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is there something in dairy that improves bowel movements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2013 at 8:00 PM

whenever i eat dairy i pass ideal stools but if i go a few days without consuming it, i get diarrhea or pass floating stools.

anyone know why dairy can be beneficial for bowel movements?

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on February 10, 2013
at 12:43 AM

Calcium slows down the intestinal tract, thus dairy "constipates" you. For someone with diarrhea (food that moves through the bowels too quickly) giving them a bit of constipation is actually a good idea in order to normalize their stool.

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on February 09, 2013
at 11:30 PM

I'm speculating here but I think dairy may do something to the PH balance in the stomach/gut.

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on February 09, 2013
at 08:33 PM

haha yeah it's called lactose intolerance

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on February 09, 2013
at 08:30 PM

well, i enjoy all sorts of dairy and don't have issues with it. i was just curious what properties of dairy are responsible for healthier bowel movements

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:21 PM

A lot of dairy items, such a yogurt, contain probiotics. Perhaps you should try taking a daily probiotic.It helps a lot with digestion and gi/immune health... This is a great article... http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0905c.shtml

(as a side note, my hubby is lactose intollerant. I introduced a daily probiotic and it has helped his digestive system in a huge way. (he also uses lactaid pills, but has frequent upset stomach...) He takes it on his own now, which is big because the guy isn't into vitamins/supplements at all.)

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:14 PM

I am completely intolerant to dairy but what you might be experiencing is as follows:

  • when you eat dairy regularly pathogens (yeast/bacteria) are being fed, and all is happy.

  • when you go w/o dairy for a period of time these pathogen die off and some sort of imbalance in your gut is established. It might take some time (days/weeks) before things stabilize. This would be especially true if you eat a lot of dairy.

At any rate, this is my guess. I don't think there is anything inherently wonderful that makes prevents you from having loose stools.

_Lazza

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on February 09, 2013
at 08:28 PM

You can try fermented dairy. This way you don't have to consume much lactose, and you get beneficial bacteria to repopulate your gut so you don't have such stools in plain Paleo.

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on February 09, 2013
at 08:30 PM

well, i enjoy all sorts of dairy and don't have issues with it. i was just curious what properties of dairy are responsible for healthier bowel movements

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