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Better Bowel Movement Since Cutting Out Milk

Answered on July 31, 2013
Created May 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

TMI at its best:

Could having better bowel movements be indicative of cutting out milk? I'm still having whey protein shakes (mixed with water) and some butter for cooking but since I cut out milk I've been pooing much more regularly and with better bulk.

EDIT: The odd thing is when I started on paleo my bowel movements went from being very regular and bulky to few with far between (literally). In the past month or so I've been eating some dates and I improved. In the week just gone, I dropped milk and haven't had any dates but have improved poo wise (from the initial Paleo reaction). Nut-wise I tend to have a small bag around for snacks occasionally and for after dinners (portions the size of a small handfull) but since I dropped milk I haven't remembered to buy nuts so I suppose right now I'd be nut and milk free (although I expect the nuts wouldn't make me constipated and I haven't purposefully avoided them, just forgot to buy them).

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:47 PM

The very short answer is: inflammation, this includes cortisol. I'm fairly sure NOBODY can say unless you have blood tests searching for specifics. Even then, an internist may still say, 'Well, this is high, so it's probably that.' I've had decades of internal medicine/tests/etc. I'm still learning and I've been at this since my teens. I just realized my recovery time (from strength training) is about 1/2 time when I stay clear of nightshades. I *knew* they're a problem but HALF recovery? Totally worth it!

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on May 25, 2013
at 08:13 AM

I've had some bad eczema on my hands but since I dropped the milk it has improved. Anyone know the science behind this?

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Nuts definitely constipate people. This is what I was talking about: you can't have any conclusions without isolated variables. Add one or the other back in and see what happens.

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on May 21, 2013
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B668f9e9a60a54c01a275a14b68a843e

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on July 31, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Double cream gives me constipation and eye ticks! Shame, as it's bloody lovely. :-(

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on June 05, 2013
at 04:46 AM

You should get better bowel movements by converting your milk into kefir with real grains. Will give you a nice boost of healthy gut probiotics.

Any it's probably the whey protein that is giving you problems. 90% of the whey protein out there is pure crap no pun intended.

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on May 21, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Dairy (even grassfed, free range, which is what I was raised with) gives me a bit of nausea, bloat and diarrhea -- although a LOT of things I eat cause your issue. I have a digestive issue with dairy but WHEY gives me an allergic reaction (MAD itchy mouth/throat and then burns in my stomach).

Since we're all so different, your issues may be indicating a big problem, too.

When I indulge in dairy ANYWAY (pretty crazy but I'll do it), I also get cystic acne. I had one square of cheese this weekend and 4 spots have come up (large, red, painful).

Watch your skin as that's a common symptom with dairy, too.

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on May 25, 2013
at 08:13 AM

I've had some bad eczema on my hands but since I dropped the milk it has improved. Anyone know the science behind this?

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on June 06, 2013
at 01:47 PM

The very short answer is: inflammation, this includes cortisol. I'm fairly sure NOBODY can say unless you have blood tests searching for specifics. Even then, an internist may still say, 'Well, this is high, so it's probably that.' I've had decades of internal medicine/tests/etc. I'm still learning and I've been at this since my teens. I just realized my recovery time (from strength training) is about 1/2 time when I stay clear of nightshades. I *knew* they're a problem but HALF recovery? Totally worth it!

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on May 21, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Yes. It could be that, or it could be something else. It's hard to say without more information, e.g. knowing if there was something else you changed etc. Dairy does constipate some people, so it is technically within the realm of possibility. I'd give it 30 days before drawing any conclusions, trying to control for other changes.

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on May 21, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Edited OP with details

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Nuts definitely constipate people. This is what I was talking about: you can't have any conclusions without isolated variables. Add one or the other back in and see what happens.

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