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tips to help me poop?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I've been eating paleo for 3 weeks. Never had problems with my stool before and the first weeks on paleo my stool became even better. Effortless pooping, a few times a day, came out soft but still firm.

But since 4 days I haven't been able to poop at all. The day it started I ate a bit of flour (in a sauce I ate made by a friend). So I thought that was the cause, but after eating the last days exactly as when I started paleo I don't know what to do different.

I feel extremely bloated. I feel like I don't want to eat anything anymore before it comes out. I've eaten some more flaxseeds and berries as I read that they can help speeding the bowel movement.

Any other tips to help me poop?

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on September 18, 2012
at 04:20 PM

After having IBS for several years before going Paleo and having chronic constipation, I now take Now brand magnesium citrate daily, along with a prescription probiotic (rezyst), and Now digestive enzymes. I cut down on fiber too. I'm poopin' like a champ these days! Magnesium really really helps. I'm serious. A tasty way to poop your brains out if you are packed up: fresh figs. Someone gave us a huge bowl of them earlier this summer and BOY HOWDY. I was a poopin' machine! FYI: wheat cheats pack me up tighter than a canned ham. Avoid wheat!

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on September 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

More fiber isn't the answer for everyone. Your mileage will vary.

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on September 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

+1 for squatty potty. I bought one. It's helped "take the kink out of the hose." 100 million Asians can't be wrong!

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:49 PM

From my understanding, fat is digested in the stomach... so I doubt it be there to grease the chute.....or am I taking this too literally....

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I also find lower back massage to be very helpful.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:18 PM

Water water water.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Also try searching this site, there was a very recently asked question for the very same thing!

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on May 24, 2012
at 02:06 PM

This happend to me around easter. I am still constipated. I am getting better and the only thing that has helped was this site: www.gutsense.org. I have started listening to my body and go to the toilet as soon as I feel the slightest pressure. I go at specific times in an effort to make my self regular again, and squatting on the seat has made the biggest difference...I will never do it sitting again.

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:29 PM

ps, massage your tummy (dig your fingers in, like pressing as you go round)in a circular clockwise motion helps too :)

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:35 AM

+1 magnesium. Squatting on the seat, doing excercise/situps, not trying too hard to squeeze it out, believing.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:22 AM

magnesium supplement helped me.

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:42 PM

Definitely a magnesium supplement, such as Calm. Tastes good, has many other benefits as well. Magnesium citrate works the best.

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:45 PM

get yourself a squatty potty!!

http://www.squattypotty.com/Articles.asp?ID=256

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on September 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

+1 for squatty potty. I bought one. It's helped "take the kink out of the hose." 100 million Asians can't be wrong!

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:14 PM

First, cut back on the fiber. All that's doing is adding to your woes. Second, take lots of magnesium, like 800mg to start. Chugging extra-strength antacid can really clean you out too. Third, drink lots of water.

If these fail to produce a natural BM, then go buy a pack of enemas and get that poop out of your colon ASAP.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:48 AM

Lots of water. Coconut oil to grease the digestional chute?

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:18 PM

Water water water.

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:49 PM

From my understanding, fat is digested in the stomach... so I doubt it be there to grease the chute.....or am I taking this too literally....

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:21 PM

I would say long-term, eat less fiber. Also, drink plenty of water as mentioned above. Also, I think a big part of this is being able to relax. Easier said than done, but stressing out about this just makes it tougher to go I think.

In short-term, I would try over the counter stool softener (e.g., colace). That just pulls more liquid into your stool to make it flow easier. I don't think it's at all addictive.

Good luck. Not a fun problem to have.

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on September 18, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Enema! It worked for Kramer on "Seinfeld"

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:54 PM

Water will make it worse. Salt, magnesium (epsom salt baths or coffee), sugar (if you wanna keep it paleo use non-allergenic fruits), coconut oil, eating a raw carrot (for its antibiotic effect), iron avoidance, gelatin, ...

I think gelatin, salt and coffee will have quick effects.

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I've been having constipation problems too - last night I ate a bunch of raisins because I was way short on calories for the day and needed something calorie-dense and easy. Surprisingly, that seemed to help the constipation a LOT - big BM this morning and it wasn't painful or difficult at all. It's not something I'd recommend as a daily habit because raisins are very high carb/calorie, but as a "medicinal" thing it might be worth a try?

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Warm prune juice works really fast. Had a chronically constipated child (when he was learning to use the potty he was all stressed out about it, got himself stuck)... Not sure about long term use, but this should help you today.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Balanced Bites just released a podcast on this today!

My suggestions to try are: probiotics, kombucha, fermented foods (raw), lots of water, yoga or meditation (stress reduction), digestive enzymes, more carbs (keep it Paleo). Yogi tea makes a good tea called "get regular" that's good in case of emergency.

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on May 24, 2012
at 02:53 PM

drink some mineral oil, a teaspoon or 2 for a couple or 3 days.

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:11 PM

Get some Magnesium Oxide (also called Colon Cleanse). It is specific to creating a quick, um poop. Seriously will clean you out quick smart with no tummy upsets.

Or get some cascara or black walnut tea - super too, but just don't have these late at night or you will wake up with gut cramps.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:29 PM

ps, massage your tummy (dig your fingers in, like pressing as you go round)in a circular clockwise motion helps too :)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I also find lower back massage to be very helpful.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:50 AM

psyllium husks are brilliant for keeping u regular, i take in supplement form, and make sure to drink plenty of water, magnesium is great too

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on September 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

More fiber isn't the answer for everyone. Your mileage will vary.

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