Yeah, it's been 2 weeks now. I"ve gone from no bowel movements to one good one a day. If you look up mitochondrial dysfunction, you'll see constipation is one of the symptoms. So is pancreatic output dysfunction interestingly enough.
As are high serum calcium, hypothyroidism, dehydration, nerve damage, excessive iron consumption, lack of bile output,..........
As are high serum calcium - normal
, hypothyroidism - nope ,
dehydration - nope,
nerve damage - can't be or I wouldn't poop with carb diet
excessive iron consumption - nope,
lack of bile output - possibly
Please, I know all the possible reasons. Throwing a list at me isn't helpful. I've gone thorugh all this already. I have experimented and kept all other variables under control. It's the low carbs and thereason is most likely mitochondrial dysfunction which I do have according to tests at Acumen in the UK
The list was more for other people reading the post since I don't want people thinking that there is only a couple of causes of constipation. When people make assumptions like this they often misdiagnose themselves by only looking at a symptom or two and a cause or two. For example, a lot of people self diagnose with Candida overgrowth based on a white tongue coating since they read this is a symptom. But bacterial coatings can also cause a white tongue coating and is much more common.
Very well put. High serum calcuim, excess iron, lack of bile. Definite contributors to constipation. Foods higher in calcium make me more constipated. Calcium supplements are one of candida's favorite friends because it buffers acid. Being too alkaline i found out causes constipation as well. I realized that friendly bacteria does best in a slightly acidic environment--hence the name "ACID"dophilus. Eating a slighlty acid forming diet seems to push the bowels through faster..as well as eating foods that promote bile.
Ive been struggling with this to the point where I needed enemas to evacuate. I went off my low carb diet I had been following for months. NOt only do I feel better but I'm pooping again on a normal basis and the burping is gone way down and I just feel better generally.
Carbohydrates include fibers, which help to build up the flora. The flora generate about 80% of the body's serotonin, which among other things help regulate intestinal peristalsis.
So, I think w/o the sugar/carbs in my diet I"m just not producing enough energy in my mitochondria for the colon to have effective motility.
When I go back on the diet, I'll add in carnitine (it brings fats etc into the mitochondria) adn see if that helps the constipation and overall motility.
Adding fats will also help by increasing bile secretion, which irritates the intestinal wall also increasing peristalsis. This is why when people have their gallbladders removed they develop chronic diarrhea. The dumping of bile, instead of the normal squirting of small amounts, leads to burning of the intestinal wall from the caustic nature of the bile. This leads to an influx of water in to the intestines and increased peristalsis, thus the diarrhea.
I took some bile salts and it gave me diarrhea. Bile salts seem to be a lot stronger than HCL caps. Pumpkin seeds seem to really help my bowel movements. They seem to be the only seed/nut that agrees with me. Gallbladder- squirts bile=fuel injection no gallbladder-dumps bile=carburetor :)
I was taking a lot of fiber in the form of psyllium - prolly 4 teaspoons a day. Surely enough to replace any fiber lost due to low carbing.
Psyllium, especially the husk, is not a good choice for fiber. It is to hard and sharp for the intestines. Soft fibers such as oat or rice bran are much better choices and more nutritional.
Not a fan of psyllium. Gives people a lot of gas because its highly fermentable. Gave me extreme bloating. Pumpkin seeds seem to give me the best bowel movements. Maybe cause their very high in magnesium. I try to find the pumpkin seeds that have 0% calcium that seems to help as well. Pumpkin seeds may not be for everyone, but its the only seed or nut that seems to agree with me. Sometimes macadamia nuts will agree with me as well.
what can cause low bile production OTHER than low fat in the diet? I researched this some in the past, and remember not coming up with an answer.
The only things I can think of off the top of my head are lack of fiber intake or lack of lecithin, both of which are required for bile formation.