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...
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.