J And More ... Feel better! Salvation Amy J
CONSTIPATION SURVEY . ONGOING SURVEY RESULTS . FEEDBACK + TESTIMONIALS . VIEW FEEDBACK .
EMERGENCY RECIPES . FOOD-COMBO CHART . T-TIPS + Q-TIPS . ADVICE THAT SORTA JIVES WITH MINE .
Doctors and nutritionists put alot of emphasis on fiber, liquids & laxatives, such as Metamucil, psyllium & bran. But fiber and liquid is not enough to avoid constipation in some people. See The Life Extension Foundation re: fiber Unfortunately the professionals often fail to stress the value of these elements toward avoiding constipation:
SWEET AND HEAT... & OILY-LUBRICANTS (ALSO SWEET 'N SOUR)
Fiber & Liquids You Say? Here's a better way of poeting it
If food solids and liquid you would not take separate
Then all of you might not become quite so desperate...
Warmed food + warmed lubricants - you gotta mix it
Mere drinks just won't cut it! Eat Fmush - that'll fix it!
Put high moisture content within food - that's best...
Your guts growl "Have mercy! Please give us some rest!"
HERE'S A CASE ARGUING FOR HIGH-MOISTURE CONTENT WITHIN FOOD:
I read of some biotech engineers who decided to experiment with potatoes to make them more fryable and thus more marketable to fast-food enterprises. Here's what they did: They altered the genes of the high-moisture potatoes, so they should have a higher starch content. Well, they soon learned that tampering with the wisdom built into nature is a bad idea. Because their so-called "improved" concentrated-starch potatoes proved toxic to arthritis sufferers.
Are you at your wits end? Try the Emergency Recipes (see above links)
Note: chocolate cake, with sweet drinks once helped me after a plane trip
when liquids, veggies, bran, senna tea (you name it) did NOT help.
It seems that sweet-chocolate worked the trick. Also, you might try:
Spearmint candies, Starburst fruity candies, or fruit rollups with warm water
I don't advise Magnesium Citrate Liquid. It gave me diarrhea spurts all day.
It's just a "glorified" mimic of sour-orange-juice mixed with saccharin!
WARNING: ABOVE LIST IS INTENDED FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY
BECAUSE THEY'RE ACID-FORMING, AND THUS TO BE MINIMIZED!
Now, for those of you who aren't yet at their wit's end J
First, I'll list the magic stuff which helps my constipation (in brief)
Then, I'll list stuff which aggravates my constipation (in brief)
Then, I'll go into more details.
What helps my constipation?
With nutritious meals, I include "magic" elements from this list:
What causes me constipation?
Rules of Thumb: Chew food well with saliva. Avoid large meals,
stress, chewing gum, seltzer, nuts & dry/chalky/bland/dense foods
Too much sweets is not good either, and can cause acid reaction
Chinese medicine aims for balance of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent
When taking calcium, balance it with magnesium-citrate & Vitamin D3
After meals, relax a bit, then take brisk walk, or cook, or vacuum etc.
After meals, recline on your left side (not right side), to aid digestion
When sitting on toilet seat, bend forward (with head between knees)
Another option to try: Lift toilet seat & sit on toilet rim, hunched over
YES to adding oil/gel/mayo/cream to lubricate meals
YES to drinking non-acidic drinks such as decaf spearmint-tea with cake/cookies
NO to drinking acidic drinks or tart-tea with cake/cookies, or eating too-vinegary pasta
NO to drinking ice-water during substantial meals (yes warm drinks / nectars / decaf herbals)
SO-SO to nuts & plastic-textured skins (read further)
Do you have a child suffering with constipation? Here's some tips:
Fruit rollup snacks might help. BUT brush teeth well afterward!
Also note this should not be steady, merely for emergencies...
Breakfast: Try mixing 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp lemon juice & 1 tsp canola oil
Into 4 oz. of vanilla yogurt. Mix well, slice in banana, & give to child.
Then give him/her fudge grahams with sweet hot cocoa
(for a more detailed recipe, see my Emergency Recipes below)
Don't give child plain, bland milk, or plain hard cheese.
Rather, add sweet cereal, or tomato & whole-wheat bread respectively.
I used to hate being pumped with milk as a child. I remember insisting
that my mom warm the milk, whereupon I forced it down warm.
Again, REMEMBER! Make sure to brush child's teeth well afterward
And ALSO! Please do not overdo the sweets! For emergency only...
ALSO: Here's some flexible latitude on "no-no" foods:
My Food Combination Chart (or back to top)
Some Related Tips & Some "Not-So-Related" TriviaMINERAL OIL MINISTRATION
For babies' constipation: If yucky gook remains stuck inside there, smear a finger liberally with mineral oil, and stick the finger far enough inside to spur the stuff to eject.
HEARTBURN / HIATUS HERNIA HELP
I have heartburn (officially called GERD - gastro esophagul reflux, often caused by hiatus hernia) which causes burny acid to back up my gullet when I'm lying down. Here's a tip I once read which never fails to help:
When lying in bed, instead of facing to the left, I turn over and lie on left side facing toward the RIGHT.
Strong foods such as too much vinegar, vinegary starch (pasta/potato salads), paprika, raw garlic, raw onions, peppermint candy, peppermint tea can cause me acid reflux and even allergies.
Note: Decaf spearmint tea is more mild, therefore good for me. Also, mildly vinegary, onion-free veggie salads with oil are O.K., though note that I recently realized that even the lite version of olive oil can be irritating to me
MOUTH SORES/ TONGUE SORES / SORE THROAT
Are you the type (like me) to be prone to dry mouth, mouth sores and sore throat? Try yogurt, or peach yogurt - it helps rejuvenate my mouth moisture and buffer irritants better than anything I've tried to date. Licorice-root tea/extract and a combo of mullein/mallow tea should also help. Also, I find that smearing Sensodyne on the tongue sores can give me temporary relief. I've also read about someone helped by opening a Vitamin-E oil capsule & smearing it on. Biotene products are good for dry mouth. As for foods to avoid? Try avoiding salty chips, or barbeque chips. Also, you may want to think twice before taking products that are too-lemony. Even lemon-cake with too much lemon extract added has caused me mouth sores, as has kiwi & raw-pineapple. Also, to avoid a long-lasting sore throat (& cold), think twice before taking products containing raw onions such as oniony-salads & herring, or raw garlic such as garlicky pickles; also avoid combining lemon with garlic-powder to season anything, since the lemon can cause the garlic-irritant to become more potent, and can trigger a bad sore-throat & cold. (Yogurt, mayonnaise, oil, creams and eggs have the effect of buffering the potency of foods such as spices, lemon, dark-chocolate & black-tea.) Also avoid potent menthol products such as red&white-striped peppermint candies, or mint jelly that contains potent mint-oil, but plain spearmint is OK, as it's not as potent as spearmint-oil. Note too, that hot water intensifies the potency of already-potent foods. For example, when I crush GABA, and mix it into warm-hot water, that really intensifies its relaxing effects.
Finally, here's an excellent Mouth Sore Site and also My Site For Heavy Bleeding & Sores.
The Three "T"s of Taste, Texture & Temperature need to be taken into constant consideration. Some examples:
Some more personal trivia...
For years, I've been following the rules. Y'know the spiel: "By all means avoid too much sugar, stick to leafy greens, protein, fruit, ad nauseum..." Yet with all that, I suffered IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and constipation. And I STILL DO to some extent. However, I have found that this is the best format which helps me avoid constipation: And that's x (besides avoiding too-much carbonated drinks, or chewing-gum which create gas pockets), x I make sure to eat sufficient sweet stuff, not discounting choco-chip or fudge cookies, sweet-crunchy breakfast cereal, or the like - not too many sweets or one's system can become acid. The ideal is to have an alkaline system x I also make sure to eat meals which are not dry, rather moistened. For example, I always make instant potatoes with MORE rather than less water, and I always make sure to add a lubricant to it such as oil or marg. x I never take seeded-cukes or watermelon on an empty stomach ('twould create air-bubbles just as soda & gum does). x I make sure to mix cukes with sour-cream/cottage, or oil & sprinkle on some salt x I also use sour-cream/cottage to buffer acidic fruit such as oranges. Speak of acidic fruit, both pineapple and kiwi, as well as citrus, cause me to get sores on my tongue, acne, and genital soreness. x I try avoiding acidic citrus drinks, and if I do take citrus-drinks it's only diluted & only w/protein meals such as chicken, tuna, eggs or cheese (see author Richard Israel, who i.m.o. makes the most sense). x I also try avoiding apple on an empty stomach, because it can have an abrasive effect on my stomach lining. It can also cause heartburn (see Food Combo chart) x I try avoiding cold water during substantial meals, rather sticking to warm-drinks, or room-temp. x IF EATING CAKE, the drink should be sweet or bitter-sweet, but not acidic. Most preferable & healthy is decaf herbal tea, such as spearmint, licorice, mullein, slippery elm, etc. IF EATING PROTEIN, the drink can be mildly sour, or sweet 'n sour. But ice-water during large, sedentary meal is bad news. x I'd also try avoiding NUTS & PLASTIC-TEXTURED SKINS. For example, whenever I eat pepper or tomato, I try to peel them as best as I can (despite the difficulty in peeling them). I also peel cukes, apples & plums. As for peaches, grapes & grape tomatoes? What the heck, I don't bother peeling those. NUTS are the worst offenders i.m.o. unless perhaps they're baked inside oatmeal cookies, etc. or else eaten together with salad and sweetened-dressing. Even Babe Ruth or peanut brittle is better than plain, chalky peanuts, since the sugar in the former aids digestion. I think it's the dry, calcium-texture of nuts that causes them to dry the stools.
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Footnote... here's a post I saw from someone else that somewhat jives with mine. (Just so you read more than one opinion)Re: Some ideas for how to break the vicious cycle of constipation
by rdhart (WebMD), 10/28/99 07:56:54
Hi everyone. I don't usually reply, I'm a reader! But I just couldn't pass this one by.
First, I have a son, 16, one on the way,& have been a daycare worker for many years. So, while I'm not a doctor, I have a lot of experience & have seen what works & what doesn't.
To get to the constipation topic, something that nobody has mentioned is that if you are going to use bran in a child's diet, or even an adults, to alleviate constipation, it won't do a bit of good unless the child drinks AT LEAST 6, eight ounce GLASSES of water a day. (NOT 8 ounces of water a day, as someone suggested!) This doen't include juices or milk. Bran can actually CAUSE constipation without the proper amount of water in the diet. Bran works by absorbing moisture in the intestines & adding that moisture to the bulk (poop). Mineral oil is not the only oil that can be used to lubricate the intestines. Have you ever tried to get a mouthful down? YUK!!! Why not try using other types oil more liberally in the diet of the child?
Most health conscious adults unknowingly cause constipation in their children because they have eliminated most of the fats in their diet. While this is neccessary for most adults, children need a certain amount of fat in their diet. Their little bodies are NOT the same as an adults.
If there is a problem with a dairy intolerence, which by the way is the most common cause of childhood chronic constipation, don't use butter or margarine. Use more healthy oils, like canola or extra virgin olive oil. Use them in place of butter to scramble an egg or saute those veggies.
Dairy products should be suspect first thing if your child has chronic constipation. Remove ALL dairy, (cow's milk), products from the diet for AT LEAST ONE MONTH. It can take this long for the body to adjust & for the child to learn to stop "holding it in" due to pain. Another area over looked, is that not all sweets are harmful to a child. In fact, sweets can aid in eliminating constipation. Use "natural" sugars every day. Applesauce, even the sweetened kind, will not harm a child, in moderation. Afterall, in infants, one of the "cures" for constipation is a few ounces of "sugar water" in the bottle.
Above all, avoid the following foods that are prescribed for loose bowel movements: BANANAS SPINACH RICE & TOAST to name a few.
[INTERRUPTION BY ME: I disagree with rdhart. First of all, I think that spinach, rice & toast are OK when given with proper combinations of accompanying foods. Secondly, I personally find even lite olive oil to be irritating, let alone virgin - I'm just raising a red flag for ultra-sensitive people. Thirdly, I don't see why bananas should be bad, because they're sweet & gel-like. I once read that they have both properties, helping for diarhea and constipation. Here is my recipe for children's constipation.]
[continuation of rdhart]: Also, the last thing to consider is, "Is my child getting TOO MUCH IRON?". Don't forget, iron is constipating. Avoid foods high in iron for a short time. Watch that multivitamin too. Try eliminating it or switching to one with a lower iron content, just for a short time.
Yes children need iron, however they also need to eliminate the waste in their bodies so they don't re-absorb the toxins that need to be eliminated. Reducing iron intake until the child's bowel problems clear up will not cause long term problems.
Use common sense. Yes prune juice may work, but it is high in iron & can cause cramping & very loose movements which can then be another problem in itself. You can get the child in a cycle of hard stool, watery stool, hard stool, etc.
And above all, keep in touch with your pediatrician, but don't rule out some of the natural remedies that your Mom or Grandmom may have used. While some of them are clearly outdated, others are full of common sense and work if modified to fit what we know today about good health & nutrition
FOR BEST RESULTS, THESE "EMERGENCY" RECIPES SHOULD BE PRECEDED BY:
Drinking one to two cups of boiled distilled water (NOT scalding)
AND FOLLOWED BY:
Note: These recipes give non-instant results, but less cramps compared to commercial "instant relief".
FUDGE-GRAHAM EMERGENCY RECIPE
(Expect results - but not instant results!)
Preferably first thing in morning, drink hot water, then eat:
TRY THIS "GOO-GONE" EMERGENCY RECIPE (non-dairy)
1 tsp sugar
FOLLOW THE ABOVE WITH:
CHEW THOROUGHLY & EAT THEM WITH:
Honey-sweetened warm water
OR Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic Tea (but not peppermint tea) OR Celestial Cherry-Berry tea, Celestial Amond Sunset Tea, or Licorice tea OR mullein tea OR try other non-citrus tea (not too potent)
CHILD CONSTIPATION BREAKFAST RECIPE
(If this results in diarrhea, try eliminating some of the sweet stuff. Experiment to see what's best.)
1 tsp sugar
FOLLOW THAT WITH:
Two fudge grahams OR brownies/choco cake
The following breakfast recipe caused me slight diarrhea, but I think it sorta cleaned me out:
4 oz. strawberry yogurt (mixed with some sour cream)
...AND FOR LUNCH OR DINNER, TRY THIS:
...AND FOR AN EASY DELICIOUS DESSERT, TRY THIS:
...AND FOR LUNCH OR DINNER, TRY THIS:
...AND FOR AN EASY DELICIOUS DESSERT, TRY THIS:
Anyone who has a good emergency recipe that works for their constipation, may contact me and I may add it to this list. Please include pen name you wish displayed with recipe (& if you'd like your email address displayed, you may include that too.)
HI SALVATION AMY:
ANOTHER READER CONTRIBUTION:
My constipation salvation recipe is beets – lots of red beets, does it for me every time. I always make fresh, so I’m not sure if canned would have the same effect.
To cook beets:
I usually slice or chop the beets and eat them with salad dressing. My favorite dressing recipe uses Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, a pinch of sugar & salt, a healthy dose of black pepper and fresh dill.
Thanks for the site!
Based on my experiences with pain, I discovered that:
MY THEORY RE: SECONDARY CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA PAIN
Some computer monitors, especially when new, can contain toxic flame retardant chemicals that off-gas over time and create toxic dust that, when inhaled, can cause me a multitude of symptoms. This is borne out by the findings of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. It's worse when viewed in poorly ventilated rooms. I also speculate that brighter screens may be worse, because maybe the heat generated from the brighter light can cause more off-gasing of the PBDE flame retardants. These are the symptoms I get from many newer monitors: Dizziness, migraine, muscle & tooth pain, accelerated metabolism, and urethral bleeding. NOTE: Some monitors are better than others. I've been in contact with some photosensitives who find Thinkpads less problematic, but frankly, I now think the crux of the issue is the PBDEs more than photosensitivity. I think the issues of "electromagnetic field sensitivity" and "photosensitivity" may be lesser issues than the PBDE issue.
Sitting for long stretches of time without stretching & exercising legs, have caused me prolonged pain for days in my thigh joints, and also lately in my knee. I suspect it's because my unabsorbed calcium crystals (or calcium-phosphates) collect in those joints. I suspect I have alot of fat & calcium clogging my bloodstream causing poor circulation (research Sarcopenia). Or it may be trapped energy, from my hyperactive nerves, that's causing the pain and wearing out my body tissues, just as some kundalini experimenters find.
Certain SATURATED DAIRY-FAT foods, and perhaps also SATURATED NON-DAIRY-FAT foods, cause me prolonged muscle pain for days after eating them. Among the former foods are: Ice-Cream, pizza, & milk-chocolate bars. I suspect it may be because the calcium-plus-fat combination causes blockage of blood flow to muscles. Perhaps saturated non-dairy fat also causes blockage. Note, too, that oily concentrated starches, such as potato chips, or oily onion rolls, cause me pain. Dense/starchy potatoes, especially if combined with oil (rather than water-logged) cause me pain. Licorice twists eaten excessively also cause me pain (note that it contains starch). Licorice also contains corn syrup which causes my muscle (and tooth) pain to flare - I'm wary of stuff with corn syrup listed among ingredients. And sometimes concentrated cereals, especially the ones which have dry milk in the ingredients, such as Quaker Honey Graham cereal - cause me pain.
You can experiment by seeing if any of these cause you pain, by experimenting with each of them approx. a week:
For those fibromyalgics who don't mind browsing thru "medicalese", here are some informative links including cutting-edge PHOSPHOCITRATES research by Dr. Cheung, which sounds very promising in actually preventing (if not curing) calcification of joints:
Intelihealth: Hypercalcemia Can Predispose to the Development of CPPD
Pubmed: Phosphocitrate as strategy for crystal deposition disease
Pubmed: Phosphocitrate blocks calcification of cartilage
Pubmed: High bone turnover in fibromyalgia
Pubmed: Calcium & Disease
Dr. Kingsley: tartar-control for joints - ANK gene
The issue of EMF sensitivity (and photosensitivity?) to computer monitors and TV's may be a decoy, distracting from the worse issue as follows: Some computer monitors, especially when new, can contain toxic flame retardant chemicals that off-gas over time and create toxic dust that, when inhaled, can cause a multitude of symptoms, according to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and there's also a lawsuit in progress against Sharp Corp. with the object of the lawsuit being a TV which caused a guy's health to deteriorate. It's worse when viewed in poorly ventilated rooms. I also speculate that brighter screens may be worse, because maybe the heat generated from the brighter light can cause more off-gasing of the PBDE flame retardants? It's something to consider. Anyway, these are the symptoms I get from many newer monitors (no matter whether CRT or LCD): Dizziness, migraine, muscle & tooth pain, accelerated metabolism, and urethral bleeding. NOTE: Some monitors are better than others. I've been in contact with some photosensitives who find Thinkpads less problematic, but frankly, I now think the crux of the issue is the PBDEs more than photosensitivity. I think the issues of "electromagnetic field sensitivity" and "photosensitivity" may be the more minor ones as compared to the PBDE issue.
ELECTROSENSITIVE TO YOUR COMPUTER MONITOR? CONSIDER THIS:
I have suffered noisy joints since my teens. The "official" line has always been that it's perfectly "normal" to have noisy joints. Well, never for one minute did I believe their ridiculous jargon. For one thing, I knew I was most limber as a child and during that period my joints didn't crack. In my teens, with the onset of various other health problems, that's when my joints began cracking. I also noticed that most peoples' joints did not make noise, but were rather rubbery and limber (including some exceptionally flexible people who are capable of voluntarily cracking their knuckles). Also, it's quite obvious that chronically ill geriatrics often have creaky joints. And finally, the strongest proof I have, is that the toes on my left foot snap-crackle-pop upon flexing them, but not the toes on my right foot. And guess what? My left big-toes periodically swell painfully, but my QUIET-JOINTED RIGHT-TOES DO NOT SWELL.
DO YOU HAVE CREAKY, CRACKING, NOISY JOINTS? CONSIDER THIS:
HEALTH LINKS:Computer Monitor Pain
Harold Kristal, DDS - Calcium is not indicated for Oxidative Alkaline people
Calcium Needs to be Given Judiciously
Dr. Dean Re: Calcium Supplements
How Body Rots & Rusts
How Body Acid Displaces Minerals
Parasite Cleanse Useless Until Metals Removed
Digital Naturopath Re: Liver Detox
Digital Naturopath Coffee Enema
Food Properties (Chinese Medicine)
Warm Water + Exercise Activates Intestines, Kidneys, Liver
Garden of Life Products
Liquid Calcium/Magnesium (If you're calcium tolerant)
HypoAllergenic Vitamin C (If you're acid tolerant)
Vitamin C & Sulfur Intolerance Can Be Caused By Copper Deficiency
Facts On Various Oils (Note that some people are intolerant of virgin oil despite hype)
Frequency Machines Testimonial
Progesterone For Interstitial Cystitis?
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