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Posted by: meribelle, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:40am
I am an O and I usually eat "correctly". But I have an ongoing problem with constipation.  I am drinking more water, and yesterday I started 1  tablespoon of milled flax seed and 1 tablespoon of ground walnuts in applesauce morning and night.  I eat several portions of raw vegetables and fruits a day, and I eat prunes.  I try to walk on the walking machine a little bit each day, but I am not faithful on a daitly basis.  I do not like this feeling of being "stopped up".  In my life before E4YBT I snacked on Fiber One cereal and it helped, but I do not eat wheat now, so that is out.  I would appreciate anyone's advice.  Thanks, meribelle
Posted by: mikeo, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 1:12pm; Reply: 1
R U eating enough beneficial red meat per day?. I would up the exercising and maybe you have a sluggish stomach...try fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning in warm water or fresh grapefruit juice 20 minutes before breakfast...should help push things along.

Drink water on an empty stomach and try to drink at least 2 litres a day.

Try eating your vegies lightly steamed instead of raw

try sitting on the toilet the same time every day regardless if you feel the need to or not...after a few days your body will get into a rythym and will decide to comply.

If all else fails try supplementing with Arabinogalactans

http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/BTstore/BTSstore.pl?user_action=detail&catalogno=NP001
Posted by: 230 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 1:22pm; Reply: 2
Add olive oil to oatmeal, smoothies, anything you can put a small spoonful in eat and you should notice a difference. It has worked miracles for me. I have become regular due to the wonderful works of Olive Oil. Good luck, I have strulggled with this problem for years.
Posted by: Suzanne, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 1:47pm; Reply: 3
Meribelle,
Reading your post is exactly like reading my own thoughts when I started the BTD.  This is what worked for me.

http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/h/archives/00000037.htm
Posted by: risingcelt (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 2:57pm; Reply: 4
Meribelle:

Regular, vigorous exercise stimulates type O bodies to work well.  We also need plenty of water every day.   Also, try that lemon juice idea.  I use 1Tbs. in an 8oz glass of warm water(not hot) in the morning.  It stimulates the liver and bowels.  It also is a wonderful remedy for morning phlem, colds or allergies (I call it morning "yuck").  You can get a 16oz bottle made by Santa Cruz, on the juice isle (not refrigerated)in a store such as Whole Foods for about 3 bucks.
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 4:05pm; Reply: 5
okay, now you all are making me a little confused..........why have at least a couple of people suggested she use lemon water in the mornings when she is an O? Thought that only worked w/ A's. ?????
Healthnut, do you use olive oil FOR regular BM's or is it just a regular part of your daily meals and it seems to help in that dept?
mikeo, how many of the ARA6 (LARCH) would you suggest a day? I have had an ongoing problem w/ this since Jan 7th basically.   I just started some Paraherb and am hoping it will get things moving as well. meribelle, I can let you know if this works, if you'd like. Killing 2 birds w/ one stone works for me, if it works.  ;)   Also, wanted to say welcome to BTD and the board!!
Posted by: ruth (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 4:55pm; Reply: 6
I also have had LOTS of experience with constipation! From everyone's responses thus far, you can probably determine that you'll have to experiment with different things and find the answer that works best for you. The  lemon water works great for everyone, no matter the blood type. I've had good luck with a psyllium supplement and polyflora. Exercising and water consumption are very important. You also may want to cut back on carbs. I'm a nonnie though, so maybe that's just me. I've also found it helpful to not drink any fluids one hour before I eat a meal and wait about 2 hrs after a meal. Ground flax seeds soaked in hot water have helped me, too. Constipation has been my chronic condition for over 20 years but now I have no problems. Each morning in the bathroom I bless Dr. D! Keep experimenting and good luck.
Posted by: Draginvry, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 5:00pm; Reply: 7
I'll have to agree on the olive oil thing.  Beneficial fats typically have laxative effects.

I've always solved my constipation by fasting, but that can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
Posted by: 903 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 5:14pm; Reply: 8
I too have had this problem all of my life and it was one of my first questions on the board. I like Suzanne's solution and have been meaning to get some rice bran to see how it works for me. Don suggested I try whole flax seeds soaked in water overnight (2-3 Tbsp). This works like a charm. In the morning I squeeze a lemon into it (and various amino acids to assist my detoxification), but the whole flax is the key -- not ground. I also supplement with 1.2-1.5 grams of Mg (amino chelates) a day and take this at night since it help relax me too. Of course, if you don't drink enough water it will be difficult no matter what else you do!
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 5:21pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from ruth
I've had good luck with a psyllium supplement ...

You also may want to cut back on carbs. I'm a nonnie though, so maybe that's just me.

Psyllium is considered harsh and not recommended for type O.  I also should add that I have read that where and how psyllium is grown that it is probably not a very chemically clean item to eat, unless you can find an organic product.

To be more specific I think many type O find grains carbs to cause trouble. Vegetable or fruit carbs are probably beneficial.

Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 5:42pm; Reply: 10
I forgot to mention that Triphala is good, for occasional use to help clear the bowels. I don't think it would be appropriate to use all the time.

It is mentioned in the Encyclopedia version of the Detoxification Protocols as a general recommendation useable by all groups.
Posted by: ruth (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 5:59pm; Reply: 11
Don,
Thanks - I didn't know about psyllium being too harsh for Os. I rarely take it since my problem is rare. Next time I'll stick with flax seeds.
Ruth
Posted by: Draginvry, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:10pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from JK
Don suggested I try whole flax seeds soaked in water overnight (2-3 Tbsp). This works like a charm.


Genius.

Not only are whole flax seeds full of beneficial fats, but they are difficult to digest, causing movement through the system.
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:13pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from ruth
I didn't know about psyllium being too harsh for Os. I rarely take it since my problem is rare. Next time I'll stick with flax seeds.


If you search the main website you will find that Dr. D and Heidi mentioned that psyllium isn't recommended for Os, at least on a regular basis.

http://www.dadamo.com/forum/convert1/config.pl?read=586
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/convert1/config.pl?read=712
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:18pm; Reply: 14
It is interesting that I find that using soaked whole flaxseed sort of moves my bowels towards constipation. When I first tried using soaked whole flaxseed the effect was very pronounced. Now its effect is more subtle.

This may just be another example of individuality. ;)
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:31pm; Reply: 15
Sorry I guess I got lost....so soaked flax seeds should work for O's or not?  I'm struggling with the same thing.
Do I soak and then grind the flax seeds?  Or grind then soak them?
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:34pm; Reply: 16
Sounds to me like, yes, they are fine for O's.   Soak whole and eat whole is how I took it. Sure someone will let us know if that is right or wrong. I need to know also. :-)
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:46pm; Reply: 17
You can:

Soak the whole flaxseeds overnight, or similar length of time, and then consume. This way the flaxseeds probably serve as 100% insoluble fiber.
or
Grind the flaxseeds then soak them for several minutes before consuming. This way your body has access to the internal nutrients of the flaxseeds and will yield about 50/50% soluble/insoluble fiber plus some protein and EFAs.

I find my body responds differently to the two methods. You may need to experiement to find what your body needs and which you prefer.

Flaxseeds are OK for all blood types: http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/typeindexer.htm
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 7:15pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from VeryGnawty
  they are difficult to digest, causing movement through the system.


Hey, did you change your screen name?  :-)
When you said the above re: whole flax seed, you meant that in a good way, right?
If this is the case, it might explain why when my brother was really constipated and ate a ton of shelled sunflower seeds, it moved him.

Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 7:57pm; Reply: 19
From the book “The Omega-3 Connection” by Andrew L. Stoll, M.D., it recommends not consuming more than 2 to 3 Tbsp. of flaxseed or flaxmeal per day because the seed husks contain naturally occurring cyanogenic nitrates and linamarin, which can be toxic in higher doses.  The cyanogenic nitrates interfere with the thyroid gland’s ability to take up iodine and may lead to goiter or other thyroid problems.

Immature seeds contain higher amounts of cyanogenic nitrates and glucosides and are more dangerous. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which have mild estrogenic, antiestrogenic, and steroidlike activity. These problems are not present with flaxseed oil.

The reported estrogenic and antiestrogenic activity makes me wonder if ground flaxseed is better for men or women, or if it is OK for both? Hopefully the Genotype Diet book will answer that question.
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 7:59pm; Reply: 20
I take flax oil as well....do you think I should not use the oil if I'm using the seeds?  Would that be over doing it?
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 8:13pm; Reply: 21
I use both flaxseed and some flax oil. Does that answer your question?

They really are substantially 2 different things.  Notice they are listed in 2 different BTD categories.

A couple of tbsp. of flaxseed just don't have that much flaxseed oil.
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 8:26pm; Reply: 22
Awsome thanks!  I'm so glad you're here to help.
Posted by: 903 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2006, 10:22pm; Reply: 23
I have recently been wondering if whole sesame seeds might produce the same effect for me that the whole flax does.  I have been using the flax so long now, I'd like to test whether I have developed an intolerance to it (I was also using some ground flax on my salads, along with flax oil, and snacking on flax crisps...). I have estrogen dominance issues too. Definitely over the recommended 2-3 Tbsp flax/day. Yup, time to test sesame seeds.
Posted by: meribelle, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 10:35pm; Reply: 24
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.  I get the impression that mixing the ground flax seed into applesauce is not a good solution.  I guess I will go soak some in water and take it in the morning.  This is not a "fun" problem.  meribelle
Posted by: meribelle, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:26pm; Reply: 25
I have been thinking about olive oil.....I cook with it several nights a week.  Does that count?  I guess not because I still have the problem. Some how it is hard to imagine swallowing a spoonful of olive oil..  meribelle
Posted by: mhameline, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:32pm; Reply: 26
try drizzling the olive oil on your salads or other veggies with some lemon juice - delish if you ask me:)
Posted by: Connect, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:46pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from ironwood55


Immature seeds contain higher amounts of cyanogenic nitrates and glucosides and are more dangerous. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which have mild estrogenic, antiestrogenic, and steroidlike activity. These problems are not present with flaxseed oil.



Does this mean that flaxseed oil does not assert an estrogenic effect?
Posted by: Don, Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:46pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from meribelle
I get the impression that mixing the ground flax seed into applesauce is not a good solution.


That is probably OK as long as you drink plenty of water, since the dry flaxseed is going to pull water from your system.

I think soaking the flaxseed first is probably a better way because then it doesn't have to pull water from your system.

Posted by: Don, Friday, February 10, 2006, 12:08am; Reply: 29
Quoted from ironwood55
...recommends not consuming more than 2 to 3 Tbsp. of flaxseed or flaxmeal per day because the seed husks contain naturally occurring cyanogenic nitrates and linamarin, which can be toxic in higher doses.


I forgot to mention that I have wondered for a long time if the overnight soaking of the flaxseeds, the beginning stage of sprouting, possibly rids the flaxseed mixture of the unwanted compounds?

Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 10, 2006, 1:17am; Reply: 30
My ground flax seeds have been soaking for 2 hours in water.  They look frightening.   What do I do with the liquid in the morning?  Drink it straight?
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 10, 2006, 1:50am; Reply: 31
I wouldn't soak ground flaxseed overnight, although it may be OK it certainly is not necessary.

The last few months I also have been adding a tbsp of lecithin and maybe some flaxseed oil. I drink the glop. Others like to add other things to it, like chopped nuts, fruit, etc and make it more like porridge.

The overnight soaking is for whole flaxseeds.
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 10, 2006, 1:58am; Reply: 32
Well, I used to think drinking Metamucil was scarey.  This will really be an adventure.  Guess I should eat/drink it now, since they have been melting away for several hours.  meribelle
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 10, 2006, 2:49am; Reply: 33
Mikes suggestion is less 'scary'......
add two tbsp of ground flax to a cup of lukewarm water, mix and drink before going to bed.

also a magnesium sup is a great help!
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 10, 2006, 2:54am; Reply: 34
That might be better.  It was like brown slime when I drank it.  But was able to drink about two thirds of it.  I really appreciate everyone's suggestions.  This is great!!  meribelle
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 10, 2006, 1:02pm; Reply: 35
meribelle, I am going to again suggest a parasite cleanse. I have been taking Paraherbs for just a couple of days and am seeing results already. I have been taking nothing else to "help things along".  I am not having any diahhrea, just movement. I tried Swiss Kriss............got movement (M), but diahhrea (D) right after. Same w/ Ex-Lax.  THIS, M followed by D,  is not what I am looking for in the way of "help"  :-)
 Here is the link to this product, so you can check out the ingredients and be sure that nothing will conflict w/ any meds or other supps or health conditions you may have, if you would choose to try this:
 http://www.michaelshealth.com/products.asp?id=76

My sister-in-law tried this and found it flared up her arthritis, big time. Of course, she didn't tell the gal about her health conditions, as I had strongly advised her to do. She has a lot more health issues than arthritis, so I can't really be sure what brought the problem on, but she tends to think it was this. Just wanted you to have all the facts. :-)
Good luck.  I'm struggling right along beside you.   ;)  Dang antibiotics. That's when the trouble started, despite the fact I was taking probiotics. Guess I just wasn't taking enough. Well, apparently, I wasn't taking enough. :'(
Posted by: 903 (Guest), Friday, February 10, 2006, 3:44pm; Reply: 36
Well, sesame seeds are not going to be a substitute for flax since they are listed as Neutral infrequent use in both the Allergy and Fatigue Health Library books. I'll have to settle for not using ground flax or flax oil and just stick to the whole soaked seeds. The intolerance testing is a no go for flax!
Posted by: resting, Friday, February 10, 2006, 4:02pm; Reply: 37
Hi Judi,

you might not find much help in sesame seeds but it may be in hemp hearts http://www.healing-source.com/

John
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 10, 2006, 5:43pm; Reply: 38
Quote from article:
"More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food. "
This is a pretty powerful statement.  Do you use this? I'm not discounting that hemp hearts are not a good food, I was just surprised to see that statement.
It does sound like a super food and I may order some. I wonder, can you grind it up?
It does seem like a perfect food where the Omega 3 & 6 ratios are concerned.
This would be great to use if it truly cuts out the desire for starches and sweets. Thanks for the link


Posted by: 903 (Guest), Friday, February 10, 2006, 5:55pm; Reply: 39
Hemp seeds have not been tested for BTD compliancy as far as I know, but the good dr did write up something about hemp oil, and I recall it was an avoid for Os. I'll see if I can find it.

Here we go:  http://www.dadamo.com/ask/ask2.pl?20050712.txt
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 10, 2006, 6:29pm; Reply: 40
okay, that's for the oil. how 'bout the hearts? Would they be ok?
Posted by: 903 (Guest), Friday, February 10, 2006, 8:55pm; Reply: 41
I don't know about the shelled seeds. I do have some in the fridge and was using them pretty consistently on my salads for a couple months. Then I stopped so I could test my reaction to them when I reintroduced them. My gut feeling is that they do not sit well with me (punny, huh?), but I will know more when I do the actual test (having sensitized myself to them). John is right in that they look like a great food.
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, February 11, 2006, 2:22pm; Reply: 42
Quoted from JK
I don't know about the shelled seeds. I do have some in the fridge and was using them pretty consistently on my salads for a couple months. Then I stopped so I could test my reaction to them when I reintroduced them. My gut feeling is that they do not sit well with me (punny, huh?), but I will know more when I do the actual test (having sensitized myself to them). John is right in that they look like a great food.


Oh, oh, I hope this ain't so...........  :'(   ;D
Posted by: meribelle, Saturday, February 11, 2006, 5:31pm; Reply: 43
Well, I just returned from the health food store with golden flax seeds, and plain flax seeds.  Does any one know the difference aside from the color and the price and the taste?  I have discovered that they are not so bad to eat when mixed into a paste with molasses.  As an O, I think I can have molasses.  

I also bought rice bran, which I plan on mixing in my applesauce, ground flax seed, ground walnut, creation.  It is really good.  I will let you guys know how it tastes when the rice bran is added.

I remember reading about eating whole flax seeds, but I can't remember anything specific except they are hard to pick up.  Yes, indeed, they are very small.  

It is a beautiful sunny day here in south Texas.

meribelle
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:17pm; Reply: 44
Just wanted to let whoever needs to know, that I just started a thread called Oxy-Powder. It's for cleaning the colon and for constipation. It looks like a good product, but wanted some opinions from the people here. :-)  The citric acid is even from fruit!!  ;D
Posted by: jeanb, Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:32pm; Reply: 45
Since I have a thyroid issue and estrogen can make one rather sluggish, I take 500 mg of magnesium a day.  Magnesium is required for normal muscle function and helps with bowel function.  Also found Vit C can really help with constipation.

I have found the adding of more fibre really hurts my bowels, but the magnesium doesn't create gas or diahrea.

Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 12:28am; Reply: 46
Is this magnesium, as in Milk of Magnesia?  I found that works for occasional problems.  I drank some whole flax seed water, but never had any results.  I guess maybe exercise is the answer.  I am drinking a lot of water.  Oh well, it is a mystery.
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 17, 2006, 12:48am; Reply: 47
Quoted from meribelle
I drank some whole flax seed water, but never had any results.

I assume you are talking about overnight soaked whole flaxseed. If so, I am curious, how long did you do this for, days, weeks, months, with no results?

Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 12:59am; Reply: 48
soaked them one day, drank them the next morning.  i expected a miracle.
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:16am; Reply: 49
Quoted from meribelle
soaked them one day, drank them the next morning.  i expected a miracle.


Soaked whole flaxseed don't work like fasting acting laxative. It is 100% insoluble fiber and over the long run if used daily it should help.

Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:19am; Reply: 50
meribelle,
it is plain magnesium you should be looking for.)
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:38am; Reply: 51
ah hah.  i never thought of daily.  that is a lot of bravery.  but on the other hand, it kind of slids down.  thanks.......
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:49am; Reply: 52
Quoted from meribelle
that is a lot of bravery.

??)

I enjoy either soaked whole or ground flaxseed every morning. Occasionally, for special reasons I will even take some later in the day.
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:53am; Reply: 53
I appreciate your encouragement.  Do you grind your own flax seed? We were discussing that at work today.  Do you know the difference in regular flax seed and the golden kind?  What happens if you drink whole flax seed without soaking?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 17, 2006, 2:54am; Reply: 54
I reckon it passes right through you, without any special benefit! )

it is preferable to chew your whole soaked flax seeds, also.

remember to drink your water during the day!
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:10am; Reply: 55
on the magnesium front.................the oxy-powder i posted about, is 400 mg. magnesium. i take it from some of the posts, that i could safely take one of those a day w/o diarrhea? could i take 2 and be safe, as long as i take my calcium? i forgot about the Vit C to help the bowels move!  Duhhhhhh!!!! thanks!
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:16am; Reply: 56
I grind a heaping tbsp of flaxseed every morning in a coffee grinder.

This FAQ has an answer to your question about the different colored flaxseeds: http://www.flaxcouncil.ca/faq.htm. The rest of that site has other good information too.

Using soaked whole flaxseed works totally different in my body then soaked ground flaxseed. If you don't grind the flaxseed first you won't get any of the nutritional benefit of the flaxseeds. However, that does not mean that using whole flaxseed is not a good idea. As I said they work differently so it depends on what you want and need. You need to try both methods and see how your body responds to each and then decide what you need to do. I sometimes use both forms.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:11am; Reply: 57
whenever I have whole soaked linseed, I make sure I chew them thoroughly!)
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 11:09am; Reply: 58
hmmmmmmmmmmm.  I thought I had to gulp down the whole flax seeds that were soaked. And I never thought to ask "how Many" flax seeds to soak.  Maybe I have been trying toooooo many!

Whatever, something needs to work!
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:32pm; Reply: 59
Quoted from meribelle
I thought I had to gulp down the whole flax seeds that were soaked. And I never thought to ask "how Many" flax seeds to soak.


I do just drink the whole flaxseed gel straight down.

I use a heaping tbsp of whole flaxseed at a time either left whole or ground up.

Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, February 17, 2006, 2:58pm; Reply: 60
If I weren't careful, I would have this problem, too.  I eat large amounts of fruit for breakfast by itself (food combination rule). I also eat large amounts of veggies with other meals.  I take magnesium to sleep & make the calcium absorb better, & that probably helps.  I avoid travel because that stops me up.  I admire those who can travel at the drop of a hat & never miss a beat in life.  I seem very healthy, but can't travel.  Maybe going to the state fair 200 miles away is OK, but I have no interest in going too far unless I am going to stay in a place with right food & bathroom facilities!!  Of course, I tell people "I'm a bad traveler" & that it throws my system off & affects sleep, but I don't say the main reason!  Why are we embarrased to discuss this with certain people?   I also think that 'core' exercises may help.  I've been doing these since Oct. '04 & I suspect the midsection motion helps.  But keep those fruits, veggies, & yes, olive oil, too!!
Sea Salt & Light,
Mrs "T" O+
Posted by: 1195 (Guest), Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:53pm; Reply: 61
I am finding that depending on my monthly cycle determines constipation or not. Some weeks I am regular and than the week before I seem to be constipated. Not a lot of change in the diet, just depending on what week of the month it is. Can any other female relate to this situation.

Also I hope to see Oprah this afternoon because she is suppose to introduce a diet to help women with bloating, irratiablity, and weight loss. East coast 4:00pm.
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 17, 2006, 7:03pm; Reply: 62
Quoted from Sassy
Also I hope to see Oprah this afternoon because she is suppose to introduce a diet to help women with bloating, irratiablity, and weight loss. East coast 4:00pm.


Please keep your eyes wide open  :o  when watching this. Take what you hear with a grain of salt and remember, once again, it is probably going to be a diet that is "one size fits all", unfortunately.

Quoted from Mrs T O+

I eat large amounts of fruit for breakfast by itself (food combination rule). I also eat large amounts of veggies with other meals.  I take magnesium to sleep & make the calcium absorb better, & that probably helps.


This is something that puzzles me where I'm concerned. I eat lots of fruit and veggies, but still constipated. I'm wondering if I need to give up the fruit, that it is causing a candida problem. Need to do the spit test in the morning if I don't forget.
I am bad about taking my calcium/mag every night, so I must get on the ball w/ this!
The only thing, besides laxatives, that moves me is coffee. Against my better judgement, yes, I indulged and yes, success.  I know I shouldn't have coffee and I really shouldn't, as I have weak adrenals, yet I feel for this moment it is what I have to do. I am still going to try the mag/oxy stuff, but have to travel (Mrs T O+ - maybe I should tell them I can't because..........ya know) 4 hours tonight and 4 hours back on Sunday to help move my mom and 2 sisters. Don't want to be caught in between exits w/ a sudden urge if I use the mag/oxy stuff right now. Will leave the coffee alone too as long as I have one BM a day, for this weekend. I would love more than anything to stay home, yet I feel obligated to go.
Posted by: 178 (Guest), Friday, February 17, 2006, 7:46pm; Reply: 63
I, too, usually have success with two tablespoons full of ground flaxseed a day. I soak it in a glass of pineapple juice as part of my breakfast - my breakfast gloop, as my hubby calls it. I add two tablespoons of nutritional yeast before I eat it. I really like the taste.

There are occassions, however, when I do not have a BM. Usually it is when I have had an avoid and/or am stressed. Wheat and potatoes are the worst culprits for me - if I have wheat my digestive system seems to freeze and nothing moves on through. I've noticed also that grains generally, even rice, slow me down.

Bananas too. Bananas and rice are both used to treat diarhhoea in India - my sister contracted a gastro-intestinal infection that resulted in copious and prolonged diarhhoea and the doctor she saw told her to eat lots of bananas and rice. She did and the diarhhoea stopped! She's an O too.

I also looked after some kittens once who were really ill with the runs. I fed them rice water (water taken out of a saucepan of boiling rice) and they recovered.

It might be good to look at your consumption of grains generally, potato and banana.
Posted by: jeanb, Friday, February 17, 2006, 11:07pm; Reply: 64
Sorry, I lost track of this thread, I just use a magnesium supplement.  Seems GNC (store)  supplements work the best for me.
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 17, 2006, 11:31pm; Reply: 65
"If I weren't careful, I would have this problem, too.  I eat large amounts of fruit for breakfast by itself (food combination rule)"

I have a question about the "Food Combination Rule" mentioned in another post.  I am not sure if it is proper to ask it on this thread about constipation, or if I should start another thread.  

Any way, please tell me more.

Also, what are "Core" exercises that help with constipation?
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 18, 2006, 12:08am; Reply: 66
pilates would be a core exercise, for example, it strengthens from deep inside, the core.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 12:16am; Reply: 67
OK, I'll try to remember the Qs I was asked since I am semi-literate & don't know how to do the thing where you quote someone else!
Core exercises are those that are for the mid-section mostly to strengthen the back & probably the abs, etc.  I do them with an exercise ball - recommmended by a chiropractor.  I wish I learned these earlier, but around my 57th birthday was the time I started.....
Food combinations are ways that food is supposed to be assimilated better & healthier.  The premise is that it is more toxic mixed up any old way.  Some believe in it & some don't.  In ER4YT (I think) Dr. D. doesn't seem to agree with combos.  Maybe he has a point that if you eat  BTD-style, things will also assimilate better.  I do some of both, especially eating the fruit alone.  I think the fiber situation with fruit works better alone, also.  Some feel they are allergic to a certain food, but when they combine it right or eat it aone, they don't get the allergic reaction.
The original or best known author of this topic was Herbert Shelton.  Look for him on Google.  His original organization was taken over by some others & his original works are preserved bya different organization.
Back to constipation--If I would eat a portion of white spaghetti or white rice, I would stop up.  So, even if many of you eat veggies & fruit, you may be eating even a moderate amount of refined food & it may be stopping you up.  My dad eats very well but often even eats a half a bagel or something like that & later has 'the problem' & probably doesn't understand that even that small amount can slow things up.  I have a lot of his heredity & boy, do I understand!
I got a good laugh from the one who has to travel.  I wish we weren't so sensitive.  But, we are Os & we Os are just like that!!!!  :)
Cheers!  Sea Salt & Light!
Mrs "T" O+
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 1:17am; Reply: 68
I've always understood a core exersize to involve the psoas muscle group.  The psoas (there are a pair; one on each side of the spine) is about the length and thickness of your forearm.  It originates up under the diaphram, travels along the spine in FRONT of it, down through the pelvic bowl, and attaches onto the lesser trochanter of the femur.  When you are standing and you bend your knee up to lift your leg/foot, you are activating that muscle.


Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 12:47pm; Reply: 69
Thanks to you guys for explaining for combo's and core exerciese.  In all of my 58 years on living I never thought about grains "stopping" me up.  Grains were always the "good guys".  I really truely belive you are right, and it is an eye opening thought.  For some unknown reason I always want to "eat the whole house" when I wake up, and this morning I had applesauce with ground flax, rice bran and walnuts.  That is a far cry from the oatmeal I wanted, but I remembered reading about grains causing constipation, so I reached for the fruit instead.( of course I cheated a little with yesterday's left over chili), but all in all, I did better than usual.

I tend to think that if combining food groups was important, Dr. D would have mentioned it in his book.  However, it is an interesting concept that I may look into today.  

I have decided to leave a bottle of water at my favorite stopping points around the house, and maybe I will drink more of it.

I wonder why O's seem to have the constipation problem.  Does anyone know?

And why do we say a "grasshopper" is a new person?  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 4:07pm; Reply: 70
"Grasshopper"

When I hear that term, I think of the television series starring David Caradine, about a Shou Lin (sp?) priest in the US, trying to escape his past in China.  His master teacher would call him "grasshopper" as a young student.

Although I've known about and followed BTD for a long time, I still consider myself a student, a "grasshopper."  I'm still learning about all there is to know, about how BT affects/ influences so many aspects of our body/health/life.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 8:13pm; Reply: 71
"food combining"?
http://www.dadamo.com/faq/smar.....415&id=988813483
..
Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 8:48pm; Reply: 72
Lola and all...
I tried to make a post and hit the wrong button a minute ago.  Sorry.  I tried the link for food combining and it was not successful.  Thanks anyway.
m
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 9:57pm; Reply: 73
right, doesn t work with me either!)
let me see what I can find.....
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, February 19, 2006, 9:59pm; Reply: 74
here:)
http://www.dadamo.com/ask/ask2.pl?20050626.txt
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Thursday, February 23, 2006, 12:51pm; Reply: 75
I've been off line for a few days, but realized that DAIRY is the worst offender for me in this regard.  I forgot that most folks get the opposite reaction from the dreaded dairy.  That was the main reason I kept off it for years, tho I still had the problem from other foods.  Maybe some of you are sensitive to dairy.  Years ago, a friend had the problem & I kept saying 'don't drink milk', but he persisited. Then one day he said 'I found the culprit' that it was dairy the he wasn't accesible to for some days.   I wish it was that easy for me!
Anyway about the grains someone wrote about.  It is refined grains.  Brown rice is good for the situation.  It makes a nice 'staple' to have around.
About food combinations, I also found that if I ate lots of meat & potatoes or meat & bread  together, it was worse, but if I ate those things separately, it was better!  
Cheerio!
Sea Salt & Light,
Mrs "T" O+
PS Even a small amount of dairy would bother me, so you Os who are hanging on to dairy, try getting off cold turkey & see if this helps!
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, February 24, 2006, 1:40pm; Reply: 76
I recently made a delicious mixture of chopped prunes, figs, ground flax, ground rice bran and some walnuts held together with real maple syrup.  It was very good and beneficial for the problem of constipation.  I enjoy reading other people's experiences and success with this problem.  I would never have know to make my mixture if I had not read some of your posts.   As for dairy, I don't eat much of it except mozzarella cheese occasionally.  I discovered soy yogurt and it is very good.  I do not know if that is considered dairy, but I do not eat it very much anyway.  I have not been eating as an O for the last few days, and I do not have my ususal energy.  It really makes a difference.  Have a good day, meribelle
Posted by: Alia Vo, Friday, March 24, 2006, 5:06pm; Reply: 77
Bump...

Alia
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, March 24, 2006, 6:01pm; Reply: 78
Which means?.........
Mrs "T" O+
Posted by: italybound, Friday, March 24, 2006, 6:14pm; Reply: 79
Alia Vo just bumped it back up to the top of the list so it'll get some more "action" and not get sent out into never never land. :-)
Posted by: RedLilac, Saturday, March 25, 2006, 4:59am; Reply: 80
If nobody responds, then it gets deleted from the index I believe.

This is to give it one more chance rather than just automatically deleting it after 30 days of no action.
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, March 25, 2006, 6:09am; Reply: 81
I find it fascinating that the majority of the posters on this thread are Os. I have always had a problem with constipation prior to BTD (and even on BTD when I stray to wheat and dairy; dairy especially).
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, March 25, 2006, 4:25pm; Reply: 82
Wheat is the big problem for me. Right before I started BTD, I had a big problem w/ off and on constipation. After learning how foods affect you, it all made sense. At the time (right prior to starting BTD) we were doing renovations on the house. Very very busy. Cardboard pizza every other day or so. So went the pattern of constipation. All very clear once I learned the BTD way. :-)
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Saturday, March 25, 2006, 10:03pm; Reply: 83
This is such a big issue that I hope we keep this thread alive.  I assume those who react to wheat mean white flour.  Whole wheat was fine with me.
Posted by: meribelle, Saturday, March 25, 2006, 10:53pm; Reply: 84
I don't know what I would have done without the suggestions I received for my problem of constipation.  I enjoy so much using this web site and sharing information.  I am still "doing well" with my rice bran and maple syrup mixture.  When I want something sweet, I snack on it.  For the first time in my life I feel normal, or close to that.  Sometimes I take regular bowel movements for granted and slack off on the bran and I am back to my original problem.  I hope I can help somebody like all of you helped me.

Lately I have been "cheating" on my O diet and I don't feel as peppy as I used to.

Blessings, meribelle
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, March 26, 2006, 1:47am; Reply: 85
Once our bodies have a chance to eat foods that are good for us, and don't burden the system, they don't want to go back.  My body responds so fast to avoids now, and before BTD, I ate so many avoids, my body was numb.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, March 26, 2006, 9:38am; Reply: 86
Quoted from Mrs_T_O+
This is such a big issue that I hope we keep this thread alive.  I assume those who react to wheat mean white flour.  Whole wheat was fine with me.


If you aren't getting negative reactions to whole wheat, you're lucky. Even spelt and sometimes the sprouted wheat is a no go for me.  That being said, I think, that even tho you may not be having a noticeable reaction to the wheat, it is still damaging your body in other ways. If this is not correct, I hope someone will jump in here and say so.

TYPEbase4 says this about whole wheat:
Contains lectin or other agglutinin. Metabolic inhibitor. Contains component which can modify known disease susceptibility.

Now, I can't tell you what all that means, but doesn't sound good to me.  ;)
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, March 26, 2006, 8:31pm; Reply: 87
I avoid wheat now.  If I eat it, I get sluggish for a couple of days.  I meant that whole wheat didn't constipate me.  With the whole grain, it shouldn't.  White flour, etc. was awful in that area.  My AB husband can eat that stuff without complaint.
S S & L,
Mrs "T" O+
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 3:15pm; Reply: 88
Does it matter what kind of lemon juice i use?
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 3:19pm; Reply: 89
I am doing the flaxseed oil..must I do both the flaxseed oil and the ground flaxseeds? I know it wouldn't hurt but is one better than the other?
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:32pm; Reply: 90
Quoted from RealGoldn
I am doing the flaxseed oil..must I do both the flaxseed oil and the ground flaxseeds? I know it wouldn't hurt but is one better than the other?


They are both good, but have slightly different benefits:

Flax oil is for the lignans and essential fatty acids.  A good balance of Omega 3 and 6
Flax seeds are for the lignans and for fantastic fiber.

If they are freshly ground, you also get the benefit of the lignans and some of the essential fatty acids.

Soaked and eaten whole, you get a good gut cleaning effect, but don't absorb any nutrients from the seeds.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:33pm; Reply: 91
Ok can i buy them ground and put on oatmeal?..do they taste ok eaten whole?
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:44pm; Reply: 92
You can buy them pre-ground, but when you open the pack, it would be advisable to keep the seeds in your freezer because they go rancid very quickly.

The whole seeds don't have any taste.  If you soak them overnight, they become slippery, and most people just drink them right down in the soaking water.  It helps with constipation.
Whole seeds don't have to be kept cold.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:45pm; Reply: 93
i can but them on oatmeal??? any other ideas for the ground flaxseed
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:48pm; Reply: 94
Quoted from RealGoldn
i can but them on oatmeal??? any other ideas for the ground flaxseed

On oatmeal is a good idea. I put them on yoghurt with a little bit of blackstrap molasses.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:49pm; Reply: 95
what kind of yougurt do you use..soy yougrt
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:52pm; Reply: 96
I eat cow yoghurt, but not very often...the only ingredients are milk and live cultures. Soy yogurt has too many avoids in it; at least the stuff I can find.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:53pm; Reply: 97
Oh eally...i was eating lowfat yougurt...not sure if its an avoid...are the avoids online or in the book
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:56pm; Reply: 98
Do you have a copy of any of Dr D's books?  The most recent for general use is LR4YT, or you can check individual foods at typebase at the top of this page.  Read labels.  Avoids are in a lot of foods that you would never think to be concerned about.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 4:56pm; Reply: 99
Both on line here, and in the books. But the on-line list is the most up-to-date. Always read the label of anything you buy to find out if it has avoids.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 5:01pm; Reply: 100
but it only has yougurt whole milk..not yogurt lowfat
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 6:21pm; Reply: 101
Quoted from outdoordrea
I eat cow yoghurt, but not very often...the only ingredients are milk and live cultures. Soy yogurt has too many avoids in it; at least the stuff I can find.


Funny you said cow yogurt because when I talk about regular milk, I say cow milk and my daughter just has a cow!! No pun intended. :-)   She says "you can just call it milk Mom" and I tell her it's cow milk, so that's what I call it.  
Yes, the soy yogurt I've found has avoids. Just noticed that today. I made some oatmeal, threw in a little ghee, almond butter and a little strawberry/banana soy yougurt. Yummy!!!!!!!! Looked at the ing. later........... avoids.  GRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: RealGoldn, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 6:24pm; Reply: 102
i never thought about putting almond butter or yougurt in my oatmeal
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 6:35pm; Reply: 103
I think most of us need to make our own yogurt, whether it is cow, goat or soy milk.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 6:40pm; Reply: 104
Quoted from RealGoldn
i never thought about putting almond butter or yougurt in my oatmeal


It was just a spur of the moment thing. I was at work and needed something to put in it to "liven" it up. The a. butter and yogurt were just sitting there waiting to be used. I really like that together. Gives it a little extra protein and fat as well.
Posted by: 1195 (Guest), Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:09pm; Reply: 105
I am experiencing constipation at the moment. Last week a new ice cream shop opened and they serve custard ice cream. I don't eat it very often but thought I would just have a little treat. I took my lactated pills for my lactose and also took my acidophosis pills to help with the digestion part. Well a week later sores in my mouth and stomach aching with pain. It actually hurts in my back. If I bend or reach for something - severe back pain from the constipation.

I will just have to stay away from the summer ice cream shops. I suffer for at least a week. MAN I love banana splits. Oh well, veggie burgers and icies for me.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:19pm; Reply: 106
Cow dairy (with the exception of yogurt) constipates me almost every time I eat it.  :'(

Try Soy Cream made my Double Rainbow...the only avoids are Locust Bean Gum and Guar Gum...but I console myself that these are the second to last ingredients. (think)
Posted by: 1195 (Guest), Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:35pm; Reply: 107
I gotcha. Normally if I eat any kind of ice cream it is soy by SOY Dream?? That's the only thing that's available in my area. We live in a resort area with an ice cream shop on every corner. So now that I have experienced by sores, constipation, bloated stomach, and water retention. I am ready to enter the spring/summer months with fruit smoothies vs ice cream.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:40pm; Reply: 108
I'm the same way with potatoes. For years I kept trying to eat them, not that often, but each time I did, it was baaaad: constipation and joint swelling. So now I remind myself (and anyone else who will listen) that I cannot eat potatoes! (*sniff sniff*)

About Soy Dream by Turtle Foods...it also has avoids, namely carageenan, but for me, that is way less bad than cow dairy. I'm doing my best to stay away from added sweeteners for a while, so no (more) non-dairy desserts for me!
Posted by: 1195 (Guest), Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:05pm; Reply: 109
Good luck. Yeah, cow milk in any shape or form is my worse enemy. My entire body dislikes it(exept my taste buds). But I am also finding if I don't eat fiber, fiber, fiber all day. Plan on suffering the conseqences. In fact I am suffering right now from the wonderful tasting custard I ate last week. This is not a short term episode. Takes a full week to work thru this body with suffering all the way.

I use to explain my symptoms as swallowing a golf ball. That is what it feels like with and cow milk. I basically cannot digest it so it is a work in progress  from beginning to end.
Posted by: Elizabeth, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:24pm; Reply: 110
Magnesium. And calcium, if you don't get enough that you can digest properly.   If you need calcium and magnesium (many women do--that osteoporosis thing), you may find that your bones were not the only ones in need!  The colon needs the right balance to work properly.   If any wheat gets in by mistake, or even a bit too much "good" grain,  forget harmony the next day.  Arabinogalactin is great, I buy it by the pound and it is worth every penny.  All the other advice is good too, I am just trying to add.  Also, if you have candida (even if you don't know it), it may be contributing to your condition.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:36pm; Reply: 111
How do you know if you have Candia?
Posted by: RealGoldn, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:39pm; Reply: 112
Well I haven't figured out if is calcium, wheat or what cause I stay constipated..i would rather not eat.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:51pm; Reply: 113
there s an easy to do home spit test.........
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, April 6, 2006, 9:06pm; Reply: 114
Candida Spit test found here
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, April 7, 2006, 12:10am; Reply: 115
I guess I was fooling myself with soy yogurt.  What kind of avoids for O people does it have?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, April 7, 2006, 12:17am; Reply: 116
the gums and binders are not a good choice for Os.
give us the ingredients listed in the back and we ll help you sort out the avoids.
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, April 7, 2006, 12:23am; Reply: 117
Thank you, but I don't have one handy now.  I have purchased it in the past, however.  I baked a cake for hubby today and it is calling me, but after reading all these posts about wheat, I am able to stay away from it.  The last time I ate cake, I had the most awful stopped up nose almost immediately.  And I don't need anything to stop up my other end!  I never thought of wheat as a constipating food.  I am learning so much.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, April 7, 2006, 12:26am; Reply: 118
good to hear you are keeping the cake out of 'mind'!!
takes determination! bravo!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, April 7, 2006, 2:09am; Reply: 119
If any of you ice cream lovers have a juicer, I have just discovered a fantastic sorbet.  You put in the blank screen (the one that is used for making nut butters), and run a compliant frozen fruit through the juicer.  It comes out looking like frozen custard, but with no sweeteners and no chemicals.

I have tasted frozen mango, frozen banana, frozen blueberries, and I have heard that frozen cherries are the best.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Friday, April 7, 2006, 11:53am; Reply: 120
IS that spit test for real?
Posted by: italybound, Friday, April 7, 2006, 1:15pm; Reply: 121
Yes, and you'll know within 5-15 minutes if you're having a problem with it. You'll see the legs/trendils, whatever you want to "name" them :-),      hanging down in the water. The more legs, the more candida. :-(
Posted by: Colleen, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 7:41pm; Reply: 122
I have read this entire thread now and thank you all for your suggestions.  I didn't have constipation prior to BTD and it has hit the past couple of months.  I make a smoothie every morning and I put in pineapple juice and a banana and now I read that bananas are constipating...OH MY !!  Good to learn that.

I am going to buy rice bran and see if I can get fluffies too !

I just munched down a tablespoon of hemp hearts which I don't eat very often and I'm drinking warm water.  I had lemon in water first thing this morning.

Thank you everyone for all of your input to this marvelous thread.  I am going to try to adjust my diet to include and exclude and see what results I get.
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 12:51am; Reply: 123
Quoted from pkarmeier

Quoted from RealGoldn
i never thought about putting almond butter or yougurt in my oatmeal  



It was just a spur of the moment thing. I was at work and needed something to put in it to "liven" it up. The a. butter and yogurt were just sitting there waiting to be used. I really like that together. Gives it a little extra protein and fat as well.


I have not read the whole thread, but Tahini is EXCELLENT in oatmeal.......

Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 11:13am; Reply: 124
Quoted from Alan_Goldenberg


I have not read the whole thread, but Tahini is EXCELLENT in oatmeal.......



So what is Tahini?
Posted by: Don, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 4:52pm; Reply: 125
Check out tahini (sesame seed butter) in TYPEbase 4.
Posted by: Colleen, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 10:11pm; Reply: 126
Look out world, Colleen has rice bran !!

Once again, thank you EVERYONE for all of your suggestions.  I have experienced some relief today and anticipate a much improved situation tomorrow !!

I also ate some 70% chocolate !!  ... okay, so it was an excuse to eat chocolate
Posted by: RealGoldn, Monday, April 10, 2006, 3:14pm; Reply: 127
is Tahini  good for blood A types
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 10, 2006, 3:52pm; Reply: 128
Tahini is neutral for type A's.  :-)
Posted by: italybound, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:26pm; Reply: 129
Quoted from Alan_Goldenberg
I have not read the whole thread, but Tahini is EXCELLENT in oatmeal.......


This sounds great!!  I guess I'll be off to WF after work, much to the DH's dismay.  ;D

Posted by: RealGoldn, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:28pm; Reply: 130
oh you been eating rice bran for constsipation
Posted by: RealGoldn, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:28pm; Reply: 131
does it matter what type of oatmeal i eat
Posted by: italybound, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:34pm; Reply: 132
I've heard some talk against steel cut oatmeal, but none other than that. Someone else may have other info. Oh, wait, I meant to say, I'm sure someone else will have other info. There are so many great minds on this forum.
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:40pm; Reply: 133
I have read that regular rolled oats have a lower glycemic index then any sort of quick oats. Therefore, regular oats would be preferable versus quick oats.
Posted by: RealGoldn, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:44pm; Reply: 134
whats wrong with steel cut
Posted by: mamadada123 (Guest), Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 2:27pm; Reply: 135
Thank you so much for all the information. I am thinking of trying the breakfast mixture on the blog rice bran, ground flax and ground pumpkin seed, ( I have a question). Do you find this already ground in health food stores or do you do it yourself? If so, how does one grind flax seed and pumpkin seed. I have a blender and a food processer but this would not do the trick.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:31pm; Reply: 136
the food processor does the trick just fine, I think.
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:35pm; Reply: 137
Quoted from risingcelt
Meribelle: Also, try that lemon juice idea.  I use 1Tbs. in an 8oz glass of warm water(not hot) in the morning.  


I was wondering why u say:
warm water(not hot) ??
Thanks  ;D
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:46pm; Reply: 138
Quoted from Colleen
I have read this entire thread now and thank you all for your suggestions.  I didn't have constipation prior to BTD and it has hit the past couple of months.  I make a smoothie every morning and I put in pineapple juice and a banana and now I read that bananas are constipating...OH MY !!  Good to learn that.


Bananas tend to constipate only IF u eat them when they r  NOT fully ripe (yellow with brown spots)
green =  that they r still very starchy :(
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:48pm; Reply: 139
warm is always advised as opposed to boiling hot or extremely cold.....it s gentler to your system.

also for tea brewing.......very hot and boiling is not advised, either.
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 5:02pm; Reply: 140
Quoted from lola
warm is always advised as opposed to boiling hot or extremely cold.....it s gentler to your system.

also for tea brewing.......very hot and boiling is not advised, either.


I see ur point and thank-u Lola ... the reason I boil the water is simply 'cause people have always said that it's better to do so for germs ... etc ... (it's supposed to cleanse the water so to speak) ... however; I always wait till the water turns somewhat lukewarm-warm before actually sipping/drinking it ... I guess this would be ok, right ??

Another thing that I've always wondered about is how long can one leave a cup of tea on the counter ??
Is it the same rule as food; that it will start to acculmulate bacteria if left at room temperature for too long ??
TY  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 8:03pm; Reply: 141
as long as you drink it up during the day, it should be fine.....
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:32pm; Reply: 142
Quoted from lola
as long as you drink it up during the day, it should be fine.....



I do ... I like to sip while at the pc ...  ;)
Actually; I usually make two cups and refrigerate one for the next day ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:50pm; Reply: 143
but you do not leave the bag in the liquid, right?
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:53pm; Reply: 144
Quoted from lola
but you do not leave the bag in the liquid, right?



   
Nope, never ... only 5 minutes and then it's out   ;)
TY ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:56pm; Reply: 145
good!
Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, February 22, 2007, 2:22am; Reply: 146
Quoted from lola
good!




;D ;)
Posted by: mamadada123 (Guest), Thursday, February 22, 2007, 3:47pm; Reply: 147
I have tried the lemon water for 2 days and eaten a grapefruit for breakfast with no results yet. I am going to store today to get fresh lemons since I was using bottled juice. If that doesnt work I will have to try some of the more exotic remedies :)
The only thing I have noticed is a pain in my stomache I think from the sour lemon juice
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, February 22, 2007, 5:37pm; Reply: 148
Quoted from mamadada123
I have tried the lemon water for 2 days and eaten a grapefruit for breakfast with no results yet. I am going to store today to get fresh lemons since I was using bottled juice. If that doesnt work I will have to try some of the more exotic remedies :)
The only thing I have noticed is a pain in my stomache I think from the sour lemon juice


Are you trying to address constipation issues?  Try magnesium supplements.  They work quickly and wonderfully!  (As long as you are getting enough gentle fiber.)

I can't take lemon juice.  It burns my stomach, no matter how dilute.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Thursday, February 22, 2007, 10:01pm; Reply: 149
You may need more than ONE grapefruit.  Eat several pieces of fruit daily for breakfast if you can.  Try beets, greens, or peas at other meals. I have the tendency, but I eat lots of fiber which keeps things moving along.  The problem is, that if you eat properly, you have more than one bowel movement a day.   In our modern world, that is difficult to coordinate.  I prefer working part-time.  I really wouldn't function well with full work shifts daily.  This is one reason!!  :)
S S & L,
Mrs "T"    O+
Posted by: Ronagon (Guest), Saturday, March 3, 2007, 8:58pm; Reply: 150
meribelle,

I'm not sure if you'll ever notice this message, but bladderwrack is practically a miracle treatment for chronic constipation.    

I met a girl who had had an ongoing problem with constipation since she was about 5.  I told her about bladderwrack being an ideal solution for intestinal constipation and she tried it.  

She reported back to me two weeks later that, within three days, the problem was gone.   After almost twenty years, it was gone.

The reason it works is that, for some reason, O's have low thyroid activity, and one of the main problems it causes is chronic constipation.  If you take bladderwrack, it works like nothing else.

Try bladderwrack.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Saturday, March 3, 2007, 9:03pm; Reply: 151
Thank you for sharing your suggestion of utilizing bladderwrack with us.

Alia
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, March 3, 2007, 9:06pm; Reply: 152
Quoted from Ronagon
meribelle,I'm not sure if you'll ever notice this message, but bladderwrack is practically a miracle treatment for chronic constipation.  
I met a girl who had had an ongoing problem with constipation since she was about 5.  I told her about bladderwrack being an ideal solution for intestinal constipation and she tried it.  She reported back to me two weeks later that, within three days, the problem was gone.   After almost twenty years, it was gone.
The reason it works is that, for some reason, O's have low thyroid activity, and one of the main problems it causes is chronic constipation.  If you take bladderwrack, it works like nothing else. Try bladderwrack.


:o  :o   :o  thanks for sharing that info.  How much would one take for this problem?
Posted by: Lisalea, Saturday, March 3, 2007, 11:07pm; Reply: 153
More remedies that may help with constipation ;D :)


Nutritional Supplements: Fiber, Glucomannan, Chlorophyll, Flaxseed oil.

Herbs: Aloe, Cascara, Flaxseed, Psyllium, Senna, Alder Buckthorn
Basil, Buckthorn, Rhubarb, Bladderwrack, Dandelion, Fenugreek,
Fo-ti.

furthermore; Exercising helps  ALOT !!  ;)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, March 3, 2007, 11:10pm; Reply: 154
senna can be a bit harsh!! beware!
Posted by: Lisalea, Sunday, March 4, 2007, 2:27am; Reply: 155
Quoted from lola
senna can be a bit harsh!! beware!


Thank-u for that valuable information, I didn't realize since I've never used it myself :-/
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, March 4, 2007, 6:32am; Reply: 156
Quoted Text
Senna was on the old "avoid" list. It's been upgraded to "Neutral" for everyone except type A nonsecretors, so it's fine for you.

http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/otd/archives/00000759.htm
Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, March 4, 2007, 2:41pm; Reply: 157
I need to get back to exercising.  Thanks for the reminder.  And also for the ideas for ridding myself of constipation.  
Posted by: Lisalea, Sunday, March 4, 2007, 3:21pm; Reply: 158
Quoted from lola


Thank-u very much Lola ;D Hopefully I won't need it though  ;)
Posted by: Lisalea, Sunday, March 4, 2007, 3:23pm; Reply: 159
Quoted from meribelle
I need to get back to exercising.  Thanks for the reminder.  And also for the ideas for ridding myself of constipation.  


Welcome ;D

we're all here to help, guide and remind one another !!
We make wonderful community !!;)
Posted by: italybound, Monday, March 5, 2007, 12:22am; Reply: 160
Just ran across this while looking at a salt  site:

Honey + Salt for constipation ?Mix 40g of honey with 8g of salt in 100cc water and drink before you eat breakfast.

http://www.invil.org/english/tourism/themeTour/beach/contents.jsp?con_no=377406&page_no=1
Posted by: meribelle, Monday, March 5, 2007, 12:27am; Reply: 161
interesting.  can we have honey?
Posted by: Drea, Monday, March 5, 2007, 12:29am; Reply: 162
Pat, this was also in the link you provided:
"Removing smell in the tennis shoes ?Put small amounts of salt, then you can remove bad smell and humidity from your shoes."
Posted by: italybound, Monday, March 5, 2007, 12:29am; Reply: 163
Quoted from meribelle
interesting.  can we have honey?


if we are secretors yes, A and B sec & nons can have honey too. AB nonnies - nope.
Then again, it does depend on if you have blood sugar probs too.
;)

Drea, I already posted that in the smelly shoes thread. :-)   Good eye tho.  ;D
Posted by: meribelle, Monday, March 5, 2007, 10:22am; Reply: 164
Maybe someday I will spend the money and find out if I am a secretor or not.  
Posted by: Ben_Lamers (Guest), Monday, March 5, 2007, 1:36pm; Reply: 165
ok i feel like ive done all i can for this and i dont know what else to do...constipation...ahhh!! if somebody can help me it would be soooo appreciated!

so... i dont know if you would call this constipation but.. the BMs look almost like diarrhea but only a little bit of diarrhea comes out...leaving everything else in and i cant move it worth nothing cause i tried my damndest...ohhh its no use! so this started about 1.5-2 weeks ago and it gets worse every other day it seems. i havnt had a "full" bowel m. in 2 weeks. i finaly just started feeling so sick even from drinking water and i finaly threw my food up last night. when im not constipated i dont get burns in my chest/throat but now it seems im getting them every night.

i thought one more day...just one more day...tomorow whatever you do it will work...but no..

ive tried Lemon Water in the morning
Sea Salt in the morning
Whole Flax soaked in the morning
Ground Flax in the morning
Ghee in the morning
I even drank a Senna Leaf tea last night but that just made my stommach bubble and today...no results
I've been exercising about 30 min. a day
I've been going for walks
(I see someone mentioned bladderwrack...and if its one thing i try before this kills me itll be bladder wrack lol :) )
I am BTD compliant...
I have tried Prunes... It seems my body evacuated the prunes through violent diarrhea (mostly water..) but left everything else in... is this even possible? someone told me if the prunes could get out then everything before them had to have gone out... what does everybody else think of that? i have no idea any more.

i am going to make an appointment with my doc who i havnt seen in years.

Until then i guess im off to the store to get bladderwrack...if anybody wants to add anything else i should get feel free...im all ears..

allrighty then, good day! :)
Posted by: Don, Monday, March 5, 2007, 2:07pm; Reply: 166
Ben, You might try some significant doses of magnesium, you can even use Epsom salt which is a form of magnesium. The magnesium will help to relax your colon and hopefully allow you to clear it.
Posted by: Lisalea, Monday, March 5, 2007, 2:47pm; Reply: 167
Quoted from ironwood55
Ben, You might try some significant doses of magnesium, you can even use Epsom salt which is a form of magnesium. The magnesium will help to relax your colon and hopefully allow you to clear it.



What do u think about this MoDon ?
I read it on here: http://www.moondragon.org/obgyn/disorders/constipation.html
Go down to about half page and it gives MANY different ideas and remedies ... ;D

Do NOT consume products containing mineral oil, which can interfere with the
absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Also avoid taking Epsom salts, milk of
magnesia, and citrate of magnesia, Which draw volumes of fluid into the
intestines and wash out minerals from the body.

Maybe they're talking about long term use of  Epsom salts ??)

Another suggestion that I don't think had been mentionned here ... is Barley juice ...

Another interesting thing that I've read is that  TRIPHALA from Planetary Formulas
aids in the formation of odor-free, firm, and healthy stools  ;)

This other product seems interesting; however, u're really gonna
have to check for the avoids ...
http://herbal-remedies-usa.stores.yahoo.net/collivcleanl.html

Might be interesting to read the whole site on contipation solution ... I really hope this helps ...  :)
Posted by: italybound, Monday, March 5, 2007, 3:19pm; Reply: 168
Quoted from LISALEA
http://www.moondragon.org/obgyn/disorders/constipation.html
Go down to about half page and it gives MANY different ideas and remedies ... ;D


this is an excellent article IMHO.  
ben, have you tried the bladderwrack suggested. It was linked to hypothyroidism and it is mentioned in this article as a cause of constipation as well.  :-/

Ben, would like to direct you to another thread......Squatting started by MoDon. In the link http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?,v=display,b=alttreat,m=1173108926   he provides, there could be some info that would be of help to you. You sound like you have the same thing that is going on w/ my brother. His dr said he may have this problem:

the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine, is not being securely sealed. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
This is what the dr said his prob might be. She put him on antibiotics (I know, yuk, but.........) and he has only been on them a day or 2, I think, and he says his BMs are better already.
Posted by: Ronagon (Guest), Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 10:59pm; Reply: 169
italy,

I found the exact regimen in Dr. D's "Blood Type Encyclopedia" book.  Just look under "constipation", and follow his regimens from there.  The first ingredient in two of the three regimens is bladderwrack.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 11:08pm; Reply: 170
Quoted from Ronagon
italy,I found the exact regimen in Dr. D's "Blood Type Encyclopedia" book.  Just look under "constipation", and follow his regimens from there.  The first ingredient in two of the three regimens is bladderwrack.


Thanks Ronagon, I'll surely give that a look see.  ;) :)
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 12:57am; Reply: 171
For me, I may be older, but I have teenage skin.  Bladderwack breaks me out.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 2:33pm; Reply: 172
do you all (who have constipation problems) find your skin to be drier when you are constipated?
Posted by: Ben_Lamers (Guest), Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 8:15pm; Reply: 173
Quoted from pkarmeier
do you all (who have constipation problems) find your skin to be drier when you are constipated?



no i find it to look red and sweaty lol


...oh yea and i went to my doc yesterday and got xray...have "moderate amount of fecal matter in the colon" and he prescribed me Amitiza (lubiprostone)...i still havnt decided whether to take it yet or not... been looking on net looks like everything i have is congruent with IBS...
Posted by: 416 (Guest), Thursday, March 8, 2007, 3:03am; Reply: 174
Newbie. Been lurking here for a bit. I have toyed with the BTD for years. I've had chronic lifetime (60 yrs old) constipation -go 2-3 times a week. I know I don't drink enough. It is a constant struggle to remember to drink - am never thirsty.

About 3 yrs. ago stumbled on a solution that has worked for me. I eat All Bran cereal with whole milk (I didn't have success with 2% that I was using previously) 2 times a day-morning and evening. Usually have a soft movement every day with this regimen.

My dilemma of course is that a B nonnie should not be eating wheat/bran. I've tried eating cooked oat bran cereal but that doesn't work. I'm also concerned about all the garbage added to the cereal and the high amount of additional vitamins added since I'm consuming two servings a day. It is also very filling and I sometimes do not have room to eat more beneficial foods - in addition to putting on weight.

Alas, this is long!! But a week ago i decided to get off the Bran. Have been reading suggestions here and on other forums. Since the whole milk was working for me, I decided to make a smoothie with it and frozen strawberries and 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed twice a day. In addition, first thing in the morning I tried the warm  water with half a squeezed lemon and a bit of honey. Well, this has produced truely horrible constipation. I went back on the Bran last night........

I've been reading about lots of herbal and other remedies. Everytime I research them they scare me. So many constipation remedies that I read about should not be used on a regular basis. I was excited to hear about bladderwrack. But this information I found does not sound good: "Bladderwrack is generally safe, though there are three potential problems with its consumption: acne, thyroid dysfunction, and heavy-metal contamination. Iodine in any form—including from bladderwrack and other seaweeds—can cause or aggravate acne in some people. Excessive iodine ingestion can cause either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism and should be avoided. Bladderwrack and other seaweeds that grow in heavy-metal-contaminated waters may contain high levels of these toxins (particularly arsenic and lead), leading to nerve damage, kidney damage, or other problems. Only bladderwrack known to have been harvested from clean water or labeled to indicate the absence of heavy metals or other contaminants should be consumed."


Any ideas, comments?
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 3:15am; Reply: 175
chickengirl, wishing you a warm welcome to BTD and the forums!!   :)

Ronagon's mention of Bladderwrack came from Dr. D's "Blood Type Encyclopedia" book, under "constipation". IMHO, I would feel safe to follow his regimens.  The first ingredient in two of the three regimens is bladderwrack.  :)
Good to know that you're exploring all your options and asking questions. Knowledge is power.  :)
Posted by: 416 (Guest), Thursday, March 8, 2007, 3:52am; Reply: 176
Thanks italybound. Sounds like a good group here!
Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 2:49pm; Reply: 177
Buckthorn is another herb that may help with constipation and also used as a stool softener ...  as a last resort if nothing else helps  ...
http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/herbaldrugs/100440.shtml
http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-buckthorn.htm
:)
Posted by: 416 (Guest), Thursday, March 8, 2007, 6:23pm; Reply: 178
Thanks. Buckthorn sounds really bad. I'm trying to stay away from strong stimulants, which according to the site, it is. :)
Posted by: Ronagon (Guest), Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:09pm; Reply: 179
chickengirl,

In his blood type encyclopedia, Dr. D lists the following three protocols to be used in treating constipation for type B’s:

1) a detoxification protocol:
    - thoroughwax/Bei-Chai-Hu
    - flax seeds
    - L-glutathione
    - Epsom Salt baths

2) a liver protocol:
    - beet leaf and root capsules
    - licorice root tea
    - potassium citrate
    - curcumin
    - fenugreek

3) an intestinal protocol:
    - magnesium
    - rice-derived tocotrienols
    - elecampane
    - chlorophyll liquid

Those are the basic ingredients.  However, for exact doses on this stuff, you’ll have to go buy a copy of the encyclopedia and keep it as a reference.  It’s too much to type, and I think Dr. D would rather people buy his books than have his information just given away for free all the time.
Posted by: Ronagon (Guest), Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:13pm; Reply: 180
chickengirl,

Also, I need to clarify something:  When italybound said I was talking about Dr. D recommending bladderwrack for constipation, that was only for type O's.  Not for type B's.  Type B's have the protocols I just listed previously.
Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:47pm; Reply: 181
Quoted from chickengirl
Thanks. Buckthorn sounds really bad. I'm trying to stay away from strong stimulants, which according to the site, it is. :)


I agree that's why I specified as a LAST resort ... ;)
Hopefully u will and have found a more gentle approach  :)
Posted by: 416 (Guest), Friday, March 9, 2007, 12:46am; Reply: 182
Thanks all. I just got my encyclopedia back from a friend that I had loaned it to. I will do  some studying tonight. I definitely would recommend that as the best book to buy for BTD. I've been hearing a lot of people confused about what foods to eat reading the others. I defintely think the encyclopedia is the clearest and best organized.
Posted by: italybound, Friday, March 9, 2007, 1:12am; Reply: 183
Quoted from Ronagon
When italybound said I was talking about Dr. D recommending bladderwrack for constipation, that was only for type O's. .


Thanks for making the clarification on this Ronagon.  :)
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