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Cause of constipation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I have been doing paleo for about two months now and I have been dealing with constipation for the past several weeks. I cannot go at all without straining, and more often than not the stools are always just small hard pebbles, though occasionally they are more like clumps of pebbles stuck together. I am also EXTREMELY thirsty (that happened all of a sudden about a month ago, weird) and drink between 20-25 cups of water everyday. I also take two probiotics everyday. I have quite a number of food sensitivities (including to dairy and cabbage, so please don???t suggest kefir or sauerkraut for gut health). For reference, I am an 18 year old female, 5???5???, 125 pounds (I think), if it matters.

Here is what I normally eat: For breakfast I generally have some black coffee, chia and hemp seeds, buckwheat (yeah, yeah, I know it???s not really Paleo, but the amount I have is about 1-2 teaspoons per day), ground beef/bison (whichever is on hand) and blueberries (I am allergic to eggs, if you???re wondering). Lunch is usually some salmon with an avocado and kiwis. For dinner I have ground beef/bison, some jicama cooked in olive oil, then some fruit (either apples, kiwis or blueberries) for dessert.

The only remedy I have had mild success with has been taking 1000 mg of magnesium before bed in conjunction with a few cups of water. The next morning I am usually able to go, but this still requires some straining. Also, it seems to only be able to work 2 or 3 days in a row, before no longer having an effect. When this happens, I usually stop the magnesium, then become desperate a week or so later and try it again: it works the same for 2-3 days, no more, etc, etc.

I used to have half a cup of flaxseed every morning for breakfast, but I wondered if maybe I was getting too MUCH fiber, and if that was causing the constipation? I also used to have a couple handfuls of macadamia nuts a day, but then cut them out a couple weeks ago. Could I need the fat I was getting from them? I am grasping at straws. I am sorry to be so detailed and graphic, but I am kind of desperate. Any ideas on how to solve this?

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on May 24, 2014
at 03:47 AM

+ 1 for the warm water first thing in the morning and the internal oleation with ghee (ghee provides butyrate to the body which is critical for the gut health, and people with digestive problems usually lacks butyrate). John Douillard wrote a very informative article about that : http://lifespa.com/top-ten-reasons-cleanse-ghee/

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:42 PM

Seriously, WRU spinach.

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on February 10, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Fermented foods are way beyond cabbage and dairy. For example, my favorite ferment is spicy green tomatoes and cauliflower. And for beverages, there's also water kefir and kombucha. You could even try coconut milk yogurt, for that matter. Try one that you're not allergic to!

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on February 10, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Fermented foods are way beyond cabbage and dairy. For example, my favorite example of fermented vegetables is spicy green tomatoes and cauliflower. And for beverages, there's also water kefir and kombucha. You could even try coconut milk yogurt, for that matter. Try one that you're not allergic to!

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on February 10, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I think you're getting a lot of insoluble fiber but where's the soluble fiber - the starchy stuff . More of that, more fat, and keep up the magnesium (try Natural Calm, it's very powerful). And yes, squatting to go is awesome. Way more effective than straining.

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on February 10, 2013
at 06:55 AM

veggies? I'm not seeing anything green in your diet...

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:42 PM

Seriously, WRU spinach.

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on February 09, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Here is one thought: http://www.squattypotty.com/

Also, I think you are on to something with the fat. Usually a handful of almonds or pecans helps me go. I've also heard coconut oil works well. And I'm surprised the coffee doesn't help you more...

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on March 04, 2013
at 04:43 AM

Get enough fats -- ghee, -- consider what ayurveda describes as oleation. First thing when you get up, try drinking warm-to-water and don't gulp; sip. 8-20 oz. Then heat a little ghee (aka clarified butter) in a pan till just melted. Take 2 tsp. ghee and swallow. :) Do this every morning for 5 days, increasing 1 tsp per day.

Cook with olive oil, butter, lard, etc. Stew some prunes in a little water until they become soft -- this is fantastic, both in taste and great for constipation.

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on May 24, 2014
at 03:47 AM

+ 1 for the warm water first thing in the morning and the internal oleation with ghee (ghee provides butyrate to the body which is critical for the gut health, and people with digestive problems usually lacks butyrate). John Douillard wrote a very informative article about that : http://lifespa.com/top-ten-reasons-cleanse-ghee/

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on March 03, 2013
at 11:30 PM

One of the signs of diabetes is excessive thirst. Have you checked your blood sugar lately?

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on February 10, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Okay, just noticed the comment about your food sensitivities... Have you been tested for SIBO?

If you don't have it, try different things - reducing fiber for example. Or adding more soluble fiber. You can try the Perfect Health Diet as well.

If you have it, follow the SCD diet and autoimmune protocol.

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on May 24, 2014
at 01:42 PM

I would stick with the magnesium, as several other people commented. Besides helping with constipation, it is good for a lot of things and many, many people are deficient. Also, I agree with the comments about fat and increasing that. I also like Vitamin C and Dandelion tea to keep things moving a long.

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on May 24, 2014
at 02:21 AM

I suffer from the same thing chronically. The only relief I ever get is from hot lemon water (for mild situations) or lots of slippery elm and marshmallow root tea (for moderate/severe cases) works better than any OTC remedy. Also try yoga for relaxation because maybe it's caused by stress? And ditch the flax. That messes me up bad.

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on May 23, 2014
at 06:57 PM

When you eat cleaner you naturally detoxify. You awaken toxins as your body cleanses itself. Your body's main way to eliminate toxins are via the bowel. Sometimes when you eat cleaner you awaken more toxins than your bowel can handle, which results in constipation. To really enjoy the benefits of a clean diet, get a gravity method colonic to remove the excess toxins and help tone the bowel. Read 'The Raw Food Detox Diet' by Natalia Rose or 'The Body Ecology Diet' by Donna Gates for more information. Peace out @Anonymous 14

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on March 18, 2013
at 11:35 AM

Some causes of constipation are: Inadequate fluid intake or dehydration Inadequate amounts of fiber in your diet Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement or delaying until later Lack of physical activity (especially in older adults) Irritable bowel syndrome Changes in lifestyle or routine, including pregnancy, aging and travel Illness Frequent use or misuse of laxatives Specific diseases, such as stroke, diabetes, thyroid disease and Parkinson's disease Problems with the colon and rectum, such as intestinal obstruction or diverticulosis Certain medications, including pain medications, diuretics and those used to treat Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure and depression Hormonal disturbances, such as an under-active thyroid gland Anal fissures and hemorrhoids, which can produce a spasm of the anal sphincter muscle Loss of body salts through vomiting or diarrhea Injuries to the spinal cord, which can affect the nerves that lead to and from the intestine.

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on February 10, 2013
at 03:37 AM

milk or cheese...avoid fermented foods b/c u are probably sensitive to the lactic acid content...these foods will stimulate metabolism and therefore, aid w/ constipation...also try magnesium

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