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    Yo Yo and Constipation

    Good Morning Leez,

    So I am having a problem. I have been going up in weight: Initially this was 128.4 to 130. Okay, I was still within my window, although you know your girl here prefers to be at my "happy weight" of 128.4 that I was at for over a month.

    Now: a new problem. I have been constipated and suffering from a sluggish digestion. Today, I was at 132,(!!) but really constipated. I am going a little, but still feel constipated. I took the following steps yesterday to try to fix this. I am fearful of going "the opposite direction" and never leaving the bathroom! I have also been walking when it was good weather and Sunday started doing yoga sculpt. Yesterday I:

    1. Took vitamin C , 1-1000 mg tab.(I could have taken more).
    2. Drank Extra water and Tea.
    3. Had a lot of fruit and veggies (I usually have fruit and veggies, so about 2 extra servings)
    4. Took 1 dose of Benefiber flushed with lots of water. (I once in a while take 1 dose once a week as I use to have hemorrhoids per some dumb Dr's instructions, he said increase fiber by using this but honestly this seemed so dumb once a week I rarely do it)
    5. At 4 PM I was still really uncomfortable so I took a dose of Miralax laxative.

    I thought all that would do the trick! But No! So today I found my Magnesium powder and am planning on adding that. I was also going to have Grammy's inflammation Smoothie at lunch.

    What else do you think I could do? Increase my vitamin C and Magnesium? and????
    On top of all that I am nervous (no Surprise) about the overnight 2 pound weight gain. Any advice?


    Thank you as always for your help. I am also going to track my food on My Fitness Pal incase there are any issue foods that I am eating.

    Leez, I hope that you are staying well and happy and safe.

    Warmly,
    RK
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    OK, lets get you moving again. That will likely be the key to the scale settling down.

    But here's the deal...you have to throw out all the advice given you about adding fiber for this problem. Once you are constipated, adding fiber of any kind works against you. What it does is form a plug behind the one that is already there. So stop taking fiber.

    Next, what you DO need is extra water being drawn to the large bowel. The way you accomplish this is through magnesium and vitamin C supplementation. If you do it right, it works overnight, you don't get any cramps, and you will not be tethered to the bathroom the next day.

    How to do it right: A large dose of magnesium. Any kind, but magnesium oxide or magnesium citrate are both poorly absorbed as a nutrient, so they work best for this purpose. Where you start depends on your tolerance. I take 400mg just as a daily supplement, so I would start at 800mg. (If you are used to 250mg, you would start at 500mg) Vitamin C the same---double what ever your daily amount is, or start with 2000mg. If you don't get overnight relief from that, increase the magnesium the next day by an entire dose and add an extra 1000mg vitamin C. Keep increasing each day until you get relief. If you end up being too loose, you've found your bowel tolerance level and you can back off some. That will be your dose for the next time you have this problem. Of course, you want to take in enough water, but you don't have to drown yourself. 2-3 litres over the day is plenty.

    Once you are back to normal, you can consider adding some fiber if you wish. Personally I get plenty of fiber from foods I eat, so I don't bother with it.

    The inflammation smoothie is a good idea today. If you already started a steak day, it won't hurt you. Constipation is actually my first clue that I've eaten something I'm sensitive too. So it could be your body is giving you a red flag, and the inflammation smoothie will help calm down any body response if that is the issue.
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    Thank you Leez!

    I agree with you about fiber. Thank you also for the thorough explanation. I use Calm pretty frequently—3 times a week for sleep so tonight I will double my dose. I will also take another 10000 mg vitamin C tonight— (I already took my usual 1000 Vitamin C during the day). I will keep drinking water. Thank you for the directions about water too. Easy to overdo the water.

    Thank you again and I will report back with hopefully good news!

    Warmly,
    RK

    Yes, I would rather add real foods with fiber than supplements... once I am back to normal.
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    Good Morning Leez,

    I have good news and bad news. Good news: Things are moving, and I am not having any issues the other way. I still feel like I could go more, so I will keep up the water and do more Vitamin C and the double dose of magnesium tonight. I will also do a little magnesium and vitamin C at lunch. What do you think?

    The bad news: I am still at 132! Also, I barely slept last night--I may have taken the Vitamin C too late and it upset my stomach, or I was just really plugged up and my stomach was upset, but poor sleep is very unusual for me. I am thinking I would let things settle down another day, then do a steak day tomorrow. What do you think of that? Do you think I will lose more weight today? If so, maybe I can just do a correction day or high protein day tomorrow? I am not sure as I don't want to screw up my digestion/metabolism.

    Thank you for all your help.

    Have a wonderful and safe day.

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    You can try vitamin C in the sodium ascorbate form if regular vitamin C upsets your stomach. Or try taking with food. For this purpose, I find it is better to dose mag and C all at once at night rather than divide doses.

    Yes, increase if you think you are still somewhat plugged up.

    If there is other stuff in the calm besides magnesium, you might want to switch to a single element supplement as you increase.

    I'd give it another day before doing a steak day, then do whatever version you think your body likes best. I think its best not to be fighting on more than one front at a time.
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    Thanks Leez,

    That is good advice. Better to win one battle before trying to fight on 2 fronts. I will do the Mag and C tonight with food. Meanwhile I am drinking water and herb tea to help things move along.

    Take care and have a great day.

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