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3/26/13 9:01 P

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As for constipation issues, I have the opposite issue with serious low carbing. I have crohn's disease and an ileostomy and anything below about 75 carbs a day causes me to dump fluid badly.

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3/26/13 8:57 P

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Trixietexas- that sounds like you were having a food allergy or intolerance reaction. http://www.cornallergens.com/symptoms/corn
-allergy-symptoms.php This is for corn allergies, but the symptoms are pretty universal. My daughter has a corn allergy, but she had almost none of the traditional symptoms and more than half the non-tradtional ones. If low carb helps, I'd guess corn or wheat, but who knows. I'm mildly sensitive to rice, of all things!

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3/25/13 4:24 P

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I have been doing low carb since January and I have had no problems with constipation...however, before I was on low carb, I was having bowel movements too frequently and often had upset tummy and cramping. Low carb has seemed to resolve those problems and actually made me quite regular. I definitely take that as a sign that my body NEEDS to be on a low carb diet for maximum health!

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3/23/13 8:52 P

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Adequate water and more are probably about the best remedies for issues of too much fiber. One needs a LOT of liquid to keep the stuff moving on through the "tunnels".

When I take the psyllium husk in the mornings in an 8 oz. glass of water, I follow it immediately with about 16 oz. more water and of course, coffee..



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3/23/13 11:58 A

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Suzanne, yes, you are absolutely right. In fact fiber in the absence of lots of water can cause really bad constipation, even blockage. Water (or other liquid) is a very important part of this.
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3/23/13 8:06 A

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I've not really had a problem unless I eat more than 4 oz of cheese a day.
Some things that may help....water, greens, cruciferous vegetables, coconut oil, flax.
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3/23/13 5:23 A

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I have heard that taking too much fiber can also cause constipation. On low carb, what is a typical day for you? I think it might not be enough fat...

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3/22/13 8:45 P

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I have a serving (heaping tsp.) of Metamucil psyllium husk fiber each morning. I either will shake it up in a glass of water (with a wee bit of Crystal Light to give it a little flavor) or will add it to a protein shake which is usually my breakfast. It seems to work for me.. Plus I do eat quite a few veggies and even some fruits (mainly berries in my protein shakes)

And I'd think most people are different too in what works for them. Good luck.


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3/22/13 7:01 P

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I think I have heard that taking fairly large doses of Vitamin C tablets help with constipation.

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3/22/13 6:51 P

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oranges are best to keep you regular, plus walking and water, good luck. emoticon



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3/22/13 2:11 P

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Thanks for all the wonderful info Houndlover1.
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3/22/13 1:39 P

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I also use a combination of things. I do drink coffee in the morning. I do take 2 magnesium tablets along with psyllium husk capsules, usually 4 or 5 when needed. I always take colace OTC which is a stool softener. It can definately be managed.

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3/22/13 12:53 P

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I have used a number of different methods in combination to avoid constipation and while none of them are perfect by themselves the combination seems to work great for me. Here they are:

- drinking more water (I would shoot for 80 oz. minimum/day, more in hot weather or with exercise)
- eating more salt (unless you have serious hypertension this will make you more thirsty)
- eating higher fat foods like nuts (both the fat and the fiber in them helps, but no peanuts, as they are a legume)
- eating higher fat meat (80%/20% ground beef etc.)
- getting some extra magnesium from magnesium citrate (smaller amounts, maybe one tablet /day)
- starting the day with one cup of regular coffee in the morning (which usually gets things going), then going to decaf or none (otherwise it will dehydrate you)
- if all these are not enough, regularly adding a small amount of psyllium fiber (psyllium husk) that does not have grains in it, on a regular basis with a large glass of water or other liquid. Psyllium is the primary ingredient in Metamucil, but you can also buy it by itself online or in health food stores. Here is an explanation of the Psyllium plant:

Here is a short explanation of it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyllium_seed_
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There are no carbs to count as all the carbs are fiber and it is a natural food, psyllium husk is higher in fiber than any other food.
In many cases if you eat enough fat (around 80%) you won't need all the fiber, but sometimes hormonal imbalances like hypothyroidism can lead to constipation and psyllium will improve things. If that does not help please see a doctor.
Eating grains will cause far worse problems than constipation because of the systematic inflammation that anything with grain or sugar will cause for most people, affecting all their organs.
Hope this helps,
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3/22/13 11:14 A

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Awhile ago I asked about fiber, and it seemed that not many people experienced constipation. I was surprised because, it has been an issue for me as well, and I eat a lot of veggies. Someone suggested probiotics and that really helps a lot. I didn't really want to take "fiber" because it has carbs. Excercise and drinking water has also helped. I tried going back to small portions of "whole grains", but I'm too carb-sensitive. Best of luck~

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3/22/13 9:15 A

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Are you eating lots of cheese? Green leafy veg salads are very good, spinach in a salad is very good.

I gave low carb a break for a few months and went right back on....good luck on your journey.

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3/22/13 9:10 A

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Do you drink coffee or any hot drinks in the morning? I would think if fiber supplements aren't helping then coffee probably won't either.

I drink a "special" coffee. Ganoderma Coffee. If you are interested you can click the link below but it's a coffee that has a mushroom in it that the Chinese have been using for years. If I am feeling that way I drink TWO cups of it in the morning rather then my usual one. It most certainly does the trick for me. But I can't say I have a huge problem with this. Maybe a couple of cups of a hot drink every morning would help?

I always hate to hear people be unhappy with this style of eating because it just seems to make so much sense for me. But everyone is different. Good luck and stay in touch!



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Hmmmmm...I never thought about that. I was wondering why I might be having a few constipation problems. I don't like many veggies though, except celery, lettuce,onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, and of course..the ones I'm not supposed to have like: corn, beets. Is there another way to get more fiber in my low carbing than eating breads? or maybe I can just have a slice of low carb bread once in awhile?

I can't blame you a bit for going off for a bit. I'm sure you will be fine since you both will be watching the sugars and and. You just get better and do what's right for your body. I'd give you some advice, but I'm still pretty new to this low carb eating. I applaud your wife for even getting thru a session of Zumba! lol My body doesn't want to get off the ground much and I'm not that much overweight. I have 15 to go. My stamina isn't as good as hers I guess. Plus I'm prob older (65) but a YOUNG one! lol

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Good luck and keep in touch...espec if you can tell me how to add more fiber without having to eat those yucky green veggies! lol Didn't even like them as a kid! :)

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3/22/13 8:34 A

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You might try Ultimate Flora 50 million probiotics. Find on Amazon of health food stores.

A bit expensive, but well worth it IMO.

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3/22/13 8:03 A

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OK, I have no pride so I'll just say it. After a couple of months and 30 something pounds lost I have to take a break from low carb. Why? Constipation. Industrial strength, 3000 PSI concrete, constipation. After a couple of weeks of fiber supplements, salads, chinese veggies and nothing, I threw in the towel. For the last couple of days I have been eating high fiber breads and veggies. I'm getting back on track but, wow, I was worried that I was going to end up in the hospital..

I'm going to stay with the high fiber foods regardless of carbs till I feel 100% again then go back to the low carb thing. I'm still avoiding foods that obviously contain sugar like all deserts etc.. I feel much, much better already and to be honest, I have really loved eating warm, fresh, grainy breads and so does my gut..

My wife went off of low carb a few weeks ago because of the same reason and hasn't gained any weight. We don't keep sweets at the house and never order desert. My wife does Zumba 4 or 5 days a week. Since I started a new job a couple of weeks ago I haven't had time to do what I used to do so, I'm figuring that part out now.

Any thoughts on how to stay low carb without the constipation? I have tried fiber supplements and eating more veggies. It doesn't help. I don't want to use laxitives. In fact, I wont. If it comes to that I'll stop and eat a high fiber carb included diet.

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