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Higher carb suggested for people with constipation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I'm just curious if higher carb helps some people that had issues with constipation on paleo. I remember seeing a few people mention eating higher carb helps people with constipation on various forums and I THINK on the perfect health diet too they briefly say something about it.

I have an issue with constipation ever since I was paleo. I'm seeing a GI specialist in a few days to see whats wrong. Especially in the last week i am get bouts of stomach pain, bloating, and i've decided to go off the laxatives because i know you can become dependent on them and have issues with gut flora.

I used to be low carb, approx 50-80g. sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. I'm a student and it seems easier for me to go higher carb in terms of meal preparation and all my life no matter what diet, from crappy takeaway to paleo i've always been " thin ", so no suspected insulin levels there. My energy levels are the same low carb or higher carb which I am climbing more towards.

If there's any other advice that you might have that would be awesome.

I just stopped laxatives two days ago after using them on and off for about 3 months. I take Inner health plus dairy free probiotic once a day. I am lactose intolerant so I don't eat dairy, if i do it'll be yogourt with a lactase supplement.

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at 01:28 AM

I originally went to paleo because of my emotional eating from school issues and eating shitty snacks at night. I was becoming more ' puffy ' ( gaining weight) and i didn't like it. So i found mark's website and I took the leap. I am really happy that someone understands me! :). I actually introduced brown rice ( soaked with yogourt) and my blood sugar went funny, because I was stupid and wasn't used to it, but I should ease myself upwards I guess, so like starting with sweet potato etc. You've eased off it? mind explaining? Thankyou so much!

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Korion, sounds like maybe your gut health maybe pretty questionable, then. The big minerals for me are potassium and magnesium. I think if one has a severely compromised gut, fermented foods would definitely be a top priority. Sauerkraut or Kimchi would be excellent choices because cabbage is high in glutamine which seems to help heal the gut.

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on February 04, 2012
at 11:21 PM

ah yes this was the article I read! I'm pretty sure it's insufficient gut flora.

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on February 04, 2012
at 11:19 PM

Oh and I should add that I think I could have SIBO, will confirm it in a few days if i manage to see the GI specialist soon

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on February 04, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I see! Coconut oil doesn't work for me either. My LDL was 155 a few weeks ago and i put it down to butter and excess nuts so i've stopped the two atm. But grass fed beef fat it is!

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on February 04, 2012
at 11:01 PM

@Crystalie, coconut oil doesn't work for me so I use it moderately. For me, it has to be butter or meat fat.

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on February 04, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Korion how much gelatin did you do and did it matter how you took it?

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Not agreed. I could eat tons of vegetables, drink tons of water, but I was still constipated. Only gelatin did the trick. And apple cider vinegar. Interested about the minerals though : what minerals?

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on February 04, 2012
at 06:14 AM

I eat alot of fats, particulary coconut. infact my total choleterol was high ( 256) , but luckily A pattern.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I agree with Cody- I think a big part of regularity is having enough fats in your diet. Works for me.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Should I bother seeing a GI specialist?

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:29 AM

I think per capsule it said 900mg, and like 139 elemental magnesium or something :/

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Crystalie, how much mag citrate did you take?

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:25 AM

I don't go well with magnesium citrate for some reason, last time I did my stomach felt like it was bashing itself up, and made me feel drunk :/

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Thankyou for your advice!

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Will do! I'll definitely soak the brown rice according to that website. Thanks again Melissa :)

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I was eating rice every day, a haiga (I buy it on Amazon, it's like brown rice, but gentler on the stomach) rice/bone broth porridge. Adding a little vinegar can blunt any blood sugar issues. You can also soak brown rice to be gentlerhttp://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html If you are a student, a rice cooker makes this easier. But a couple of weeks ago I just was forgetting to eat it in the morning and nothing bad happened. I think once your stomach is normalized you can take it away and see what happens.

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:08 AM

and thankyou everyone for your advice

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Good to know my diet is okay. I believe that could be the case ( more meat). I actually think I don't get that much fiber. I've been paleo for about 3-4 months and I actually consume alot of fat, particulary in the form of coconut cream which is really dense, If i eat too much fat i'll know it because then i'll get bloated.

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on February 04, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Yep they started on paleo. But stupid me I should have added that I essentially accidentally starved myself having undereating tendencies and thinking the symptoms i were having were " swapping fuels" So I could have starved my gutflora or something. My diet was basically: A mixture of european and asian food (Take away :/ ). So basially eating a wide range of different foods. Eating all the grains, drunk rice milk ( s.a.d lactose intolerant method >< ) , just the standard diet really. Just a slightly healthier version. By that I mean, choosing asian takeaway or sushi instead of Mcdonalds ><

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at 12:46 AM

Your problems started on paleo? what was your diet like before?

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Why stick with a diet that requires you to take laxatives? Is there something particular about paleo that makes you willing to subject yourself to that? I would go back to your old diet and see if the issue goes away. Then I would gradually transition out foods that you think might be unhealthy and see what happens. I did something similar and I found that carbs definitely seem to help my stomach regulate. It was weird to be struggling on paleo and then I made a move and couldn't cook for awhile and lived on Asian takeout...and I felt awesome. I think that's when I realized that paleo isn't a panacea and that rice works really well for helping regulate my stomach. Though I've eased off it lately and I've been fine.

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on February 04, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Should I bother seeing a GI specialist?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 04, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I was eating rice every day, a haiga (I buy it on Amazon, it's like brown rice, but gentler on the stomach) rice/bone broth porridge. Adding a little vinegar can blunt any blood sugar issues. You can also soak brown rice to be gentlerhttp://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html If you are a student, a rice cooker makes this easier. But a couple of weeks ago I just was forgetting to eat it in the morning and nothing bad happened. I think once your stomach is normalized you can take it away and see what happens.

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I originally went to paleo because of my emotional eating from school issues and eating shitty snacks at night. I was becoming more ' puffy ' ( gaining weight) and i didn't like it. So i found mark's website and I took the leap. I am really happy that someone understands me! :). I actually introduced brown rice ( soaked with yogourt) and my blood sugar went funny, because I was stupid and wasn't used to it, but I should ease myself upwards I guess, so like starting with sweet potato etc. You've eased off it? mind explaining? Thankyou so much!

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on February 04, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Will do! I'll definitely soak the brown rice according to that website. Thanks again Melissa :)

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:23 AM

It sounds like you might go in another direction, but I will confirm what you heard--for me, eating only meat leads to constipation and eating moderate carbs results in excellent stool quality.

Please note I don't eat what you'd call high carb. I have 1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit, a leafy green salad and some quantity of cooked non-starchy vegetables every day. Most days I am between 60 and 100g total carbs including a small portion of home-made yogurt, extra-fat, and that also seems to move me away from constipation.

I agree with Melissa that you should return to whatever foods will restore normal gut function. You can then choose to gently, gradually and carefully experiment to see if there's a mix of ancestral foods that suits you.

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Thankyou for your advice!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Here is your mantra on lower carb.

  1. Fiber
  2. Minerals
  3. Water

Repeat over and over and over and over.

You will not be constipated.

I would like to add that I've gone zero carb for weeks at a time with no constipation issues. If you are eating low carb, make sure you are eating fatty meat.

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on February 04, 2012
at 06:14 AM

I eat alot of fats, particulary coconut. infact my total choleterol was high ( 256) , but luckily A pattern.

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on February 04, 2012
at 11:19 PM

Oh and I should add that I think I could have SIBO, will confirm it in a few days if i manage to see the GI specialist soon

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 04, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I agree with Cody- I think a big part of regularity is having enough fats in your diet. Works for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Korion, sounds like maybe your gut health maybe pretty questionable, then. The big minerals for me are potassium and magnesium. I think if one has a severely compromised gut, fermented foods would definitely be a top priority. Sauerkraut or Kimchi would be excellent choices because cabbage is high in glutamine which seems to help heal the gut.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Not agreed. I could eat tons of vegetables, drink tons of water, but I was still constipated. Only gelatin did the trick. And apple cider vinegar. Interested about the minerals though : what minerals?

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 04, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Korion how much gelatin did you do and did it matter how you took it?

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

(135)

on February 04, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I see! Coconut oil doesn't work for me either. My LDL was 155 a few weeks ago and i put it down to butter and excess nuts so i've stopped the two atm. But grass fed beef fat it is!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 04, 2012
at 11:01 PM

@Crystalie, coconut oil doesn't work for me so I use it moderately. For me, it has to be butter or meat fat.

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on February 04, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Great read on the subject

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2998

F73ed6f08440b03a5e1b12312feb3b8f

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on February 04, 2012
at 11:21 PM

ah yes this was the article I read! I'm pretty sure it's insufficient gut flora.

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on February 08, 2013
at 03:28 PM

I'm currently experimenting with higher carb, moderate protein, lower fat consumption a la Matt Stone. I don't think he's out to lunch as most paleo folks do. I've never been this regular, nor had such normal looking stools. My energy is great too!

Loads and loads of sweet potato, coconut oil/butter, and my normal protein choices: beef, pork, chicken, whatever.

Edited to add: WOW. I resurrected an old thread. Thought it said 2013!

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on February 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

I started taking 500mg of magnesium citrate to address some nightmares and muscle tremor problems last year. It fixes those problems, but it also keeps me super-regular. You might give that a try, too.

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Crystalie, how much mag citrate did you take?

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:29 AM

I think per capsule it said 900mg, and like 139 elemental magnesium or something :/

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:25 AM

I don't go well with magnesium citrate for some reason, last time I did my stomach felt like it was bashing itself up, and made me feel drunk :/

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on February 04, 2012
at 12:59 AM

I believe if your diet is fine, a problem is often adjusting to eating more meat with eating Paleo and converting from a previous food habit. Also, look out for too much fiber and if you are eating a lot, which is normal and almost unavoidable for eating 150% to 200% percent the daily value, then make sure to drink more water and I believe higher calories are needed to adjust to this and sometimes even long after adjusting just for periodic maintenance. I know people say fat constipates them but it actually has always helped me. But look towards having more fat and this could help.

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Good to know my diet is okay. I believe that could be the case ( more meat). I actually think I don't get that much fiber. I've been paleo for about 3-4 months and I actually consume alot of fat, particulary in the form of coconut cream which is really dense, If i eat too much fat i'll know it because then i'll get bloated.

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:26 PM

My cousin with similar problems told me that he found on http://constipationtreatments.info/ the help for his problems.I heard the tips from here are very goo to combat constipation problems. I hope this helps.

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