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CONSTIPATION REMEDIES FOR PD


With 63% of PD people suffering from constipation, it is a significant issues and worth addressing.


PD victims have an insufficient level of dopamine to function normally. To manage PD like symptoms, it often requires as much as 60 times the amount of dopamine that non-PD people need.

In addition to increasing the level of dopamine, here are several helpful suggestions to assist you in overcoming constipation.


COMMON CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION:

Too much dairy especially cheese

High levels of stress

Holding a BM when you want to eliminate

Antacids both over the counter and prescription

Iron supplements

Hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes


EASING CONSTIPATION

Eat lots of vegetables (nine cups a day) (loaded with fiber)

Chew your food thoroughly

Drink 4 oz of liquid every hour

Start your day with hot lemon water

Add okra to your diet (it causes the gut to produce more mucus for easing the food through)

Consume oils like coconut, avocado, fish, olive, and MCT. Use them liberally.


OTHER CONSIDERATION:

The goal is to have normal bowel function. This means having a BM before 8am every day that is well formed and comfortable.

Following are some short term helpful ideas:

Bulk forming laxatives such as psyllium (Metamucil). Psyllium absorbs fluid and softens the stool. This makes it easier to pass.

Magnesium citrate - this product is over the counter and will empty your intestines overnight. Absolutely not for regular use.

Milk of Magnesia - gentle and effective for temporary use only.

Smooth Move Tea - effective and often used on a regular basis.

Probiotics - a study in the Journal of Neurobiology found that probi

otic helped people with PD have more frequent and complete BMs.

Laxatives, suppositories, and enemas can have serious side effects especially if used long term. Consult a medical professional if you are considering using them.


WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP:

Blood in your stool

Intensely painful bowel movements

Constipation that lasts three week or longer

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