Thursday, March 29, 2012

Low Carbs & Constipation

My wife & I are following a low carb diet (again) and both of us are experiencing constipation. I had not realized this is a common side effect of low carb diets.

Where are some recommendations found online:

Drink more water. 8-10 glasses a day.

Eat five servings of low-carb vegetables daily -- broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts, red bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and lettuce -- for the fiber

Eat smaller portions at meals.

Exercise -- walking is good for the bowels

Drink barley juice or wheat grass, these contain chlorophyll, a natural laxative.

Try a natural fiber supplement like wheat bran, oat bran, psyllium husks and ground flaxseed.  Start with a small dose, 1 tsp, and increase gradually as needed to a max of 2 tbsp. per meal. Always drink at least 8 oz. of water at the same time. If taking medications consult your doctor as fiber supplements may affect the release of your medications.

If that does not work, try a fiber supplement -- such as Metameucil or FiberCon.

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