I have been unable to resorve my bowel issue for over 6 months, and thought someone could offer a suggestion. My bowels are tiny hard pellets. I usually go 1-2 times a day, and it isn't always a "qick" visit to the toilet (but not extremely long). I eat almost a vegetarian diet (at least 3 servings a day), drink more than enough water each day (I do not drink any other beverage), do yoga regularly and exercise often. Oh and I take probiotics daily (enteric coated)...so I'm very perplexed by this. I've tried gallbladder flushes, psyllium, cascara sagrada, coffee enemas, taking L- glutamine, and homeopathic treatments with no success. Has anyone experienced this, or does anyone have any suggestions? My next thought was maybe doing an intestinal detox, but there are so many of them out there I though I'd check for suggestions.
One more thing, this happened once before about 2 years ago, and going to accupuncture for about 4 months seemed to help it get back on track. The thing is I am unemployed curently and can't afford that right now (it's was VERY expensive).
You can buy an electronic stimulator for the acupuncture points and apply yourself and save a bunch of $. Buy an acupuncture 'cookbook' or visit some of the sites such as acumedico.com (he has a cookbook that is very good). I have used the stimulators (ebay) and they work very good, I am currently trying a low power red laser for the points.
One question is are your getting enough protein? People overlook protein as being vitally important in production of all things cellular.
Did you check your digestive enzymes? Perhaps one of the enzymes are low.
Any signs of infection in the gut? If so use Metametrix GI Effects test. This will test many things such as parasitic, bacterial, balance of probiotics etc.
Different b complex vitamins seem to help me. Essential fatty acids are needed as well.
The GI issues are always kind of tricky as there can be so many different issues going on.
That used to happen to me whenever my diet wasn't that great. I've cleansed regularly for a while now so don't have that problem anymore. Vegetarian doesn't mean anything nor does it guarantee healthy. I know 'vegetarians' who eat at Mcdonalds and drink diet coke, coffee with soy milk, etc. Not judging or assuming.. it's just that it's such a vague term.
Try fiber for breakfast? Bran cereal? Oatmeal? Banana based fruit smoothie? Usually can't go wrong with any of those for getting regular.
Try Oxypowder . Their smallest bottle costs 25.00. It "melts' it..which is good if you're that backed up otherwise you'd be pushing out a brick which would hurt. Might want to search the forum..quite a few of us on here who have used it.
Or Colonix. If you can't afford the whole kit..all you really need is the colonix intestinal cleanser and KleriTea.. sometimes you can find them on Ebay cheaper than the website. It works but I'm not crazy about it. It's easy if you're unemployed since you can probably be near a bathroom most of the day.
Humaworm makes a Colon Cleanse now (has his own forum on here somewhere)..but that's also in the $40 range.
Do these hard small pieces of stool float? Are they dark brown or lighter in color? Do you see some mucus coming out attached to the pieces of stool?
I have had small hard stools occasionally during my life and it was hard sometimes to get those small hard pieces out. Usually I had been stressed and or ill and probably was dehydrated and just drinking water did not help. The basic problem was that I had undiagnosed gluten sensitivity (Celiac Disease) and was having an autoimmune reaction in my small intestine. So I would suggest you do an elimination diet to rule out any foods which might be causing inflamation and congestion in the gut.
It may help to do several magnesium purges then take magnesium capsules daily, I use 300 mg Calciu oxide. I found that taking turmeric (see online info) helped. I also eat prunes or drink prune juice several times a day. For fiber (mixed with food) I use oat bran but other people use rice bran or hemp seed meal. For a while cook all your food until your gut processes the food better.
Try some good supplemental fiber that will consolidate the fecal matter. One I have found and use that contains arabinogalactan fiber (larch tree bark)from Bryan Richards (nutritionist)at http://www.wellnessresources.com
called Fiber Helper. Take a heaping scoop bid. It contains a blend with arabinogalactan fiber. Also, if your not, start squating for bm's. Go to http://www.naturesplatform.com
click benefits. I have found that using this effective fiber and squating for bm's produces full formed complete bm's with no effort.
I agree with the importance of fiber AND with the importance of squatting. When I have to poo, I squat down in my shower and poop in a pie tin...and when I'm done I simply dump the contents in the toilet and rinse the pie tin off under the tub faucet and store it away until the next time. (Is this too much information?? lol) Honestly, squatting for evacuation is the best, and it helps the poop to come out more fully formed.
But fiber is extremely important: Buy some "Double Fiber" bread by Oroweat and eat several slices a day, also avocados, lentils and beans (well cooked), and ripe pears are an EXCELLENT fiber source, and oat bran as well. These suggestions are just to get you started, they all have a lot of fiber content. If I were you I'd do research on the best fiber foods, make a shopping list that includes these foods, and then proceed to completely change your eating habits. Over the course of about 5-10 days, a high fiber diet, combined with squatting for BMs, will start to really change your whole pooping experience for the better.
I have been struggling with constipation & hard pebble-poo for a very long time. I have done many enemas in my life and tried various different things, but it's only now that I'm getting really serious and taking control of my bowels, so to speak. And so far so good!
I think you did not drink enough liquid therefore your bowel became dry as your body starts absorbing moisture from your poop when it dehydrated.
Have you tried using Digestive enzyme? My friend introduced me about a month ago and It works like a charm!!! Now i have at least 2 times of bowel movement a day and every time I did it, I did it with PLEASURE... :)
let me know if you interested to know more about the product and I will be more than happy to share it with you.
One thing that I discovered is that on a vegetarian diet [which I also do now] there is not enough OIL or fat. Eating meat gives us a bit of that, but not veggies so much.
Oil seeds such as Flax and Hemp hearts, sunflower seeds etc has some oils.
The best way I found to quickly get the oils that our bowels need for good movements is OLIVE OIL, or any of those kinds of bottled oils. Just try to work some into smoothies or pour it over salads or whatever.
In fact, a really great constipation cure for some people is to just pound down a couple of ounces of oil. Maybe chase it with some lemonade or suck on a spoon of honey if the taste is too much.
Normally, just taking oil like that doesn't do anything for people, but IF YOU NEED IT then it works wonders. Increase the amount you take to what you can handle, sort of let your body decide, until you have more normal movements. It won't hurt you...