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Thoughts on enema?

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Created August 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

So i started eating paleo because of digestion problems and I've got the diet down but I'm wondering what else I can do to improve my system. I've come across enema's a few times especially through the GAPS diet so I've been wondering if anybody has any experience with it. Does it help?

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I personally doubt that probiotic bacteria is flushed out in any significant amount from enemas. If you've ever opened up a probiotic capsule and mixed it with water, you'll see that it DOESN'T mix. These things adhere to the intestinal tract and it's hard to get them out once they're in there. That's why we invented antibiotics. :P

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Come on, that's a pretty closed view of the world. Paleo is not a paleolithic reenactment. Our paleo ancestors had a million and one less things to worry about in regards to diet. I highly doubt there were many cavemen who suffered from constipation. Enemas are wonderful at getting gunk out of your system, but not everyone needs it. There are great benefits to enemas, especially coffee enemas. You shouldn't assume that humanity can't do better than mother nature sometimes.

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at 03:32 AM

I apologize, Friday afternoon left me with some vague pronouns. If your body has difficulty removing waste, (an enema) is a good thing.

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"if your body has difficulty removing waste, it's a good thing" - is that a typo?

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on August 11, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Just my n=1--

Only people who are seriously constipated or who are being prepped for surgery need to have an enema. They should not be done on a maintenance-type schedule (ie "cleansing"). All you do is end up flushing out a lot of the good bacteria that resides in your colon.

If your poops are hard and take a while to get out of your system (or you're left feeling like there's more up there), dehydration and inadequate magnesium could be the culprit. Magnesium is crucial to the proper function of your smooth (involuntary) muscles. Heart, intestines, etc.

Not getting the right amount or balance of roughage (too much starch & not enough insoluble fiber like greens and berries) without adequate water intake could exacerbate constipation.

Having dysfunctional gut flora (too much of the bad kind, not enough of the good) can also cause digestion issues. A large part of feces is comprised of dead bacteria shed in the digestive tract.

tl;dr--

  1. Magnesium before bed time (I take 400-500mg)
  2. Adequate hydration
  3. Insoluble/soluble fiber
  4. Probiotics (fermented food or supplements--either one works)

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:31 AM

I personally doubt that probiotic bacteria is flushed out in any significant amount from enemas. If you've ever opened up a probiotic capsule and mixed it with water, you'll see that it DOESN'T mix. These things adhere to the intestinal tract and it's hard to get them out once they're in there. That's why we invented antibiotics. :P

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I can't see how enemas could possibly be consistent with paleo principles. What mammal, primate, or human ancestor does anything like this? It's what you put in the correct end of the digestive tract that makes the difference.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:29 AM

Come on, that's a pretty closed view of the world. Paleo is not a paleolithic reenactment. Our paleo ancestors had a million and one less things to worry about in regards to diet. I highly doubt there were many cavemen who suffered from constipation. Enemas are wonderful at getting gunk out of your system, but not everyone needs it. There are great benefits to enemas, especially coffee enemas. You shouldn't assume that humanity can't do better than mother nature sometimes.

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I would really urge you to get your system emptying on its own. I relied on glycerine suppositories for ages, and I think it really messed up my system's own ability to..um... go. So many foods/supplements can help - magnesium is a big one, as are probiotics and fat. Also a soluble fiber supplement like acacia might help, as it bulks up the stool.

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Well I'd definitely not advise eating one ;)

Colonic cleansing has been advocated for quite some time by various groups as a way to remove various toxins and such from your system. It all seems awful unscientific to me, and the results seem to be very subjective ("I feel better" although my labs results are unchanged). If your body has difficulty removing waste, it's a good thing. If you are healthy right now I doubt it will do much for your over all health, but I also doubt it will do any harm. In the end (excuse the pun) it's like most of paleo: YMMV.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 11, 2012
at 03:32 AM

I apologize, Friday afternoon left me with some vague pronouns. If your body has difficulty removing waste, (an enema) is a good thing.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:23 AM

"if your body has difficulty removing waste, it's a good thing" - is that a typo?

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:34 PM

It worked for Kramer on an episode of "Seinfeld"

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