Help with Constipation
Constipation is a common complaint with those on a grain free diet. If you are in P2 you can increase your magnesium and vegetable intake or use of of the many products I talk about here. Just make sure you are using quality products and stay away from items such as Metamucil. In P3, constipation is very common due to the increase in protein. When you increase your protein, make sure you also increase your fiber to help keep yourself regular. Chia seeds are an excellent source to add to your P3 diet and help things move along.
As always, drink enough water as increasing fluid intake is all some need to get the bowels moving and keep them regular. There are some herbal teas that can help such as Smooth Move, Licorice, Yogi Get Regular, and Good Earth Laxative Tea. However, you should not rely solely on teas as teas such as Senna tea can be harmful to the large intestine. If you are really plugged up, the Triple Leaf Diet teas seem to move me within hours. Also, Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm which has magnesium, is a good daily drink to keep things regular.
It’s not healthy to rely on fiber pills such as Metamucil as most of these type of have unhealthy ingredients added. A wiser choice would be to take supplements. Psyllium Husk and Cascara Sagrada are a herbal supplement that acts as a natural laxative. Psyllium is often recommended by physicians to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids. Psyllium Husk comes in powder and capsules but some find it hard to take the powder because it thickens quickly and turns into a light gel when consuming. You can help this by mixing with a little more water and adding some lemon juice. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. Also, those who take Magnesium and Epsom salt swear by their results.
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