Treatments Helping, But Constipated
Hi Ted, ACV + baking soda + water has helped my bad acid' reflux (I seem to also have a hiatal hernia), but it has caused me to, first, become jittery and then very tired and dry-mouthed and constipated. It also helped me with my bad low back pain and allergies. (Bragg's brand) Sea salt used mainly in cooking, but also a bit in water a few times, also seemed to dehydrate me and leave me constipated. Clove oil made me very tired and constipated. Aloe vera juice made my mouth dry and also contributed to constipation.(George's brand) Even molasses left me tired and constipated. Even just baking soda and water seems to dehydrate me. Lastly, oil pulling using VCO, less than 1 Tbsp once per day for last 3 days along with alkalizing with 1/2 tsp baking soda before oil pulling and then again before bed, has also left me constipated and dry mouthed. I suffered from constipation in the past, but have not had problems for last 6-9 months or so because I've improved my diet (less sugar, processed food; I've never eaten much fried food). Please note that I've been fairly conservative with everything listed above. I tried these things separately to some degree and in small amounts (1/4 - 1/2 tsp ACV per day; 1/2 tsp aloe juice per day; 1-2 drops of clove oil per day - used clove oil alone, with no other therapies; 1/2 tsp baking soda before bed and before breakfast) I've lost several pounds unintentionally. The ACV and aloe juice seem to have a strong stimulant effect on me that reminds me of Sudafed/pseudoephedrine, which I haven't taken in years. Sudafed constipated me just like this. Magnesium doesn't seem to help, as I've tried dissolved pills with only a little success, molasses with no success, and prune juice with only a little success. Also, the "glow" from various therapies only lasts for one day. Then I'm left looking tired, albeit with less back pain, reflux, and allergies. Reflux/hernia is still my most pressing issue. thanks!