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can paleo cure digestive problems?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

23 year old male. have symptoms of ibs (diarrhea w. constipation) and have had this for years. it took me forever to narrow it down but at this time all i can tolerate is protein sources and steamed vegetables only.

now ive been on a strict paleo diet for about 1 week. and my digestion is about 85% better already. having well formed stools for the first time since i can remember.

my issue with this diet is that only eating protein and vegetables is completely unsustainable, ive lost so much weight this past year from "Dieting" and trying to eat as a little as possible to see what i can and cant tolerate. i know im going through sugar detox or whatever so its not a mental thing its just a physical thing. i just refuse to remain this skinny indefinetly.

i cant even digest tubers or my digestive issues come back again

so my question is that how long do i have to do this diet before i can start reintroducing tubers and rice again? will paleo somehow recorrect my digestive issues and reverse them? if so, how long will this take?

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:06 PM

The "insulin spike" thing gets old after the first few years

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on September 18, 2012
at 07:36 AM

I don't do potatoes and white rice just seems like empty calories when I could be replacing it with something that is nutrient dense, like avocado, or a nice fatty grass fed steak. :) I also agree insulin spike bad/ glycation bad/ increased advanced glycation end products due to glycation... bad

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on August 28, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Ok, you can do whatever suits you, but the insulin spike from rice and white potatoes, is detrimental to your health. Look it up

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on August 28, 2012
at 07:10 AM

Totally agree with bone broth.

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on August 28, 2012
at 07:09 AM

I reintroduced white rice and white potatoes and had massive benefits - both gut wise, and energy. Plus, white potatoes have a lot of nutrients in them.

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on August 28, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Check my blog and search for paleo and ibs. It went away (or should I be more precise: it became asymptomatic) on Paleo/Primal. Instructions there, since with digestive problems is not only what you cut from the diet, but what you add to it too.

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on August 28, 2012
at 12:09 AM

i cant reintroduce rice or tubers ever? thats a little extreme dont you think?

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on August 28, 2012
at 03:43 AM

Try adding in bone broth. That may help with your digestive issues later allowing you to add in a greater variety of paleo friendly foods.

Re: never eating rice and potatoes - it is always your choice. Some folks can tolerate them and others can't. You can also determine how awful (or great) you feel after eating them. Perhaps after your gut is healed they can be re-introduced. Or not. By then you may enjoy how great you feel that you may not want to go back to feel lousy.

Good luck, you can do it. It gets easier with practice.

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on August 28, 2012
at 07:10 AM

Totally agree with bone broth.

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on September 25, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Eat raw, unpasteurized fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chee, miso, tamari, sour pickles, and various other pickled foods that have been pickled the traditional way, WITHOUT vinegar. Eat small amounts frequently with meals, especially with protein. This will help. Probiotics do a lot to help all sorts of digestive issues.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I had IBS for several years, found that I could eat rice and potatoes without it recurring but if I eat wheat it comes right back, only way to know is to give it a try.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:02 PM

It can, but also it can not. My digestive issues only emerged after going Paleo.

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on September 18, 2012
at 07:50 AM

THe GAPS diet seems pretty paleo, if it is not you could just omit non paleo things, I'd even look into the book The Autoimmune Diet by Anne Angelone.

Bone Broth an excellent suggestion, make sure you use plenty of bones, knuckles and feet (I believe the knuckles and feet add more gelatin to our broth which is soothing to your gut) add a little vinegar to help extract more of the minerals when simmering bones and simmer or at least 12 hours up to 72 hours. Nutrition Traditions by Sally Fallon, has good tips on making beef broth

Though hang in there, some people get a little digestion stuff like constipation for a bit whilst your body adjust to your new way of eating, at least me and mother did. Good luck!

The fact that you can do well with vegetables and proteins should tell you something, your body likes those and doesn't like the rest. Why feed it something your gut gonna complain to you about later?

Being skinny....well start weight training, add more good fats, being skinny, though you might be a hard gainer, the coveted six pack will be easy for you to obtain (I am jealous!)

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on August 27, 2012
at 11:31 PM

From personal experience, I would say, definitely YES! Keep eating Paleo and gradually add different vegetables and fruits, and most importantly, fermented foods, like Sauerkraut and pickles, this will definitely heal your digestive tract.

Don't reintroduce rice, or tubers. You don't need them

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on August 28, 2012
at 12:09 AM

i cant reintroduce rice or tubers ever? thats a little extreme dont you think?

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 28, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Ok, you can do whatever suits you, but the insulin spike from rice and white potatoes, is detrimental to your health. Look it up

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on August 28, 2012
at 07:09 AM

I reintroduced white rice and white potatoes and had massive benefits - both gut wise, and energy. Plus, white potatoes have a lot of nutrients in them.

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

(795)

on September 18, 2012
at 07:36 AM

I don't do potatoes and white rice just seems like empty calories when I could be replacing it with something that is nutrient dense, like avocado, or a nice fatty grass fed steak. :) I also agree insulin spike bad/ glycation bad/ increased advanced glycation end products due to glycation... bad

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on September 25, 2012
at 05:06 PM

The "insulin spike" thing gets old after the first few years

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