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  • Bloating and consitpation - i'm too young for this, please help!

    Hi!
    I was hoping you guys out there could give me some much needed tips/pearls of wisdom!

    I'm a 25 year old female, healthy, fit and mostly primal (still in transition-but have been low carb for a long time).

    I'm petite, so definitely not overweight.

    My issue is constipation, and extreme bloating. I'm guessing it's something i'm eating, but i'm yet to figure the nasty culprit/s. My stomach/digestive system just seems so darn sensitive, i'm really don't know what i'm doing wrong.

    My main question is what are the common causes of this, and also what are some natural remedies. I've done a bit of research on the net, but the same old CW of whole grains, fibre, heaps of water comes up time and time again.

    I haven't given primal eating a full go yet, so that could simply be the problem. However i'm frustrated because i do eat pretty well most of the time, but maybe that is not enough?

    Have you guys noticed a significant change in such symptoms with going primal?

    I'm truly at my wits end with it, I don't want to put up with it for the rest of my life, and i'm just not sure what to do!

    Please help!
    Much appreciated, and thank you in advance for any pieces of advice!

  • #2
    The main culprits are likely to be dairy or grains, you can soon work it out by eliminating them for a little while then re-introducing. You might also want to google FODMAPs and GAPS.
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    • #3
      It was grains for me. Cut them out completely and within a few days I ws much better. Took a few weeks to normalise into a regular as clockwork patter.
      Plenty of fiber from all the veggies and adequate water.
      If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

      Originally posted by tfarny
      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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      • #4
        Sorry to only have a negative , but I don't eat either dairy or grains, and I continue to have chronic constipation problems (all my life, so it's not from primal eating, but that hasn't helped).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ljq309 View Post
          The main culprits are likely to be dairy or grains, you can soon work it out by eliminating them for a little while then re-introducing. You might also want to google FODMAPs and GAPS.
          +1 If you know it's not dairy or grains.
          If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

          Originally posted by tfarny
          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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          • #6
            If you go to a doctor they will do blood work (a good idea) and possibly tell you to go on an elimination diet (also a good idea, and you can still eat paleo) to rule out any potential food issues. If they start ragging on your diet, make sure you explain to them that this all started BEFORE your current diet (honestly, whether or not it's true, it's the only way I got the testing I wanted done). They can test your urine for bacteria levels and determine if you have the right amounts of "good bacteria" in your gut. The GAPS protocol is excellent for repopulating gut bacteria. I am following a modified Whole 30, low histaimine/paleo diet to try and sort out mine.
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            • #7
              If you haven't completely eliminated grains yet, try that. When I did, my bloating went away and I became regular for the first time in my adult life. After that... you might have an allergy/sensitivity to something you haven't been able to isolate yet.

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              • #8
                Agreed. If I eat any grains, I immediately bloat A LOT, and I have lots of fun digestive issues. If you haven't gotten rid of those for 30 whole days, I'd give that a whirl and see what happens.

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                • #9
                  Take a Magnesium Citrate supplement daily.

                  Also, indigestible fibers (broccoli, kale, skin of apples, white part of oranges, mandarines etc) don't get digested and get fermented (by your gut bacteria and hydrochloric acid) until the end of days. The by-product of fermentation is gas (bloating). Indigestible fibers can cause intestinal obstruction that barricade everything else behind it...giving pain, discomfort, more bloating and symptoms of constipation.

                  Peel your apples, skin tomatos, do whatever you can to cut down on indigestible fibers.

                  GutSense.org is a good site to start reading up on digestive problems (Book Fiber Menace)

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                  • #10
                    More fat was the key for me. Now I'm regularly productive.

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                    • #11
                      I know how you feel, I've suffered from mostly bloating but also constipation for years!
                      It's only now in the last few months I've finally figured it out.
                      For me it's FODMAP's(google it), fibre and starch. FODMAP foods like onion, leak, broccoli and most fruits make me bloated, whilst too much fibre and starch(even gluten free) makes me constipated. Dairy I'm not quite sure about, but I avoid it because it gives me acne.
                      It's a lot to avoid, and I must admit that I feel a bit deprived, but it really is worth it.

                      I hope you find out what's causing your problems.
                      "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous."
                      Paracelsus

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                      • #12
                        I've had a similar problem for years, way before going Paleo. In the past, seeing a TCM Naturopathic Doctor helped - she put me on a good quality dairy-free probiotic and gave me accupuncture, which helped.

                        It's a problem that ebbs and flows, and right now I'm playing Digestive Detective to figure out what's the problem, since probiotics don't seem to be helping currently. I highly suggest googling FODMAPS and fructose malabsorption. Below are some related links that I've been using:

                        foodreactions.org:: Fructose Malabsorption

                        The FODMAPs Approach ? Minimize Consumption of Fermentable Carbs to Manage Functional Gut Disorder Symptoms

                        Complete FODMAP List For a Happy Gut | Blog | Cassandra Forsythe Connecticut's Female Fitness and Nutrition Scientist

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                        • #13
                          Thank you

                          Wow! Thank you everyone! I fully didn't expect so much help, so thank you! It really does feel like a little supportive community here.

                          I will try all of your suggestions.

                          Hopefully i can figure it out and one day help someone else with the same problems.

                          Cheers,
                          Debbie.

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                          • #14
                            Can you post a typical food day?
                            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                            PS
                            Don't forget to play!

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                            • #15
                              I also found grains to be the culprit. I've had problems with constipation for most of my life, but when I cut out grains it completely disappeared! It was such a novelty having normal bowel movements. So I agree that grains are very likely to be the cause, but it's good to cut out dairy and sugar as well, just to see if it makes a difference.

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