Paleo and stomach upsets

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Hi. I've had asthma since childhood and been prone to stomach upsets since my teens. Stopping dairy products a couple of years back slightly improved asthma - stomach remained unpredictable!

In November 09 I found the Paleo world and stopped eating all grains, pulses and potatoes, cut out oils high in Omega 6, increased meat (organic) fat, fish and supplemented with fish oil capsules.

The effect on asthma has been amazing - I have completely stopped using steroid inhalers and feel great. BUT - stomach just as unpredictable and possibly worse? Does anyone else find this??



on April 28, 2010
at 06:59 AM

That word beginning with "d" which I can't spell!


on April 27, 2010
at 09:48 PM

I use Jarrodophilus.



on April 27, 2010
at 07:04 PM

Melissa, what commercial probiotic do your recommend? (I don't handle dairy well, so yogurt--even Fage--is not a great option for me.)


on April 27, 2010
at 05:53 PM

Ditch the fish oil. Fish has enough omega-3 and it's higher quality. If you are looking to repair your ratio, eat more fish. Trade the fish oil for a good commercial probiotic.

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on April 27, 2010
at 04:31 PM

I wish that when I first started eating paleo/primal/low-carb I had used probiotics, fermented foods, and plenty of magnesium. I do now, but I ended up with gallstones. I was a prime candidate: obese, middle-aged, on the pill, and I lost a lot of weight fast. I'm glad I did, but years of eating crappy food messed up my gut flora, which led to the gallstones. The stones are not a problem, but I do find that too much fat can "dump" quickly. If I eat too much I have problems too. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? Anyway, magnesium is a great supplement for restoring the gut, as are probiotics.



on April 28, 2010
at 06:59 AM

That word beginning with "d" which I can't spell!



on April 27, 2010
at 02:48 PM

As I have stated elsewhere, Dr Ayers says that GI track problems are associated with disfunctional gut flora.

See this posting on Jeruselam Artichokes as a good way to restore gut health by ingesting foods that will ferment in the gut.


Restore your bacterial gut flora and your stomach aches will alleviate.



on April 27, 2010
at 02:25 PM

Depends on what you mean by stomach upsets (sorry to probe on details!) - I only get issues when I eat a lot of nuts. They seem to pass through somewhat quickly, to put it delicately. Congratulations on improving your asthma



on November 21, 2012
at 07:47 AM

has anyone with these sensitive tummies had a bad reaction to kombucha? Bubbe's pickles seem to work just fine for my kiddo, but he says kombucha (only 6 oz) gives him a burning feeling.



on April 28, 2010
at 02:30 AM

trace gluten? Ever tested for gluten intolerance/celiac?


Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

This study tested the postulate of whether TH1 and TH2 cells could co-exist. A correlation between these would suggest a correlation between celiac disease and asthma.

"Background: Asthma is generally regarded as a disease with strong TH2-type cytokine expression, whereas in autoimmune disorders, such as celiac disease (CD), insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), TH1-type expression is seen.

According to the cross-regulatory properties of TH1 and TH2 cells, one would assume that these diseases exist in different patient populations." Ref 3 "Objective: We sought to test the hypothesis that asthma could exist in children with TH1-type diseases, such as CD, IDDM, and RA.

Methods: Comparison was made of the cumulative incidence of asthma in children with CD, IDDM, or RA by linking Finnish Medical Birth Register data on the whole 1987 birth cohort (n = 60,254 births) with the data of several national health registers to obtain information on the incidences of these diseases during the first 7 years of life." Ref 3

"Results: The cumulative incidence of asthma in children with CD (24.6%) or RA (10.0%) was significantly higher than in children without CD (3.4%) or RA (3.4%; P T

These data indicate that the TH1 and TH2 diseases can coexist, indicating a common environmental denominator behind the disease processes."



on April 27, 2010
at 03:20 PM

If my experience is of any use, I think my own digestive problems which lead me to paleo were created entirely by stress and anxiety.

I have had a few stomach problems on paleo (bloating, gurgling after eating). However, once I realised they were caused by nervousness they disappeared.

I am by no means suggesting this is your problem since clearly I have no idea who you are. However, I recommend having a think back to when your stomach problems started: did any major change in your life occur around the same time? For me it was an interview for a university.

If nothing comes to mind, I still recommend staying calm and not worrying about things too much.


on April 27, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Some people have digestive distress for a while, but it seems to subside after a while, everyone reacts different. I personally had been having heartburn for a few years. I now only get heartburn when I eat grains or industrial oils. You may want to try some pro-biotics, fermented veggies like sauerkraut or pickles, to restore your gut flora. Also, make sure your supplements are high quality. I was taking Natures Way, I think, it was from WalMart, and it made my acne go nuts. I started taking Carlson's Salmon oil and I'm not having a problem. Another thought is you could be allergic to something else you are eating.

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