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Constipation on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2013 at 7:46 AM

I have had problems with irregularity for most of my life (not just on paleo). When I first went paleo last year (have almost been paleo one full year now) I noticed I became more regular right away but I still am not going on a daily basis. My naturopath told me to take magnesium citrate, which does help, but the minute I stop taking it I stop going so it doesn't seem to really be fixing the problem.

My main question is if anyone has had similar experiences and what they have done to remedy it. I have considered colon hydrotherapy before but I went in for one treatment and it was not very pleasant and I questioned if something that invasive even needs to be done at all. In addition to that, are there any paleo foods in particular that help with constipation (Excluding prunes or any other type of fruit) and/or paleo foods that should be avoided for constipation?

More background information: I drink a ton of water (probably 2L a day plus lots of herbal teas and limited amounts of black tea), I get lots of fat (even eat coconut oil out of the jar often) I don't eat dairy, I get lots of sleep, I take nondairy probiotics, I exercise almost every day, so I am living a fairly healthy life and still having these problems...

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on July 08, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Yes, as I said, sea weed/vegetables.

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on July 07, 2013
at 11:53 PM

it could be that you feel 'dependent' on the magnesium because your body needs it - it is a mineral that you may be severely deficient of. I need to take my D3 every day, and I take magnesium every day, and my body works better that way. If I don't take them, my body's deficiencies show up and I start feeling crappy again. I don't consider this a dependency - these supplements are fixing the problem. Are you "dependent" on eating? On air? Oxygen is habit-forming, you know...

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Sorry I have to add he advised to follow an antiinflammatory diet (kind of primal, he's okay w/ dairy) + avoid too much hygiene + be in contact with healthy people :-) (kisses, hugs!). Constipation needs a global approach, it's a tough issue and you definitely have to find what works for YOU.

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:20 PM

@VB, the shotgun approach works 9 times out of 10.

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Yes, this could be it. They say that magnesium glycinate is not habit-forming but that was not the case with me. Just go for prebiotics, the ones in a liquid form is better.

F9cb5745815f70ca8214bb73b0a06bae

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on July 07, 2013
at 03:37 PM

Thank you this is very useful, do you know in particular which vegetables are high in iodine?

F9cb5745815f70ca8214bb73b0a06bae

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on July 07, 2013
at 03:36 PM

I eat a lot of fat and vegetables. I also have been taking magnesium citrate but my problem is the minute i stop taking the supplement I stop going. Is it possible to become reliant on magnesium citrate? I am worried its not really fixing the problem and just forcing me to go.

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on July 07, 2013
at 03:33 PM

When I go every day it is a proper bowel movement, but the minute I skip a day my BMs become dry and small (incomplete)

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on July 07, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Good point, VB.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 07, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I have tried magnesium (both glycinate and citrate) with no success. My belief is that you have to know the cause.

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on July 07, 2013
at 08:23 AM

Frequency (or lack thereof) doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem. Do things move okay when they move?

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 07, 2013
at 09:24 AM

Constipation does not happen out of nowhere, there is a cause.

I had that problem and, apparently, I did not have enough beneficial bacteria. As soon as I restored the balance, everything got better.

I was taking a special prebiotic for two weeks, and a probiotic for one week, then an immunomodulator for one week. All of those were prescribed by my doctor based on my stool analysis.

You can add fermented foods (2 tablespoons of sauerkraut with each meal) and drink goat yogurt kefir.

Make sure that you are including many prebiotic foods as well.

Good luck.

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:17 PM

Check the blog of Dr Art Ayers, he is talking about that. According to him constipation a sign of a damaged gut flora. You probably lack some bacteria species (decimated by antibiotics for example). Do you know what could have damaged your gut flora?

So if you have dysbiosis you have to replenish your gut flora and he advised to eat "muddy" raw veggies as a way to get new bacteria. The process can take some time, it depends on the damage and the specifity of your gut flora which is unique. He says it's difficult to repair gut flora only with probiotics.

http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.be/2012/06/dr-oz-on-gut-flora-repair.html (read the comments also!)

He recommends the work of Konstantin Monastyrsky, you'll find good information there. This guy cured himself from constipation, this could help you : www.gutsense.org/

Good luck!

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Sorry I have to add he advised to follow an antiinflammatory diet (kind of primal, he's okay w/ dairy) + avoid too much hygiene + be in contact with healthy people :-) (kisses, hugs!). Constipation needs a global approach, it's a tough issue and you definitely have to find what works for YOU.

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on July 07, 2013
at 01:00 PM

Do a search on here, tons of posts on constipation. Magnesium (I like magnesium glycinate), eating more fat and SOLUBLE fibre, increasing your probiotics/fermented foods and squatting when you go #2 are some common nuggets of advice.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Yes, this could be it. They say that magnesium glycinate is not habit-forming but that was not the case with me. Just go for prebiotics, the ones in a liquid form is better.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 07, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I have tried magnesium (both glycinate and citrate) with no success. My belief is that you have to know the cause.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on July 07, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Good point, VB.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:20 PM

@VB, the shotgun approach works 9 times out of 10.

F9cb5745815f70ca8214bb73b0a06bae

(154)

on July 07, 2013
at 03:36 PM

I eat a lot of fat and vegetables. I also have been taking magnesium citrate but my problem is the minute i stop taking the supplement I stop going. Is it possible to become reliant on magnesium citrate? I am worried its not really fixing the problem and just forcing me to go.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on July 07, 2013
at 11:53 PM

it could be that you feel 'dependent' on the magnesium because your body needs it - it is a mineral that you may be severely deficient of. I need to take my D3 every day, and I take magnesium every day, and my body works better that way. If I don't take them, my body's deficiencies show up and I start feeling crappy again. I don't consider this a dependency - these supplements are fixing the problem. Are you "dependent" on eating? On air? Oxygen is habit-forming, you know...

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:02 AM

Are you getting enough iodine through your diet? Adding sea weed/vegetables has helped me a lot (check out Jack Kruse's blog). Besides that, I eat sauerkraut which I believe helps too. When I started on the high fat diet I also had problems with constipation but as Mat Lalonde has also pointed out, your stomach needs time to adjust it's bacteria from digesting carbs to digesting fat. It has probably taken me six months to now where I feel that I have 'normal' bowel movements.

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on July 08, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Yes, as I said, sea weed/vegetables.

F9cb5745815f70ca8214bb73b0a06bae

(154)

on July 07, 2013
at 03:37 PM

Thank you this is very useful, do you know in particular which vegetables are high in iodine?

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