Kratom is a natural supplement, but even natural products can have side effects. It’s important to know what these side effects could potentially be when deciding whether or not you would like to use kratom. Many people question whether or not kratom causes constipation or other digestive tract issues.
In short, yes, some people find their kratom use leads to constipation. This doesn’t, however, mean an end to kratom consumption, since constipation symptoms can be minimized by staying hydrated, eating more fiber, and taking care to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
This is not to say that your kratom use will lead to constipation, as each person’s digestive system reacts differently. What works for one person may not work for another. Should you find yourself with a backed-up bowel, then read on, as we have a look at how to deal with constipation related to kratom use.
Kratom’s side effects
Some users have reported constipation issues when using kratom. As a refresher, constipation refers to difficulty emptying the bowels. It is usually accompanied by hardened feces and can be somewhat uncomfortable.
Tests have found that kratom can affect the gastrointestinal system in negative ways, from constipation to nausea and upset stomach. Dry mouth and dehydration have also been identified as side effects of kratom use.
Fortunately, many of these side effects are easily addressed. Drinking water, for instance, can relieve dry mouth and dehydration.
Conquering constipation caused by kratom
Of course, the easiest way to stop kratom-caused constipation is to stop taking kratom. But there are solutions that don’t involve abstinence. What you eat has a direct effect on your gastrointestinal system, and it’s possible for changes in your diet to cause changes in your body. To that end, have a close look at the food you’re eating and the quantity to see if there are any changes you can make to improve your body’s processing abilities.
Drink water. It seems to be the advice given for everything. And with good reason: staying properly hydrated is good for you. When it comes to constipation relief, there are entire shelves full of various potions and powders at your local pharmacy, but try reaching for the water bottle first. It’s quite possible that the extra liquid was just what your bowel needed. Besides, drinking water is good for you.
But water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Any liquid will do the trick, including kratom tea.
If you’re purely a capsule kratom user and find yourself getting blocked up, try switching to tea to see if it makes a difference. But also, drink more water.
Eat healthy foods
Following recommended food guidelines and eating healthy is generally a good idea, whether or not you’re experiencing kratom-induced digestive issues. For those dealing with things like constipation, paying attention to what you eat can have serious benefits.
Fruits and vegetables, in addition to being delicious, are great for staying hydrated without drinking what feels like a swimming pool’s worth of water each day. This is because fruits and vegetables are themselves filled with water.
Some of the most hydration-friendly fruits to make your gastro system glad are tomatoes (yup, it’s a fruit), grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon. Over in the vegetable patch, reach for zucchini, spinach, bell peppers, radish, or celery when looking to eat your hydration.
Boost your fiber
From bran to beans, there are plenty of ways to increase your fiber intake by slightly changing your eating habits. And it’s possible to do it without eating bowl full of bland cereal. Eat more grains, vegetables, and legumes. You can also buy fiber supplements.
However you choose to get more fiber in your diet, you will notice an improvement in your gastrointestinal health.
If you’ve drunk all the water, eaten all the fiber, and still find yourself all blocked up, you can try mineral oil. Unlike vegetable oil, this stuff is made from the same source as the oil that goes in your car: petroleum products. Despite that dubious source, it’s safe to eat. You’ll find it in the laxatives aisle at your local pharmacy. This stuff is well known for its ability to get things moving again and can provide relief from constipation within six to eight hours.
Some drink suggestions to help you stay hydrated
Kratom tea shouldn’t be a replacement for drinking water, but if you find yourself struggling to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, including tea can get you closer to your goal. If you’re not partial to the taste of plain kratom powder in hot water, consider adding an herbal tea bag to add some more flavor.
But maybe tea isn’t your thing, and you prefer capsules. In this case, juice is the perfect answer. It could be as simple as pouring yourself a glass of orange juice to wash down that capsule. But here’s the trick: instead of a small sip, pour a big glass and drink it all down.
If you’re feeling creative, or enjoy making concoctions in the kitchen, you could make a kratom powder smoothie with greek yogurt, fresh berries, and juice. Add a bit of protein powder and you’ve got a dual-purpose smoothie: good for post workouts and for getting your dose of kratom.
You could even mix kratom with coffee for a caffeinated delivery method. But remember that caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it makes you pee, so this may not be the best option if you’re looking for ways to boost your hydration levels.
Final thoughts on kratom and constipation
As we’ve seen, kratom can indeed lead to constipation and other gastrointestinal issues in some users. And we’ve learned that each person’s body deals with kratom differently, including the way that side effects present themselves. Now that you’re aware of the potential side effects, and how to mitigate them, you’ll be better prepared should you find yourself with no way to go.