I'm about ten days into eating Paleo and I have severe constipation. I've tried adding Kimchi and am eating lots of fiberous food. Am I the only one? Is this normal?
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on July 31, 2013
at 11:22 PM
WARNING: SOME TMI
I've had constipation for four days. After that, I felt like my intestines and stomach were going to drop down. My stools were black. Absolutely black.
I defecated two days later, and still back.
Now I'm into two months, and I have normal stools. The first three weeks were filled with stomach cramping, constipation, and black stools. But then again, I ate REALLY unhealthily before, so it's understandable.
KEEP ON! Don't give up! You are making the right choice!
on August 01, 2013
at 03:04 AM
Soaking your legs in a bath of epsom salt is a good, non-digestive way to gain magnesium and throw some metabolic switches that may help you go. I've had this problem and found this a good alternative when the idea of adding to the pile in my belly is not appealing.
on July 31, 2013
at 11:49 PM
Common when people first switch, but no, not normal in the healthy sense normal.
Too much fiber (especially non-soluble fiber) can be just as bad as not enough.
Trouble shooting ideas:
- More fat, less protein
- Prebiotic fiber from root vegetables
- Try drinking some water with a 1/2 tsp. unrefined salt
- Call doctor if those don't work, you could have a blockage
If you have been going gangbusters on lean meat (more than 25%-30% of calories) which many people do at first, that could be your problem right there.
If you are doing primal and eating a ton of cheese that can do it too.