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Sluggish Bowel?

I've recently gone gluten free as part of a low fodmap diet and take golden linseeds (soaked in orange juice) to help with my IBS-C (this helps reduce some of the bloating I get). This has helped somewhat but I still have occasional days where I can have 3 or 4 or 5 BMs in a day (one is usual) and this leaves me feeling horrendously washed out for that day. It's almost like my system isn't clearing itself out properly. Any advice or suggestions to prevent such a build up would be much appreciated. Thanks TG

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I have no advice but I am the same. I can go 2 weeks with no bowel movement and then I have a week when I am going 6 times a day until it is empty.

Would also like some advice. I am a teacher so I am scared to take laxatives.


You need to take a high amount of magnesium citrate or oxide. About 800 to 1200mg. I have had Ibs c almost my whole life and am now in my fifties. This is the best natural supplement to take for this condition and I have tried many. Even my consultant recommended it. I take it every day. You must take it on an empty stomach just before bed with lots of water. I would start with a high dose initially just to clear you out. Even if it means taking a few capsules. I sometimes take 6 200mg capsules. Capsules are the best not tablets and it has to be citrate or oxide as these are the ones that work for constipation. There is a lot of information about constipation and magnesium on the internet. There is a site called Ibs tales that discusses this. The ones I take are either Now foods Magnesium citrate, Solgar Magnesium Citrate or Life extensions. I get mine from the US on a site called iHerb, but you can get them on Amazon. There are other magnesium oxide products specifically for colon cleansing called Mag 07, Colosan and Oxypowder. They are a bit expensive but are amazing. I use these in between. No cramps no bloating, just relief. You can get these on Amazon as well. Don't suffer any longer. By the way I also follow a low fodmap diet through a dietician but this alone does not help constipation.

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Hi Pat1

Many thanks for the comprehensive advice.

Kind regards



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