If you’re experiencing constipation, you may be deficient in this important vitamin.


SIBO, IBS, and Constipation: Unrecognized Thiamine Deficiency?


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00 Introduction: The top nutritional deficiency behind constipation
13 Understanding the gut and constipation
7:48 How to get vitamin B1
7:58 Learn more about vitamin B1!

Let’s talk about the #1 nutritional deficiency behind constipation: a vitamin B1 deficiency. A severe vitamin B1 deficiency is called beriberi.

Constipation is essentially a problem with peristalsis—it’s not working properly, and you’re not pumping waste through the body. But if we look even deeper, this issue is related to the autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system is intimately involved with the gut. When you don’t have enough vitamin B1 (thiamine), a lot of things can go wrong with the autonomic nervous system—which then affects the gut.

A thiamine deficiency can also cause other problems in your gut that may lead to constipation, including:
• Low stomach acid
• Decreased gastric mobility (gastroparesis)
• Decreased pancreatic enzymes
• Biliary dyskinesia

A diet high in refined carbs and sugar is one of the primary causes of a B1 deficiency.

I’m not against herbal laxatives, as long as you’re also trying to correct the root problem—this means getting enough B1. Make sure you consume a natural vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplement, not a synthetic version.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the top nutritional deficiency behind constipation. I’ll see you in the next video.