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    Sorry for the graphic title but I'm having digestive issues and thought people here could help. I've been eating primal over a month and and so far have had no problem with bowel movements. They're usually pretty normal and regular. But the last day or so they're more like hard nuggets and not going without a fight. I'm not sure what would have caused this. I'm still eating pretty much the same as I have been, I think. Only thing I can think of is I did snack on cheese a bit more than usual one day. Would dairy cause this? Or possibly I've been eating a little less beef and more poultry? Less fat? Still using plenty of oil and butter when cooking though so I don't think my fat intake is low.

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    Originally posted by Sunnivara View Post
    Sorry for the graphic title but I'm having digestive issues and thought people here could help. I've been eating primal over a month and and so far have had no problem with bowel movements. They're usually pretty normal and regular. But the last day or so they're more like hard nuggets and not going without a fight. I'm not sure what would have caused this. I'm still eating pretty much the same as I have been, I think. Only thing I can think of is I did snack on cheese a bit more than usual one day. Would dairy cause this? Or possibly I've been eating a little less beef and more poultry? Less fat? Still using plenty of oil and butter when cooking though so I don't think my fat intake is low.
    You are dehydrated. Drink more water. Water absorption happens in the large intestine, so, once you have hydrated, the remaining water will soften your stools.

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    • #3
      Pellet poop has been sitting in your intestines the longest; try adding more coconut oil to your daily food consumption. Some of us swear by magnesium citrate before bed.
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      • #4
        Personally, I have foun cheese can be constipating. More water oftn helps. Have a read of this site - it's very interesting and has worked for me.
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        • #5
          I second the recommendations of water and magnesium. I went through a bag of spinach in a day and a half and was right as rain after that.
          I wish I liked to eat liver.

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          • #6
            I've noticed that this happens to me also after I have traveled a lot-- a long car ride or flight, even if I'm pushing water down the whole time, is unpleasant to my digestion. Don't know if that would affect you too, but I thought I'd share.
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            • #7
              I swear by coconut oil and magnesium. Just keeps everything moving. Also have noticed that I don't have as much poo eating this way. I am thinking most of my food is being used by my body.

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              • #8
                Thanks everyone. Yeah, maybe I just need more water. I tend not to get thirsty much, and never remember to drink when not thirsty. So it's not unusual for me to go morning until evening without liquids other than what's in my food. I've already been taking magnesium citrate for ages. Never found that to be "loosening" but I have found magnesium oxide will do that. I don't take the oxide form though, because I've heard it prevents a lot of nutrients from being absorbed.

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                • #9
                  More sodium and water. Also, not to be graphic, but does your bhole throb while duecing?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ASmallOne View Post
                    I've noticed that this happens to me also after I have traveled a lot-- a long car ride or flight, even if I'm pushing water down the whole time, is unpleasant to my digestion. Don't know if that would affect you too, but I thought I'd share.
                    I get this as well. Heard it referred to as "traveler's constipation". I think it's not uncommon. Travel is probably my most common cause of bowel problems. I think it's just stress-related for me; I'm a homebody and I don't like sleeping in strange beds.
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                    • #11
                      Cheese is a constipator for me. Cottage cheese is even worse, not sure why.
                      I wonder if traveler's constipation comes simply from sitting in one place for a long time.

                      What works for me is tomato juice with fennel. Or flex seeds. Or lots of sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Or a LOT of peanuts (I know I know, but when you want to go...)
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                      • #12
                        Something that I have discovered through an elimination diet is that pellet poop does not in fact always mean that you are constipated...nor that you are not drinking enough water.

                        ​​​​​​ I'm not a primal eater, but I may be heading that way...or towards Paleo. But, apparently food sensitivities can cause that issue as well. For me, so far I have discovered I am sensitive to corn. I've been gluten-free for many years (Gluten never caused me any digestive issues that I noticed, but it did cause me depression and mood swings.) So It's not a huge surprise that I would also have an issue with corn.

                        I had to take most of the known inflammitory foods out of my diet... (Still eating night shades though.) to get to a state where I was finally moving my bowels daily. (Magnesium glycinate also helps!) So now I am slowly trying to add foods back in, to figure out what all I am actually sensitive to.

                        But yes, a sensitivity will definitely cause that issue. Even if you are moving your bowels everyday. For me, if I were to eat corn, I'd have that issue for several days afterwards. And if you keep eating that food, not knowing that you are sensitive... like I did...you will get backed up...causing chronic constipation. No amount of fiber, or water will fix that because it's an inflammatory response. Believe me, I've tried!

                        Dairy could likely do that. Likely a reaction to the casein, rather than the lactose though. I haven't added dairy back into my diet..but I am hoping I am not sensitive that as well!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sunnivara View Post
                          Thanks everyone. Yeah, maybe I just need more water. I tend not to get thirsty much, and never remember to drink when not thirsty. So it's not unusual for me to go morning until evening without liquids other than what's in my food. I've already been taking magnesium citrate for ages. Never found that to be "loosening" but I have found magnesium oxide will do that. I don't take the oxide form though, because I've heard it prevents a lot of nutrients from being absorbed.

                          Magnesium citrate never worked for me... Oddly Magnesium glycinate does. Like a charm actually. I take it before bed. You have to play around with the dose. But I take 500mg of the Doctor's best brand... It moves the bowels daily and I have had no issue with loose stools.

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