gut bacteria and weakness , I REALLY need help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Hi guys , i'm a 19 years old boy from Italy. I've been IBS sufferer for 18 years , and i still am , but a little better.

Following paleo I'v eliminated 60% of my ibs , cause i've cutted off wheat,dairies,cereals,legumes and white sugar.

There's a problem , i'm addicted to dark chocolate with no dairies on but it contais soya's lectines and stuff like this , but not grains or dairies, I eat it a lot and everyday, and the problem is that my gut aren't okay yet, I have constipation and I feel lot tired , I had my blod exams 6 months ago and they were ok.

I thought that i could have a fructose malassorbinaton ..

actually i take omega 3 ( 4g per days) and vit D .

My diet is actually composed by

  • Meat
  • Fish _ no fruits ( i don't like it ) _ carrots and zucchini ( I really hate veggies and those are the only 2 that I like to eat ) _ dark chocolate _ water

Ok this is my diet , do you think it can be collegated with my weakness , and my still painfull guts/constipation?

I really need some advices from you expert guys.. thanks a lot



on December 21, 2012
at 05:49 PM

From what I understand, soy lecithin is used as a surfactant in the manufacturing process and is such a small amount that should not cause any problems.

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on December 21, 2012
at 04:55 PM

You've posted before about your aversion to most vegetables. I have also had IBS for about that long, and I find cooked veggies with every meal, along with fat, really helps with constipation. I would really try to increase the variety of veg you eat. Some low-FODMAP options that I like, sauteed in fat with some herbs, are romaine, spinach and rainbow chard.

I also eat a lot of starchy carbs with my meals - rutabaga, parsnip, turnip, squash, yam, sweet potato, plaintain, banana. My sense is that you are not eating enough, period, which will not help with constipation.

I also take a probiotic, liquid vitamin D, fish oil, and natural calm (magnesium supplement). All of which will help with the constipation, esp. the magnesium and probiotic.



on December 21, 2012
at 03:21 PM

I am no expert, I jut can tell you what works for me.

  1. I would not eat dark chocolate if I were you. Why? Because it is FODMAP and you might have SIBO (have you been tested?). If you have SIBO, chocolate is a big no-no- it feeds bacteria.

  2. I finally gave up and I am on all-meat diet. I know, it sounds crazy. I don't even believe in all-meat diets, yet... I am doing it. And my symptoms are virtually non-existent!

  3. If you HAVE TO HAVE chocolate, have it... once a month? Here is a very good brand I recommend: STAINER

It is made in Italy. There are different kinds - you have to buy the one with iguana. It is called 100% cocoa. The only ingredient listed is pasta di cacao 100%. There are traces of gluten, but it is better than gluten and sugar free chocolate because I do not react to it.

Stainer chocolates

Good luck and... go to the doctor and get tested for SIBO (methane-hydrogen test). Sibo can cause IBS and gluten intolerance and everything else.



on December 21, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Hi Francisco.

I'm not an expert either but if you're addicted to the chocolate you could be deficient in magnesium (chocolate is high in magnesium).

You could try a magnesium supplement (e.g. magnesium citrate or Epsom salts) to help with this. Magnesium can also act as a laxative, so this might help your constipation too.

Have you tried any probiotics or fermented foods? Sauerkraut is supposed to be good for constipation and there are various other probiotics which might help. You will need to experiment to see if there is one which works for you.

Also, are you eating enough fat? If you eat a lot of protein and little fat, this can make constipation worse.

A good source of information about diet for gut problems is the GAPS programme. I know quite a few people on here have found it helpful.

Best of luck!

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