Kratom can cause a few side effects that are generally minor. However, it can cause bad constipation in some people so it is important to know how to prevent and relieve any gastro symptoms you run into.
First, it is important to note that constipation generally occurs with those who consume larger amounts of kratom. If you have been taking more kratom than you used to, you may want to try to cut back to find relief. You can slowly cut back on the amount you take and your tolerance will also go down.
Reducing your intake is not always an option though, especially for those in severe pain that are not properly medicated. Good thing there are some ways to relieve the constipation without necessarily reducing the amount of kratom you ingest.
Another consideration is the color and strain of kratom. Typically, users report more constipation with reds, like Red Borneo. It may work to temporarily switch to a green or white strain, like White Maeng Da or Green Malay.
How Does Kratom Cause Constipation?
The primary alkaloids found in kratom act on the Mu Opioid receptors. This will lower the peristaltic intestinal activity which regulates the gastrointestinal muscular contractions. In turn, you will become constipated and feel bloated. Kratom, especially when used often or in higher doses, will slow down your body. This includes your digestive system and the result is constipation.
Here are some easy ways to help you!
It has been theorized that kratom causes dehydration. Proper hydration can help eliminate constipation by flushing out your system. Medical professionals typically recommend drinking 32 to 48 ounces of water every day. This may be more depending on your lifestyle.
You should drink when you first wake up and continue regularly throughout the day. Making kratom tea or consuming kratom via the toss and wash method can help increase your fluid intake as well.
We should all try to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. They help with hydration and contain dietary fiber. Soluble fiber will help you stay regular. Try not to consume too much insoluble fiber which is found in beans. Instead, opt for berries, green veggies, carrots, and apples!
Probiotics are live bacteria that do wonders for your digestive system. They are found in sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha. Probiotics can provide significant relief if you consume them often enough and they are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Eating yogurt for breakfast 3 days a week or drinking kombucha instead of soda can do wonders for you!
Magnesium can help with constipation and the discomfort that comes with it. You can use milk of magnesia or magnesium citrate. They work by bringing water into your bowels. This will help your digestive system move along like it is supposed to. You shouldn’t take these products very often, but they can be good to relieve your constipation as you wait for other methods to work.
Not only that, but magnesium can also work as a potentiator for kratom!
Exercise is a great way to end your constipation while also benefiting your overall health! The type of exercise doesn’t matter that much, but some do help more than others. Aerobic exercise like walking, running, or swimming can help to regulate your digestive system. Stretching can also be very beneficial.
Mineral oil is another popular option. It helps to lubricate the intestinal tract and helps the stool pass through. Do not ingest mineral oil right before eating because it can interfere with the absorption of important nutrients. Instead, take 15 to 20 ml a couple hours before or after eating.
This is not generally recommended, but can be good to use once in a blue moon to relieve severe constipation. There are plenty of products available including laxatives and stool softeners. You should never rely on these medicines long term. Instead, use it to relieve your immediate constipation while also combining it with other reliable methods.
It may take some trial and error to discover which of the methods works best for you. It is best to combine methods until you find relief. You may want to increase water, fruit, and vegetable intake as you decrease kratom intake to find long term relief, while using other methods to help with short term issues.