I’ve been keeping up with your posts concerning this problem, and I’ve been doing a lot of research on the subject. I’ve also been researching more about Ayurvedic medicines since I find these are often extremely helpful during a Candida treatment (oil pulling is just one example).
In studying the Ayurvedic medicines, I came across an interesting herb by the name of Triphala. This is an herb which acts as a complete body cleanser and also detoxifies the colon as well as purifying the blood by removing toxins. You may want to read up on this herb mixture yourself and consider using it. A store by the name of “Organic India” which specializes in Ayurveda healing sells it online, but it’s also sold on Amazon.
A magnesium deficiency is a very common cause of constipation, and anyone can have an unusually higher need for magnesium than normal (the same goes for any vitamin or mineral). Are you taking a calcium supplement with magnesium? If so, what is the source and the amounts of each? Calcium carbonate is the most beneficial source, and taking too much calcium and not enough magnesium can cause constipation.
There’s also another cause of chronic constipation which is connected to a Candida infestation and that’s low thyroid function. You’ve probably read some of my posts on this before, and the best way to check to see if the thyroid is low is by checking your basal body temperature. Below are the instructions for doing that.
Taking Your Basal Body Temperature:
Your metabolic rate, which is how much energy you burn, is largely determined by your thyroid gland. Your body temperature is also largely regulated by your thyroid gland, and a low body temperature can be an indication of slow metabolism and low thyroid. Reduced thyroid function often manifests as a drop in basal body temperature to below the normal level of 98.6 degrees F. Use an accurate thermometer and write down your results for three days.
1. Place the thermometer beside your bed before you go to sleep. If you’re using a mercury thermometer, shake it down to below 95° F.
2. On waking, before doing anything else (including talking), place the thermometer in your armpit for a full 10 minutes. Stay as still and relaxed as possible. If it helps, use a kitchen timer.
3. After 10 minutes, read and record the date and temperature. Women may also want to record where they are in their menstrual cycle.
4. Menstruating women should perform the test on days 1, 2 and 3 of their cycle, which are the first three days of menstruation. If menstrual cycles are irregular, make an educated guess about when your period should be starting.
5. Men, children, and postmenopausal women can perform the test at any time.
6. Women using oral or topical progesterone should not take progesterone the day before or on the days that the basal temperatures are taken.
I’m sure you’ve read the post concerning constipation remedies; have you tried Dr. Miller’s Holy Tea? A lot of the ladies on the forum have had success with this tea in the past, so maybe it could help on a temporary basis at least until you’re able to correct the problem.
Please keep us posted, Kirsty.