[QUOTE=fidelity;115827]I followed a primal diet for a few months and over time I became chronically constipated having a bowel movement once every three days. I tried upping the fat and that would help for a while but eventually I would plateau and fall back into bad bowel habits. Ever since adding grains like quinoa and brown rice, I've been having a bowel movement just about everyday. My theory is that fiber really is essential and I wasn't getting enough when I was primal but adding in the grains worked like a charm.
Let me know your thoughts![/QUOTE]
Why do you feel the need to go to the bathroom everyday? If you're not constipated (pain) then you're fine.
I have this issue also, like if I don't go for 2-3 days then it hurts really bad and I bleed when I go. So I take a lot of magnesium everyday and it works for me. But if I miss just one day of magnesium then I'm all screwed up inside for a week.
[QUOTE=Fern;132714]I have this issue also, like if I don't go for 2-3 days then it hurts really bad and I bleed when I go. So I take a lot of magnesium everyday and it works for me. But if I miss just one day of magnesium then I'm all screwed up inside for a week.[/QUOTE]
That could be something very serious. See a doctor.
I have no way to see a doctor. And I am sure its from going primal because before that I was fine. It started 1-2 weeks after me going primal. Now if I ever have the chance to go see a doctor I will bring it up but I have no insurance and don't have $300 to spend to pay for a visit for myself.
if i dont make veggies the bulk of my diet, things slow waaay down
i think that taking a dump daily is a lot of CW hype. if you go a few days without pooping, and you are not experiencing any discomfort during that time, or when you do have a BM, then i would not be too worried.
[URL="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fiber/"]The key to a healthy gastronomical tract is not roughage but bacteria. The large intestine’s natural bacteria, which help comprise stool bulk, maintain water content and soften the stool. (Sounds like those ads, huh?) Fiber, particularly excessive insoluble fiber, offering a quick jump start to things is not the natural catalyst for a healthy excretory system.[/URL]
i would suggest either eating some yogurt or looking into probiotics.
Doesn't excess fiber besides tearing up your intestines mucus lining, give a lot of food for bacteria to feast on? And this could lead to overgrowth of bacteria which could cause a lot of problems. I think lack of pain and straining are better indicators of health.
I wonder if I should cook celery and carrots, since most vegetables i have to cook to be able to eat them. Can you cook a salad as well? or perhaps ferment it?
[QUOTE=strom;132809]Doesn't excess fiber besides tearing up your intestines mucus lining[/QUOTE]
technically, fiber tears up the cells of your intestines, and the mucus produced is how it protects itself.
Too much mucus could block the absorbtion of the villi.
Just like others said, give yourself some time to adjust, and up the fat and veggies. I no longer subscribe to the high-fiber myth after reading this book and experiencing my own gut changes.