Posted 05 December 2003 - 11:35 AM
Some people find taking magnesium (USRDA is 400 mgs and max is 1,000 mgs) seems to help. Magnesium containing antacids are sometimes used as laxatives because they tend to loosen up the stools.Most of the people around here seem to find 200-750 mgs of magnesium (if it is going to help) taken regularly seems to help keep the stool moist (it is an osmotic laxative when taken for that purpose).If your kidneys are working OK then it should be alright for you to take the magnesium (usually OD on magnesium only occurs when you can't flush it out of the blood properly).If you take Calcium supplements (which can be constipating) you should make sure you get at least 1 mg of magnesium for every 2 mgs of Calcium to balance out the effects (some supplements come in this combination because people find calcium alone supplements to be constipating).Some people seem to find Flax (ground seeds have the oils and fiber) or things like Flax or Fish Oil to be helpful...do not know if it is how it effects the stool, or something else, but these omega 3 oils tend to be low in the diet unless you eat fish on a regular basis. And I know some people find Olive Oil seems to help as well.One other thing that can loosen the stools that is found in the diet is sorbitol. It is in pears, apples, and all the stone fruits like peaches and plums. It can increase gas for some people, but for others it can really help to keep the stools moving. In the summer when this kind of produce is fresh and eaten alot, it is common for many people to get looser stools than usual even when they are "normal" in the GI tract. Cooking them can destroy the sorbitol, so best to get this from raw or dried fruit.K.