Constipation refers to a condition in which there’s difficulty emptying the bowels, often associated with hardened stool. There are many different causes of constipation, ranging from dehydration to low fiber intake. Like any other drug or herbal remedy, Kratom has few side effects, and constipation is one of them.
What is Kratom constipation?
Kratom constipation happens due to excessive consumption of Kratom or too frequent intake. Because of Kratom’s stimulating nature, it activates the body’s sympathetic nervous system, which consequently reduces the peristaltic activity of the intestine. Further, it inhibits the formation and elimination of stool, resulting in constipation.
Effective Ways to Deal with Kratom Constipation
If you experience constipation after taking Kratom, here are some practical and safe ways to alleviate your condition:
Drink more water or liquids. Medically speaking, constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements a week, while severe constipation is having less than one bowel movement per week. Normal transit time takes between 12 to 72 hours. If the bowel transit time is too slow, it will take too long for the food to pass through the colon, which results in over-absorption of water.
Drinking more liquids, particularly water, can help resolve this situation. To restore a healthy bowel transit, you must drink at least eight glasses of water every day. If you are suffering from Kratom constipation, drinking at least this volume of water will help relieve constipation.
Take mineral oil. Mineral oil is a very common remedy to prevent constipation. You may also use this oil to treat it, but it is less effective during active constipation.
Mineral oil coats the stool, as well as the inside of the intestines to facilitate elimination. You can consume mineral oil alone, or mix it with pudding two hours after your meal. It is not a good idea to use it before a meal as it can disrupt nutrient absorption.
The average dose of mineral oil is 4 to 5 tablespoons each day, but it will still depend on the body size. This dose takes about 8 hours to work.
Increase fiber intake. Dietary fiber comes in two types – soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber present in beans, seeds, and oat bran absorbs water and combines with the stool, so it’s easier to pass through the intestinal tract. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool, which results in easier, stress-free bowel movement. This type of fiber is present in vegetables and whole grains.
It is important to eat sufficient fiber in your diet by consuming more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to prevent Kratom constipation. For active constipation, taking prune juice can help relieve the symptoms. This is a traditional remedy that is still used until today.
Exercise. Having an active lifestyle increases the muscle activity of the intestines, so schedule more time for exercise most days of the week while taking Kratom. Exercise is especially beneficial in the morning to fire up your digestive tract, soothe stress and bring you into a positive mindset. Try ‘rebounding,’ which is jumping on a small trampoline, to stimulate your lymphatic system and bowels. Stretching, walking or jogging also support bowel function.
Use an over-the-counter laxative. Another alternative treatment for constipation is to use laxatives. While it’s highly recommended to try the methods mentioned above, in case they didn’t work, there are effective medications that can help treat constipation.
Over-the-counter laxatives work differently. Some laxatives absorb water by drawing water from the colon to add moisture to the stool for easier passage. Others trigger contractions of the intestinal muscles to help eliminate the stool.
Find out the right dose of Kratom. Experiment by lowering the dose and checking how your body responds. Bear in mind that the quality of Kratom is also a factor. The higher the quality, the less side effect or constipation you’ll have. Kratom use affects your nervous system and requires more time for the body to adjust, so be patient until your body gets used to it.
Responses from Actual Users on How to Deal Kratom-Induced Constipation
Magnesium citrate. Some users take Magnesium citrate to alleviate their constipation; however, this substance can only alleviate stomach discomfort but not constipation. It is better to apply other remedies since Magnesium citrate isn’t enough.
Probiotics. One user reported taking probiotics in the form of food or supplements, along with mineral supplements to prevent constipation. This keeps the gut flora in a balanced state.
Apple fiber. Apple has a unique type of fiber called pectin – an insoluble fiber that adds bulk to stool to help it pass through the intestinal tract easily.
Fleet enema. Some users suggested fleet enema to soften very hard stool and help pass it out.
Frequent Asked Questions about Kratom Constipation
Should I stop taking Kratom during constipation?
You may or may not. This depends on many factors. Some people can resolve this problem by reducing the dosage, while others need to discontinue it. Kratom constipation can be caused by other factors such as reduced water intake, low fiber intake among others. A person may blame it on Kratom use yet it is caused by other factors.
If you are prone to having constipation, it is important to manage it first before starting Kratom use.
What should I do when I experienced constipation after Kratom use?
Temporarily stop using Kratom and drink plenty of fluids. Start exercising by taking a 30-minute walk. Do stretching exercises and jump around to stimulate peristaltic movement.
If that doesn’t help, take Magnesium Citrate. If this doesn’t help, take olive, castor or mineral oil. If constipation persists after 36 hours, take a laxative and Senna tea. If these remedies still don’t help, see a doctor immediately.
Is Kratom harmful?
No, this wonderful herb is not harmful. Kratom causes very mild side effects, and as of now, no toxicities have been reported. Also, you don’t develop quick tolerance or addiction to the Kratom effects. But it’s best to remain on the safe side by starting with small doses of Kratom and gradually work your way up to prevent unpleasant side effects.
How frequent can I use Kratom?
Kratom shouldn’t frequently be taken. It is recommended to be taken not more than three times a week. Taking more than that may lead to side effects.
Besides, be sure not to take one Kratom strain frequently as it leads to stagnant strain syndrome. Be sure to change strain on a regular basis.
Do I have to change my diet while using Kratom?
Having a well-balanced diet, filled with nutrient-dense foods is essential to stay healthy. Take note that certain foods can cause or make constipation worse.
Try to avoid fried foods because trans-fats, which are often found in fast food, processed foods, and fried foods, slow down bowel transit time and even ‘clog up’ your digestion. Alcohol can also make constipation worse as it increases fluid loss and urine production. Avoid alcohol to prevent dehydration and drink plenty of water.
Many people are lactose-intolerant and may become constipation from consumption of dairy products. Caffeine has many different effects on digestion, but some people experience constipation from caffeine consumption as it can increase urine production.
Since Kratom can cause loss of appetite, leading to weight loss, be sure to take sufficient amounts of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in your diet.
Often, constipation, whether caused by Kratom use or other factors, can be managed on your own – without the need for laxatives, prescription medication or a doctor visit. In some cases, it is necessary to call a doctor.
- If you notice blood in your stool, signs of an enlarged spleen or a bulging abdomen
- If your constipation lasts for more than three weeks
- Long-term constipation could lead to fecal impaction. This could lead to serious illness if left ignored. It may also lead to hemorrhoids.
It is important to visit your doctor to receive proper treatment before your situation worsens.