Absorb Plus can be used as great carrier shake for natural constipation treatments, like high dose magnesium. Especially when you’ve lost your appetite – see our shake recipe below.
For long-term constipation treatment, it’s a good idea to look at all the factors that contribute to constipation, and then make the necessary changes in each area:
- Stress and emotional factors
- Gut microflora
- Drug use
- Nutrient & mineral deficiency
When it comes to mineral deficiency, low potassium can cause constipation. There is a constant outflow of potassium from the intestinal muscle cell to the outside of the cell. When blood potassium is low, more potassium leaves the cell. As more potassium flows out of the cell, it makes the cell more resistant to the transmission of current across its membrane and therefore, less likely to contract and move stool efficiently.
Low magnesium is also associated with low potassium and therefore, may cause constipation. Low calcium can be accompanied by low magnesium, but is not a cause of constipation – high calcium leads to constipation.
Helpful Constipation Remedy
Magnesium citrate is a common remedy for constipation. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and is also an irritant to the bowel, so the bowel wants to expel it. These two things combine to make it an excellent laxative with no side effects, even when taken long-term (at low dosages – if you take over 1000 mg per day you may have a problem eventually).
However, because it is an irritant, magnesium can also cause pain and burning in the bowel. This is the main reason people stop using it – even though 40% of the American population are deficient in magnesium!
The solution is to put your magnesium citrate (start at 250 mg and increase to a maximum of 1,000 mg), along with 2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice oil or flax oil into an Absorb Plus shake before bed. Get the magnesium citrate in capsule form, open the capsule and pour the contents into the shake before blending. This usually produces an easy bowel movement by morning.
Absorb Plus is an alkaline food, so it buffers the magnesium – so you don’t feel the pain or burning that magnesium supplementation can cause. Adding the Udo’s oil also serves to treat constipation (since many constipation sufferers are deficient in good fats – which are also needed for bowel motility).
Absorb Plus already contains a good dose of potassium, but if you suspect you are deficient, you can either add 200 mg of potassium citrate, or add a banana to your shake. Or drink a glass of coconut water after your shake (you don’t want to add it to the Absorb Plus shake as it will likely make it too sweet – unless you’re using Unsweetened Vanilla).
While you’re at it, you can also throw in these other supplements and antioxidants that work synergistically to maintain whole body health, if you wish: 50 mg pycnogenol, 60 mg CoQ10, and 1 capsule bioflavonoids (quercetin, rutin, and hesperidin). Get the supplements in capsule form, and open and pour the contents of capsules into shake before blending.
*Note: we recommend magnesium citrate rather than oxide or other forms to treat constipation, since it is the most highly absorbed.
Constipation Shake Recipe
*Take on an empty stomach (preferably) before bed to stimulate a bowel movement in the morning.
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 tbsp Udo’s Oil or flax oil
- 3 scoops Absorb Plus (use 4 scoops if you need the extra calories)
- 250 mg magnesium citrate (increase up to 1,000 mg if needed)
- Any other supplements you wish to add (we suggest CoQ10, pycnogenol and bioflavonoids).
Blend on low speed for 10 to 15 seconds, or shake vigorously in a BlenderBottle.
Pour over ice and drink with a straw.