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Can Dieting Cause Constipation
Magnesium helps: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes your blood sugar which increases Insulin and promotes weight gain. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and just enough protein. ...Read more
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
KeepActivity&HiFiber: foods up. Activity: walking/running, etc. most effective. Also very effective is ?ed quantities of high fiber/low nutritional value vegetable based foods, e.g. lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, etc.; raw potentially more effective than cooked. Fiber supplements a back up option. Study: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6660531, other answers, wikipedia, etc. for more understanding. ...Read more
Im dieting my 4yrs old with dairy products due to severe constipation, backpain. Is almond milk gluten free ok and safe to use as alternative?
Not best choice: Not all almond milk is gluten free. Check the label. Almond milk is very low in protein and fat which growing children may need. It can be high in sugar too. The almonds need to have been soaked/dehydrated first to rid phytic acid which blocks mineral absorption and causes tummy distress. Positives: iron, riboflavin and vitamin e, extra calcium. ...Read more
Hello, I have been experiencing constipation for the past two years. Symptoms started after dieting and weight losS. Stool is sticky and fatty w/mucus?
Fiber/fluids/exercis: Best way to combat constipation is plenty of fiber, fluids & exercise. Avoid iron & other constipating meds. If that's not enough, time to go see your Family Doc for evaluation. You may need stool studies, possibly referral to Gastroenterologist. If you lost weight, unlikely that you would have hypothyroidism which can cause constipation. We don't typically start worrying about colon cancer til 50 ...Read more
I have been constipated on a consistent basis since the onset of winter weather. Also lost 2 lbs without dieting but i also am on a thyroid medication. Could there be a link between these issues?
Overeat/Constipation: Overeating may cause constipation by increasing the intestinal waste . This may lead to improper colon function and distension of the colon possibly affecting the muscle tone and natural peristalsis or wave like motions of the intestine which propel the waste materials towards the anal opening. A well balanced diet high in fiber and water decreases constipation. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
Hard, dry poop: Constipation is caused by dry, hard stool which often becomes retained in the rectum & colon. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day). Eat 5 vegetable & 4 fruit servings per day – get that fiber in. Avoid junk carbohydrates. Stay physically active. You can also consider an otc laxative. ...Read more