– Calcium carbonate is constipating.
– Calcium supplements can lead to the following side effects gas, constipation and bloating.
The first time I ever suffered from a chronic constipation was last year 2016 and it was after I fed on just milk, Cabin biscuits and Milo for almost four days.
I would later go to the toilet after these four days and discover that I have chronic constipation.
No matter how I tried, I just could not push faeces out. It later led to varicose veins popping up every where on my anus.
It was scary but I surived it by using scent leaf.
As I am writing this post I am in the middle of another chronic constipation battle that is worse than the first.
But thank God these natural stool softeners . if not for them life would have been a mother hell for me during this period.
So I decided to research on constipation and that’s when it clicked. I realize every time I had ever suffered from it was after feeding on too much milk.
The basis for this conclusion is tied to the fact that I had fed on just milk and steaks for up to to weeks. Wish I now understand as a bad food choice.
It was after this milk and steak routine that constipation came knocking and now I have a bad case of anal fissure which is not funny at all.
After reading different papers on the matter. I have come to realize that there is actually a condition called “calcium constipation”.
And I guess the phrase is self explanatory.
What I discovered about Calcium’s and constipation.
Reasons Why Calcium Causes Constipation (1)
- Calcium causes muscles to tighten up
Calcium’s effect on muscles is to cause them to tighten up, to contract. The colon is one large muscle.
When a calcium supplement isn’t absorbed, it makes it’s way into the colon. Since calcium causes muscles to contract, it causes the colon to tighten up.
- The colon’s squeezing action
The colon uses peristalsis, a wave-like action of tightening and relaxing, to move stool through the colon.
Since calcium keeps the colon from relaxing, the colon finds it harder to move stool along.
- The colon extracts water
The colon takes stool in liquid form and extracts water to turn the stool into a solid. When stool spends too much time in the colon, too much water is drawn out.
The stool becomes dry and hard, becomes difficult to pass. Thus the link between calcium and constipation.
Taking too much calcium (three to four times the usual dose) can lead to such side effects as constipation, dry mouth, a continuing headache, increased thirst, irritability, loss of appetite, depression, and fatigue. (2)
For now I have decide to stay off milk. Greens are now my main source of calcium.
One other fact to take into account. Taking calcium without intake of magnesium will lead to constipation.
So make sure that both calcium’s are accounted for together. Do not separate one from the other.
Also calcium citrate is better than calcium carbonate.
Don’t take too much milk or you will suffer from chronic constipation like me.