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what are the signs of a healthy gut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2010 at 5:32 PM

i have iron deficiency anemia and am wondering if i am not absorbing nutrients well. how would i know? is there any downside to taking digestive enzymes to help with absorption if you are absorbing well to begin with?

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on August 31, 2010
at 01:20 PM

Thanks for the HCL link. I like that he considers the supplement a short term fix, not something you need to take forever.

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on August 10, 2010
at 06:22 PM

i am taking in more red meat on paleo than i was pre-paleo. but both my hemoglobin and my ferritin went DOWN on paleo. something is going on and i have not found a good answer anywhere. it may be that intense exercise causes iron to be used up faster. there was a study done of olympic women athletes that showed many to have lower than average iron levels.

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on August 10, 2010
at 06:19 PM

in 07 my gi guy said my body was hiding iron from h.pylori bacteria. so i was put on triple antibiotics. then i began supplementing with iron. i read that if you respond to supplementation, ie your ferritin goes up, you are not fighting an infection. so my ferritin went up, but so did my h.pylori count. after supplementing 3 months i stopped. then for 2 years i did nothing and my ferritin went back to 5. i gave my body enough time to hide iron if it wanted to. now i'm supplementing. in 2008 i had a complete check of my gi tract. i;ll get another one in 2011.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2010
at 06:12 PM

yes, i eat lots of beef.

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on August 09, 2010
at 08:02 AM

One other aspect on blood iron levels ist, that your body can lower the level when it is fighting an infection - as well as its vitamin C level. In that case it doesn't mean, you should supplement, because you would help your infection instead of your body.

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

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on August 09, 2010
at 03:30 AM

Do you eat much beef, buffalo or bison? All are high in iron.

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on August 09, 2010
at 03:26 AM

Maybe http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/58/5/705

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

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on August 08, 2010
at 10:45 PM

Those signs aren't that specific or sensitive, read Ayers.

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on August 08, 2010
at 10:33 PM

i put coconut milk with coffee daily, and a lot of times with fruit. i haven't eaten any grains pretty much the whole year i have been on paleo, but my iron and ferritin were lower than when i started. someone said that maybe i tested too close to the end of my period when i was drained out.

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on August 08, 2010
at 10:31 PM

from those 3 criteria i have a healthy gut.

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1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on August 08, 2010
at 05:51 PM

Signs of a health gut:

  • No constipation, diarrhea or food allergies.
  • Regular bowl movements that are quick, easy and pain free.
  • No undigested particulate matter or odd colors in stool.

Depends on what digestive enzyme product you are taking. I would suggest looking into starting with HCL.

Poliquin's Maximize Your Progress with Hydrochloric Acid

Read Ayers http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on August 08, 2010
at 10:45 PM

Those signs aren't that specific or sensitive, read Ayers.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 08, 2010
at 10:31 PM

from those 3 criteria i have a healthy gut.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

(803)

on August 31, 2010
at 01:20 PM

Thanks for the HCL link. I like that he considers the supplement a short term fix, not something you need to take forever.

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on August 09, 2010
at 06:41 AM

That was me that said iron levels can vary greatly according to your time of month. However, they should not be so low as to be anemic. My advice is go to fitday.org and see how much daily iron you are actually consuming. That will tell you if you are actually consuming plenty of iron or not. If you are, then that is a clue the prob might be absorption. Ironically (haha), when I check my intake totals at fitday, I get about 150% of my daily iron RDA, which seems plenty for me, but most of my other nutrient intakes are actually much higher. Apparently, my current diet is quite nutrient dense for most nutrients. Anyway, I tI actually was not getting the tons of iron I thought I was and one some days, it's even below the RDA. I think you should first check to see how much iron you are actually consuming and see if it is enough. If it is plenty, only then start thinking about other problems. SOme options could be that you are using up iron fast for some reason or you are not digesting it well, or your body is not efficiently utilizing it. Paleo is not a rigid diet so even if you are eating fully paleo does not automatically mean that you are eating a fully balanced diet getting all RDAs met. There are certainly combos of paleo foods possible that will be low in some nutrients. -Eva

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 10, 2010
at 06:22 PM

i am taking in more red meat on paleo than i was pre-paleo. but both my hemoglobin and my ferritin went DOWN on paleo. something is going on and i have not found a good answer anywhere. it may be that intense exercise causes iron to be used up faster. there was a study done of olympic women athletes that showed many to have lower than average iron levels.

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0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 08, 2010
at 06:36 PM

Have you eliminated all grains from your diet, especially all traces of gluten? There may even be traces of grains or gluten in one of the supplements you are taking.

Iron deficiency anemia sometimes goes hand in hand with celiac desease...

Coconut oil probably may help you, because it is mostly absorbed without any need for the body to break it down into other nutritients.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 08, 2010
at 10:33 PM

i put coconut milk with coffee daily, and a lot of times with fruit. i haven't eaten any grains pretty much the whole year i have been on paleo, but my iron and ferritin were lower than when i started. someone said that maybe i tested too close to the end of my period when i was drained out.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 09, 2010
at 08:02 AM

One other aspect on blood iron levels ist, that your body can lower the level when it is fighting an infection - as well as its vitamin C level. In that case it doesn't mean, you should supplement, because you would help your infection instead of your body.

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on August 09, 2010
at 03:26 AM

Maybe http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/58/5/705

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 10, 2010
at 06:19 PM

in 07 my gi guy said my body was hiding iron from h.pylori bacteria. so i was put on triple antibiotics. then i began supplementing with iron. i read that if you respond to supplementation, ie your ferritin goes up, you are not fighting an infection. so my ferritin went up, but so did my h.pylori count. after supplementing 3 months i stopped. then for 2 years i did nothing and my ferritin went back to 5. i gave my body enough time to hide iron if it wanted to. now i'm supplementing. in 2008 i had a complete check of my gi tract. i;ll get another one in 2011.

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