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Connection Between GI transit time & types of food consumed?

Commented on December 04, 2013
Created December 04, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Anybody observe a difference in GI transit when paleo or not? I don't recall any paleo "references" talking about GI transit time but it seems to change quite a bit for me dependent on the food I eat. Typically when eating more or less paleo, GI transit is on the order of 12 hours (which is pretty fast according to Wikipedia). When not eating paleo, that increases to 24-36 hours. Thoughts on why?

Only asking because I'm at 72+ hours now waiting on Thanksgiving dinner??? Not worried, just perplexed.

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Quite the opposite in my experience, greens and veggies speed things up. I've found that I can modulate that with some rice, which slows things down. My GI tract sped up quite a bit about 10 years ago after having some serious digestive issues for 2-3 months.

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on December 04, 2013
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I've observed meal size, complexity, and diversity to have a major impact. Yes, the type of food will too.

After a very large meal, intuition would suggest you'd have a very large BM shortly there after. In my experience, the opposite is true. The body takes its time to digest and absorb what you've eaten. I notice that lots of greens or other roughage slows things for me too. Again, I assume just because my body is slowing down to more fully digest, absorb, and savor those nutrients.

As long as stool consistency is reasonably comfortable and you get regular again within a week or two, no worries. Thanks Giving can be a digestive obstacle course.

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on December 04, 2013
at 07:30 PM

Quite the opposite in my experience, greens and veggies speed things up. I've found that I can modulate that with some rice, which slows things down. My GI tract sped up quite a bit about 10 years ago after having some serious digestive issues for 2-3 months.

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