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Diarrhoea on paleo around menstruation, can anyone help?

Answered on February 10, 2015
Created January 02, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I have been doing paleo + intermittent fasting for about 3 weeks now, everything's been fine and dandy until two days before my period - I went for a cheat meal (did not touch much carbs though, had mostly meats and veges and dessert) and got diarrhoea ever since! I've not been able to stomach much food since, I get cramping in my intestinal tract and constantly have strange growling noises that seem to emanate from my upper abdomen.

My period is also very heavy but not as painful as before. My gym training has also improved, despite a queasy tummy, weeks of not stepping into the gym and feeling weak from diarrhoea I managed to run 5km in record time today, I didn't feel as strained or exhausted as before!

What I really need help with is to increase the amount of calories as I do intermittent fasting and now I feel too queasy to eat just after two mouthfuls of salmon+kale and a wedge of melon. My tummy immediately acts up too after just a few mouthfuls, the strange growling noises happen again.

I still have diarrhoea with loose stools, but not explosive, uncontrollable ones, just my tummy keeps cramping up!

What's going on?

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 05, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies, I added some shirataki noodles to my diet and that helped plug the pipes for awhile while it heals naturally. I guess going on a new diet can wreak havoc on the usual body mechanisms, but I'm happy to say that this is the most painless (and shortest) period ever!

9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 03, 2013
at 11:25 PM

If you've really ramped up raw veg and/or fruit quickly, you maybe suffering from what my mom used to call "Summer Stomach", which she'd get in strawberry season from eating too many of the tasty guys...

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 03, 2013
at 09:32 AM

Hi Rick It's been going on for 5 days now, it could very well be a food borne pathogen, as I'm eating less cooked food now. (Increased raw salads, fruit etc) It's funny how I don't really feel conventionally sick (e.g. fever, aches), I feel great, no hunger pangs. I've been having chamomile tea before bed and it has reduced the cramping enough for me to get to sleep each night.

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9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 02, 2013
at 11:54 PM

This doesn't sound diet related to me. Sounds more like a food borne pathogen or a stomach flu.

Obviously drop the fasting for now, keep your fluids up, get some bone broth down if you can. Try to stay away from high dietary fibre foods. Kefir or yogurt if you do dairy, bananas, coconut milk, perhaps some ferments if your tummy will take it.

How long has this been going on?

9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 03, 2013
at 11:25 PM

If you've really ramped up raw veg and/or fruit quickly, you maybe suffering from what my mom used to call "Summer Stomach", which she'd get in strawberry season from eating too many of the tasty guys...

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 03, 2013
at 09:32 AM

Hi Rick It's been going on for 5 days now, it could very well be a food borne pathogen, as I'm eating less cooked food now. (Increased raw salads, fruit etc) It's funny how I don't really feel conventionally sick (e.g. fever, aches), I feel great, no hunger pangs. I've been having chamomile tea before bed and it has reduced the cramping enough for me to get to sleep each night.

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on January 03, 2013
at 12:23 AM

Not sure but I would definitely take some activated charcoal.

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on February 10, 2015
at 04:00 PM

1-2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar with just a little water. kills all bacteria.

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on January 03, 2013
at 06:16 AM

What is with the anorexia tag? That matters, I'd think.

A lot of women have diarrhea or IBS type symptoms during their periods. I know I did, in my period-havin' days. If you do some Googling, you'll see. Super common.

How about having some gentle bland food, lots of water, and TLC? Good thoughts to you!

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