Hi guys, I have been a longtime lurker but I thought I might make a post and finally ask for help. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
In late september of '09 I decided that I wanted to Bowel Cleanse to eventually do a Liver Flush down the road....so I bought Sonnes #7 (bentonite clay) and organic psyllium husk by organic india. I took LESS than the recommended dose just to start out slow, maybe a teaspoon of both, once, for a couple days. I made sure to drink PLENTY of water trust me...but nevertheless I felt myself immediately get plugged up and I couldn't go for SEVERAL days after that. I stopped taking bentonite/psyllium right then.
Once I was able to relieve myself after that horror show of constipation, my poop floated, and was slightly lighter colored if I remember correctly. Up until about a few weeks ago, my poop continuted to float (steatorrhea-not digesting fat properly), I had pencil like stools at times, sometimes light colored, sometimes very dark colored, sometimes my poop had no form at all, and generally just constipated. Like, after I would go, I would still feel like I had more left in me.
It's almost like I lost my ability for peristalsis; AND my bile flow is blocked from the Bentonite clay I presume.
I never had a problem with floating stools or constipation before I took this Bentonite clay/psyllium. I was very regular. Btw, even when I tried psyllium alone I'd got constipated. Now I presume this bentonite clay is cemented on the walls of my intestines.
So since october of last year, I've tried everything. I've tried SWF, doesn't do much. I've tried enema's, I can barely hold the water in for more than 20 seconds. I've had 3 colonics but can't last more than 10 minutes because of the pain and discomfort. I swear there is something blocking me up there. I even tried Oxypowder , which didn't do much either.
A month and a half ago I discovered Dr. Christopher's lower bowel formula/lbb capsules. People swore by it so I decided to give it a shot. Turns out it gave me a little relief and made me regular. My poop still floated most of the time but it had better form so I figured lbb was doing its work...
***BUT (this is what i need help with!)..since last week I started becoming less regular and my poop was more formless when it hit the water or short and pencil like. Then from a few days ago I have been MORE CONSTIPATED than I ever have been in a long time. I have not emptied my bowel in 3-4 days!! Dr. Christophers lbb is not helping and I even took CASTOR OIL this morning, 3 TBSP which hasn't done anything! I think what made it bad was eating a lot of bread a few days ago..but eitherway I gotta find something to get me relief!
A summary about me:
Early 20's guy, healthy diet, no fast food, no soda, eat almost everything organic. 4 servings of fruit a day. Eat meat but not in excess. Drink plenty of water (8-10 glasses/day). Never had these problems with constipation before bentonite. Now, after last september, if I eat a lot of grains/pasta/rice/bread it constipates me.
What doesn't help my constipation: prunes/prune juice, SWF, Oxypowder , castor oil (as of today), and dr. christopher's lbb (as of last week)
My thoughts are that my liver is blocked by this bentonite clay not allowing the bile to flow into my intestines, plus its cemented in my intestines slowing peristalsis as well. Any thoughts?? Let this be a warning to anyone thinking of trying bentonite, THINK TWICE!!
Anyway..would appreciate any suggestions on getting some relief of this constipation ..what do I do?
I would start taking generous amounts of Dr. Vogel's Milk Thistle Complex, it has milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke and boldo that are all good for detoxing the liver. Taken in enough quantity, it'll help your constipation.
Finally, I'd pop over to Natural Healing and post. Uniquity has a store front where you can get Dr. Christopher's and Dr. Schultz's products with the original formulation.
A parasite cleans and Liver Flush are probably a good idea for you eventually. She'll probably recommend that you get on the intestinal formulas 1 and 2 and maybe some bitters to help the gall bladder. Vogel's is bitter too, in addition to taking the tincture in water, you can put a few drops on the tongue to help trigger bile release.
I think that what might be going on (in addition to parasites) is your bowel might be inflamed -- the pencil thin stools is a symptom of inflammation. Slippery Elm tea is a good soother.
But seriously, post over to Natural Healing and let Uniquity help you.
Just my thoughts but I don't think your drinking enough water.
General guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces daily. If we use 8 glasses as an example, that's roughly 64oz of water. Barely enough for a 125-130lb person. I'm assuming you weigh more than that since your a guy. Keep in mind this is the range without any type of bowel cleansing.
Secondly how much dietary fiber are you getting a day? Sounds like your not eating many leafy greens, fruits are great, but without the fiber, your going to get backed up.
I've also heard its normal to feel constipated for the first few days on P&B shakes.
I just started P&B's a couple days ago and dramatically increased my water intake. Went from 70-80oz a day to nearly a gallon and have been having 3-4 small bowel movements a day on one shake.
Try to aim for 30-40 grams of fiber through food and dramatically increase your water intake.
I have heard that for 30 years and it does nothing for me. I probably eat twice the recommended amout of fiber and drink at least a gallon of water a day. Does nothing. I think most people on this forum have already been there, done that....that is why they are here - to find solutions outside the usual and customary. Every doctor I go to says that as well, it is to the point that I want to say "Do you think I'm stupid?" I am way beyond fiber and water....that is why I look for other suggestions here and I am so glad to have found this site. No offense, but think about it.
Thanks so much for your quick reply. I really appreciate it. I will check out the supplements you recommended. I think you're right about the inflammed bowel too, I remember reading that a while ago.
Yucca root or licorice root are steroidal anti-inflammatories that are great for reducing intestinal inflammation. Both yucca and licorice support the adrenals as well that produce the body's own anti-inflammatories among their many other functions. These herbs also help with building up the flora I mentioned earlier.
Since my post, I was able to have a couple bowel movements ( I guess the castor oil kicked in) but now I have a hemorrhoid. I'm going to get some Rutin since I heard that helps.
Yes, rutin helps to strengthen blood vessel walls. Silica, vitamin c sources and gotu kola also help a lot. These work by increasing collagen and elastin in the blood vessels. Butcher's broom helps by supplying silica and by contracting the superficial blood vessels.