Do you suffer from constipation after taking Kratom? If so, you are not alone. Constipation is a common side effect for Kratom users. (Constipation can be caused by many factors, including strong over the counter or prescription drugs for pain relief, antidepressants, antacids, and iron pills with calcium or aluminum). Kratom users may experience a range of reactions from no symptoms to mild irritation, or perhaps more severe discomfort depending on the amount of Kratom consumed. Regardless, the way to counteract any level of constipation from Kratom is the same as if it results from any other source.
The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely. For some, three times a day is the norm. Others have them just a three times a week. Going longer than 3 or more days without a bowel movement, is usually too long. After 3 days, your stool gets harder and more difficult to pass.
We offer a few suggestions that may help give you relief naturally. Home remedies for constipation relief, start with some simple recommendations.
Drink lots of water
While it is well known that hydration helps prevent a wide host of medical problems, it also helps your digestive system stay regular. Eight glasses of water a day lubricates your intestines and allows your bowels to function as intended.
Like water, beans are not only good for heart health, they also prevent constipation. A variety of pinto, red, black, lima, navy, and garbanzo beans (chick peas) can add flavor and variety to your diet. The more of these you eat, the more your system acclimates to them and reduces occurrences of gas.
Honey and black molasses
Honey and molasses have been used for centuries as a mild laxative. One tablespoon of honey three times a day will help relieve constipation. It can be taken on its own, with hot water and lemon, or in a nice cup of tea. Molasses is best taken before going to bed. Be advised though, that as it is very high in calories, it should not be taken regularly.
Many people are surprised to hear that the reason they need to go to the bathroom after their morning Cup of Joe is that the natural bitterness of the bean stimulates your digestive tract!
Fiber and Whole Grains
Not a coffee drinker? Another way to kick your digestive tract into gear is with a bowl of high fiber bran cereal. It’s the bulk it adds to your stool that does the trick! Remember to start with small amounts and progress to larger quantities as fiber, like beans, can be gassy. Your system will adjust! Oatmeal is a good substitute for bran cereal. Adding a sprinkle of barley flakes on your favorite soup or stew to get the same effect. Try to substitute whole grains for refined flours. Use whole grain breads, and brown rice instead of white.
Fruits and Vegetables
An apple a day really can keep the doctor away – it’s full of fiber and acts as a natural laxative after a meal (apple juice or cider works too).
Prunes and prune juice were the recommended solution of our grandmothers, and like so many of that generations homespun remedies, are entirely safe and effective. While my grandma may not have known it, prunes are extremely rich in fiber and dihydroxyphenyl isatin – a compound which stimulates the colon.
Raisins are just dried up grapes, and in addition to being high in fiber, are full of tartaric acid which is another effective natural laxative. They are a great way to sweeten up your morning cereal or to eat as an afternoon snack.
Enjoying a host of fresh (or frozen) vegetables with your meals is another good way to reduce the discomfort of constipation. Fiber-rich vegetables include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, corn, peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Not a fan of whole servings of veggies, then chop them, mince them, puree them and add them to sauces, soups, and stews. Veggie Smoothies made by blending together fruits and vegetables.
Rhubarb is another high source of fiber and it can be prepared in so many delicious ways. You can stew it and sweeten it with honey, on oatmeal or yogurt. You can bake it in a pie, or puree it into a morning smoothie.
Seeds and oils
Eating seeds such as pumpkin and sesame helps you bulk up your stool while it softens food waste in your intestines. Olive, sunflower, and soy oils lubricate your intestines, making elimination smoother.
We have provided many options for you to use your diet to help, but here is another completely different source of help. An increased level of physical activity encourages bowel regularity. It’s common sense, an active body includes an active bowel, a lazy body leads to a lazy bowel. A good healthy daily walk can be a great way to keep everything on track.
We hope these suggestions will help if you experience constipation while using Kratom. Here are two last suggestions. As much as possible, go when you feel the slightest urge – do not wait or try to suppress that urge. If your constipation symptoms and discomfort continue, reduce your dose of Kratom or change your strain of kratom until your symptoms subside.