Triphala side effects
(San Diego, CA, USA)
First of all, THANK YOU for this website! I am so incredibly happy to have found it. I've been dealing with mild to moderate constipation off and on since childhood and I think having taken antibiotics a handful of times over the past few years has only made it worse. I just finished a course of antibiotics for a nasty sinus infection and now I'm in a particularly bad bout of constipation. For me, the problem has always been hard, difficult to pass stools with bleeding and discomfort.
I tried Triphala a few weeks ago and was happy to find that it did help me quite a bit, but it caused me some strange side effects. It made me feel pressure and pain in my body, particularly in my head, almost like it raised my blood pressure or something. Even with 1/4 of the recommended dose (I used the brand you recommended) I couldn't tolerate the throbbing head. So I'm wondering, is there any way to mitigate this side effect, and if not, what would you recommend as the next best thing since triphala did work so well for me?
I also have a question about diet. I have always eaten a lot of whole grains, so I am trying to cut way back now to see what this does for me. I also eat a mostly vegetarian diet except occasionally eating fish, so I wonder what you would recommend for the best vegetarian protein sources and what your thoughts are on soy and constipation. I also wonder what are some good things to eat for breakfast? I've eaten cereal or bread for breakfast most days for years so I'm struggling the most with this part.
Thanks so much for any feedback you can offer!