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  • #16
    Originally posted by poing View Post
    Lack of bile may also be a contributing factor. You need bile to stimulate bowel movements. Not eating enough fat is one cause, but simply not being able to produce enough bile in the first place might also be a factor. Apparently you can test this out by adding bile acid supplements and seeing if this helps.
    I have the same problem but taking liver supporting herbs which promote bile do the trick in one day. Give them a try. I have never eaten low fat so I'm thinking my liver/gall bladder might be sluggish. I've been taking one called "Liver Blend SP-13" from Solaray.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by NicoleP View Post
      I have been eating primal for several years now so I know itís not the food. I don't even know what to do. I am convinced that if I didn't take the magnesium citrate tablets I would not be going at all.
      Primal is not 100% foolproof for everyone. It still could be a food problem. I would recommend you check out the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (scdlifestyle.com). It's basically an elimination-style diet to identify possible food issues. You start with a basic chicken soup recipe, with only pureed carrots left in after it is cooked, and then add foods from there. From this, I found that I can't eat anything starchier than squash without getting constipated. I'm still trying to sort out how to fix that. It's something to try, at least, without having to resort to a camera in your gut. I've been to the doctor many times about this in the past year+ since I started experiencing chronic constipation and tried all kinds of supplements. Leaky gut is a bitch to fix. I have found actually that more fruit and less veggies seems to help.

      Originally posted by poing View Post
      I think delayed food allergies may have a part to play in constipation because an inflamed bowel doesn't move stuff through properly. For me that is gluten and possibly baker's yeast, but things haven't been settled enough to challenge with yeast. Pretty much any food could be responsible here, but some things are more likely than others.

      Lack of bile may also be a contributing factor. You need bile to stimulate bowel movements. Not eating enough fat is one cause, but simply not being able to produce enough bile in the first place might also be a factor. Apparently you can test this out by adding bile acid supplements and seeing if this helps.
      Inflammation is key for me. I don't know what causes my bowels to become inflamed most of the times. PUFAs will definitely do it. Grains definitely do it. But it seems like even a lot of veggies will do that to me too, so I have to take supplements like mag citrate to make the fecal matter easier to pass through my stupid gut.

      From my own experience, bile doesn't seem to be an issue. I tried Betain HCL w/ pepsin for a bit and it eliminated the heartburn I was experiencing. It didn't change my slow motility. Eventually, the heartburn came back, so I stopped taking the HCL, and then the heartburn was gone, so I guess I didn't need the supplement for long.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
        Primal is not 100% foolproof for everyone. It still could be a food problem. I would recommend you check out the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (scdlifestyle.com). It's basically an elimination-style diet to identify possible food issues. You start with a basic chicken soup recipe, with only pureed carrots left in after it is cooked, and then add foods from there. From this, I found that I can't eat anything starchier than squash without getting constipated. I'm still trying to sort out how to fix that. It's something to try, at least, without having to resort to a camera in your gut. I've been to the doctor many times about this in the past year+ since I started experiencing chronic constipation and tried all kinds of supplements. Leaky gut is a bitch to fix. I have found actually that more fruit and less veggies seems to help.



        Inflammation is key for me. I don't know what causes my bowels to become inflamed most of the times. PUFAs will definitely do it. Grains definitely do it. But it seems like even a lot of veggies will do that to me too, so I have to take supplements like mag citrate to make the fecal matter easier to pass through my stupid gut.

        From my own experience, bile doesn't seem to be an issue. I tried Betain HCL w/ pepsin for a bit and it eliminated the heartburn I was experiencing. It didn't change my slow motility. Eventually, the heartburn came back, so I stopped taking the HCL, and then the heartburn was gone, so I guess I didn't need the supplement for long.
        How did you determine what foods caused your bowels to become inflamed? I find that interesting that even vegetables can cause issues. I've never suffered from heartburn, so I'm assuming it's something going wrong strictly in my digestive tract.

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        • #19
          You take it one by one. By whittling it down to a basic chicken soup, you can then test foods 3 days at a time. That's pretty standard for an elimination diet.
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          • #20
            All good tips given, to be sure.

            IMO, I think it's too much fiber. At least that always seems to be the case for me. Then I read some study that supported my belief.

            That being said, I like veggies and fruit very much and still eat them, just maybe not as much. I tend to eat more protein and fat and really only use coconut oil, tallow or butter for cooking and baking. JoanieL is spot on about NOT stressing over it. It can only make it worse for most people.
            Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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            • #21
              Vitamin C also helps with constipation. We take 800 mg Magnesium and 1000 mg Vit. C every day. If I get irregular, I will take 1000 mg chewable vit. C per hour until I get relief, not to exceed 10,000 mg a day.
              Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
              Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
              Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
              Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
              1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
              GAPS/SCD 12-29-2014
              CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
              49 - 5'7.5"
              Macros (PFC) 30/40/30

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              • #22
                I've had this problem most my life and what helped is absolutely no grains and no cheese, and eventually getting of inflammatory foods (try autoimmune protocol). Also, if you have the urge, don't wait for a convenient time- do it right then, if possible. I think busy schedules and shyness can disrupt a body's natural inclination to go. And you may not be ready to go at the same time each day. Just a few things that really helped me.

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                • #23
                  Don't forget squatting to make it easier for whatever there is to come out. This won't solve the consistency problem (good luck with figuring it out, as you can see from all the different advice, there are a lot of things that may be impacting it), but that might take a while to correct, and squatting will help with ease of defecation until and after you get it sorted out.

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                  • #24
                    Gut Sense: How to reverse and prevent constipation in children and adults
                    Fiber Menace

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                    • #25
                      I know people around here say don't drink too much water, but that sometimes helps me. I'm not saying you should or shouldn't, but I do think you should just listen to your body. Maybe try a little water. It is certainly cheap and easy.

                      I also like Natural Calm magnesium. There's also something called Mag 07 by Aerobic Life. I like these kind of mag cleansers, they oxygenate the colon. You have to start small with them. But, they don't cause cramping. Every body is different, of course.

                      You could also keep a food journal. That might tell you a lot.

                      HTH,
                      sg

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