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Has anyone healed their digestive issues or Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a Paleo diet?

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Created November 20, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I was able to heal my digestive system and heal my IBS symptoms by going on a nut-free paleo diet. I now help people heal their own digestive issues at www.diyhealthblog.com, but am doing some research. Wondering if anyone out there had luck healing themselves of IBS or digestive issues with the Paleo diet? Looking forward to learning about your experience.

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on November 21, 2012
at 12:13 AM

how much D do you take a day?

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on November 20, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I was going to add more, but it's late and I'm done for now. Lol.

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on November 20, 2012
at 06:42 AM

malnutrition, which can easily happen while ingesting foods rich in antinutrients. This includes grains, legumes, eggs, and nuts. Which leads me to considering the "Perfect Health Diet." The diet itself falls short when considering that sugar (glucose) is not a nutrient. But what about the notion of "perfect health"? "Perfect health" is ridiculous. No one can achieve "perfect health" or even necessarily "approach it". The Paleo Diet is about doing the best with what we are naturally provided which is what humans thrived on. Everything will cause negative health effects. Even Kale. (Continued.)

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on November 20, 2012
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Have you considered how the author provided "proof" for his diet through his self-diagnosis of "glucose deficiency". Seems legit, right? He attributed his lack of carbs on the paleo diet to be the cause of his dry eyes. Glucose is not a "nutrient" for the body. Rather, our body can easily convert fat and amino acids into glucose for bodily functions. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-much-glucose-does-your-brain-really-need/#axzz2CjypnSBv A "mucus deficciency" (also unscientific) or perhaps better stated as an inability to produce mucus, is most likely attributed to... (continued)

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at 05:17 AM

What prompted your first comment? You've made some sweeping statements there, and I'd be interested in your reasoning

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Read siboinfo.com. Acne and constipation could be from SIBO (methane).

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:39 AM

I have been following a Paleo diet for over a year. It greatly relieved the symptoms,but it did not cure anything. Because I was not getting better, I figured out I had something else.

If you are not getting better within a reasonable amount of time, search for an underlying cause.

Take a hydrogen/methane breath test and find a very very good doctor who can interpret it (some can't).

I don't have IBS though. I am fatigued all the time due to vitamin malabsorption.

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:06 AM

I've been working on a stricter version of Paleo (first GAPs, now PHD) since March of this year with basically nothing but meat, veggies, coconut/olive oil, butter, ferments and bone broth, and now potatoes and rice. Some digestive issues have gotten better, however I still have issues with constipation and adult acne and am still searching for a solution.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Read siboinfo.com. Acne and constipation could be from SIBO (methane).

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on November 20, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I am a holistic health coach. I healed my own UC with diet and lifestyle vs drugs and medication. I do this daily now for my clients. Would love to work with you!

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Ive become asymptomatic w my crohns after supplementing w vitamin d to a level around 65.

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on November 21, 2012
at 12:13 AM

how much D do you take a day?

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:31 PM

I'm in the same boat. I have no idea what my stomach issues are. I spent most of my high school and college years at the GI doctor receiving numerous tests, all inconclusive. They suspected IBS, however I just stopped going to the doctors and tried working on it myself.

I've found paleo to completely fix my stomach issues. I also found I could pretty much fix my stomach issues without being paleo (although I see much better results being paleo). I found that most stomach issues of mine were directly related to processed foods, preservatives, etc. When I would cook meals at home (whether paleo or not) as long as they were not processed foods, were not from a box, and had no preservatives or listing of ingredients with long crazy names, I was fine. So meats, fruits, vegetables, natural/organic full fat diary, etc (basically the items on the outside of the grocery store). And I mean nothing from a box. I couldn't even make tacos from your average taco kit. I had to go find an organic/natural taco seasoning and shells. The key with my stomach problems was only eating completely natural, unprocessed ingredients.

I also find a direct correlation with eating out and making meals at home. Any time I eat out at most chain restaurants or most restaurants in general, I would feel awful and get sick almost every single time. There must be unhealthy oils or preservatives in the foods used in most restaurants.

However the only negative to eating clean or following paleo in regards to my stomach issues was that when I did cheat and have something from a restaurant. I would feel so much worse. For example, if I ate out a lot and didn't follow a paleo/clean eating diet I was much better adapted to handing fried foods, takeout from restaurants, etc. Once I was eating clean and fell off the wagon and had an unhealthy meal, I felt like I was dying. So thats the challenge, never cheating. And thats unrealistic for most people.

I also noticed no matter what I ate, taking regular good quality probiotics greatly aided in my stomach issues.

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I just started the Paleo diet, but relieved my IBS and Acid Reflux about 5 years ago.

I stopped taking the medication my Doctor prescribed to me because it was causing major side-effects which were worse than the pain from IBS and Reflux. At the time I was prescribed Nexium, but took Celexa before that.

After I stopped taking the medication I began seeking Natural Remedies. Look into taking some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to heal any sort of stomach or reflux pain. Also, look into Slippery Elm. It is sold at Whole Foods in their remedial isle.

Lastly, and foremost, I began changing my diet. I slowed down my eating, and became very aware of which foods caused the problems.

Now I have no issue with IBS, and I only have an acid attack 2-3 times a year, and typically I know what I ate or did that caused the irritation. So it is usually my own fault.

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I like the PHD so far. I do not follow it to a T... I prefer a little higher protein and more like 50-60% fat because I am very active and I carb cycle, no more than 50G starches most days and one 150G mini refeed a week with low fat. I tried Paleo for a year and GAPs for 7 months, that 7 months being very low carb from vegetables only. I lost way too much weight. My job requires a lot of physical activity and I could barely get through the day due to fatigue. I havn't had my period since I started GAPs. My energy is so much improved since starting PHD.

Yes, my skin and heartburn flared up more with the added starches, but I am now using HCL and experimenting to see whether it's the potatoes or the rice specifically causing the issues, to indicate small intestine versus colon bacterial/fungal issues. It appears that my heartburn is subsiding with the HCL.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Elyse, PHD is a load of crap

Not all of your problems are dietary related, Elyse. Your problems are obviously not, continue searching for a solution.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 20, 2012
at 06:26 AM

Have you considered how the author provided "proof" for his diet through his self-diagnosis of "glucose deficiency". Seems legit, right? He attributed his lack of carbs on the paleo diet to be the cause of his dry eyes. Glucose is not a "nutrient" for the body. Rather, our body can easily convert fat and amino acids into glucose for bodily functions. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-much-glucose-does-your-brain-really-need/#axzz2CjypnSBv A "mucus deficciency" (also unscientific) or perhaps better stated as an inability to produce mucus, is most likely attributed to... (continued)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 20, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I was going to add more, but it's late and I'm done for now. Lol.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 20, 2012
at 06:42 AM

malnutrition, which can easily happen while ingesting foods rich in antinutrients. This includes grains, legumes, eggs, and nuts. Which leads me to considering the "Perfect Health Diet." The diet itself falls short when considering that sugar (glucose) is not a nutrient. But what about the notion of "perfect health"? "Perfect health" is ridiculous. No one can achieve "perfect health" or even necessarily "approach it". The Paleo Diet is about doing the best with what we are naturally provided which is what humans thrived on. Everything will cause negative health effects. Even Kale. (Continued.)

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on November 20, 2012
at 05:17 AM

What prompted your first comment? You've made some sweeping statements there, and I'd be interested in your reasoning

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on November 20, 2012
at 03:50 AM

i have UC and i am working on healing my gut. i'm following the autoimmune protocol but haven't noticed much of a difference yet. i figure it'll take a year or two to get better.

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