Today’s Tip is about one very efficient and healthy way to remedy chronic constipation. Sure, kiwifruit have laxative properties too, and so does oatmeal and many other foods with soluble and insoluble fiber, or with a lot of vitamin C and magnesium (like kiwi).
But sometimes kiwi and oatmeal are not enough. They may help a little, but not solve the problem entirely. Apples with their pectin may contribute a little toward a good result too, but how many apples can you eat? And I’ve tried: I baked trays full of apples (and walnuts and raisins or cranberries), but still couldn’t get relief from a stubborn bout of constipation. And I experienced such a thing after eating gluten for a week while on holiday, even though I knew I had a (non-celiac) intolerance to gluten. Well, after I was stuck with chronic constipation for several weeks in a row (which started right after I switched to a non-gluten diet again), I decided to continue to look for solutions besides eating lots of prunes every day, which didn’t regulate my digestion the way I wanted anyway. (That said, prunes are quite healthy. They help not only with digestion, but also with cholesterol, blood pressure, and with maintaining the health of your bones, muscles, and heart.)
In the meantime, I read that if you have an intolerance to gluten and you play with eat and eat gluten on some stretches (which is not even feasible: I for one got an upset stomach right away, and then nausea as well—but, in my defense, I wanted to eat some homemade donuts with apricot jam, sooo yummy) . . . so I read that if you switch to gluten and then switch back, you may get saddled either with constipation or with diarrhea. For a while I was happy it wasn’t the latter, because it can be quite difficult and unhealthy, and I know a lot about it from when I was developing a sensitivity to gluten.
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And then I read somewhere something that, in fact, I knew all along. Probiotics, which regulate your gut microbiome, can fix chronic constipation. I think one article mentioned taking them for a month. I did that and about three weeks in I was regular again, which was such a relief. I so did not like taking laxatives, even as I did have some mild ones that didn’t give me cramps and things like that.
If you’re pregnant or have chronic digestive illnesses or take medicines that are causing your constipation, please consult with your doctor(s).
If, however, you have a non-celiac intolerance to gluten and your chronic constipation was caused by switching to a gluten diet when you really shouldn’t have, then it may be a good idea to try certain probiotics, such as Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus EPS (affiliate link). Please note that probiotics are generally safe, but they can cause further digestive issues and can impact negatively people with weakened or deficient immune systems. Also, go with moderation for a brand that offers between 1 and 10 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per serving, rather than 25 or 50 billion CFUs. For more on probiotics for constipation, see this article.
Remember to keep the probiotics away from heat, even if they don’t need to be refrigerated, and away from light.
To a happier, healthier life,
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