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  • Can Dairy make you Constipated?

    Can it? I'm trying to figure out what is constipating me, and that's the only thing left, besides meat, fish, and vegies, that I'm eating. I love dairy of all kinds, but I'll willingly give it up if that is what is causing this problem.
    "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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    Yes, in fact it's pretty common, especially with cheese.

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    • #3
      Yes, it could be the dairy. That's a common problem.

      Also, how recently have you changed your diet? Often the digestive system needs time to adjust if there's been a radical change, and you don't need to eliminate foods so much as give it a little time.

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      • #4
        Yep. Cheese in particular for me, it's the sodium, I believe.
        F 28/5'4/100 lbs

        "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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        • #5
          Constipation with dairy is also one of the key signs of casein intolerance. If I have anything that's touched dairy I'm plugged up for weeks.

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          • #6
            Dairy could indeed be the culprit but you might also want to take a look at your veggie consumption. If you are going overboard on the quantity and/or the fibrousness of them, that could be plugging you up too.

            Not saying veggies are bad, it's just that, when kicking grains and other junk to the curb, some people go hog wild with the greenery to fill in.

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            • #7
              Dairy clogs me instantly, except for raw milk and cheese made from it. Also, if I eat an amount of dairy that is smaller than what could physically block me up, it passes fine. So, yes. Oxidized, pasteurized fake dairy (what most stores carry and most stores use to make ice cream, etc.) is almost totally off limits for me! A small ice cream will go through, especially if I eat a couple of apples to load the cannon behind it.

              So, based on my personal experience, try out raw milk products and smaller amounts!
              Crohn's, doing SCD

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              • #8
                Last edited by Knifegill; 01-08-2013, 10:55 AM.
                Crohn's, doing SCD

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                • #9
                  Dairy can be constipating, but from what you've shared, I feel that your problems go far beyond dairy.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all!

                    There's no raw dairy available around here that I know of. Does Trader Joe's carry any? I'll hunt for it. There must be an actual live dairy cow around here somewhere.

                    Any references to casin intolerance?

                    I've lived with a dead bowel and severe constipation for 7 years. Now I have a very lively bowel and constipation is my LAST problem. Mark Sisson and you all are amazing.
                    "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                    • #11
                      Since you're in CA., look up Organic Pastures online. They sell in the Sprouts stores where I am but they also deliver. They have a whole line of raw dairy, milk, cream, cheese, kefir. They have a store locator thing on the website. Organic Pastures is the largest raw dairy around. Good stuff.

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                      • #12
                        emmie
                        I've been on primal 8 weeks, but for the last 1.5 weeks I've also been on an antiobiotic and have not been as careful. I figure the antiobiotic is busy killing all the good bacteria as fast as possible. I'm also preparing for next week, buying a chest freezer and studying grass-fed farm lists, cleaning out the garage so we have a place to put the freezer, etc.

                        Diamiana
                        Sodium seems to be in everything. It takes some time to completely change living . eating habits.

                        Paleobird
                        Yup! I went hog wild on greens at first. Now I've sort of backed off the hog wild part and eat more roots than greens. What proportion should that be?

                        Timthetaco
                        My problems were sure big to me anyway. 10 weeks ago I thought I was dying. I'm certainly guilty of over enthusiam here. But the results have been astounding. Other people comment on how much more energy I have. I feel good most of the time. All the other problems are gone, the last on is constipation. Yes, maybe others will soon show up. And probably my enthusiam will crash, but please don't pop my bubble just yet.

                        I think bubble-popping may happen when I go for another blood test for cholesterol, and I'm postponing that test for a few months. The whole 7-8 year series of problems started with Kaiser's Cholesterol Center, they're after me with intent to kill. They never give up. I'm allergic to every statin and also other non-statin drugs. For years I took 2000 iu Naicin daily and I've quit that also because one long term possible side-effect is stomach problems. Prior to this my Cholesterol was 530, which sent the Center mad. If this diet works it will be like a miracle. But if it does not lower the Cholesterol I'm going to ignore it. I'd rather die of a heart attack than live as I was.

                        I sincerely appreciate everyone's comments and help.
                        "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cryptocode View Post
                          emmie
                          I've been on primal 8 weeks, but for the last 1.5 weeks I've also been on an antiobiotic and have not been as careful. I figure the antiobiotic is busy killing all the good bacteria as fast as possible.
                          Paleobird
                          Yup! I went hog wild on greens at first. Now I've sort of backed off the hog wild part and eat more roots than greens. What proportion should that be?
                          Aha! The antibiotics can definitely be a factor.
                          As Ozti is fond of telling anybody who will listen, spuds, and roots in general, form what is called "resistant starch" in your intestines and this is considered as the third kind of fiber (along with soluble and insoluble). So all plant matter gives you fiber even if it's mashed parsnips instead of celery.
                          As far as how much you should be consuming....let your guts decide that. The end product of resistant starch digestion by your gut flora (who are rather beaten up right now due to your recent bout of antibiotics) is butyrate. Another handy way to get butyrate in your diet is to eat butter (where butyrate gets its name). All that fiber is just not necessary. The myth that we *need* fibre is, IMO, a holdover from CW that should go the way of "healthywholegrains".

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                          • #14
                            Paleobird
                            Thank you. This afternoon I'm off to Sprouts. Does cheese made from raw milk also contain casin? Is there any kind of raw cheese that does not?
                            "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cryptocode View Post
                              Paleobird
                              Thank you. This afternoon I'm off to Sprouts. Does cheese made from raw milk also contain casin? Is there any kind of raw cheese that does not?
                              AFAIK, all dairy contains some casein. Do you know if your problem with dairy is with the lactose or with the casein? If it's the lactose, raw dairy will work really well for you. If it's the casein, then you may be better off waiting until your gut flora are better off to re-introduce any dairy.

                              One way to get the good probiotics without dairy is coconut kefir, sometimes called "cultured" coconut milk. Also sold at Sprouts.

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