As some of you may know the consumption of cows milk is a major contributor to chronic constipation, and is also misdiagnosed in children with chronic constipation. So what’s the quick answer… switch to soya milk, but can soya milk also cause constipation?
When I first realized I was lactose intolerant I switched to soya milk. I started incorporating it into my diet little by little but noticed the more I increased my intake the more constipated I was becoming.
While Soya milk usually adds monster to the stool and combats constipation too much can result in constipation. Luckily while studying to become nutritionist I came across some nutritional information explaining that Soya bean is high in protein and has a estrogen like hormone (a sexual hormone in women). I always know that at the end of my menstruation I get more constipated than normal due to drops in my hormone levels, believed that if I have increased estrogen levels I get constipation, the same result if I drink too much Soya milk.
Other foods That contain Soy:
- Tofu/bean curd
- Soy Sauce
- Soy protein isolate
- Sometimes used as an additive
The National Centre for Complementary an Alternative Medicine advises limiting your consumption of soya milk as I may result in unbalanced hormone levels. Other side effects of soya milk may include:
The moral of the story is if you suffer with chronic constipation watch your intake of soya milk as it can result in constipation if drunk in excess.
Alternatives to Soy Milk: