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Has your digestion/bowel movements been worse on Paleo? TMI

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Sorry for any possible TMI, but I am curious about this. My bowel movements are very different since starting Paleo. I am now much more regular, in fact I go a couple time a day, but now it seems to be completely bowel emptying every single time. It is almost scary. I also find myself with a gurgly stomach and rushing to the bathroom. I am in there for what feels like too long.

Is this normal? I was never like this before Paleo, and rarely have had such strong urges to "go". The only time on my SAD that I would have this was when I ate something very greasy/fatty like fried chicken, too much fast food, or a burger anything other than 90/10 or leaner. Does it sound probably that my system is sensitive to fat and maybe I eat too much? This is really getting both uncomfortable and annoying so I'd love to figure it out.

Thanks and sorry for the TMI. :(

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Coconut oil can definitely "grease the rails" so to speak. Take a break from it for a few days or a week and see if things change.

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on April 23, 2013
at 12:49 AM

Thanks for all the responses. I'm about 40 days in, so I thought I should be adjusted already. Also, I have no real intolerances and am just eating this way to be healthier. As I said, too much grease in the past has bothered me, but fats from avocados or olive oils, nuts, or good cuts of meat don't bother me. I'm wondering if my stomach isn't a fan of coconut..I eat something coconut daily and that is the one consistent thing.

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on April 23, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Coconut oil can definitely "grease the rails" so to speak. Take a break from it for a few days or a week and see if things change.

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on April 23, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Mine normalized 2.5 weeks after going 100% gluten-free.

Sounds like too much fat for you (takes time to adjust) or too many veggies (if you are FODMAPS-intolerant.)

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on April 22, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Do you have your gallbladder? I had mine out when I was 19. I know many people say that it doesn't make a difference, but coming from a lower fat diet and all of a sudden eating a ton of fat made me have to go all the time in the beginning. Lots of loose, oily stools multiple times a day.

It started to fix itself within about 2 months, and now after almost 2 years being primal/paleo, my digestion has NEVER been better. I did take some high strength probiotics for a while when I did GAPs to clear up some allergy issues, but I no longer take them and my digestion is still awesome. Maybe TMI and also slightly bragging: pretty much every poop I take now is the magical "wipe-but-there's-nothing-on-the-toilet-paper" poop. The only time I have bad bowel movements now is when I eat grains.

Maybe you just need some time to adjust. Probiotic foods can also definitely help, but remember not to overdo them at first.

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on April 22, 2013
at 09:43 PM

my gut has definitely improved since starting paleo but it still isn't there yet. before, i was going up to 15x a day from my stupid colitis. now it's gotten down to 2-4x a day which i love. my belly is definitely still gurgly but it's been getting better since i started taking oil of oregano. i have lots of c diff problems (had it twice in the past 2 months) so i'm trying to correct it.

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on April 22, 2013
at 07:37 PM

Initially I was incredibly constipated and for a long time, I think it was due to the sudden increase of meat and egg consumption (red meat in particular). But after taking a good probiotic brand it soon sorted itself out and I am now quite regular with no straining or difficulties. Squatting on the toilet also helps alot, I read something about proper bowel allignment and such but I haven't read much into it but it also helped quite a bit.

Also to my surprise, the amount of fiber i consumed had very little affect on how my stools presented themselves. Sometimes I have a fully carnivorous day and stools are fine, some days I have a massive salad, numerous fruit and plenty vege and my stools are also fine, quite interesting.

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on April 22, 2013
at 04:45 PM

It was terrible at first but now it's great. One thing I found to help a lot was taking a shot of chia seeds after my meal. You can soak them too but I just throw em in a shot glass, add a little water and boom.

Not sure how your carb intake looks but adding some in can also help. Sometimes it can even be that your body is just getting used to this new style of eating. Are you having any kind of probiotic foods (kefir, sauerkraut, etc) or taking a probiotic? In the end it will be an N=1 for you, but hopefully one of these tips can help.

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on April 22, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Getting regular bowels on paleo has taken me a while to figure out. I've never had great digestion though. Things that have helped are more leafy greens and less fat. If I take a couple tablespoons of Coconut oil on an empty stomach my bowels freak out.

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