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  • Newly paleo and constipated.

    Hi

    Not sure if this is the right forum, apologies if not.

    Anyway, as the title states I'm having problems with the motions. I have eliminated all grains from my diet, I don't think I'm dehyrdrated (don't feel thirsty and my urine is very light in colour to clear). I was always a bit prone to constipation before going full paleo/primal but I used to a lot of fruit which I have reduced down to about 3 or 4 80g portions a day. I went mainly primal around xmas and have been full paleo for about three weeks.

    I'm eating plenty of free range or organic meat and vegtables, cruciferous mostly, cooking with coconut oil. What else... taking magnesium citrate tablets, probiotics, fish oil and unpasteurised sauerkraut. I've also stopped dairy, also reduced my egg intake dramatically as I was eating a lot of those when I switched to full paleo/primal and they can be associated with constipation.

    I understand that movements are generally smaller due to nutrient density on this diet but mine have been about a 1 on the bristol sclae (small and seperate like nuts, hard to pass).

    Other information:- I have been on a low dose of PPI for the last eight years which I have stopped since Monday this week. I have been taking beataine hcl and pepsin supplements as well as a more general digestive enzyme and apple cider vinegar.

    Also I don't feel particularly bloated or gassy and actually feel quite settled digestivelly most of the time, just can't seem to have a regular motion.

    Any thoughts on this please, is it just a case of kepe doing what I'm doing and see if it resolves?

    Many thanks for any replies.

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    Other information:- I have been on a low dose of PPI for the last eight years which I have stopped since Monday this week. I have been taking beataine hcl and pepsin supplements as well
    i have no idea what those are?

    i'd ease off the cruciferous veggies -- lots of people have trouble digesting them -- and stop worrying about getting "enough" fiber. that whole message was propaganda from big ag to convince americans to eat more cereal and bread.

    if you don't feel uncomfortable, i'd suggest just eating lower fiber veggies with plenty of fat to move things along and giving your gut time to heal. be aware that may take months, so be patient.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

    Ernest Hemingway

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    • #3
      In this one instance, I have to agree with the eat more fat folks. Whenever I go very low carb for a day or two (I don't do it on purpose, it just occasionally happens), I'm a poopin' machine. It's usually from the higher fat I eat on those days. When I first tried coconut oil, I took the advice here and didn't jump in full force. It's a good thing.

      Other things that move me: tomatoes and avocados.


      ETA: First poop thread of the weekend!
      Last edited by JoanieL; 03-23-2013, 09:53 AM.
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      • #4
        Have you tried a very large cup of very strong coffee?

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        • #5
          Coffee x2, and chicken fat constipates me. I do better on red meat. Otherwise, you've made just about all the changes I've made! I'm also a constipotato, always have been. Going once every two days seems normal, how often do you go?
          Crohn's, doing SCD

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          • #6
            Experiment with some more salt, try a cup or two of bouillon a day for a few days. I went on Atkins years ago and got constipated, was a drag, and I'm usually, well, a poopin machine. Wife is jealous. This past nine months on hybrid low carb/primal with salt supplementation constipation has not happened. I also do unsweetened metamucil fairly often since I read a study that it binds cholesterol in the gut and helps lower those levels, and I'm certain that helps the old BM's.
            10/2/12: 169 lbs, 37"waist
            Now: low 150's, 33" waist
            Blog: http://paleopathologist.com/

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            • #7
              Aleo Vera juice is quite good for soothing the digestion and can help with general bloating/ gas and constipation

              Google it if you want to see more info
              I will say the cranberry flavour is better
              25 ml 2x daily works well !

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              • #8
                How infrequent is infrequent? If you feel comfortable & your stomach acid protocol (HCL, ACV, and digestive enzymes) are keeping everything easy, if not regular, you probably have nothing to worry about.

                Any reason why you are limiting your fruit intake?
                Depression Lies

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jmsmall View Post
                  Experiment with some more salt, try a cup or two of bouillon a day for a few days. I went on Atkins years ago and got constipated, was a drag, and I'm usually, well, a poopin machine. Wife is jealous. This past nine months on hybrid low carb/primal with salt supplementation constipation has not happened. I also do unsweetened metamucil fairly often since I read a study that it binds cholesterol in the gut and helps lower those levels, and I'm certain that helps the old BM's.
                  Check out gutsense.org for some information on why metamucil is not such a good idea for constipation. Why are you worried about binding cholesterol? Dietary cholesterol has little effect on blood levels and really should not be worried about.
                  Depression Lies

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                  • #10
                    Broccoli, apples, sweet potatoes, and green tea all start the gears turning for me.

                    Edit- I noticed you didn't mention eating any salad. Eat it. Organic spring mix, spinach, green onion, chopped carrots and beets. You WILL poop.

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                    • #11
                      I was kind of like that at first too. It was mostly that my body needed to adjust to a new way of eating. After a few good weeks of getting used to primal eating, I started to get more regular. And adding in some fermented foods helped even more.
                      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                      • #12
                        Take Magnesium Citrate, 400mg for 1 month. A gentle try to move every day, do not push or strain. If not, take a gentle laxative daily like Milk of Magnesia or "Smooth Move" herbal tea. During this month try upping the Mg and see if that has any effect. I see no ill effects from daily laxatives, and their are really bad effects of doing nothing or straining.

                        If that doesn't do it, and it probably will, the next month take 1 Potassium Asporotate(TM) (400 mg, for chelate) by Solaray (daily as necessary, but not for more that 1 week). In my experience, after 6 years of permanently constipated' that will do it.

                        Pre-bioltics (fermented foods) are very helpful, they're already partially digested.

                        Give your body plenty of time to adjust to each change in diet.
                        "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
                          Ok, some good things I will try here.

                          Someone asked why I limited my fruit intake, it was just from reading that there is a lot of sugar in fruit and I was trying to go low carb, guess I could start eating more again as I am not worried about my weight or anything like that.

                          Thanks again for the helpful replies.
                          Last edited by Hawksworth; 03-24-2013, 09:38 AM.

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                          • #14
                            vegetables WITH fat. added fat. like butter on your green beans and coconut oil on your spinach.
                            As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                            Ernest Hemingway

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                              vegetables WITH fat. added fat. like butter on your green beans and coconut oil on your spinach.
                              Oh right, bit of a "doh!" moment there.

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