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How to restore gut Flora

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 5:26 AM

Hi

I believe I am constipated because there is something up with my gut flora, i've been dependent on laxatives stupid CW for the most part of being paleo and i think i've messed up bad. I bought Inner health plus dairy free probiotic supplement but I bought it while on holiday and it could not be working due to the fact it could have gotten too warm while traveling back home. At the moment I feel nauseous and i'm bloated with gas. I hate this so much. The only way to relieve myself now is to take another laxative. I've been constipated on and off during paleo, more times constipated than not. I got rid of dairy * being lactose intolerant* and that helped the constipation. but then It came back. I believe I could be damaged some how from the S.A.D diet before.

I feel pretty upset and helpless right now :'(

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Yeah it's just a start really. We eat fermented foods and Kefir as well to get other various probiotics. Your digestive track is a great breeding ground for what was already there. You just need to feed it for it to flourish.

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:10 PM

What is an average day of food that you are eating now EisBerg?

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on January 29, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Thankyou! Where does one obtain gelatin? :) After seeing your post I went out and bought some lovely German brand sauerkraut, just cabbage and salt ;)

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at 11:14 AM

I've been lowish, non starchy carb for quite a while actually, I just looked at someone elses post saying that they can't digest too much fat or protein so they added rice . I think i could be the same so i'm going to try a bit of white rice Thats what I thought * fermented dairy*, but it got to a point that even eating organic yogourt or goats fetta I felt absolutely sick. The only time ive been able to eat dairy is if I take a lactase supplement. Thanks :) I'll research about GAPS and SCD

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at 11:09 AM

I eat lean meat :) I mean, if lean means a thin strip of fat around one side of the meat. I usually make scrambled eggs so i'd say they are pretty much cooked, I don't like them dry though so it could be a bit un-cooked..

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:00 AM

Do you eat lean or fatty meat? Are your meat and eggs very well cooked?

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The trouble is that a healthy gut consists of thousands of different types of micro-organisms rather than merely the three that are in the product.

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at 06:25 AM

I do have magnesium supplements but the last time I took one I felt drunk and my stomach felt like it was beating itself up :/

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at 06:13 AM

Have you tried magnesium?

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:41 AM

If you're lactose intolerant, you can still eat fermented dairy which doesn't contain much lactose at all... My son reacts to dairy, but I'm making some SCD goats yoghurt at the moment to see if he can tolerate it. It's fermented for 24 hours rather than 8.

If you have a milk allergy such as cows milk protein intolerance - or, leaky gut. Then this is what you need to address to put things right.

GAPS or SCD should help the gut issues, but, it's not a short term protocol.

Have you heard of FODMAP intolerance? Since eliminating wheat/grains, I can tolerate FODMAPs. It took some months to get to that stage though.

Gentle methods of preparation of foods could help too. Lots of broth/stock (homemade) with meats & vegetables - stay lowish carb with non starchy carbs and small amounts of fruit.

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on January 29, 2012
at 11:14 AM

I've been lowish, non starchy carb for quite a while actually, I just looked at someone elses post saying that they can't digest too much fat or protein so they added rice . I think i could be the same so i'm going to try a bit of white rice Thats what I thought * fermented dairy*, but it got to a point that even eating organic yogourt or goats fetta I felt absolutely sick. The only time ive been able to eat dairy is if I take a lactase supplement. Thanks :) I'll research about GAPS and SCD

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:27 AM

Cherries and prunes are nature's laxatives (strawberries are the reverse, Oil of Strawberry was an old remedy for diarrhea).

Vegetables: you're looking for stuff high in insoluble fiber (cellulose - good for scrubbing out your guts) and stuff high in soluble fiber (more gelatin like - good for scrubbing out your arteries and for smoothing out your ... movement). Overall, just make sure you're getting a wide variety of vegetation (leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, brightly colored vegetables).

Probiotics: Check out the Dairy-free probiotics question, no dairy means you still get to enjoy kombucha, water kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi (even natto ... although "enjoy" might not be the right word). Again, variety is the word of the day. Perfect Health Diet points out that under healthy conditions, we have something on the order of several hundred species in our guts, none of the above really provide more than a couple species each ...

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on January 29, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Thankyou! Where does one obtain gelatin? :) After seeing your post I went out and bought some lovely German brand sauerkraut, just cabbage and salt ;)

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:13 AM

Ive been taking probiotics for a while now and I have noticed a great difference in my stomach issues. It's also REALLY helped my infant with digestive issues as well. I recently switched from a single probiotic to Mark Sissons Primal Flora. http://primalblueprint.com/products/Primal-Flora.html Ive only been taking it two days so far so I can't say its been better but we shall see. Good luck!!

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on January 29, 2012
at 07:02 AM

The trouble is that a healthy gut consists of thousands of different types of micro-organisms rather than merely the three that are in the product.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Yeah it's just a start really. We eat fermented foods and Kefir as well to get other various probiotics. Your digestive track is a great breeding ground for what was already there. You just need to feed it for it to flourish.

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:09 AM

Blueberries on ocassion will help. Also eating a cold left over baked potato. Eating fermented foods.

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on January 28, 2013
at 02:47 PM

there is nothing wrong with your "gut flora"...there is something wrong w/ your metabolism....get some dairy in there (not yogurt, kefir or anything fermented) and make sure you are getting enough calcium from milk, cheese, etc. also make sure you get a min. of 300 g of sugar but let your body gauge how much you need.

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:54 PM

My intestinal problems were so severe I, and my gastroenterologist, thought I had celiac disease. I tested negatively, blood and endoscopy, and have since resumed eating gluten-rich foods without complications. However, what we did find was that vitamin supplementation was necessary to overcome years of diarrhea from lactose intolerance, which basically strips the gut of flora over time. But, the vitamins were not the flora fix, rather they fixed the health issues with skin and other parts of my body. The fix to the intestines came after a couple months on probiotics. Specifically, they contain 10 varieties of bacteria with approx 20 billion cells as my daily intake. All cramping, constipation/diarrhea, backups and frequent urges are gone. I can eat out without an immediate need to use a restroom after the meal. I no longer get diarrhea (except heavy dairy without an enzyme at mealtime) and I have regular movements without strain or pain.

My point is that the probiotics can make a huge difference if flora is the issue. However, they need to be strong enough and contain the right mix of strains for your needs. Many probiotics sold in stores are weak and of one or two strains, which may or may not be the ones you need. Even with 10 or more you may still have a deficiency that is not covered. The only way to know is to use them, most likely for a couple months, and if that works then continue it indefinitely. Probiotics cause no harm if you have no noticeable side effects and they have great positive effects for those who need them. Talk to your gastro...he/she may recommend one that will fit your needs. Nothing lost in trying them besides the money they cost to buy.

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Try eating some pureed pumpkin with your dinner. It doesn't take much to get things moving!

Dark chocolate can also work as a laxative, if you eat enough of it. I wouldn't recommend doing that on a regular basis though, might get expensive ;)

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on January 29, 2012
at 02:42 PM

A couple of kiwis always help me if I'm feeling stopped up.

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