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Kratom and Constipation

KRATOM AND CONSTIPATION

Offering a world’s worth of benefits and comforts, kratom’s overnight success as herbal wellness essential remains unprecedented. Over the course of just a little over a decade, the herb has taken the US market by storm with its potent effects against aches and stress.

But of course, it’s not without a few drawbacks. For instance, numerous kratom users report developing constipation as a result of their routine kratom intake. But don’t sweat it, there are ways to relieve backed-up bowels caused by kratom.

 

What is Kratom?

First of all — what exactly is kratom? Endemic to Southeast Asia, kratom (scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa) joins the ranks of many tropical evergreen trees in the region.

These trees can grow to a height of about 80 inches as they reach full maturity, and they blossom with curious, yellow, round-shaped flowers that resemble pompoms.

But even with their show-stopping flora, the trees get the most recognition for their aesthetically unassuming leaves. Their abundance of ovate leaves that grow slightly larger than the average human hand gives the tree worldwide recognition.

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In regions where kratom grows wild and free, locals chew on raw leaves to relax and soothe their tired minds and bodies after a busy day at work.

In fact, kratom is so widely accepted in Southeast Asia for its ache-relieving benefits that it has long been used in traditional, folk medicine as a staple ingredient for various remedies.

Today, kratom is available through vendors, gas stations, smoke shops, farmer’s markets, and more across the United States. Here on local soil, people use kratom for the same reasons that folk healers do halfway around the world.

 

How Does Kratom Cause Constipation?

You would think that herbal products would actually help normalize bowel movements. Kratom in particular uses finely ground leaves that your body can’t digest.

In theory, taking kratom powder should actually work to ‘sweep’ your gut, so to speak, as it passes through without getting digested. But that’s not exactly what happens. In fact, kratom has been found to cause the opposite of healthy, normal bowel movements.

So what is it about kratom that impedes the natural evacuation of the bowels?

There’s so much more at play than just fiber. To achieve proper gut health and physiology, your body needs the proper amount of water.

When there isn’t enough water in your system, your stool becomes hardened and thus difficult to pass. And that’s kind of how kratom affects your bowel movement.

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While science has yet to prove for certain that kratom works as a diuretic, existing evidence and anecdotal reports point to the herb as a potential cause for dehydration.

By definition, a diuretic is a substance that prompts the body to flush out fluid, sodium, and other liquid byproducts in the system. That means when you take kratom, it signals your body to get rid of fluid through urine or sweat.

In doing this, kratom may cause reduce the amount of available fluid in your body. This also affects the fluid content in your fecal matter, making the waste material compact and hardened.

As a result, taking regular doses of kratom can make it difficult to pass stool despite kratom being a natural fiber.

 

How to Treat Kratom-Induced Constipation

So you’ve got blocked bowel care from your favorite calming herb. While it might not be a cause for alarm, hardened stools can be tough on the butthole.

But more than that, chronic constipation that persists for weeks or months can cause further complications like hemorrhoids, anal tears, rectal prolapse, and fecal impaction.

That’s why if kratom is a daily staple and you’re struggling with constipation it brings, it might help to follow these tips:

  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration remains a serious threat for people who struggle with constipation. Remember — it’s the reduced fluid levels in your system that make constipation possible.

If kratom is a fixed part of your everyday routine, then it’s important to make sure you double up on your water intake to combat the herb’s diuretic properties.

According to experts, kratom users should ideally adopt a volume-per-volume replacement method. That means every time you’ll have to finish a glass of water after every visit to the bathroom.

You’ll also have to account for profuse sweating. If you feel that you’re sweating a little more than usual, drink up a glass or two.

Keep in mind that volume per volume replacement doesn’t include the standard eight glasses that you should drink in a day. So you can kind of picture out how much water it entails.

  • Take more fiber. Yes, kratom is fiber and your gut can’t digest it. But you can’t rely on those few grams of kratom powder and call it a sufficient daily intake of fiber.

Aside from your kratom intake, it’s important to make sure that you adjust your diet to incorporate more natural fiber. Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds can help normalize bowel movements.

According to experts, women should have at least 21g of fiber a day, while men should consume at least 30g. But these estimates represent normal fiber intake in the absence of diuretics.

Since you’ve made kratom an everyday staple, it may be necessary to increase your fiber intake by up to 10g to keep your toilet habits normal.

  • Watch your kratom intake. How much kratom do you use in a day? Kratom’s diuretic properties intensify as you dial up your dose. So the more you take, the more dehydrated you become.

Keep your kratom use to a bare minimum to keep your gut healthy. Whenever possible, see to it that you take regular breaks from kratom use.

Not only will this help maintain proper bowel movements, but it should also help you avoid other kratom-related issues like increased tolerance or dependence.

  • Cut back on diuretics. You take more diuretics than you might think. Coffee, tea, alcohol, and even garlic and onions have been found to possess diuretic properties.

And then there are certain medications and supplements that work in similar ways to flush water out of your body. Combining any of these products with your kratom use could result in further dehydration.

Consider all of the food and drink you usually eat in a day. Look them up on the web to find out whether they can parch your body. If they fall into the diuretic category, try to cut back or cut them out altogether.

  • Take a laxative. When push comes to shove, you might find the need to take a laxative. Lots of natural supplements exist out there to help people get rid of doody without it having to feel like giving birth to a whole baby.

Psyllium husk, senna tea, chia seeds, and fruits like avocado, papaya, and aloe vera help to move things along for effortless trips to the toilet.

Just make sure to watch your laxative use as well. Too much laxative can cause serious problems for your health. So you might want to turn to these poop-inducing agents only when you’re out of options.

  • Practice regularity. Mind over matter doesn’t just apply to those grueling half-hour workouts at the gym. Sitting on the toilet conditions your mind to signal your bowels to move.

Even when you don’t feel like going, sitting on the toilet places your body in conditions that encourage poop-related activity. You can think of it like Pavlov’s toilet.

By practicing going to the bathroom at set times throughout the day, you conjure up regular bowel movements that prevent the build-up of waste material in your gut.

  • Get active. Remember that your gut is in constant motion. When you sit down for long periods of time throughout the day for most of the week, then you constrict movement. This involves not just the gut, but the surrounding muscular structures.

A lack of movement restricts the sinuous churning of the intestines, which may result in constipation. Exercising regularly helps encourage those movements and bowel regularity.

You don’t need an elaborate workout routine to keep constipation at bay. Simple cardio like walking or jogging can be more than enough to help move your gut.

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Overcoming Kratom-Induced Constipation

Blocked bowels can be seriously uncomfortable. So if you find that your kratom use has caused some issues with your gut regularity, it might be time to adopt a few changes.

Try to incorporate these tips into your everyday routine to keep constipation at bay as you enjoy the benefits of kratom.

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