat veg, but try it and if it doesn't work after a bit don't feel like you have to keep doing it.

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                            • #15
                              Same problem here.

                              Gluten makes it worse for me without a shadow of a doubt. Quit all gluten containing grains and see what happens.

                              I think delayed food allergies may have a part to play in constipation because an inflamed bowel doesn't move stuff through properly. For me that is gluten and possibly baker's yeast, but things haven't been settled enough to challenge with yeast. Pretty much any food could be responsible here, but some things are more likely than others.

                              Lack of bile may also be a contributing factor. You need bile to stimulate bowel movements. Not eating enough fat is one cause, but simply not being able to produce enough bile in the first place might also be a factor. Apparently you can test this out by adding bile acid supplements and seeing if this helps.

                              Fibre is complicated, you'll need to experiment to find out what makes things better and what makes things worse. Pulses seem to help me. I'm suspicious of fructans. Then there's the whole FODMAPs thing... apparently some kinds of bacteria produce methane which slows down the bowel.

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