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Keto and Constipation

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by Laconic, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Laconic

    Laconic · Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes going every other day, apples were great but out of bounds now what foods on keto would help...
    I think too much protein meat eggs bacon sausage is the cause, I’ve heard that broccoli helps, but what else any advice please
     
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Is it painful when you go?.. otherwise it simply could be a case of "less c**p in less comes out". The waste element of the food you are eating creates far less bulk than fibrous carbs so you'll go less often.
     
  3. Laconic

    Laconic · Well-Known Member

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    Not painful just don’t go as often and not daily sometimes
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    Keep well hydrated - that helps too.
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I dream of daily !!!!!!! :hungover:
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Foods higher in magnesium or a magnesium supplement helps some. Others use linseed or chia seeds to add fibre (which can help or hinder btw) more fats have a loosening effect for many. Obviously more fluids too. Assuming, as mentioned above, it is constipation as opposed to less waste to dispose of.
     
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  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    In that case its not really constipation just a benefit of keto.. less loo paper useage..!
     
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  8. Lotties

    Lotties Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    A little morę fat may help, also.
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Brussels sprouts - works every time.
     
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  10. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    As long as the motions are firm but not too hard and you don't feel uncomfortable then going every other day is fine.
    https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/Healthy_Bowel-_Patient_Information_leaflet.pdf

    I always found cutting sugar from my diet had a drastic impact so when I went low carb I switched to a breakfast of milled flaxseed with a little oatbran and chia. That along with loads of cauliflower and green veg/salad plus drinking enough water keeps everything moving.

    My 'porridge' started with more oatbran and less flaxseed/chia then I slowly switched over as I got used to it. If you want it even lower carb then cut out the oatbran completely.

    2 dessertsp milled flaxseed
    1 dessertsp chia seeds
    1 dessertsp oatbran ( lower carbs than rolled oats)
    200ml boiling water, less if using a spoon of coconut milk

    Microwave in deep bowl for 2.5 mins
    stir in a pinch of salt and a good sprinkle of cinnamon
    add sweetener if needed
    top with double cream
     
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  11. Little Bird

    Little Bird · Well-Known Member

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    Is Psyllium husk powder acceptable with keto? I have a friend who swears by it but she not diabetic though. It can make her toot a bit too but if your constipated you may be doing that anyway!
     
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  12. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Erm, eating enough fats will help keep you "well lubricated"! But I agree with @bulkbiker, there may simply be less waste for you to dispose of.
     
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    lindisfel · Well-Known Member

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    It gets worse as one gets older. I am thinking I may have to go onto Metformin as a substitute for rocket fuel! :)

    Would love to be able to imitate the song of the Humpback whale!
    D.
     
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  14. Laconic

    Laconic · Well-Known Member

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    Shame I miss every morning, better than...
     
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    Scimama Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Cinnamon works, I found that out accidentally added too much to breakfast but are it anyway.
     
  16. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    It is often something which requires a bit of adjustment - it is the biological equivalent of GIGO, the foods are more nutritious, more is digested, so there is less residue.
    Even my huge salads - in hot weather I can eat one twice a day, don't result in much to get rid of.
    If you are concerned, adding a scant teaspoon of psyllium husk either as the husk or as flour can help but it requires a lot of water to soak into it - you can get stomach ache and indigestion as it sucks your stomach contents dry, so a glass of water before eating and another one afterwards are a good idea.
     
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    Yes I am given to understand psyllium is very good for this, but wasn't sure if keto suitable. As said earlier though it can make you toot a bit! So maybe be selective about when you use it.
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Keto is such a vague term, but as psyllium husk is usefully low carb and effective in such small amounts, I'd recommend it as a thing to try.
     
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    lindisfel · Well-Known Member

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    Will try that but not when I'm going to church!
    D.
     
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    joss.t2 Type 2 · Active Member

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