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What would improve digestion the most?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 24, 2011 at 7:01 PM

It's been 3 months on paleo (no nuts no fruit no nightshades) I think, not a single cheat day. The sinus ache I had has vanished, my skin is improving a lot, my energy is even, my mood is even most of the time (unless I don't take vitamin D, like I experienced today). I could write a long list of improvements here (thank you paleohacks).

A couple of things I still have to try out : - Eat chicken and pork - Eat organ meats and shellfish - Eat zero carb - Take super enzymes or any other supplement (feel free to post ideas here) - Stop taking CLO - The Quilt's leptin reset - Meditation / Methods to reduce stress / Go to sleep very early - Better dental hygiene? - Eat more prebiotics

The only problem I have is constipation (and chin acne that comes back constantly but I believe those two are related). Of the above check list, what will help me (my digestion) the most?

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on September 27, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I'm not sure if it is just the gelatin that is of benefit. I do know that commercially produced gelatin uses some chemicals for rendering that I would not want in my body on a regular basis. Do you live near any pho restaurants? If it is made from scratch, it will have good broth, and is pretty affordable for take out food. Crock pots are also not very expensive, and you don't have to worry about the stove being left on that way.

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on September 26, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Isn't that what all the yogurts nowadays add in? Like stony field, etc

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on September 26, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I have no idea. I didn't know people could get mold allergies. Give it a try and see what happens.

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on September 25, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Not unless you're allergic to yogurt. Same family of bacteria (not mold - which are fungi)

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on September 25, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Walking improves my digestion immensely.

1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

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on September 25, 2011
at 01:57 PM

Probably worth a try.

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on September 25, 2011
at 11:00 AM

Ben - that is of course a good idea, but I have a mold allergy. Wouldn't raw sauerkraut make it all worse?

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:59 AM

Wow, that's interesting. Yesterday I read http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2008/09/anti-inflammatory-diet.html and I thought onions and leek would help. So no onions/leeks/etc?

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:58 AM

I'm gonna buy the super enzymes for my next batch from iHerb. Thanks!

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Cooler weather is interesting, I won't eat nuts (only coconut oil) though. Soon school's gonna start again so I'm gonna travel constantly. Thanks!

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Would gelatin do the same trick? My mother would be pissed if I use the stove for a long time.

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on September 24, 2011
at 08:37 PM

raw sauerkraut and or raw kimchi. eat a little bit at every meal or daily

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 25, 2011
at 08:18 AM

What everyone else said about the fermented goodies.

Broth, broth, and more broth. I've started making this in my crockpot once a week, just bones, water, and a little apple cider vinegar overnight. I strain the bones out, and keep the whole pot in the fridge. Scoop a couple cups into a big bowl with dinner leftovers, heat it up, add some Celtic sea salt, and breakfast is served. Having been inspired by the GAPS diet, this has been the base for every breakfast I've had for a little over a week now. My tummy has lost a bit of bloat and just feels happier overall.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Would gelatin do the same trick? My mother would be pissed if I use the stove for a long time.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 27, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I'm not sure if it is just the gelatin that is of benefit. I do know that commercially produced gelatin uses some chemicals for rendering that I would not want in my body on a regular basis. Do you live near any pho restaurants? If it is made from scratch, it will have good broth, and is pretty affordable for take out food. Crock pots are also not very expensive, and you don't have to worry about the stove being left on that way.

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on September 25, 2011
at 03:36 AM

Really anything fermented as it feeds the good gut bacteria. Try kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and so on. I have it on a daily basis and I digest like a king

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on September 25, 2011
at 02:26 AM

I can tell you what I feel helped my digestion (including bowel regularity):

  • Cooler weather / cooler internal temperature: (excessive heat seems to promote loose stools for me)
  • Fiber (From almonds and coconut)
  • Water
  • Bone Broth (I'm guessing that the gelatin in the broth helps soothe my innards)
  • Eating kimchi (I know, its anti - FODMAPS. Not sure about this one, but maybe.)
  • Lots of walking. (I walk everywhere.)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Cooler weather is interesting, I won't eat nuts (only coconut oil) though. Soon school's gonna start again so I'm gonna travel constantly. Thanks!

1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

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on September 25, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Walking improves my digestion immensely.

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Two things that helped my digestion the most were Raw Sauerkraut and NOW Foods Super Enzymes. I would suggest some raw milk yogurt but since you still have acne, I would stay away from any dairy.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:58 AM

I'm gonna buy the super enzymes for my next batch from iHerb. Thanks!

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on September 25, 2011
at 11:52 PM

For me, digestion has improved with:

  1. Betaine HCl (one of the ingredients in NOW Super Enzymes)
  2. Probiotics
  3. Prebiotics in the form of inulin

I haven't polled this group on thoughts regarding inulin. MDA discusses it here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/prebiotics/ I admittedly take a supplement with inulin and acknowledge this might not be the most "paleo," but I don't have any problem going. As a person who has had his share of constipation, I'll happily make this trade-off.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 26, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Isn't that what all the yogurts nowadays add in? Like stony field, etc

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1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

on September 24, 2011
at 08:18 PM

You might want to think about elimination of FODMAPS.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 25, 2011
at 10:59 AM

Wow, that's interesting. Yesterday I read http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2008/09/anti-inflammatory-diet.html and I thought onions and leek would help. So no onions/leeks/etc?

1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

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on September 25, 2011
at 01:57 PM

Probably worth a try.

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