What to Do When Medications Create Digestive Issues

By Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician

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Video Transcript:

Sharon B.’s question today is about constipation and bloating. She says, Please help me, perhaps the medication I’m taking for Parkinson’s may be the cause.” She asks, “What can I do to help with digestive issues?”

So, I’m excited to share with you several options to help support your overall gut health. And it involves really kind of four facets to promoting balance from your oral health, all the way to your large intestine. And everything in between, digestively.

Support Gut Health with Probiotics

We want to support your mucosal lining, we want to add in probiotics. And one of my favorites to recommend is ProBiotixx+ here that we have that taps into an amazing single gut strain of bacteria that has been highly, highly beneficial at supporting overall optimal gut health.

Increase Fiber Intake

I also recommend making sure we’re increasing your fiber intake, especially for folks that are constipated. Sometimes they might be dehydrated and then they’re not getting enough fiber. So, getting enough water and getting enough kind of soluble insoluble fiber, the blends of that, aiming for 35 to 40 grams of fiber a day, plus really good high-quality mineral-dense water, is a good way to get things moving. That can eradicate constipation.

Supplement with Magnesium

Another amazing thing that eradicates constipation is magnesium. So, adding the Magnesium 7 to the blend is going to be powerful. Now this is a very beneficial, multi- full-spectrum magnesium, and there will be some magnesium forms that motivate the bowels more than others. But overall, magnesium will clear out excess fluid floating through and roaming through your body via inflammation. That will actually flush more excess fluid into the digestive process, hydrating the bowels and moving the bowel contents more readily.

Detox the Liver

The other thing that we may want to zero in is supporting your liver. And that becomes a really key kind of intersection between the upper GI and the lower GI. And so, if we are dealing with maybe values on your labs of high cholesterol, high triglycerides, maybe C reactive proteins elevated, a liver detox, or a liver support would be helpful.

Add Enzymes to Help Combat Malabsorption

And malabsorption can be a factor. So not digesting food properly or absorbing, breaking down, digesting, and assimilating, and absorbing the nutrients and the food that you’re consuming. That’s where adding an Enzyme 17, where we have 17 assorted compounds and enzymes that help you break down and to assimilate your food so that we have better absorption and movement through the digestive process.

Identify the Root Cause Through Testing

And I also recommend this month, I am hosting a private workshop where I’m digging further into digestive health. It’s called A Healthier Gut, Happier You. This is a private workshop and I will post a link where you can gain access to that. And I recommend you take that because I’m going to be digging into the assorted elements and components of the entire digestive process, and really how to zero in on what might be causing the constipation, what might be causing the bloating, certain tests that you might want to look at taking.

But overall, we need to support your oral microbiome starting in the oral cavity. We need to support your large intestinal microbiome, and we need to add those good things like healthy fiber and more water and helping detox the liver are going to be critical.

So, I hope that is helpful for you, Sharon. Thanks so much for commenting and sending in your question. And I look forward to helping you in the future.

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Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. In addition to providing expert guidance to Organixx, Dr. Melissa maintains a busy private practice in Texas. Her primary focus is working with individuals addressing digestive disorders, hormone balance, detoxification therapies, and primary and secondary lymphedema cases through lymphatic decongestive treatments.


  1. It's possible that the personal who asked the question is allergic to the medication she's taking for Parkinson's. I'm aware of this problem because I'm taking Nattokinase 4 times a day as a blood thinner and anti-coagulant. But I'm allergic to soy, the ingredient in Nattokinase, and have more and more pain. I'm also allergic to Plavix. I'm hoping my doctor can come up with something I'm not allergic to.

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