I just spent one week in Hyderabad, India. The food was tasty, but the effect on my GI tract was amazing, and I am desperate to emulate this back home. But how? (TMI inside)
So I have a long term history of constipation, starting from when I was a young girl. I've seen a few gastroenterologists, and since having babies have spent a lot of time with various allied health professionals trying to get things better. I aim for a 4 on the bristol stool scale
, but practically never get there. I'm average about a 2. Frequently a 1, and sometimes a 3. I often complain (to anyone who listens) that it is like I am dead inside. I never get the urge to go and don't feel any peristaltic activity, regardless of how many prunes I eat.
So last week I was in Hyderabad. I'm mostly vego at home so only ate the veg dishes there. Dal, curries, spicey pilafs and biryanis, lots of flat breads and white rice 3 times a day. I also went crazy with the Indian sweets. After about 24-48 hours things started picking up so to speak. This was a complete surprise. By day 3 everything was working like a dream. I was in GI heaven and each poo experience was just so satisfying and easy. The food was a bit spicey, so by the time I got home there was a bit of burning and I did feel like I was close to the runs so wondered if I had picked up a bug. But 2-3 days later, I'm back to being dead inside.
Interestingly, a colleague I was travelling with (also constipationally inclined) reported similar effects. Where as other colleagues who normally have no problem reported being constipated.
Does anyone have any ideas about what went on? And more importantly how can i replicate this at home?
Please assume that I normally try to do everything that I can in terms of diet (fresh fruit and watery food, psyllium, high fibre, beans, prunes, fibre & bulking supplements, probiotics and an insane water intake) obviously not all at once. I also try to exercise as much as I can (which admittedly could be more). I've also been trained by a physio on the correct posture for 'going'.
I've consulted Dr Google since being home and can't really find anything. A few random suggestions were: higher quantities of ghee, chili (red peppers), cumin or tumeric (active ingredient cucamin). But most sources advise avoiding spicey food if you are prone to constipation. I'm not at all familiar with Ayurvedic medicine so am wondering if this is something I should investigate further?
I guess I could try to replicate this diet at home, but that is a LOT of work. Any ideas about particular ingredients to experiment with? Or perhaps it was the sheer quantity of pulses? Has anyone else had this effect after eating a lot of Red peppers? Curry? Tumeric? Ghee?