Liquid Diet to rest digestive track?

I'm 24 and have been plagued with various digestive issues my entire life, the most common being chronic constipation and now in recent years, internal and external hemorrhoids. I'm constantly in pain and its been a vicious cycle for years: I get constipated, take laxatives, end up with hemorrhoids, finally get them healed, then get constipated again. I've decided enough is enough and want to completely change my way of eating and digestion and have been told to start with a detox and to rest my digestive track. My plan is this:1) Go on a complete Liquid diet for 1-2 weeks to clear my system of all solids and rest my colon, hopefully aiding in dramatically reducing my external hemorrhoids.2) Reintroduce soft foods after liquid diet for 1-2 weeks.3) Start eating more solids, but refusing gluten (a possible cause of my constipation) and caffeine.Does this sound like a good plan to "reset" my system? Any tips? and food/liquid suggestions? Any suggestions, comments, tips would be greatly, greatly appreciated! Thank you!!I've been tested for celiac disease and tested negative, my Mom tested negative as well (she also suffers from various digestive issues) and yet, when we both cut out gluten, we feel much better. She is very strictly gluten-free, while I have only gone gluten-free for a few months at a time because, well, I have very little willpower (haha) but I know going gluten-free is an excellent life-change, I just want to go a reset first.

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For constipation, medication is only a very temporary solution if it works. Often you get side effects.Wheat germ and wheat bran are very high fiber foods that often help for constipation.Constipation can cause anal fissures, hemorrhoids and also some far more serious problems as in probably need to improve your diet as you seem to have a constipation problem.For constipation, castor oil is very good for a one-off remedy as in but it is unsuitable for regular use. For constipation, suppositories, laxatives, fiber supplements and enemas are all totally unnecessary if you eat the right foods and avoid the wrong foods. All fruit and vegetables in very large amounts are laxative. You need to permanently change your diet or you are likely to get colon cancer. Constipation can make you extremely unwell and can lead to colon cancer as it causes a build up of carcinogenic toxins in the system. The intake of foods such as milk, cheese, white rice, white flour and red meat should be restricted, because they tend to contribute to constipation. Any food that has had the fiber stripped out, the nutrients processed out or slows down the digestion is a constipation culprit. Here's a list of foods shown to cause constipation problems: •Meats, especially fatty meats, red meat and processed meats, •Dairy Products, such as cheese, ice cream and whole milk, •Fast Foods – burgers, French fries and other fried foods, pizza, etc., •Refined grains, like white rice or any refined white flour products, •Highly starchy foods – white potatoes, corn and all refined grains, •Pastries and other high sugar products, such as cakes, cookies and pies, •Deep-fried foods, chips and other foods that are high in bad fats. You can see lots more in which tells you "Natural Ways to Relieve Constipation" and the right foods to eat.

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  • Actually, I'd consider getting tested for Celiac disease first. It's an auto-immune disorder that makes the body have problems when gluten is ingested. It can cause nutrient deficiencies, and constipation is one of the symptoms. However, the test only looks for the body's response to gluten, and it's not real sensitive so it can only detect the response after it's built up after a few weeks of eating gluten daily. So if you go gluten free and then decide to get tested, you actually have to go BACK to eating gluten, damage yourself again for a few weeks, and THEN get the test. Better to get it now.One reason I suggest getting tested rather than just doing the diet to see if it helps is because a celiac needs to have a much stricter gluten free diet than most people eat. A celiac reacts to gluten at the same levels that, say, a peanut allergic person reacts to peanuts. Even kissing a person who just ate gluten can make a celiac sick. They can also have more severe reactions to gluten, and may need vitamin supplementation at high levels, depending on how the disease has affected them.Celiac disease is ALSO really poorly diagnosed. On average it's about 10 years to diagnosis. It took me 20 years to be diagnosed. One reason is that doctors used to think that diarrhea, weight loss, and nausea/vomiting were the only symptoms; many doctors still only diagnose based on this. However, these symptoms are completely out of date and it's been shown that celiacs can have chronic diarrhea OR constipation, chronic low weight OR overweight, and chronic stomach issues or no stomach issues at all. This site has a good list of many potential symptoms of celiac disease - people can have many of these, or just a few: it's not celiac disease, gluten intolerance CAN still be an issue, and can only be tested as you suggested, with a liquid diet. Dairy is another common one I've heard that makes some people constipated.I'd be a little concerned about the liquid diet for that long, but I'll admit I'm not very familiar with the effects of liquid diets. However, I DO know that many people with food intolerances have reported having major constipation problems, so an elimination diet of some sort might be really useful, if you were tracking what you eat and how you feel. With this, the way I was taught to reintroduce foods is to keep the same diet over the course of a few days and introduce one ingredient during that few days. Start with a little bit of the new ingredient, a few bites, and see how you feel. If no reaction within 24 hours, then 48 hours after the first trial, eat a LOT of the ingredient and see how you do. If there's not problem with 24 hours after that, it's supposed to be good and can be added, although most people I know eat it for a week before trialing anything new. Every once in a while, something is fine for those two days, but starts to cause problems after you eat it for a while.However, you might want to also explore something called an enlarged or stretched colon. This can happen with chronic constipation and it's a physical issue with the colon, which will prevent the ability to avoid constipation until it is fixed. It CAN be fixed, though, I understand. It may require a GI doc to help, but there is a lot of information on the web for this.


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