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
385 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.


Replied by Russell
Indiahoma, Oklahoma

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

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

Dear TED Borax contains ALUMINIUM


  • ASSAY (AS DECAHYDRATE): 99.0 % minimum.
  • ALUMINIUM: 5 ppm.
  • CALCIUM: 0 ppm.
  • IRON: 20 ppm.
  • MAGNESIUM: 10 ppm.
  • SILICON: 400 ppm.
  • CHLORIDE: 700 ppm.
  • SULPHATE: 600 ppm.

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

Replied by Joan

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

Replied by John

Well, you are seeing "ppm" that is parts per-million. That is such a minuscule amount that it might as well be "ZERO". In fact, I would suspect that levels that low are in the noise floor of the machines accuracy. So if you sent off a sample from your batch to 3 different labs, you would get back 3 different results. Also now that such trace amounts of aluminum passing through your body will largely pass through you since your cells would rather not absorb aluminum. The real problem is when you receive toxins like this injected into your body bypassing the skins natural barrier and your natural digestive system which has limited absorption from what you ingest and protective mechanisms as well. A lot of common foods take up aluminum. Tea, Coffee, Spinach. cocoa, most spices, mushrooms, radishes, lettuce, soy products. In fact, bananas from Spain can contain up to 38.2 mg/kg. González-Weller. So you're worrying about nothing. It is even in the soil and in the air we breathe. You will have as much luck in eliminating AL from your diet as you would eliminating CO2 from the air you breathe!