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Constipation

Constipation Questions

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by 30 · less than a minute ago

This isn't necessarily a problem that started since I switched to Paleo, but eating Paleo seems to have limited my solutions. In short, I have trouble with regular bowel movements. On a good week they're every 1-2 days, but sometimes I'll go 3-4... (more)

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Jules_1 0 · June 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Magnesium citrate or chelate! I'd start with 200mg before bed, and bump it up until you get the, um, desired results. I believe you can take up to 1200mg a day; I've always found 400mg to work great. Many find it helpful with headaches and... (more)

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by 58 · less than a minute ago

I am rarely hungry, yesterday I skipped lunch with no hunger at all. I know I am not eating enough calories because this is my usual diet. Breakfast: 1-2 eggs, 2-3 slices of bacon. ~1tbs of coconut milk in coffee. Lunch: Single burger patty... (more)

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Olivia 0 · June 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

If you feel good I don't see a problem. I think most people wildly overestimate how much food they really need to function well. If you're no longer eating all the refined, appetite-stimulating foods that are typical on the SAD then it's only... (more)

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by 8933 · 1 minute ago

Hi, I'll give you a summary of my diet and supplements, I'd just like you to answer what could cause constipation. I ate (for the last couple of days, it's not really paleo as I'm slowly turning my diet into a paleo one, and I'm quite new to... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · June 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I'm thinking like Meredith. The usual suspects for constipation. Lack of veggies Lack of fat Lack of exercise Lack of water Looks like you're pretty good on number one and three, how about the water? And you might add some fat (slowly - too... (more)

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by 5132 · 3 minutes ago

Dr. Bernstein recommended using "Phloe" for constipation during his Webinar for diabetics last week. Has anyone used Phloe? It's supposedly a product made of prebiotics, fiber and enzymes extracted from New Zealand kiwi... (more)

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hemanvt 0 · May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Chris kresser, who I feel is one of the leading guys in proper gut health, touched on this on constipation on a podcast with Sean croxton of underground wellness. He suggested taking a highly absorbable magnesium supplement like natural calm. I... (more)

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by 3521 · 3 minutes ago

I have seen questions on whether or not fiber consumption is healthy or not, but I haven't found information on how much fiber we need. Lustig says 300 grams (unreasonable), and other threads state some HG communities got up to 100 grams. What is... (more)

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mari 0 · May 01, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Strictly speaking, we don't need any. I do think that a reasonable amount is likely to be healthy for gut flora and whatnot though. I think eating some starchy tubers and other vegetables or fruits would get you to a good level, but it's not... (more)

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by 5132 · 4 minutes ago

I came down with chronic constipation after I started low-carbing. I recently came across an article from Dr. Mercola's website claiming that Splenda might destroy certain good gut bacteria. Is it possible that you can come down with a case of... (more)

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tartare 0 · April 29, 2011 at 5:51 AM

anything that has to use a psychologically evocative name to get me to buy it or convince me it is a good product is usually a huge red flag for me.

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by 3521 · 4 minutes ago

Sometimes I have perfect bowel movements but other times when my BM's are a bit slow I increase my coconut oil intake to no avail, but when I increase my animal fat intake I spend 5-10 minutes in the toilet with diarrhea and accumulated crap from... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · April 21, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Not sure why the dairy is having that effect on you, but my first thought is that your body doesn't know what to do with it, and more specifically, you're probably short on the necessary gut flora to digest the dairy fat. If you really want to be... (more)

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by 25 · 4 minutes ago

My child has been have stomach pains ever since switching to Paleo. The only things we have changed with our eating is the removal of all grains and the addition of almond flour and coconut flour. In order to make the transistion easier I have... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · April 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Yeah, I have trouble with almonds and almond flour. My mother has the same issues with coconut flour. I would suggest that rice based foods are the gentlest for transitioning off gluten-based baked goods. Nut milks have always worked OK for me... (more)

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by 494 · 7 minutes ago

Last April I cut out HFCS and lost 15 pounds in two months, but stalled after that. I started paleo in September, but I still haven't had any significant weight loss. My weight fluctuates between 157 and 163, but otherwise it hasn't budged since... (more)

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Andrea_1 0 · February 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hi kinetic, with your symptoms and constipation you are really in trouble. Yes, most docs just say "Eat fiber". That is the worst thing you can do! It is like healing "alcoholic fatty liver" with high doses of tequila. Probiotics are the... (more)

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by 0 · 7 minutes ago

Female, ovwt, walking is my main but inconsistant exercise now but want to get back to cycling I was up to 30 miles at my top but not losing weight as I would be so hungry I would eat too much after exercise. My goal is to learn the balance of... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · February 03, 2011 at 2:33 AM

EAT MORE. A LOT MORE. 952 Calories is too low. Ditch the "egg whites" eat the whole eggs. Eat red meat. I would add vegetables rather than take magnesium citrate. And make sure you are drinking enough water, that matters a lot with... (more)

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by 281 · 7 minutes ago

I truly love my magnesium citrate goodness before bed, deep sleep, and the impeccable timing of my morning trips to the "think tank", BUT Has anyone stopped taking Natural Calm after a long period of using it? Did you have a hard time sleeping?... (more)

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hemanvt 0 · February 02, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I went on a work trip for a week and forgot it. My first thought was panic because I thought I would be constipated the next day, however, I wasnt. My movement was as smooth but I got the job done. I didn't notice a huge change in my sleep either. (more)

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by 826 · 9 minutes ago

So like a weenie, I caved to the yearly cookie extravaganza at my job and devoured several chocolate chip cookies. this after 6 solid months gluten free. I am severely bloated and cannot pass stool since Monday. Im thinking about taking a... (more)

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gone2croatan 0 · December 09, 2010 at 12:43 AM

I cannot recommend enough a tablespoon or two of either lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar in a pint glass. Fill halfway with hot water and then add cool water to the point where you can pound it. Pound first thing in the morning on an empty... (more)

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by 1248 · 9 minutes ago

I had a bag in the cupboard for about a year. I should have thrown them away but i don't like to waste. So, I made some black bean soup and paid for it with extreme bloating and constipation for 3 days. Needless to say, no more stupid beans for me. (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · December 07, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I'm sorry you experienced that. I empathize a lot with the gesture of not throwing things away, but I've had to re-learn my stance. Next time you consider throwing away toxic food to be a waste, remind yourself that you are not a garbage can,... (more)

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by 316 · 9 minutes ago

I am a 27 year old female, relatively active (meaning I workout 3-4 times a week), and have been eating paleo for 6-7 months. Sometimes when I go to the bathroom, I feel a sharp pain and I find little traces of bright red on the toilet paper. ... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · November 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Ok so we have ruled out anal sex as a risk factor! And no constipation?! The fact that you had the problem before starting the paleo diet (and it went away after starting) leads me to believe something is going on in your gut. Perhaps you have a... (more)

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by 468 · 9 minutes ago

I have ankylosing spondylitis (5 years - now 35). I've been on NSAIDs 2xday for 3 years and Humira for 1 1/2 years. I'm just wondering if there's any way to recover WHILE on these immune-suppressing drugs? I can't quit them because the pain... (more)

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Kat 0 · November 22, 2010 at 2:27 AM

Hi Lindy, You might want to do some research into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. A lot of people with autoimmune illness (mostly IBD like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's, Celiac) have managed to wean off drugs similar to the ones you're on. It is... (more)

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by 493 · 9 minutes ago

So it seems like all these discussions are somewhat tentative, or inversely, pretty far out-there. Maybe I can walk the line here. Background Information I've been eating paleo for maybe 6 months now, no dairy besides butter, no fruit, no nuts... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · November 16, 2010 at 2:47 AM

I think it's generally accepted that constipation is due to deficient bacterial populations, not lack of fiber per se, though fiber is important for feeding those populations. I'd recommend probiotics for everyone raised in a conventional Western... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I am having issues with constipation eating paleo. Any suggestions?

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Creative_Caribbean_ 0 · January 03, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Are you drinking enough water and getting a good probiotic balance? I found that when my probiotic balance was bad, I would eat tons of fiber, drink a lot, but nothing was getting broken down well enough and my poo would just take forever to... (more)

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by 432 · about 23 hours ago

Turmeric greatly improves my sluggish digestion and impossible constipation, and I take a tablespoon with each meal. It is a fact that certain spices such as cinnamon and cloves can cause significant liver damage if used in excess. How much... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · September 01, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Always take your turmeric with black pepper. I honestly would not worry too much about turmeric and hepatotoxicity. But if you're worried about it, take magnesium. Magnesium is good for the liver AND improves digestion and pooping.

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

Hi there, I just wanted some advice from people on treating symptoms associated with an overgrowth of Streptococcus SIBO. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 18 months ago but despite following a strict paleo diet (so... (more)

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raydawg 0 · August 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM

You seem to be doing all the right things. I don't know if it will help, but you might want to try an elemental diet. I saw this a few days ago and it might be helpful: http://chriskresser.com/can-a-short-term-elemental...In terms of using... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

Types 1 and 2 on the chart below indicate constipation. If you have type 1 & 2 movements every morning, can you be considered constipated?How did modern cavemen manage to survive without classifying their... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · July 02, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Yes, you can be non-constipated, and have effortless daily bowel movements, but with hard, dry stool.I experienced this myself recently, and found that caffeine was causing the problem.

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I've completely eliminated processed foods, sugars, grains, dairy, nuts, seeds, legumes, starchy vegetables and fruit. Leafy greens and raw vegetables make me sick. I've tried probiotics, digestive enzymes and just recently ox bile.... (more)

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missmiddlemarch 0 · May 15, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Are you actually having symptoms of parasites? (Diarrhea or loose stools for more than 2 weeks, chronic exhaustion, itching anal area, especially at night, unexpected weight loss >10 pounds in last 2 months, abdominal cramping and pain.) ... (more)

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by 10 · about 23 hours ago

I've been having digestive problems for about 2 years, after picking up a parasite and virus in Mexico. Before then, I was vegan (occasionally some eggs), pretty high-carb, and alcoholic (so more stress on digestive system). I have symptoms... (more)

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pone 0 · May 08, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Samantha, wow my gastroenterologist is frustrating. He will only talk about traditional celiac, and any other reaction to wheat is something he won't accept as a real condition. No Cyrex testing for other peptides besides gliadin. No Cyrex... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

Hi all, I'm blessed with good health with the exception of constipation. I'm trying to follow the Cure Your Constipation protocol and go with bone broth only for a week to heal my gut. I'm new at this so your suggestions are... (more)

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samc 0 · March 08, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I like to use bones from grass fed cows that have some meat on them. Ask him about the source of the dog bones, if they are from grass fed I don't see a problem. Woof.

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by 598 · about 23 hours ago

TMI? Not on Paleohacks... My girlfriend goes consistently upon waking nearly every single day. Out of bed, to the pot. Lucky! Me: could be any time but usually missed the chance if it doesn't happen by 4:30PM. Getting pretty regular... (more)

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Michael_Nivens 0 · March 07, 2014 at 1:35 AM

I always go in the morning after my "Mother Tonic" is ingested. Sometimes I will move again in the late afternoon. Just depends. Also, I use a small step stool in the bathroom to bring my knees up and form a more natural position for elimination. (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

Hi all, I am looking for a LONG TERM paleo-friendly hack for my constipation. My goal is to eat "real" food and not worry about "unnatural" interventions to poop. What do you guys recommend? To make a long story short, I need to wean... (more)

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Methodician 0 · January 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I've answered a lot of questions about constipation on here because I'm the proud owner of a fairly well refurbished gut and it took me just 2-3 months to get almost completely there. Still no bowels of steel like my hearty girlfriend but 100%... (more)

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