Details are fine. This group is definitely used to poop talk.
How much water do you drink a day? You should drink more if you are experience constipation. I wouldn't lower your protein too much because it is important for you. Instead try looking for other ways to alleviate your constipation. A quick google search returned the following list of foods which may help:
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Juice
- Chicken Broth (canned)
- Dried apricots
- Hot Tea w/ Lemon
- Prunes/Prune Juice
- Spicy Foods
Credits for this list go out to www.medicguide.org
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I eat lots... a whole lot...of veggies, some fruit, and I do love my daily ( or twice daily ) coffee. It takes a major schedule change to put me off my pooping.
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I think that no two cases are the same. I've upped my fats hugely over the course of several months and my constipation issues have actually worsened.
Constipation-wise, I'm no better off now than on the SAD. That said, I'm not going to bash this diet. Cutting out processed foods is a no brainer really, even if I do poop less. And I know there are other causes besides diet. Stress, lack of exercise and food intolerances to name a few.
I don't know I'll ever find what works for me. I suspect butter might be a cause. And then again that's virtually pure fat. That's in the list of foods I intend to remove if my current experiments don't help.
1. As many have said, are you sure it's constipation and not just lack of stool? I've had high-protein weeks where I went 2-4 days between normal bowel movements.
2. Try taking some Natural Calm before bed. You need magnesium in your diet, anyway and it will help move things along, especially in higher doeses.
When I was on the "Slow-Carb" Diet from the 4-Hour Body, (which I still support but it's not for me), I had a really bad constipation problem, and had to keep my water intake super high or I was very uncomfortable. Everyone said it was from the High Protein, and to drink more water, eat chia seeds, etc. When I stopped eating the Legumes completely, and upped my fat intake, everything settled down, and I really don't drink much water daily. I just don't need it like I used to. I really think (from my experience) that its the legumes, and grains that block us up and cause a need for a ton of water to move everything through.
How do you find out if you have a Chrohnic infection? What test determines this?