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Colonic Inertia & MS

November 15, 2017

Colonic inertia is a disorder that can come with severe abdominal pain or bloating. It is best described as abnormal passage of stool. In some cases, the colon ceases to function normally. Colonic Inertia is a common symptom that occurs in Multiple Sclerosis.

Also referred to as slow-transit constipation, colonic inertia means that a person has constant constipation along with abdominal discomfort. People who suffer from colonic inertia usually do not pass stool for anywhere from 7 to 10 days or in some cases even longer. There are situations where this disorder also involves abnormalities in movement within the upper intestine, such as delayed emptying of the stomach and something called small intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition that causes symptoms of a blockage when in fact there isn't one.

In colonic inertia, stool can remain stored in part of the colon and not move through the part of the colon called rectosigmoid, which is responsible for transferring stool out of the body. It is not unusual for people to want to address gut issues in a natural fashion. The colonic inertia diet takes fiber, fats, fruits, and vegetables as well as protein into consideration.

If you suffer from colonic inertia, there is likely a defect in the electrical signalling within your body. Even though the walls of the colon stretch, certain areas of the colon still refuse to respond. Some food might move eventually due to the fact that it is being pushed by a mass of back up residues that have been accumulating, but the point is that evacuation is happening too late. What you eat can make a difference.

This is what a colonic inertia diet can look like:

Good fats- Coconut oil, avocado oil, egg yolk, organic yogurt from pasture raised cows or goats, as well as fish oil are all good, but avoiding hydrogenated fats like margarines and pastries is recommended.

Fiber- Insoluble fiber can add bulk to the volume of the stool, which can be helpful to people who suffer from constipation. It can make it easier for stool to move through the colon and out of the body, but can be problematic for those who suffer from colonic inertia. However, soluble fiber puts water into the bowel, which leads to softer stools. Oatmeal, bran, black beans, kidney beans, flaxseeds, Brussel sprouts, and citrus fruits all have soluble fiber.

Proteins- Meat can be hard to digest if you have colonic inertia but there are other good sources such as eggs, peanut butter, and almond milk. Remember, getting protein is essential in building and maintaining muscle mass. Many people who struggle with protein turn to smoothies. They use protein powders to supplement in cases where they aren't getting enough protein from diet. Not all protein powders are alike, so do some research to find out what the best (healthiest) options are.