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    Just starting: constipation

    So I've been at this for a few days now, eating lots more meat and vegetables than I had been. I seem to be having a bit of a problem pushing it all through. I've read Mark's poo article, but not quite seeing my problem: it doesn't hurt, but I have to strain for ages and then only get small pieces. I feel just a little overfull in that area.

    Should I cut down on the vegetables? eat less in general? eat more vegetables? add ground linseeds? Thoughts?

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    More water. Usually the most important thing. Also make sure you are eating enough animal fat with your meat.

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    Please check out this website: Gut Sense: How to reverse and prevent constipation in children and adults

    I have 6+ years of IBS, and the info on this website has been finally helping me to recover.

    In a nutshell:
    1)Keep fiber low (10-15 grams/daily or less)
    2)Take a good quality high potency probiotic
    3)Eat some good quality fats

    There are other useful things on the website. I'm currently using the GI Recovery supplements and the Hydro C supplement, which is a form of vitamin C that is safe on the stomache and helps to produce bowel movements without the laxative effects. It works like a charm (this from someone who has had the worst results ever from every laxative I've ever tried).

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    Quote Originally Posted by orielwen View Post
    So I've been at this for a few days now, eating lots more meat and vegetables than I had been. I seem to be having a bit of a problem pushing it all through. I've read Mark's poo article, but not quite seeing my problem: it doesn't hurt, but I have to strain for ages and then only get small pieces. I feel just a little overfull in that area.

    Should I cut down on the vegetables? eat less in general? eat more vegetables? add ground linseeds? Thoughts?
    Drink more water.

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    Taking a magnesium supplement may help. I had similar issues, but taking 200mg of magnesium chelate twice a day took care of it. I actually started taking the magnesium due to leg cramps at night, which are also no longer a problem.

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    Thanks all. I'm drinking more water and it seems to be helping. You might be right about the magnesium too: I've been waking in the night which I read on another thread might be a sign of lack of magnesium. I'll see if I can spring for some brazil nuts.

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    I have found that a pretty good slug of coconut oil gets things moving right along. Especially in the early stages of using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orielwen View Post
    So I've been at this for a few days now, eating lots more meat and vegetables than I had been. I seem to be having a bit of a problem pushing it all through. I've read Mark's poo article, but not quite seeing my problem: it doesn't hurt, but I have to strain for ages and then only get small pieces. I feel just a little overfull in that area.

    Should I cut down on the vegetables? eat less in general? eat more vegetables? add ground linseeds? Thoughts?
    Gut Sense: Restoring Natural Bowel Movements


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    I found Kefir or live yogurt a help plus a tablespoon of ground flaxseed per day. Plenty of fats in the diet too. It lasted about 2 weeks with me then sorted itself out and I now poo easily and at least once a day.
    I must admit I nearly quit primal by the end of week 2, glad I didn't as I'm so much better eating "clean".

    Dave

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    Definitely second the magnesium! It will help with digestion, muscle cramps and sleep. Natural Calm, which is magnesium citrate works great! I have had sleep problems since I was like seven and nothing has helped like magnesium!

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