Most people don’t like to talk about constipation, although many struggle with it on an almost daily basis. It appears that large or hard bowel movements may be behind things like toilet advertisements that can wash 29 golf balls simultaneously. To alleviate this painful and difficult condition, many turn to laxatives. While laxatives can work in the short term, they are not recommended for long-term use. In addition, chronic constipation can cause all sorts of other problems for your body. It is important to get to the root of the problem instead of relying on aggressive drugs.
Lifestyle changes like eating more fruit like apples, walking or exercising more can help relieve constipation. Adding other foods such as yogurt to your daily routine can also be a way of improving digestive health. If you’ve tried all these things, but still have chronic constipation, your problem may actually be an undiagnosed food allergy like a corn allergy.
Not everyone who is allergic to food has constipation as a symptom, but some do. I received many emails from people allergic to corn and suffering from severe constipation until they realized the problem and cleared the corn. Unfortunately, most people eat corn or a corn derivative with every meal, so it is difficult to understand what the real cause of constipation is.
Corn allergic babies can be particularly sensitive to constipation, especially if the baby is fed infant formula. Most of the formulas are made with corn syrup solids or other corn derivatives which can cause constipation or abdominal pain, gas and bloating for the baby. New parents often don’t understand that the formula is the cause of their baby’s stomach pain and they continue to feed their baby’s formula only to learn the cause of their baby’s distress much later.
In addition to constipation problems, some people are so sensitive to corn that using toilet paper, which contains corn starch, can cause problems. Some get a rough bottom, others get hives or sores. The wipes can also contain corn. If someone is so sensitive to corn, they will have to use water or cloth or both to clean themselves. Also, diapers or feminine products could cause similar reactions. Calling companies individually is the best way to confirm whether or not the products contain corn. Unfortunately, many have found it necessary to call companies several times and proceed with caution when trying something new. Often people who answer phones don’t have enough information to answer questions correctly, so if your allergy is severe, you need to be extremely careful.