Diarrhoea, Paleo diet for 5 months

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

I have been eating Paleo for 5 months. Not superstrict social reasons mostly. I don't have any allergies or sensitivities to foods, but Paleo diet appealed to me. I felt fine skipping all the grains and sugar and sweets I have never liked anyway. Dairy, or cheese rather, I thought would be very hard to not eat, but to my surprise it is no problem. I do have milk in my coffee still, and I do drink wine a couple times a week.

Now I have once every few days upset stomach (diarrhoea) and I am trying to figure out why. After reading some threads here I am guessing too many nuts, too much coconut oil, but you might have some suggestions how to get my stomach in balance again.

I take vit D, and Omega 3 in the morning, B-complex and Magnesium/Zinc and probiotics in the evening.

Would really appreciate your help! Evali

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on May 26, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I'd say that you do have a sensitivity to some food, but perhaps you just don't realize it. I've been primal for a year and this last month I've gone AIP. (No eggs, dairy, nightshades, nuts or seeds) I've always been fine with dairy..so I thought. Yesterday I brought back dairy to test out and I really reacted. You have to go without all "allergy" type foods for several weeks, and then reintroduce them, one at a time and give it 3 days to see if there is a reaction. (mood, energy, headache, skin reaction, intestinal) You have to try out EACH nut, to see if you are sensitive. Each nightshade, to see if you react. It's a huge pain in the ass and takes a good amount of patience. But you could find out your answer.


on May 06, 2013
at 07:35 PM

I know that my stools were watery and soft until I started throwing in a bit of sea salt on my foods. I was drinking a ton of water and my diet practically had very little salt in it. The media tends to demonize salt, but your body needs it. Just make sure it's not that iodized commercial crap.


on July 24, 2013
at 09:45 AM

Magnesium can loosen your stools for sure. Consider going of it for a week and see if there is any difference.


on May 26, 2013
at 12:35 PM

It could be a couple of things. My first guess would be the Magnesium supplementation. I heard that that can be a problem for some people so you might want to try either going a little lower (how much do you take?) or switching to a different form. Either that or dairy might actually be a problem. You could try cutting it out for a while and see how you feel then. Or like Eugenia said, when you cut out gluten but then eat it occasionally.. I used to be "okay" with gluten, but if I ever eat it now I regret it. Hope this helps =)



on May 06, 2013
at 06:36 PM

The same thing happens to me once in a while... I suspect that my love of fats gets the best of me:-) So if you are eating much fat - that is smth to tinker with. Also, most of the times I eat out and order even the best Paleo food - I have this exact reaction next morning... It sucks to pay high price for the good restaurant and then not even digest/benefit from "all the delicious food you had there:-(



on May 06, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Is your omega 3 supplement fish oil. I had something similar going on my first year, and when I dropped the fish oil for a while it stopped.



on April 22, 2013
at 09:30 AM

If you had been off gluten for a while, and then you might ingest some in a social setting (eg a cracker, beer), that can make you sick, even if pre-paleo it didn't. So my suggestion would be to always be 100% gluten-free.

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