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    Has anyone here had experience with very slow peristalis? If so, what did you do to solve the problem? Or was there no improvement?

    This problem causes me a lot of problems.

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    Do you mean resulting in constipation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzyorange View Post
    Do you mean resulting in constipation?
    Yes. but it's more than that. It takes 3 days for the 'constipated' announcement to occur. And at the best of times, there are only a few finger-sized floating object to appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptocode View Post
    Yes. but it's more than that. It takes 3 days for the 'constipated' announcement to occur. And at the best of times, there are only a few finger-sized floating object to appear.
    Have you switched up your diet recently? I experienced this (and still do to a lesser extent) after I began eating mostly meat and veggies and fats. Proteins and fats take longer to move through your GI tract so that may be the cause of it. After about 2 weeks I adapted somewhat, but still have fewer and smaller bowel movements than before. However, I don't feel constipated or bloated.

    Are you getting a good amount of fiber? I found that eating a bit of yogurt with active cultures also helped. If it's really bugging you go see your doctor for a stool softener or a bulking agent - they are pretty effective and have no significant side effects except for diarrhea rarely. But I think it may just be normal to have a bit less stool with a Primal diet. Just be sure you're eating lots of veggies.

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    Three things help:

    1) Drinking water when waking up. 8 oz is a good start. (Make sure you ARE getting a regular intake throughout the day as well)

    2) Stomach massage. I do this in bed 1-3 times around the navel. Generally find I am ready to go after water, eating or moving around.

    3) All else fails, get a little heavy handed with Magnesium. I take a product called Natural Calm (you can find it at Whole Food or vitamin/natural food store). Works like a charm.

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    Also, get up and move around. Walking or jogging helps. So does lemon juice, caffeine, or coconut oil for some people.
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    I second the Greek yogurt recommendation. I had a lot of problems digesting the fat/meat/veggie combo and I tried everything - apple cider vinegar, hot water with lemon and cayenne pepper..! The Greek yogurt totally sorted me out

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    What does your diet typically look like in a day?

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    Not to seem too personal, but when you have a large bowel movement--and you have to have them eventually--what do they look like? Any mucous? Any unusual coloring? Do fat and carbohydrates seem to move through you differently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthetaco View Post
    Not to seem too personal, but when you have a large bowel movement--and you have to have them eventually--what do they look like? Any mucous? Any unusual coloring? Do fat and carbohydrates seem to move through you differently?
    I switched my diet to Primal 7 weeks ago. Lots of vegies. Active cultures yogurt dialy. I've tried the medical bulking agents and they do NOT work - rather I get sick. Also, after 8 years of MD help I've been getting steadily worse, and I' rather against MD help right now.

    I haven't pooped naturally for 5 years. I use milk of Magnesia. Now that I'm kind of used to this diet, I take it once every 3 days. In between the occasional fingers that come out are yellow-brown and sometimes float, sometimes not. (I used to have to take the Milk of Magnesia daily because of the large amount of gas and bloating.) Once, on this diet, what came out was very cloudy. I hadn't seen that before, and not since.

    Also, before starting the diet, during the night mucus would drain from my mouth and make a wet spot on my pillow. That has stopped.

    I drink about 4-5 glasses of water or tea a day, not more because of bloating. Ive been taking 500 mg Magnesium for 3 weeks now. It doesn't seem to have any effect. I'm taking it to balance 600 mg Calcium (is that good)?

    Coconut Oil sounded really good. I used 1 tsp to cook an egg. I felt bad the rest of the day and for 3 days I leaked Coconut Oil. I
    don't think my body processes it.

    My diet for a typical day (I'm 75 do I don't eat as much a I used to, and for exercise I walk about 30 min / day.)
    Breakfast - 2 eggs with cheese, onions, tomatoes. 1 strip thick bacon, active-culture yogurt, 1 banana
    Lunch - Salami, cheddar cheese, cooked greens, a fruit
    Snack - Macadamia nuts, about 2 handsful
    Dinner - Meat or fish, a root vegie, once a week a yam.

    At the start of this diet I was so weak I could barely stand up. Today I went to the Grocery store alone (I was tired afterwards though - but not terribly.) The bad gas and bloating are 85% gone. At the beginning of the diet I stopped taking Zetia and Niacin (2000 mg). Long tern use of Zetia was eating my muscles, and Niacin can cause stomach problems. I'd rather die from high Cholerterol at this point.

    I've asked for a refferal to a Naturopathy doctor in the area, and My GP has set up a consultation with my GI doctor. But I don't have a lot of hope for that.
    Last edited by Cryptocode; 12-27-2012 at 12:39 PM.

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