IBSConstipationLargeFor constipation and Irritable Bowel, follow the sugar…

When I had this explained to me in plain English I couldn’t believe how simple it was to understand and correct.

Constipation and Irritable Bowel relate to sugar…Either too much sugars or not digesting them properly or both. It’s usually both.

Three types of sugars:
Sucrose is the sugar found in cereals, candy bars, etc.
Maltose is the sugar found in wheat, breads, pasta, etc.
Lactose is the sugar found in milk and dairy products

Water follows the sugar leading to constipation or diarrhea depending on which sugar is involved.

Sucrose crosses the gut wall, meaning once it’s in your intestines it can cross the intestinal wall into your blood stream. The water in your intestines follows the sugar leaving less water in your intestines -> Giving you Constipation

Maltose and Lactose cannot cross the gut wall so these sugars stay in your intestines. Water from your body follows the sugar causing excess water in your intestines -> Giving you Diarrhea

I bet you never heard that explanation before. So what’s the problem?

There are two problems. We eat too much sugar in the forms of sucrose, maltose and/or lactose and we don’t have the enzymes to digest them from their disaccharide forms to their monosaccharide forms. This gets more technical, but you can look these up on your own. It doesn’t matter anyway because what you need to do is digest your meals using digestive enzymes that you take with each meal. This isn’t just a good idea to get rid of these problems, but it’s a great idea for everyone that wants to digest their food…Which should be everyone.

Common Treatments:

Drink more water? Don’t think that drinking more water will cure your constipation. I’ve never met anyone that’s been able to make that work. Instead, many use fiber type products or magnesium products to keep the water in their intestines. If you’ve used Metamucil or other fiber type products you know that once you add water and mix, you better drink it quickly because the fiber traps the water and thickens the entire mixture. This mixture won’t let go of the water as it goes through your intestines. Hence it helps with constipation greatly. The problem is you have to keep using it because it doesn’t solve the real problem.

Others will use magnesium type products like Milk of Magnesia or magnesium in a supplement form. These act as a laxative because they attract water and not only keep water from escaping your intestines into your body, but actually pull water from your body into your intestines. Most people that take magnesium realize if they take too much they get diarrhea and have to lower their dose. But here again, if they stop taking it their constipation comes back so it’s not a fix.

There are products I have that will help you out quickly with the constipation. If you have it, you probably already have your tricks to get around it. With irritable bowel however, there is another enzyme formula to restore health to your intestines. The constant sugar irritation takes its toll on the small intestines and they need to be healed.

What’s the Solution?

Digestive Enzymes. Digestive enzymes allow you to digest your food, including your sugars. This breaks the disacharides into monosacharides and rids you of your problems. This may take some time to correct, but you’ll start noticing differences within a few days usually.

Constipation and Irritable Bowel have solutions and I know how to correct them. I also tend to find that people with these problems tend to have a laundry list of symptoms they would like to get rid of as well. I have solutions for many of these and often many of the problems are related so that one solution corrects several problems simultaneously.

Gluten Intolerance?

For those of you that think you have a Gluten Intolerance, listen to this. You may not have a gluten intolerance. Instead you might be having a problem with maltose, the sugar in breads, pasta, etc. When you stop eating these foods you feel better and the hype these days is all about the gluten. What you may have however is a maltase deficiency. This is the enzyme that digests maltose. I’ll discuss this more in a different article on Gluten Intolerance.

Please call and I would be happy to discuss with you further what’s bothering you and to see if I can help. Or come in for a Free Consultation and speak with me directly.


Dr. Jeff