CONSTIPATION: DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS / SUPPLEMENTS
I have written these general guidelines for constipation, which is a problem for many of the children I see. Ideally it should accompany the Homeopathic Detox Therapy, but can help get bowels moving whilst we deal with the underlying root causes.
IMPORTANT: Do not use MOVICOL or similar preparations – This is made of polyethylene glycol, which is a petroleum-derivative compound that is made from ethylene glycol (ethane-1,2-diol), the main ingredient in antifreeze. I do not recommend it at all, in spite of the claims that it is ‘perfectly safe’. It is xenobiotic, and ill advised in a developing child.
Water: lots and lots of clean, filtered water. At least 1.5 litres per day if possible. Not sodas/soft drinks/fruit juices etc.
Dairy: Eliminate, with the exception of fermented dairy (Kefir).
Pasta: Eliminate pasta from the diet for the time being
Bread: Sourdough bread only. Limited amounts
Eggs: limit intake. Maximum 2 a week.
Fermented foods: Kefir, Saurkraut, Molkasan is very good also as a prebiotic to repopulate the gut. .
Apples: they are full of malic acid, which is a stool softener. A small amount of pure organic juice is ok if diluted, but obviously the fruit with all its natural fibre would be best
Sugars: try to avoid sugary foods. It’s very likely there is yeast underlying, with such a chronic constipation picture.
Aspartame: always avoid foods with artificial sweeteners of any kind
Porridge – this encourages gut peristalsis. Served with a bit of maple syrup and blueberries, it tends to be well liked.
Omega oils: Try to include good amounts of omegas in the diet. Avocados, small oily fish (sardines, mackerel, trout etc.).
3 main ones to help constipation. Give after breakfast.
- Magnesium: 1 capsule morning and evening until bowels movements increase. Then a maintenance dose of 1 capsule per day.
- Vitamin C powder – start with 1 scoop morning and evening. This can be raised in the short-term to ‘bowel tolerance’, at which point you can then reduce to a maintenance dose of 1 scoop.
- Zinc – 1 capsule morning – after breakfast to avoid any nausea.
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In small children, it can be easier to mix the above (along with Molkosan) and a small amount of diluted apple juice, and administer with a giant syringe. If capsules are a problem, there are liquid forms of zinc and magnesium, but these are more expensive, and dosage is smaller than required in these instances of chronic constipation. These would be the alternatives:
Zinc – double the daily recommendation (give dose morning and evening).
Magnesium – as an alternative source. Double or triple the dose.
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