I keep getting search queries about whether you get constipation when you take diatomaceous earth. The short reply is, "Yes!" It can be quite bad. I therefore assume it will happen when I plan to take it myself or give it to my cats.
I eat extra fiber when I take diatomaceous earth. When I give it to my cats, I give them a dose of petromalt shortly afterwards. I watch the cats carefully on their elimination and if they have any signs of constipation at all they get more petromalt and I dose them daily for the next week.
My cats get to eat oat grass when they want to. I rotate containers in and out of my greenhouse for them, so they get much more fiber than most indoor cats do, so they do not often get constipated. If your cats don't get oat grass regularly, then you should probably just dose them daily with petromalt for the next week, as a matter of course after diatomaceous earth.
I am a vegetarian, so my diet is higher in fiber than the diet of most people. Diatomaceous earth does not bother me much because of that. If your diet is not very high in fiber, you will need to prepare for constipation after taking diatomaceous earth.
I dislike taking laxatives, and have not had any for many years because of my high fiber diet. You may need to take laxatives after a dose of diatomaceous earth. If you plan to take diatomaceous earth on a regular basis, I think it would be a good idea to consider increasing the fiber in your diet a lot.
People who eat meat are much more likely to get parasites and need diatomaceous earth than vegetarians. This is because when you eat a piece of meat, you are essentially sharing everything that animal ate during it's life. That includes parasites.
If I ate meat, I would certainly want to take diatomaceous earth every day. Taking diatomaceous earth is definitely an alternative health treatment. Regular, or allopathic doctors do not generally use diatomaceous earth much or even know much about it.
When you use alternative health methods, it can be very hard or impossible to find someone who is knowlegeable about them. If that is the case for you, it will be necessary for you to know what you are doing. If you choose to use alternative health methods for your preparedness, study and research is part of that preparedness.
Using alternative health methods for preparedness works much better if you start using them now. Alternative health methods work much better when you are using them regularly in your life and you get a feeling for what is normal in your own body and in others.
Allopathic doctors are much more oriented towards fixing problems after they really get going and they are serious. Alternative health is much more oriented towards prevention of health problems in the first place.
If you have noticed that you seem to become constipated after you took a dose of diatomaceous earth, you are doing something right. You knew what was normal for your elimination. You noticed that you had a problem with constipation that may have been connected with taking diatomaceous earth. You looked to find out if the dose of diatomaceous earth was causing the problem. You looked for a solution.
Now you need to start looking for potential problems and know about them ahead of time. If you are aware of those, you can be ready for them. You probably already have laxatives in your preparedness supplies. If you are using diatomaceous earth for your preparedness health care, you might want extra laxatives or you may want to adjust your preparedness diet. I think sprouts are the best solution there.
Sprouts seeds are small, light and don't require anything special equipment like refrigerators and freezers to keep them on the shelf. The volume of sprouted seeds compared to the volume of unsprouted ones in a container on your shelf is good. That will be a lot of food when the sprouts are ready to eat.
Sprouts are full of good nutrients and lots of fiber. That fiber can head off constipation problems, so you won't need laxatives, or at least as much, even if you take diatomaceous earth.
If I have any tendency towards constipation, I like to use prunes or bran. Since I don't like to take laxatives, that works for me. You will have to decide what works for you.