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Warning TMI: Salad and Diarrhea

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Created October 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Lately every time I eat salad with coconut oil I have to go to the bathroom QUICK!! And sometimes undigested food comes out --salad leaves YUCK! Is it the coconut oil or salad? Salad is just organic romaine-- coconut oil I have been eating for some time --raw organic. Does anyone experience this? could it be too much fiber?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

yes do take probiotics in pill form as well as fermented veggies

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on October 20, 2011
at 11:04 PM

coconut oil used to do this to me. It took about 6 months for me to tolerate it.

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Are you washing the salad leaves well? I've had this happen with a low-dose of e-coli.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:54 PM

do you take probiotics?

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I have been eating more lately -- but not much more. And I have been eating same salad for quite some time

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Nope just organic Romaine lettuce --nothing else

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:23 PM

Do you have onions in your salad?

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:59 PM

I would suspect it is the coconut oil since coconut oil can have a laxative effect.

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on October 20, 2011
at 11:04 PM

coconut oil used to do this to me. It took about 6 months for me to tolerate it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I don't think that raw veggies are good for anyone, and detox stuff etc. is just a bunch of bull in my opinion.

We, humans, do not have the stomach to digest leafy greens etc.

I wonder how many people with IBS, fibromyalgia etc. are having these problems from the massive amount of veggies people try to eat nowdays. There are so many people who have had "miraculous" healing happening with these new syndromes like fibromyalgia etc. when leaving out most of the veggies, then they say that oh, it's the oxalates, it's the goitrogens etc.

What if these new health trends with veggies, and generally stuff we can't digest is causing these things? Not necessarily the oxalates, the goitrogens, the lectins? Also, the balance of sodium to potassium is also a major player with "healthy" eaters who end up with bowel problems, HPA dysfunction (adrenalin fatigue).

edit- I screwed my perfect health up with trying to eat healthy, and I am doing so much better with sticking to foods that actually end up as energy, and not as bulk in the intestines.

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on October 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

My money's on the coconut oil. 1 Tbsp. sends me to the toilet within 1/2 an hour.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I'm going with detox. If your colon is in a bad place (damage, too much bad bacteria, etc) it will quickly run all the bad stuff through and incorporate the pure nutrients that we were meant to use as our building blocks/healing agents. Normally I would say this is the work of coconut oil, but since you've had it before, that leaves the leafy greens. It's possible that you're allergic or sensitive to one of the greens (or even coconuts) which is being expelled by your colon for damage control. Maybe one of the greens is toxic in some way (or contaminated!). You mentioned undigested food coming out - you should chew your food until it is broken up into tiny little particles (it becomes a pulp) before you swallow it. Not only will it have a head start in being digested by amylase (enzyme in your mouth that digests plant foods/starches - the stomach digests primarily protein and fat, leaving the plant stuff to be digested again in the duodenum, before it enters the small intestine), but it is much less taxing on the rest of your digestive system if you've already broken the food down - otherwise you might not even digest it, and it comes out whole on the other end. Not chewing well also brings you at risk of developing allergies if you have porous bowel syndrome (it is very common since there are so many toxins in everyday commercial food), because this would allow larger molecules to seep into your blood stream for your immune system to attack. If you suspect you have porous bowel syndrome, by the way, it is good to do a good natural colon cleanse or GI tract cleanse that includes l-Glutamine which will help to heal and support the GI tract. Or do the master cleanser every morning and incorporate that amino acid that you can find at a health food store.

Also, I don't think it's too much fiber if you're just getting fiber from vegetables - if you're adding fiber to your meals or shakes, then it is possible. Everybody has different tolerance levels. Soluble fiber tends to slow things down as it absorbs toxins as it passes through, and insoluble fiber is the fiber that really gets things moving. So check your fiber to make sure you're getting a balance that works for you, if fiber is the issue.

Sorry for the long answer! But there are many possibilities. :)

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:48 PM

My body is used to a very healthy diet--lot of fiber, fruits, and veg, but leafy greens will still do it to me, too (no coconut oil). Maybe stick away from salads for a week or two, then try salad without the coconut oil. If it still causes you a problem, then probably leafy greens are the problem. Maybe you have to have "side" size salads with protein or a wrap before going to straight salads. :)

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on October 20, 2011
at 09:10 PM

If you've upped your fat consumption your body may need some help. Your gallbladder may be picky and not pumping out the bile that you need. Try taking enzymes with your meals, and add probiotics to your diet or supplement list. Get your gut flora healthy or you could end up with gallstones like me. And yes, I began to notice this problem while doing a Whole30 and eating very clean.

Salads were an immediate problem for me -- nearby bathrooms were a necessity. Once I started the enzymes this improved, but over the summer my diet went kerblooey, so did my supplementation and problems occurred again, including gallbladder attacks. I eat clean, take my enzymes and life is good.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:37 PM

Had you been eating a decent amount of veggies before this started happening? When I transitioned from an unhealthy diet with few vegetables to eating a ton of leafy greens I had similar issues for a little while before eventually getting to normal. I am guessing it was because I didn't have the healthy gut flora to deal with all the roughage.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I have been eating more lately -- but not much more. And I have been eating same salad for quite some time

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