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Constipation Foods and Triggers

ImageI think most of us have been in a situation like the one pictured above, even if we don’t want to talk about it.  Knowing that you have to ‘poo’ but simply can not do so.  Either you run into the rest room every few minutes or you are the kind that will set up camp in there.  Neither are fun, in my experience.   What can we do about it?   Hopefully the rest of this blog will give you the answer you are looking for!

What Is Constipation?

Constipation is a common but painful condition that occurs when bowel movements become infrequent or difficult. It can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, stress, pregnancy, cancer, depression, and more. The best way to prevent constipation is eating a healthy diet, exercising, and drinking plenty of water.   — WebMd.com

What Are The Causes?

  • Low Fiber Diet (those that have gastroparesis certainly understand this one)
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Medications
    • Narcotic (pain killers)
    • Chronic use of Ibuprofen and aspirin
    • Antidepressant
    • Antacid
    • Calcium Channel Blocker
    • Diuretic
    • Antihistamine
  • Medical Conditions (a list that MAY contribute)
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Diabetes
    • Parkinson’s
  • Supplements
    • Calcium
    • Iron
  • Long term use of a laxative creates a tolerance level to them.
  • Childbirth

What Foods Cause Constipation?

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Black Tea
  • Red Meat
  • Banana – unripened, green
  • Too much dairy (cheese, milk, etc)
  • Eggs
  • High Processed Sugar Foods (cookies, pies, cakes, etc)

Non Prescription Relief Ideas:

  • Probiotics
  • Acupressure
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Peppermint Tea (avoid if you have GERD)
  • Castor Oil
  • “Smooth Move” (actual name) of the tea
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Aloe juice
  • Find more at: everydayroots.com.    We are not affiliated in any way with Everyday Roots, just found them when putting together this blog and they have a lot of ideas that you may benefit from.  Just remember if you have GERD to avoid their suggestion of warm lemon water.  Also, for those of us with Gastroparesis, to avoid suggestions that go against our standard ‘low fiber’ diet.  Always talk to your doctor and let them know what you are doing.  Some ‘at home remedies’ can have negative consequences with prescription medications.

Foods to help you ‘go’ are all high in fiber and are not recommended if you have Gastroparesis (GP).  For those of you that don’t have GP, here is the list:

  • Beans and Lentils
  • Avocado
  • Prunes and Figs
  • Fresh Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
  • Fresh Fruit: Plums, Pears, Apples, Peaches, Papaya, Oranges and Pineapple
  • Berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries
  • Leafy Greens: Kale, cabbage, spinach
  • Whole Grains (bran cereal)
  • Nuts: Brazil, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pecans
  • Potato skin on
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseeds (not the oil form)
  • Brown Rice
  • Olives

Misc

In my personal experience taking Omega 3-6-9 (Fish, Flax & Borage mix) lets me have consistent bowel movements.  If I stop taking the supplement, then I am back to very bad constipation and bloating.    Here is a link to the blog I did on the particular one I take (Click Here).

Here is a blog that a friend of mine wrote and fits in here perfectly!  It’s called “Poop – What the Different Colors and Smells Mean”.  Click HERE to be directed to Emily’s Stomach’s blog entry.

We know there more ideas out there, so feel free to add to the list by COMMENTING BELOW. 

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Omega 3 for Constipation

Copy from April 13, 2013 Facebook Note (edited):

It is odd what my brain seems to wonder to.  I had been skipping on my fish oil and other supplements.  First it was just the mornings.  I had been sleeping in until noon-ish and just didn’t bother.  Then I was skipping them at night too.  Falling asleep to soon, or just not caring.  Probably both. 

Soon after receiving a highly stressful letter, my body decided to go into flair mode.   Yep, I am sure it was due to the lack of supplements, stress and just not taking care of myself.  I am now 5 days into the flare.  Normally the 3rd day I am fine. 

I realized yesterday my neglect for the supplements and started them up again.  During this flare, I have had a very difficult time with constipation (I had a prior ‘note’ on this as well).  Just now I had a ‘regular’ BM and was so happy.  Yes, small things make me happy!  Anyway, I was Imagewondering if starting up my fish oil had anything to do with this.  The rest of me is still about the same: worse than ever pain, too tired to do much, hurt all over, dizzy, lack of focus, ect.   But the BM is much better.
So I did a little research and found out that Omega 3 can help to make you ‘regular’.  What ever your “regular” is.  It will not speed anything up.  Here is the link if you want to read it:  http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/five-home-remedies-for-constipation.aspx

I do want to tell you that I LOVE my fish oil.  It is from Natures Bounty and is: Fish, Flax, Borage (Omega 3-6-9) it is rapid release liquid softgel.  I only burped fish once and that was because it was that kind of gassy night and I didn’t take it with a meal.  Just popped the pill and went to bed.  Honestly, I hate fish and the burp wasn’t as bad as I would have thought.  Here is a link for info on this blend from the manufacture (other brands make this blend too):  http://www.naturesbounty.com/product/010151

 
So maybe there was something to the fish oil combo I use!!  I started it because I was loosing my hair.  And YES, it did help that issue.  If I miss a few days of the Omega 3-6-9, then I notice more hair loss in the shower.

The PAIN of Constipation (TMI Warning)

As I mentioned before, I am going to copy over some of my Notes on my Facebook page.  Here is the 1st one.

Following is a copy of my Facebook Note of April 8, 2013 (edited)

For a few days now, I have had more than normal side pain.  Today the pain moved lower.  As a female, I thought maybe it was a different issue.  Nope.  There is also a feeling of having ate a whole buffet!   The thought of food makes me sicker and liquids do not want to stay down.  

The self diagnosis begins…. did I try anything new?  Medication, Supplement, Drink, Real food?  Nope, nope, nope and nope.  Dang, what is wrong with me?  Just a flare?  Maybe.

As the day goes on the feelings of tired and depression hit.  Hmm, is this just the start of a flare?  Did I over do it?  Thinking back, ‘no, I don’t think so’.   Then what is it?!  

ImageFor some reason the word ‘constipation’ came to me.   The wheels in my head slowly turn, thinking about any BM’s I have had recently.  I can’t think of any in the recent past.  But if I am in ‘brain fog’ mode, who knows what I did just a few minutes ago!  For reality sake (this time), I recall not having a BM in the last few days.  Honestly, it could have been a week or longer.  I have been very bad not keeping my journal, so I have no way to know.  And a week is not unusual for me. 

Since my body hates coffee and it gives me diarrhea, I am drinking a cup now and am hoping for some relief.  This has always worked for me.   It is my hope that this will make me feel better.  Since right now the escalated pain, full feeling, no desire to consume anything, irritability (clothing hurts and everything in general), tired (didn’t want to crawl out of bed), headache, depression along with the smallest activity hates all my energy, is getting on my nerves!   I want ‘me’ back!

Good days are yet to come.  It was may fault for not keeping better track of my over all health (BM’s included) to prevent this from happening.   I am now onto day 4 with out a shower, so I will do that now.   Hope everybody is doing better today.   I have read a lot of you are in the hospital fighting -again!  My thoughts a prayers are with you all.

==== Yes, the coffee worked and I am keeping a better eye on my BM’s to stay away from what I went through! =====

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