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Restoring...Regularity (sorry for the TMI!)

Answered on October 29, 2013
Created October 29, 2013 at 5:12 AM

I used to eat a conventionally "healthy" diet with lots of nonfat Greek yogurt, oats, egg whites, peanut butter, gluten free bread/waffles, soy based energy bars, lots of fruit (at least 5 or 6 servings a day). I was certainly addicted to sugar, but was VERY regular. I had a BM, generally quite solid, every morning just about when I woke up. Now, I'm not regular at all. And I often have to go when I'm out and about. I'll feel VERY bloated until then, and am often either constipated or have diarrhea. It is rare that I'm able to comfortably pass a totally normal BM. Any tips for restoring regularity? There are a few things that help speed things along (like coffee) but I'd rather not rely on caffeine. I'm still eating lots of fibrous vegetables

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realted info, about 30 percent of the solid matter of a (normal) stool consists of (dead) bacteria source1 source2

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on October 29, 2013
at 06:24 PM

I'd suggest slowing down on the fibrous veggies, eating more (and varied) fermented foods, and upping the starches - especially resistant starch (supplement if you like or just boil your potatoes and then refrigerate them to make your own).

Too much fiber messes with the gut for some (most) people. It's not really natural. My natural tendency is to avoid fiber even before I started thinking about it. For instance, I love celery but would often chew it until I was left with a wad of insoluble fiber, then spit that out.

Being more regular can come with smaller poos.

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on October 29, 2013
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PROBIOTCS.

No, really.

1. Buy good quality refrigerated probiotics and take them every day with meals.

2. Fermented foods (very little) with each meal.

3. Prunes and prune juice. Although it is like a rotor-rooter to your gut.

4. Raw beets. Add some olive oil, grated carrots and apples and make it a salad.

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on October 29, 2013
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my personal favourite hack for this one (& probably my favourite hack full-stop), is supplementing with uncooked potato starch (eg. bob's red mill unmodified potato starch).

start off slowly, ie. 1 teaspoon per day & work your way up to 1 or 1.5 tablespoons per day (but do not do more than 1 tablespoon in one go). Gas* will be your guide.

*you will almost definitely notice an increase in gas when you introduce the potato starch (PS), this will diminish as your gut flora adapts/rebalances.

from memory, i think it took me about a month to ease my way up to 1.5 tbls p/d, maybe 6 weeks before the gas symptom was back to 'normal'. I actually went up to 2 tbls p/d, but that was probably overkill/no added benefits noticed.

PS is flavourless & dissolves easily in cold water. use it how you like, mix it with liquids or foods, but don't cook it, or the RS (resistant starch) 'magic' will be lost. I often just drop 1/2 tablespoon straight into my mouth & sip some water & let it dissolve, then swallow & wash down with a bit more water.

caveat: i have read that if you suffer from sibo then it may be a good idea to avoid resistant starch, if this is the case, then do your own research on this first.

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:26 AM

realted info, about 30 percent of the solid matter of a (normal) stool consists of (dead) bacteria source1 source2

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on October 29, 2013
at 06:56 AM

How long have you been on a paleo diet? It can take a few weeks for your body to adapt to a new diet

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