Constipation

in Detox

Constipation causes a toxic backup in the body.

  • Ideally poop 1-2 times a day
  • Want stools to be #4 on Bristol Stool Scale (a “smooth sausage”)
  • Increase fluid consumption
  • Increase magnesium. ex: Epsom Salt (baths), Natural Calm (drink), Ease magnesium oil (applied topically)
  • (Winter is dry – use a humidifier in the bedroom – clean it frequently. If it has a sponge, get rid of it. If ultrasonic or boiling humidifier = good. Want 40% humidity level in bedroom air. Don’t want excessive humidity because might encourage mold growth.)
  • If more than 3 days go without a bowel movement, do an enema. (just note that frequent enemas make the body dependent upon them and can have a rebound effect over time)
  • (Don’t give gummy bears or coconut flour when constipated)
  • Increase fiber consumption from vegetables. Aim for 4-5 servings of veggies per day. See BrainFood Cookbook veggie chart p. 39, veggie magic p. 174
  • Increase fiber consumption from organic psyllium husks
  • Apply castor oil topically over lower abdomen
  • Fermented foods can help (ex: sauerkraut, homemade raw milk kefir)
  • Cooked fruits, especially apples & plums (or prunes)
  • Increase oils (Fish oil, olive oil, ghee, etc.) – add them to everything
  • Purchase a toilet stool ex: SquattyPotamus
  • Going back and doing the GAPS intro may help
  • Stool testing (ex: GI-MAP) can identify dysbiosis (microbial imbalance in the gut)
  • Exogenous Ketones ex: Instant Ketones (Coconut Cream Flavor) Adults take 1/2 scoop, kids take way less
  • Probiotics, especially if they contain strains known to help constipation. (start with a pinch and work up) Try:
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

Angela Taylor is the author of The BrainFood Cookbook. She successfully recovered her son from autism using the GAPS/Paleo diet. She resides in Baltimore, MD and holds three degrees from John Hopkins University. Angela is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and works with clients via Skype and in-person in Baltimore. www.brainfoodhealthcoaching.com

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