Constipation Relief That Works Without Wrecking Your Bowels…
Gluten & Other Allergens are a Common Cause of Constipation and Gut Dysfunction. While Prescription & OTC Remedies Do More Harm Than Good, We Need a Natural Solution That Works…
Constipation is a major side effect of gluten exposure. Many with gluten sensitivity suffer with intermittent constipation and loose bowels. It is not untypical to go 3 days of longer without a bowel movement for these individuals. Unfortunately, this bowel dysfunction can cause a number of secondary problems:
Gluten induced constipation can cause auto intoxication, a condition in which the body poisons itself slowly as the stasis in the bowels allows waste build up to become a breeding ground for harmful, waste-secreting bacteria, fungus, parasites, and a host of other toxic chemicals. This in turn can alter the intestinal pH paving the way to an increased risk for certain types of cancer. Because gluten can also cause an intestinal permeability (leaky gut), these harmful substances can enter the blood stream and trigger autoimmune diseases. Common sub-clinical symptoms include anxiety, depression, skin disorders, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, muscle weakness and many more.
When the bowels are not regular, their contents build up causing pressure into the walls of the colon. Subsequently the added pressure leads to straining during bowel movements. The excessive straining can result in diverticula (small outward pouch formation in the walls of the colon). These out pouches can become inflamed (diverticulitis) and infected and in worst case situations they can burst – allowing toxins and bacteria to leak into the body cavity.
For many patients, constipation remains a problem even after going gluten free. Partly because it can take time for the gastrointestinal damage to heal, partly because of continued gluten cross contamination exposure, and partly because people continue to follow lifestyle habits that are contributory to irregular bowel movements. I developed GI Restore to help stimulate healthy bowel movements in patients with stubborn problems.
Persistent Constipation is Serious…
Constipation and poor digestive tract health are thought by many experts to be a major cause of death and disease. Constipation is a symptom of poor intestinal health, and should be taken very seriously, and its causes should be avoided. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that contribute to this serious health issue:
Because celiac disease manifests as chronic diarrhea, many are unaware that gluten is a major contributor to constipation. Even the Mayo Clinic has begun recognizing the role that this toxic protein can play in IBS-C. Gluten can cause abnormal bowel function in multiple ways – immune response and inflammation in the gut, damage to the nerves that regulate peristaltic motion in the GI tract, changes to the healthy bacterial flora in the intestine, and many more.
Other Food Based Problems
Aside from what I would call the obvious gut damaging foods – sugar, hydrogenated fats, processed junk food, etc. other foods can contribute to constipation as well. Probably the most noteworthy is dairy. Dairy products can cause excessive mucus production in the GI tract. This process can slow down bowel movements. Today’s highly processed milk and milk byproducts also contain a form of casein (dairy protein) that can mimic the effects of gluten.
Lack of Exercise
Body motion is vital to good health. When we walk, run, jump, and move, our spine, sacrum, and hips move synchronously. This pumping action allows for proper bowel motility. Lack of exercise is a very common cause of persistent constipation.
Some of the Most Commonly Prescribed & OTC Medications Cause Constipation
- pain medications (especially narcotics)
- Antacids (heartburn medications)
- Blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers)
- Antiparkinson drugs
- Muscle relaxers
- Iron supplements
- Anticonvulsants (seizure medications)
Excessive Caffeine Intake
Coffee, tea, energy drinks, and chocolate are common sources of caffeine. Caffeine can create long term bowel dysfunction. Not only can excess caffeine cause dehydration that leads to reduced bowel function, this chemical can also inhibit the nerves that stimulate proper bowel flow. If you are dealing with constipation, consider removing caffeinated beverages from your diet.
Abnormal Gut Bacteria
Abnormal levels of healthy bacteria in the intestines can cause a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. Gas, bloating, pain, and constipation are common side effects. The healthy bacteria help with a number of vital functions:
- Proper digestion of food
- Synthesis of vitamins vitamin K and biotin (B-8)
- Production of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA). These fats are the fuel source for the large intestines.
- Regulation of immune cell communication.
- Prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria (SIBO), yeast, and parasitic micro organisms.
Lack of Vegetable Fiber Intake
Often times doctors recommend more fiber in the diet to fight constipation. The problem is that the recommendations are to eat more whole grain or to take toxic fiber supplements cross contaminated with gluten. High fiber intake from fresh vegetables and fruit is important and will help ensure healthy bowel movements.
Inadequate water intake is a chronic problem for the average person. Most consume too much caffeine (causing water depletion). Much of our daily water need comes from vegetables (see above). Incorporating foods that contain water reduces the need to drink excessive amounts of water. Remember that water helps regulate bowel movement and electrolyte balance. Deficiency is a major contributing factor for those suffering with constipation.
Natural Relief for Constipation
Often times, constipation is a persistent issue in those trying to recover from gluten sensitivity. If you have gone gluten free and addressed the issues above but continue to have constipation, you may want to consider giving your bowels a “jump start”. I developed GI restore for this reason. GI Restore is an all natural formula designed for restoring bowel function when all else fails. It is free of all glutens, corn, yeast, dairy, egg, shellfish, artificial colors, and flavors. It is safe for vegetarians to use. See the label below for more information.
- How much should I take? – The typical effective dose is between 1 and 2 capsules.
- How should I take it? – Start with 1 capsule an hour prior bedtime. For most people, this dose is enough to induce a bowel movement the next morning.