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Water vs. fat to keep things moving?

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Created May 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I was under the (possibly mistaken) impression that if I have a lot of fat in my diet that I shouldn't need to drink lots of water, that all that fat would serve as a lubricant to "keep things moving." I know that people who do high protein diets are told to drink lots of water but I don't think I'm eating lots of protein compared to all that fat I consume.

In any case, I'm wanting to understand the roles that water and fat play in producing poops that come out quick and smooth as mine frequently don't. And, I don't go out of my way to drink water. I'm not consistent with my water intake, consuming 32-64 ounces some days and less on days when I don't think about. I eat some vegetables and some fruit, which also contain water but perhaps not enough.

What are your experiences with the roles of fat and water? Did Grok drink lots of water?

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@Julia, if you feel like you're drinking enough water, but still dehydrated, it could be there is not enough salt in your diet to retain the water. So, start adding some extra sea salt on to your dishes to up that intake.

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on May 18, 2012
at 06:23 PM

@Veriria Experimentation is coming soon. Want some perspective from PH folks before I pick an experiment.

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on May 18, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I ferment veggies. I imagine I'd get the good bugs that way.

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on May 18, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I've only been Paleo for a 3 weeks but in that time I've been feeling really dehydrated even though I'm drinking 3 or 4 litres of water a day. Even the side of my lips are cracking

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on May 18, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Have you tried to drink more water, or otherwise experiment?

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I added this in a comment above in response to Julia, but if you feel dehydrated despite drinking water, it could be you're not retaining enough of your water.

So, start adding more salt to your dishes, a sprinkle on top. Not only does it taste good, but it will help you retain that water.

There is a reason body builders before competitions will cut out most of the salt from their diets.

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on May 18, 2012
at 07:43 PM

H20 is very important in digestion. If you think about all of the processes of digestion they all require molecules of H20. ( Beginning from the moment some foods hit your tongue you require saliva (H20) to have the amylase begin to break down carb chains. So, I would try drinking more H20. You might also want to try to drink water or eat something like soup before a meal to aide in digestion. For instance if you put something that is very difficult to quickly digestion like proteins or fats into the stomach first, it will take longer for the whole meal to be digested. But, if you put those things in after some easier things like fruits or veggies are put in, it could take less time and be less waiting for you to produce a BM.

Good luck

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on May 18, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I have found that by adhering to the following ratios of fat/protien/carbs, things move pretty smoothly, sometimes too smooth! http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/ratios/ratio.php

Also helpful to me is magnesium supplementation (I like mag. citrate) and unsweetened lemon "gatorade" made as follows: 6 oz of water, 1/2 a sqeezed lemon, and 1/4 tsp of gray celtic sea salt. Shake to dissolve the salt and you're good to go!

It's really good for replacing electrolytes and providing trace minerals. That's just what works for me.... Hope it helps.

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on May 18, 2012
at 05:31 PM

drink a bottle of Kombucha a few times a week!

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on May 18, 2012
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I ferment veggies. I imagine I'd get the good bugs that way.

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