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Yes Cookie. Dried prunes and hot prune juice are my fail-safe mechanism. However, they only work for one day. I seem to become immune to them after the first time. Too much sugar? Would such sugar cause problems with dysbiosis?

Interesting about the potassium. My blood work has each time, for years, shown that I am somewhat deficient in potassium I think I'm supposed to be eating those disgusting things called vegetables , A little sarcasm, but I really don't know why my potassium lever would be so low. I can't eat bananas due to food allergy.
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Jeeze, I don't know. But, it'll give me something to research over the weekend

The only negative things I'm aware of with prunes is that if someone has gallbladder or kidney problems it's not a good idea to consume them. If I remember correctly, it has something to do with the oxalates in them.




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I think I'm supposed to be eating those disgusting things called vegetables

If you get creative with preparing them, you actually miss them if they're not served...


Glycemic index score prune, 29 ~ low glycemic category
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:17 AM
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Well, I know I don't go as often as I should, but I think I'll go the apple juice route before I attempt to do a colon cleansing of some sort... I don't want to stain my shorts
Then it is obvious that you've never suffered through any bout of constipation. Constipation, short or long term, can cause all sorts of problems. One problem that caused me pain and many $$ was hemorrhoids. Pushing during a bowel movement can do that. Also large impacted feces can stretch the rectum causing fissures or hemorrhoids too. A colon cleanse will not "stain" the shorts. And even if you do not have constipation problems, you should consider a colon cleans once a year. Feces can "coat" some of the intestinal lining. It will be bad for digestion, probiotics, and other such environmental problems.

Apple juice never did anything for me, unless it was fresh pressed with everything in it, including wasps sometimes. Apples actually have the reverse for me. I think it is the peel. Maybe pesticides? Growing apples can be difficult and high maintenance due to the codling moth. Customers do not want wormy apples.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:22 AM
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Jeeze, I don't know. But, it'll give me something to research over the weekend

The only negative things I'm aware of with prunes is that if someone has gallbladder or kidney problems it's not a good idea to consume them. If I remember correctly, it has something to do with the oxalates in them.
More research. Me too. Lostsoul62 needs to do this too. Constipation is the enemy. It is said that death begins in the colon. My grandmother would give her children and grandchildren castor oil, when any health problem was starting up. She maintained that if the bowels were moving properly, you would not get these colds etc.

If you don't have a gallbladder or it is not functioning properly, the liver will dump bile directly into the intestines. That's bad.
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The sodium and potassium in the body are linked because they work together to regulate fluid balance. The standard American diet is excessively salty, which results in an unhealthily high blood sodium level. A potassium deficiency can result. Reducing intake of salt often improves the function of potassium in the body, which might prevent potassium-related constipation.
https://www.livestrong.com/article/519177-constipation-and-potassium/
I've always enjoyed salt. I have obviously put this connection out of my mind. When I was a boy tending to cows, I would take a chunk off of the salt-lick and enjoy that. My grandmother use to cook all her vegetables with fatback, called salted pork. I wonder why, of all the people who ate at grandmother's table, I was the only one with constipation problems.
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Oh bother!

I've always enjoyed salt. I have obviously put this connection out of my mind. When I was a boy tending to cows, I would take a chunk off of the salt-lick and enjoy that. My grandmother use to cook all her vegetables with fatback, called salted pork. I wonder why, of all the people who ate at grandmother's table, I was the only one with constipation problems.

A few things come to mind when you were a child.. maybe you held it in because you didn't want to stop what you were doing to go use the bathroom.
Were you on any medications as a child?
Maybe your water - fiber intake was unbalanced, you didn't drink enough.
You tended cows? Perhaps too much milk? Or you had a milk allergy, that'll cause constipation.
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I've always enjoyed salt. I have obviously put this connection out of my mind. When I was a boy tending to cows, I would take a chunk off of the salt-lick and enjoy that. My grandmother use to cook all her vegetables with fatback, called salted pork. I wonder why, of all the people who ate at grandmother's table, I was the only one with constipation problems.
Well, it could be that the other people around the table weren't also sneaking chunks off the cows salt lick?

That might explain something right there...

Do you buy a lot of canned, processed foods? Or pre-packaged meats? (Meats that aren't cut up and put in a bag for you right in front of you?)

I know sometimes the sneaky buggers like to put extra salt in things to make them last longer.. Beef Jerky is especially bad, but I love the stuff

I am not a big fan of vegetables either, generally only liking potatoes, carrots, beans and broccoli.

*sigh... I saw an interesting quote from Woody Allen * "You can live to be 100, by giving up those things that make you want to live to be 100" or something like that...

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A few things come to mind when you were a child.. maybe you held it in because you didn't want to stop what you were doing to go use the bathroom.
Were you on any medications as a child?
Maybe your water - fiber intake was unbalanced, you didn't drink enough.
You tended cows? Perhaps too much milk? Or you had a milk allergy, that'll cause constipation.
Yes to all of that Cookie. For the past few years I have been able to handle my constipation with the use of extra fiber, but sometimes it sneaks up on me. I'll just have to be more diligent. I know my food allergies, but they do change over ones life. Banana, pineapple, red kidney beans, Pacific shrimp, and mildly milk. Since there is a problem with pineapple, I can't take bromelain. Many multivitamins have that digestive enzyme, so I have to be careful. Also, bromelain is among the best aid for sinus problems.

Tick, I do watch my salt more carefully in my later years.

Also speaking to the original question, age makes a big difference. Digestion is weaker, because stomach acid and enzymes are weaker. Diet has to change.
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