My pain that I have had for many years is gone after I quit gluten but not the constipation. I have some other intolerances - dairy, peanuts and egg that I have taken out of my diet but that has not helped the constipation either. I have tried various forms of fiber and now take miralax which works but I really don't have "normal" bms with it. I generally don't go without using something. I really see my constipation get worse with eating gluten-free bread and pasta which I woke up this morning thinking rice may be the problem. Any ideas? I love pasta but use it in moderation already. I feel like I will never gain or even maintain my weight if I take out rice products. New gastro only pushes FIBER and more FIBER.....
There is a good possiblity that it could be autoimmune related as I have a positive ANA and may have some sort of lupus thing going on. Thyroid is normal. Being constipated is so depressing. What are your thoughts on rice?
One of the most powerful things you can do to reverse constipation and keep your bowels moving is exercise, and walking continuously for up to 30 minutes a day (if you are up to this) will help a great deal if you are not yet doing this. As for fiber, the best type of fiber is the natural fiber that is found in whole foods--vegetables and nuts. Although almost all vegetables can be beneficial, nondigestable carbohydrates called fructooligosaccharides (found in significant amounts in foods such as onions, garlic, asparagus, and artichoke) may be especially helpful because they promote and stimulate the growth of probiotic "bifidofacteria" in the gastrointestinal tract. These probiotic bacteria help to minimize inflammation caused by other bacteria that are normally found and grow in the gastrointestinal tract.