Constipation and Inflamed colon/intestines?

by 800 · March 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

This question is for my mother 51y/o 5'5" 200 lbs, she is doing a ketogenic paleo diet, but she has problems going to the bathroom, my mother has use LOTS of laxatives in the past, and now she stop taking them, its difficult for her to go to the bathroom, and she says she feels like her colon/intestines are inflamed?

She eatly mainly grass fed meats, wild caught fish, organic green fibrous above ground vegetables, pastured butter, coconut oil and other grass fed animal fats and drinks about 70-90 oz of water a day

No Alcohol No GMO foods No Nightshades No legumes No Nuts/seeds No dairy (with the exception of the pastured raw butter) No Starches No Gluten/grains (yes even hidden sources we got all those covered, even topical stuff) No Fruits (except for avocado) No Processed/packaged foods

She has reaped amazing benefits all around, lower blood pressure, stable blood glucose, no headaches, reduced knee pain from arthritis, her vision even improved?! and she lost 20+ lbs

Anyway, I was thinking what if she only ate meat and bone broth for a few days? I mean protein pretty much breaks down completely with the acid in the stomach, whereas vegetable matter can stay whole, or take a magnesium supplement increasing daily until she a smooth move, she tried those benefiber type deals. Oh and she does take betaine HCL with each meal and Probiotics (50 billion/14 strain), as well as curcumin supplements and krill oil tablets And I told her to eat in a relaxed state, what else I was even thinking of putting her on the auto immune paleo, but poor woman I don't want to take all her food away :(

So I guess she needs something to increase peristalsis (I guess that is what needs to be stimulated?)

So basically she is doing a GAPs diet (we didn't plan it this way) she was doing a ketogenic diet with a lot of the allergens removes. I guess I could have her remove vegetables for a few days and just do meat and fat?

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1173 · September 14, 2012 at 4:35 AM

For colon health I like fermented foods and I supplement magnesium...about 500mg a day.

25 · September 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Constipation can be largely contributed to damaged gut flora and a sick gut in general. Your info that she has used lots of laxatives in the past stands out. Unfortunately she may have also trained her colonic walls in an unnatural fashion. Also, if she has eaten a HIGH fiber diet in the past this may have stretched out her colon walls (because abnormal amounts of fiber BULK up stools to an unnatural level. If she has reduced her fiber intake, which very easily happens when grains are taken out of the diet, she may need to increase it again and slowly decrease it over a period of time so her colonic walls can readjust to the reduction in stool size.

Just quickly...

I myself suffered from constipation for many many years. Bone broth from organic raised bones (chicken, cows) is an incredible food for healing the gut lining, however proper nutrition all-round is compulsory for a successful recovery.

Drinking freshly squeezed juice (or whole fruits) is great for most people to create bile secretion (necessary for good gut function). Don't eat fruit with other foods... eat it separately for a snack.

Honestly, I would recommend getting some starch carbs back in the diet. Sweet potato's or some white rice even. Around 400-500 carb calories.

Oh, and UP THE FATS!!!

I've helped many many other people overcome constipation through personal consulting. I've started up a blog to get some CRITICAL information to the ones in pain from constipation over at http://realconstipationremedies.com ...Many of these people only hear 'increase fiber intake and drink lots of water' from their uneducated doctors just like I did many years ago.

Its very sad no new knowledge and insight has been laid upon medical doctors.


Kris Cleary

155 · September 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I am in the same situation, and the same diet to a T. Have had chronic constipation since I was a kid and had to use a ton of laxatives, etc.

These are what help me the most:

  • Gelatin/bone marrow/bone broth/fatty cuts of meat, especially fish

  • Sugar free raw Kimchi for fermented food. Check the label for sugar and low FODMAPS veggies, and only have a few spoonfuls here and there.

  • Avocados as a gut soother, but only 1 per day, since avocados have FODMAPS. Aloe works too but I haven't been able to find some that's sugar and additive free yet.

  • I quit coffee and all caffeine, only drink small amounts of green tea. I try to stay away from chocolate, once a week at most.

  • I buy a vegan coconut probiotic drink (Kevita, sweetened with a little stevia) or water kefir every 2 days to supplement what the kimchi doesn't have in terms of probiotics.

  • I limit the amount of organic stevia I use every day to about a teaspoon's worth, no other artificial sweeteners. Too much and I get a lot of bloating and painful inflammation that lasts all day.

  • When I notice I haven't gone in a week or more, I'll get 3 or 4 bottles of kombucha and drink one every morning with breakfast throughout the week. It does eventually get everything moving again, but it's usually not pleasant (i.e. painful). I only use it as a last resort for this reason.

  • I drink a little more than 2 liters of water a day, more if I'm working out that day. I don't cut out sodium but I do keep overall sodium intake low, and only sea salt.

What DOES NOT appear to help specifically for constipation:

  • coconut oil. It's delicious, though.

  • magnesium supplementation. You should do it anyway, but it absolutely had no effect on my constipation specifically.

Hope this helps you out.

15380 · September 14, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Fermented foods AND quality alive probiotics (make sure they are alive) AND drinking quality water. I like your idea of autoimmune Paleo as well, maybe it is worth a trial.

72 · March 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Hi, Constipation is a symptom that has different meanings to different individuals. Most commonly, it refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, or the need for enemas, suppositories or laxatives in order to maintain regularity.

38 · March 11, 2013 at 6:27 AM

The colon is that the last a part of the digestive system that helps in digestion. Often, the outer lining of the colon gets inflamed as a result of infections, a condition medically referred to as ‘colitis’. As a results of the inflammation, the liner of the colon and body part get sore and is commonly related to abdominal pain and looseness of the bowels.

The most obvious symptom of colon inflammation is persistent looseness of the bowels with abdominal pain and fever. Patients having the subsequent symptoms for a protracted time ought to obtain medical intervention before beginning any medication.Since the massive bowel is additionally affected, there's a right away result on the shitting. The common symptoms of colon inflammation are:

Diarrhea or constipation for an extended amount. Blood and/or pain whereas passing stools Abdominal pain or drawback of gas within the abdomen. Fever and body pain Constant physiological reaction and nausea

292 · September 19, 2012 at 5:24 AM

This sounds exactly like me. I eat/don't eat basically the exact same things as her. Had a weird sudden case of constipation/inability to go 3 mos ago, and my appendix started feeling inflammed as well. Now, I tentatively attribute it to the copious amount of cheese that I ate around that same time. Now I'm off dairy and I think things are getting better. I also upped my fat intake quite a bit. I'm also wondering though about peristalsis and what seems like my lack thereof. Maybe TMI, but when I do go it's not hard/large stool like you might think. Dunno what her situation there is, but regardless, fat will probably make things move. I would also cautiously try cutting out the veggies (I only say cautiously because then where will her carbs be coming from?). But fiber can be a problem. And agreed on the fermented foods. I'd be curious to know what, if anything, works.

7989 · September 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Check out the GAPS diet. She may need to heal that gut, and the GAPS diet will help.

50 · September 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Instead of laxatives, try having a couple tbsps (2) of coconut oil. Maybe add it to her coffee if she doesn't want to eat it straight off the spoon. She'll be good the next morning.

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