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Constipation


Friday, July 26, 2013


Recent focus on getting enough calcium and vitamin D...
Not researching side effects....
Finding out too late that it can cause serious constipation...
yea...lesson learned!

I have been trying to pinpoint the problem for the last week and finally looked at my nutrition summary charts. I think the problem is the calcium+D because I have been better at taking it daily this past week. Nothing else in my diet has changed. I'm drinking plenty of water and eating plenty of freggies and exercising regularly, so it's gotta be the calcium with D tablet. Sorry if this is TMI, but I think there may be others suffering without knowing why.
It turns out that most over the counter calcium+D supplements use calcium carbonate, which can cause constipation. Apparently, calcium CITRATE is easier on the system and may be a better option, although more expensive. The other option is to also take a stool softener and/or laxative with it. Ugh! I would prefer to not take anything, but my doctor recommended it my last visit...said it wouldn't hurt to take it.
Boy was she wrong! LOL!
So I'm still on the fence. I'm going to stop taking it for now until things get back to normal. Maybe I'll try the citrate form down the road.
Anyhow, not a pretty topic, but I thought is was useful information.
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HZGLORY 8/4/2013 1:15PM

    Lol, Jody you are too much.
I would think everything you shared but not have the guts to share....best laugh I have had in days!!!! Where the heck did you come up with the idea of the Toilet paper pic! Love It!! Yep, real problems and with every new drug they give you, comes more of the same...top side affect you got it C-o-n-s-t-i-p-a-t-i-o-n!

I have noticed lately with my tracking(when I am not playing hooky from it) that my minerals are really quite low and I am not getting enough in my foods. I eat tons of veggies, luv em, & Fruit -gotta luv summer fruit, but still run low. So that will be the next subject of conversation with my doc next time I visit. Til then I will stay away from the vitamin D & Calcium....hate ths spider lol!!

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RUFFIT 7/29/2013 6:17PM

    I HATE That!!! Glad you learned the hard way... GET IT!!! hahahahahaha...

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AHAPPYLIFE 7/27/2013 5:00PM

    Make sure you balance your calcium with magnesium. They are finding that we sometimes overload too much on calcium & don't take enough magnesium. They work together in the body.

FYI, too much magnesium can cause diarrhea.

Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 5:01:39 PM

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SANDICANE 7/27/2013 9:42AM

    I drink a "slurry" of 1 TBSP ground flax seed, 1 TBSP psyllium husks and 1 TBSP raw bran in a large glass of water every night before bed. I've had a problem all my life until now...now mornings are lovely and really, it's all just natural fibre...no chemicals, no irritants...just fibre...

Good luck on your decision and the outcome...tee hee!

Cheers,
Sandi

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JUST_BRENDA 7/27/2013 6:46AM

    I've had this problem while taking heavy duty iron supplements. Lots of fruit and vegtables and water helps. for the more alarming expectations, orange flavored metamucil helps too!
Nothings more discouraging than spending your morning on the toilet - all for naught. LOL- kinda.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/27/2013 2:58AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2013 6:32PM

    I cannot say I've had that experience w/calcium and vit. D., but hoping you find the solution for you. HUGS

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EDENFELL 7/26/2013 4:42PM

    Good to know..I second the omega-3s..for helping with that problem. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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TROOPER1961 7/26/2013 1:55PM

    I take both of those plus B6 and 12 with multi. If you do not already use it, try 2 soft gel Omega-3 DHA 1st thing in am with breakfast. Definitely keeps a well oiled engine (if you know what I mean). When I start any new vitamin or supplement, I only try 1 a week to introduce to system and never have had a problem. It is hard keeping up with all the supplements Dr Oz says we should have. emoticon

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STEVEN_D 7/26/2013 12:50PM

    Double edged, too, as I have heard of people becoming dependent/addicted to laxatives also. Be careful.

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BENNYTINNY 7/26/2013 12:46PM

    Thank you for sharing that. What somepeople would call TMI, I call good info. Benny

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