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Old 07-28-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Constipation help!

Hi I'm Michelle and I started a low carb diet one week ago. So far I have lost 6 pounds. I havent been able to have a bm unless I use a laxative. HELP!
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:40 AM   #2
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Hi Michelle!

Drink lots of water! It will help you.. Also make sure you are getting fiber in your diet. Are you constipated? If so try Dulcolax.. It is a Stool Softener that won't make you go but will make it easier to go.
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Does anyone know if fiber pills work? What can you put benefiber in and does it have a taste? I am drinking a lot of water.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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Google "Hemp Hearts" they are amazing....so many other benefits, besides helping with constipation.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:01 AM   #5
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I use metamucil to keep things moving smoothly every day. Some say it's a good thing, others not. It works for me and I just love the good, clean regularity.
NOTE: If you decide to try it, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Plenty for me is 60-80 oz per day.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #6
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Fiber pills definitely work. I used metamucil (the capsules with psyllium husks in them) for a couple of weeks, when I started LC, but was able to taper off as my body got used to low carb.

Entering TMI zone. Part of my issue was thinking there was something wrong if I didn't move my bowels every day. There's so much less junk (aka "bulk") in my diet now that it's perfectly reasonable to be going every other day sometimes. I really did need a bit of supplementary fiber while my body was getting used to the transition, but I stayed on it longer than I needed to, thinking there was something wrong if I didn't move my bowels every morning.
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It is important to realize that a low carb diet will not produce as much 'waste' as a high carb diet so the need and the quantity of b.m.s will be lessened. If it is constipation, probiotics are really helpful but they do take a week or 2 to make a difference. Taking magnesium supplements will work more quickly. Btw, congrats on the weight loss!!
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:00 AM   #8
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I put Miralax in my tea every morning. It dissolves easily and has no taste FYI. My Dr. recommended it.

Good luck and congrats on the great loss!
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I take magnesium daily. You have to try it and see how many tablets you need. Somedays I take 1, sometimes 2. It is a miracle medicine for me.
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I am having the same problem and I am hurting so badly today and all lastnight because I can't go!!!!
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I didn't go to the bathroom for over a week, and nothing seemed to work for me until..

Take 4 tablespoons of ''Milk of Magnesia'' you will need an adult diaper in two hours. I'm really not exaggerating.

This stuff costs like 4.99 from walgreens, it's with all the other constipation medicine. You can thank me later for this one, but as soon as your gut starts rumbling, stop whatever you're doing and wait in the bathroom.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:09 PM   #12
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I second and third magnesium citrate. We LCers need extra anyway, and it doesn't take long to work.
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I make a shake daily with powdered whey, a heaping tsp of psyllium husks (unsweetened and unflavored), some extract (vanilla, coconut, hazelnut, etc.) and some low-carb ice cream (Bryers carb smart is good). Mix with one of those little hand blenders and I get fiber, good protein, and good flavor.

Note: the psyllium works for most but in a few people it can be binding. Magnesium oxide also helps. It's not the best form for getting magnesium out of your digestive tract and into your blood, and that makes it better for elimination.

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I take a magnesium supp at night before bed (500-1000mg) and never
Have any problems
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Does anyone know if fiber pills work? What can you put benefiber in and does it have a taste? I am drinking a lot of water.
You can put Benefiber in almost anything except carbonated drinks. It works in coffee, tea, water, and has no taste.
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Check your fat percentage, I had trouble especially in the beginning consuming enough fat, it really helps not only for satiety but for elimination too. Magnesium works wonders as well, take care to get the proper dose for your needs.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:52 PM   #17
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I didn't go to the bathroom for over a week, and nothing seemed to work for me until..

Take 4 tablespoons of ''Milk of Magnesia'' you will need an adult diaper in two hours. I'm really not exaggerating.

This stuff costs like 4.99 from walgreens, it's with all the other constipation medicine. You can thank me later for this one, but as soon as your gut starts rumbling, stop whatever you're doing and wait in the bathroom.

Way true so you gotta be pretty desperate to try this method!!

BTW, 2 magnesium pills a day have helped me. Does anyone else have trouble swallowing those things??

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Fiber in supplement form is not good for our digestive tract. It causes inflammation. On a low-carb diet, our natural sources of fiber are vegetables. Conventional wisdom always says we need fiber when we are constipated, this may be true for those who have a higher carb intake, but for low-carbers, I would suggest the following:

Lots of Water
Probiotics
Magnesium (most of us are deficient in this)
Fat (especially butter and coconut oil)

There is going to be a transition period when going from a high(er) carbohydrate to low carbohydrate nutrition plan in our digestive system.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #19
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Fiber in supplement form is not good for our digestive tract. It causes inflammation. On a low-carb diet, our natural sources of fiber are vegetables. Conventional wisdom always says we need fiber when we are constipated, this may be true for those who have a higher carb intake, but for low-carbers, I would suggest the following:

Lots of Water
Probiotics
Magnesium (most of us are deficient in this)
Fat (especially butter and coconut oil)

There is going to be a transition period when going from a high(er) carbohydrate to low carbohydrate nutrition plan in our digestive system.
^^^THIS!^^^ Perfectly said!
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Check your fat percentage, I had trouble especially in the beginning consuming enough fat, it really helps not only for satiety but for elimination too. Magnesium works wonders as well, take care to get the proper dose for your needs.
Can someone tell me where to buy magensium and what kind?? Really need some help here.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:24 PM   #21
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Can someone tell me where to buy magensium and what kind?? Really need some help here.

Thanks in advance!
You can get it right here from Netrition. I don't know what dose would be right for you.
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Fiber in supplement form is not good for our digestive tract. It causes inflammation. On a low-carb diet, our natural sources of fiber are vegetables. Conventional wisdom always says we need fiber when we are constipated, this may be true for those who have a higher carb intake, but for low-carbers, I would suggest the following:

Lots of Water
Probiotics
Magnesium (most of us are deficient in this)
Fat (especially butter and coconut oil)

There is going to be a transition period when going from a high(er) carbohydrate to low carbohydrate nutrition plan in our digestive system.
So true! I know when I start having constipation issues, it is a direct result of not getting 2 or more of the above list! I don't need probiotics everyday but I need to get plenty of fat and lots of water to keep things moving!
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I know magnesium citrate was mentioned above. Does magnesium carbonate work as well, or no?
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:38 PM   #25
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I heard magnesium citrate was bad for low carbers cause it contains "sucrose." I have used it in the past and it works well, but I don't want to derail my induction! I am also having issues in the above mentioned department! LOL!
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I would take a two tiered approach: 1) The problem now. Either take Miralax (put it in water it's tasteless) or take a laxative.
For prevention 2) If it's ok with your doctor, supplement with magnesium. You are still going to need more Fiber though - Netrition carries these bran crackers that, well they are kind of cardboardy LOL - but hey they crunch. And if you glop enough stuff on em - soft eggs, guacamole, whatever... - they become a food delivery system (with almost no calories and next to no carbs) for some tasty LC foods.

GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread I bought a case. They work that well.
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Magnesium oxide is often recommended for this problem.
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I didn't go to the bathroom for over a week, and nothing seemed to work for me until..

Take 4 tablespoons of ''Milk of Magnesia'' you will need an adult diaper in two hours. I'm really not exaggerating.

This stuff costs like 4.99 from walgreens, it's with all the other constipation medicine. You can thank me later for this one, but as soon as your gut starts rumbling, stop whatever you're doing and wait in the bathroom.
I lol'd. I'm don't really have a problem taking a poopoo, but in case I do, I'll look for this ****. Thanks
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Natural Calm, a magnesium citrate supplement that you dissolve in hot water, is what works GREAT for me. I take it in the morning and night. It tastes a bit like tart lemonade w/no sweetener. I like the tart flavor, but I'll sometimes add a drop or two of Mio flavor drops for a change of pace. It does not contain sugar.
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