- ftderParticipantNovember 30, 2014 at 4:25 amPost count: 210
Hey all I really need some help. On week 3 and the constipation is getting worse and worse which is bringing back my gas, burping and bloating (UGH!). I do take magnesium but it is not helping much. Someone on this thread wrote that they are getting about 200 grams per day of fast track low FP carbs to help the constipation. I started looking up the carb count and that seems like a TON of veggies which would put one over the FP limit? I am really struggling with this. For example, 1 whole cup of raw beets has 13 grams of carbs. And Gie said they were eating 200 grams of carbs per day?? Did they mean to say calories?? What am I missing? I was trying to get a very low FP because I still had a little gas and burping so I cut out fruit and now I am really backed up. I am eating a lot of fat and drinking a lot of water??
Also I am thinking to take out the rice for now but don’t want to go into ketosis and not sure how to do this with low FP veggies? Thanks!JaemeParticipantNovember 30, 2014 at 6:59 pmPost count: 348
Hi Bearsmom- 3 weeks was about the time I struggled with constipation. I made sure to eat greens with every meal, drink lots of water, chew food to liquid and was at about 300-400 mg. Magnesium Citrate tablets at night (the Citrate form works best for drawing water into bowels), and a few times did resort to a suppository. The good news is this may be a sign of your gut flora switching over, but your bowel systems have not readjusted yet. After another week or two, my bowels caught up to the new eating plan, and now I am more regular than before the FTD diet (and almost no IBS either). Are you taking a probiotic or eating fermented foods like kimchi or kefir? Those seem to help me a lot. Hang in there!ftderParticipantNovember 30, 2014 at 8:52 pmPost count: 210
THANKS Jaeme! That is so exciting!! I would like to think that things are finally shifting for me! I took a bit more magnesium last night and woke up an hour earlier than usual and that combination seemed to help! I did not have ANY gas this morning which was really cool! I am being extra carefull about water and veggies so I hope that helps. I still have some burping? But it is minor so I will keep going. I had to take out all fruit to keep my FP really low, I hope I can add that back! Kind of miss my 1/2 cup of berries!! Thanks again for your perspective. It really helps!!ftderParticipantNovember 30, 2014 at 8:55 pmPost count: 210Norm RobillardKeymasterDecember 16, 2014 at 2:07 amPost count: 446
Good conversation but tough topic. There may be a rational reason some people find that higher fermentable foods like oatmeal help with constipation. When fermentation occurs, the gas may help move the stools. But this is a double edges sword. More gas means other symptoms – bloating, reflux, cramps, etc. Also, many people have methane forming archea organisms present which convert hydrogen gas to methane, potentially making the problem worse. The other challenging aspect of constipation is that there are many other possible causes including, bowel dehydration, muscular and neurological issues as well as scarring or bowel obstructions.
Assuming the absence of more serious issues, I think ensuring adequate hydration is the first thing to confirm. If your body does not have enough fluid it will take it from you stools. The second thing is doing what you can to limit the amount of hydrogen gas (eat low FP) which can potentially be converted to methane. After that, green veggies containing cellulose ensures any gas produced is in the large intestine – where is might be more helpful moving stools yet less likely to give rise to excess methane. The third thing is consuming lots of fats including olive oil.ftderParticipantDecember 16, 2014 at 3:02 amPost count: 210
Norm, THANKS! That is very helpful! I hadn’t realized that cellulose was being broken down in the large intestine. I sometimes have minor gas during a bowel movement and hoping that means it is from all the veggies I am eating on my LOW FP plan!cmcukParticipantJanuary 16, 2015 at 11:23 pmPost count: 40
BTW, just wanted to thank bearsmom for your advice. Have looked at gutsense. am using my own version of the morning drink they sell (calcium citrate, magnesium citrate and potassium citrate) initially this really guaranteed a daily great quality BM. I have since been ill an d was having rather loose daily BMs, sometimes just with water and lemon juice and sometimes need this mix still.
It seems to work. so Thanks.smithsteven4005ParticipantJanuary 28, 2015 at 6:58 amPost count: 2
The causes of constipation are lifestyle changes, side effects of medications, consuming unhealthy food items, taking plenty of stress etc. To prevent this illness one should focus on healthy eating, follow a healthy lifestyle etc. There are several ways to treat constipation like home remedies, yoga, exercises and medications. One should try to get rid of this illness in a most natural way. For more information about health tips visit dazzlemeds.comsmithsteven4005ParticipantJanuary 28, 2015 at 7:01 amPost count: 249barefootParticipantFebruary 2, 2015 at 2:24 pmPost count: 35
Just found this online article interesting, after doing some google searches about motility. http://www.livestrong.com/article/542804-spices-that-stimulate-peristalsis/JulesParticipantFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:15 pmPost count: 14
I’ve had constipation issues for the last decade, more often than not going three days with nothing happening. Psyllium husks did not agree with me at all and this website has explained the reason for that – fibre is not the solution. I found olive oil and orange juice to be reasonably good but I was still not regular. However, from the very day I started juicing, around a month ago, I’ve been regular 98 per cent of the time. Before breakfast I would juice less than a half a cup and before lunch and dinner it would amount to about a generous one quarter of a cup. I use mixes of vegetables like carrot, beetroot, cabbage, cucumber, celery.
I might add that I’ve been on a very low carb diet since mid December 2014 while I wean myself off seven years of Nexium use so the positive response I’ve had could mean the groundwork was laid by the VLC diet and the introduction of juicing tipped the scales in the right direction. Otherwise I have no explanation for the dramatic change.Norm RobillardKeymasterMarch 6, 2015 at 5:35 amPost count: 446
You may be onto something Jules. Though not constipated, I tried just an ounce of juiced veggies and it loosened things – that didn’t need to be loosened – right up.JulesParticipantMarch 7, 2015 at 11:25 pmPost count: 14
Your response made me smile. It’s surprising that such a small amount of raw vegetable juice can provoke such a response. I still wonder whether the low carb diet, at least in my case, provides the platform for the juice to have such good effect but as I have never juiced in my pre low carb state I can’t be sure.fasttrackladyParticipantMarch 9, 2015 at 4:40 pmPost count: 39
Thanks to bearsmom for sharing the website gutsense.org. I have been following the recommendations and it seems to be working well so far. I did order the product
Hydro-C and expect things will get better after starting that.
Also thanks to Jules for sharing about the juicing. I have also been doing that.
So diet has worked to completely get rid of my symptoms of LPR, including cough, shortness of breath, and clearing of throat, and constipation is well on the way to improvement!
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