Originally Posted by leahruthie
feel free to disregard this post if you're easily affected by oversharing, but i was just wondering if anyone else had any issues with your, um, digestional tract? some "backside effects," if you will? i feel like my poo cycle is all kinds of out of whack, from going a few days without pooing to having episodes of diarrhea, and it's quite unpleasant. am i just delicate, or does someone else share my issues?
Don't worry, we have certainly had this q before, many of us suffer with this including myself. If this is a relatively new problem that seems to have started with this diet then I have some suggestions for you. Try this and if that doesn't resolve it see your MD.
1. Be sure you're getting enough H20, at minimum 64 oz per day, preferably 96-120.
2. Increase Flax to 9 per day.
3. Decrease cheese intake (it constipates).
4. Add Fiber through Fiberfill drinks or Use benefiber over the counter
fiber supplement. Start with 2 tsp in am, then go up to three times a day.
It does have some cals but so does any fiber supp. including fiberfill drinks
from MRC. Benefiber is ok on plan, I asked my consultant. It bulks the
stool which is part of the problem, you're eating less, absorbing more and
virtually no fat to keep stool soft so it is hard to go w/o the extra fiber.
Also, it is ompletely tasteless, odorless, dissolves in absolutely anything.
5. If that doesn't work add Miralax over the counter... again it is
ok on plan, it brings water into your bowels to make the stool softer
and is not absorbed into the GI tract so you will not gain from this.
6. If all else fails, you can resort to a real laxative like senokot tablets or
senna tea. Both are natural, plant derived stimulant laxatives. They
work but shouldn't be used on a "regular basis" as in daily. I would refrain
from using it more than twice a week, it can make you dependant on
using a laxative to have a BM and it can at times be harsh. If I use this
I will use 2 senokot tablets or drink 1 cup of the senna "dieter's tea" found
in the health food store or other pharmacy areas.