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Constipation after being on Paleo for 8 months

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 08, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I've been having constipation issues for about 3 months, and I've been paleo for 8 months now. So for the first 5 months of my paleo lifestyle (I don't consider it just a "diet") I felt great, had more energy, was wide awake during and the day and slept like a log at night, was definitely regular in the bowel department, and I lost a lot of extra weight; however, in September, October and November I had some very intense family related stress going on every single day, and all of a sudden this constipation issue arose.

Currently, I am only go once or twice a week. I've tried Natural Calm, didn't work, upping my fat intake, didn't work, upping my carb intake, didn't work, and I tried low-fodmaps, which didn't work. So for the past 3 months I've had this distended belly because my gut is backed up. Here's the kicker, though, when I've gone poo, the poos were a pretty normal shape, just a bit enlarged according to the Bristol Stool Chart. I'm beginning to wonder if I have permanent nerve damage from the severe amounts of stress I endured for so long.

Is there anybody out there that can hack my problem?

EDIT: I had my thyroid tested, and my levels were normal. Also, I had to eat SAD for about a week a while back because money was verrrry tight, but what do ya know? My bowel regularity came back :/

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:21 PM

When I had the same problem on a nearly Atkins style induction phase diet, I ate sunflower seeds. Given what I learned in the meantime, I'd try some probiotics (with several Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species).

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Just wondering, I'm 18 years old, would this be normal for somebody my age? And what would cause this?

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on February 10, 2013
at 06:14 AM

Thank you very much for the detailed response!

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on February 09, 2013
at 05:20 PM

It's not a squat pot on the floor... just a stool that fits around your toilet and raises your legs up so that you are in effect squatting on a regular toilet.

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:29 PM

http://www.jackkruse.com/brain-gut-17-the-power-squat/

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:28 PM

classic finding of someone who has poor ATP recycling. Read about mitochondrial efficiency. It is fixable.......but acclimization of your flora will take time. You need 3 types of Mg, ALC, D ribose, and heavy use of the reduced version of ubiquinol. there are other things too that can speed it up. You must also cut EMF exposure because it has recently been shown that EMF radically disrupt the flora and this leads to alterations in gastric emptying and is a major cause of a Bristol Stool 1 and 2. Good Luck

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on February 09, 2013
at 01:06 AM

+1 Obviously a superior toilet design. Common in Asia, but I wonder if Americans will ever allow themselves to be seen with a squat pot in the bathroom, lol.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:15 AM

Wow, you've tried everything. Maybe a lazy colon rather than strict constipation? You might want to look into the Squatty Potty.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:29 PM

http://www.jackkruse.com/brain-gut-17-the-power-squat/

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on February 09, 2013
at 01:06 AM

+1 Obviously a superior toilet design. Common in Asia, but I wonder if Americans will ever allow themselves to be seen with a squat pot in the bathroom, lol.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 09, 2013
at 05:20 PM

It's not a squat pot on the floor... just a stool that fits around your toilet and raises your legs up so that you are in effect squatting on a regular toilet.

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on February 08, 2013
at 11:38 PM

It's not paleo approved, but what seems to work for me is wheat bran, psyllium powder and greek yogurt.

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on February 16, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Hi, I can understand your problem. Constipation will be for the most part contributed to broken gut flora and a sick gut normally.Also, if she has consumed a HIGH fiber diet within the past this might have extended her colon walls (because abnormal amounts of fiber BULK up stools to an unnatural level. If she has reduced her fiber intake, that terribly simply happens once grains ar taken out of the diet, she may have to extend it once more and slowly decrease it over a amount of your time thus her colonic walls will readjust to the reduction in stool size. Drinking freshly squeezed juice (or whole fruits) is nice for many people to make gall secretion (necessary permanently gut function). Do not eat fruit with alternative foods... eat it singly for a snack. Thanks for sharing....

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on February 09, 2013
at 06:17 AM

Try the Perfect Health Diet. I think it would be your friend. Also try to eat fermented and raw foods with every single meal.

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on February 09, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I agree with RK. I just got a Squatty Potty and it did wonders for my BMs.

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on February 08, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Have you tried Castor oil? It's a natural, yet powerful laxative.

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