Borax and Constipation?

Posted by Russell (Indiahoma, Oklahoma) on 10/10/2008

Ted, I have been taking borax 1/4 teaspoon in 2 liters of water. I seem to be getting constipated after the first couple of days (5 days on, 2 days off) of drinking the borax water. My QUESTION is: Does the borax kill the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria (flora) in the colon and that causes my constipation! or is it something else? I take probiotics everyday (1 culturell in morning, 1 in the evening) If I miss taking them, I get constipated. What should I do? Because I liked the energy that I received after taking the BORAX! But If it is killing the good bacteria, I guess I'll have to limit the borax. Thanks, Russell

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
10/13/2008
383 posts

Dear Russell:

Most constipation problem is the condition of acidity or metabolic acidosis. Probiotics, while it is true in helping constipation in the short term, causes constipation in the long run as most friendly and unfriendly bacteria tends to produce acid, such as lactic acid leading to metabolic acidosis. Excess lactic acid tends to be toxic to healthy cells in large amounts and hence the addictive nature of probiotics. The way to restore normal intestinal flora is for the body to have sufficient alkalinity in the body first. Primarily, baking soda and potassium citrate. But it is always the sufficient level of potassium that is most critical to normal bowel movement. In general the dosage is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in 1/2 glass of water usually twice a day. A technically correct name of potassium citrate is called tripotassium citrate. Most chloride forms of potassium are not so helpful, such as potassium chloride. Excess fried foods and overcooked foods, especially from snacks and aspartame hidden in gums these day tend to promote constipation. This is also true of table salt. In the long run I prefer safer salt substitute in form of sea salt, and iodine supplements such as kelp as a more natural substitute. Kelp is rich in iodine anyway and for people without a deficiency, I think once a week kelp is sufficient. Even low levels of DHEA (if you are over 30), even a low level of DHEA can cause constipation too in some cases. However, I have never h ave problems with intestinal flora problems from borax. I do have it if I eat too much meats, fried foods, artificial sugar, wheat, sugar, white flour, potatoes and white bread. These tends to promote bad intestinal flora. In fact probiotics are killed instantly if the diets were rich with these foods anyway. In research they have found that changing the diets and restoring normal pH usually invariably restore normal intestinal flora anyway. Perhaps just taking probiotic just once can almost reboot the intestinal flora to normal provided that the diets are alkaline forming foods such as vegetables. Even without probiotics, the restoration of normal intestinal flora are restored just with alkalizing foods such as baking soda, and vegetables. However, it should be noted that normal bowel movements requires a good electroyte imbalance of sodium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as good alkalinity, at the very least.

Ted

Replied by Russell
Indiahoma, Oklahoma
11/13/2008

Ted, I tried the potassium citrate, 1 99mcg tablet in the morning and 1 in the evening. While I think this has helped my constipation a little, I have become very dizzy, and have had some mood change, so I have stopped taking the potassium. Was I taking the potassium citrate wrong? Is there anything different I can do? Thanks, Russell

Replied by Michelle
Monroe, Ct
02/01/2012

The constipation from borax use is probably a result of borax displacing magnesium. I would suggest taking a magnesium supplement nightly and making sure to take the 2 days off per week, with mag supplements on those days as well.

Replied by Val
Uk
08/14/2014

Dear TED Borax contains ALUMINIUM

Specification:

  • ASSAY (AS DECAHYDRATE): 99.0 % minimum.
  • ASSAY AS DECAHYDRATE: 99.5%
  • BORON TRIOXIDE: 37.0%
  • SODIUM MONOXIDE: 16.7%
  • ALUMINIUM: 5 ppm.
  • CALCIUM: 0 ppm.
  • IRON: 20 ppm.
  • MAGNESIUM: 10 ppm.
  • SILICON: 400 ppm.
  • CHLORIDE: 700 ppm.
  • SULPHATE: 600 ppm.
  • INSOLUBLE IN WATER: 0.02 %

Is there a pure Borax solution on the market with the Aluminum?

Replied by Joan
Usa
11/29/2014

Val from UK: Just curious, which product label is that information from? Thanks.


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