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To poop or not to poop...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 07, 2012 at 4:54 AM

Hey guys, I'm about 5 months into paleo+dairy and I follow it pretty strictly. About once a month I'll eat something that I cook with honey, and somewhere between one and three times a week I eat cheese of some form. Besides that, I'm trying to get into intermittent fasting 48 hours (24 on 24 off) and I'm on week two of consistent heavy lifting 5 days a week (arms, legs, abs) and cardio once a week. I'm 18, 6'1, and about 190-195. I have never really done much clockwork like bowel movements, but I'm starting to notice very long periods where I felt "full" or like food was sitting in my gut. I've largely cut out fruits, nuts, and seeds since I am heading towards weight loss goals, so my diet is largely meats and veggies, but they stick to a good balance. I've read that dairy can take a long time to leave the body, but I've never had serious issues since I reintroduced it. I'm going to cut it out entirely to see how that goes, but is there anything else I should be doing? Also, should I consider a laxative for a short term "release"? I feel like being backed up like this cannot be good long term, and may perhaps help me with clearing some dairy from my body and allowing me to get out of this sluggish mode I've been in the past few days (I see my lifting performance slightly slacking, but I'm willing to attribute that to sleep). Sorry for the rant, but any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

TL;DR: Can't poop, HELP!!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I agree with Josh. Frequency goes down when you stop eating all the indigestible bulk.

D465d14cf5ef9da8436caf6435a5af67

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on June 07, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I agree. Movements become rare and are only needed for "discharge".

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Seriously? Josh M you really think that a healthy diet and an healthy GI Tract doens't produce daily bowel movements. Wow. That's a new one! Why do you say its a fallacy?

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Having to be 'regular' is a fallacy, bowel movements depend on many factors. For me I go anywhere from every day to every 3 days. The body will regulate itself unless there is some serious medical condition present. My son had some issues a couple years back but after being Paleo for a while & eating more fat plus staying well hydrated he no just goes when he has to. My personal opinion is laxatives are not necessary.

People can develop lazy guts over the years as eating lots of fiber can just cause material to be 'pushed' through the intestines where a healthy gut uses muscular contractions called peristalsis to move through the gut. Once I reduced the amount of unnecessary fiber in my diet my problematic movements became normal, smaller and very little wiping is needed.

D465d14cf5ef9da8436caf6435a5af67

(65)

on June 07, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I agree. Movements become rare and are only needed for "discharge".

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Seriously? Josh M you really think that a healthy diet and an healthy GI Tract doens't produce daily bowel movements. Wow. That's a new one! Why do you say its a fallacy?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I agree with Josh. Frequency goes down when you stop eating all the indigestible bulk.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 07, 2012
at 10:14 AM

Cheese is kind of notorious for causing constipation in some people. Try going a few weeks without any.

Feces are up to 60% bacteria. During major diet changes the bacteria species population in the gut changes. I've noticed that the frequency of bowel movement can change then also, then resets to a new normal. Between 3 times per day and every 3 days is considered normal, but with the caveat that you shouldn't be experiencing discomfort.

IMO laxatives are a very bad idea. Your body can become dependent on them. A magnesium supplement should be fine. Don't use epsom salts though.

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166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on June 07, 2012
at 09:04 AM

A standard magnesium supplement taken before you go to bed can help. If you take enough it will act like a laxative. And triphala (an ayurvedic supplement) also helps enormously if you can find it.

Have your problems worsened since you started your 24/24 fasting? It could be that your gut "goes to sleep", as it were, because your meals are not regular enough to stimulate it.

Drinking warm drinks and massaging your belly can help improve your digestion long-term, although in personal experience I have found iced drinks deliver a short sharp shock that can also get things moving in a fix. Squatting down and twisting your trunk can also stimulate peristalsis and a "mass movement".

I don't think dairy would be the issue, and I've always been in favour of using a laxative temporarily (senna is another one which stimulates the wall of your gut to get things moving) just to clean you out so you can start anew.

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I've found that I am most regular when I follow a 16/8 fasting protocol and take in at least 12 ounces of water first thing in the morning, before I have coffee. I also get up early enough that I can begin my day with a few minutes of reading or study instead of rushing headlong into my to-do list.

Between giving my body extra time to digest the previous day's intake, hydrating first thing each morning and engineering my schedule to be stress-free, my bowel movements come regularly and are well-formed.

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:38 AM

Start your day with two glasses of plain water. Add fruit back into your diet - I suggest apples or oranges.

Should solve the problem.

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:06 PM

I've started drinking 16 oz of water with the juice of half a lemon as soon as I get up in the morning. This seems to get things moving along.

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60ed52f79e2b89eadf754f660e7fd838

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on June 09, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Fiber, I had problems its helps. Eat more fruits and veggies constantly and oatmeal and it will go through. Eat big bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. I had problems since started doing this its been great. Feel like body is getting rid of the toxic junk.

1 poop every 3 days not normal. You need to flush it. It gets stuck and that's how colon cancer forms.

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on June 07, 2012
at 08:56 AM

I agree with A at Grain Free - add more fruit and add some RAW vegetables. You should have at least one serving of raw vegetables and raw fruit with every meal for enzymes.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 07, 2012
at 05:28 AM

Are you drinking enough water? Magnesium can help with this. A product called Colon Rx by Designs for Health is really good.

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