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Probiotic Supplements Constipation
Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more
Possibly: Iron can cause constipation and is commonly in multiple vitamins. Iron absorption is decreased by stomach acid blockers.Young woman need iron because of losses during periods. Avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar, eat plenty of fresh leafy vegetables and other iron rich foods like eggs and grass fed beef for a few weeks and see if this helps.. Increasing fun, daily exercise is always helpful. ...Read more
They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Vitamin d has been reported to cause constipation. In your case, there is no blood test to determine if constipation is caused by vitamin d. It would be reasonable to stop the vitamin d for 1-2 weeks to see if the constipation resolves. If it does, you are likely confirming this as a side effect. ...Read more
Calcium: Calcium in the right dose should not cause constipation. How much calcium are you taking, and are you also taking vitamin D. I strongly recommend that you go to a nearby library and read about the important amount of calcium and vitamin D. Of importance you must get to know what dose is OK for calcium and vitamin D. In many places milk will include both calcium and vitamin D. ...Read more
Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.
Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more
Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?
Yes: These are safe though I wouldn't take them all at once. I advise the multivitamin after breakfast, the probiotic at the start of a meal, the fish oil after lunch or dinner, apple cider vinegar in water separate from meals and the psyllium at bedtime. Some multivitamins are far better than others- see https://drrandybaker.com/2012/11/ and https://www.multivitaminguide.org/best-multivitamin.html ...Read more
May help.: Probiotics in general are recommended for ibs, whatever form they come in, . ...Read more
R/O IBS: IBS IS DX OF EXCLUSION.. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water.KEFIR &YOGHURT HAVE NATURAL PROBIOTICS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any good over-the-counter medications for IBS c I have been taking probiotics metamusal and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?
IBS: I would recommend that you do a food dairy and see which foods you are allergic (ibs pts have allergies). The most common are dairy and gluten. You can try a to do a food elimination diet where you eliminate an entire food category for 1-2 weeks to see if you improve. I would recommend a high strength probiotic of 80 billion. For constipation i would recommend taking mag 500-1000 mg per night. ...Read more
In some people: Some people can develop constipation with certain vitamins, particularly those that contain iron. Taking vitamins with a large glass of water and increasing fiber content in the diet can help prevent this. Opt for multivitamins made from raw whole foods for better overall tolerance and absorption. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?
Change meds: I believe that constipation is a common side effect of medications. When simple methods to manage these complications fail, altermative treatments should be sought. I would not recommend stronger laxatives as they may alter your colonic function, unless, of course, you have no alternative. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
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