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Frequent GI issues- what's the cause?

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Created October 17, 2010 at 11:44 PM

I've been mostly paleo for about 6 months now- not perfectly so- probably not consuming a perfect balance omega 3/6's, for example. Over that time I've had GI issues at least 3 times. Has anyone else had this problem? What's the cause? Here are some possible ones I've come up with: Too much fruit Too much pork fat People suggest it's because I don't eat regularly, but I don't think that's it, given how many paleos out there do that. But is it possible that I'm not ready for it for some reason? Any input is greatly appreciated!

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168 · October 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Oh, except, don't reintroduce any gluten. That should definitely be eliminated for good!

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168 · October 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I would agree. Food elimination is probably necessary to track down the culprit. Take out any potential offenders (dairy, nuts/seeds and definitely gluten) and reintroduce slowly. Coconut oil should be a major staple in any Paleo diet anyway. But what many people don't know is, it's an amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial. If you have any intestinal issues going on (leaky gut syndrome, candida) or something along those lines, it can really help improve that. So to recap, eliminate common food offenders, reintroduce slowly and watch for symptoms, begin CO (start with 1 TBS a day and work to 3.

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1793 · October 20, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Melissa, thanks for sharing. Another thing to eliminate for a while...

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161 · October 19, 2010 at 5:35 AM

nightshades? i.e. tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplant might be suspects

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56596 · October 19, 2010 at 2:44 AM

I've had HUGGE problems with cramps. Unfortunately kimchi does exactly the opposite of helping me because though an elimination diet I found cruciferous vegetables were the problem. I eat them sometimes, but they really mess me up, maybe worse than bread.

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1793 · October 19, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Paleo Seb, I've tried to do so in a comment to Jay's answer.

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1793 · October 19, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Good to know! I'll try to cut down on the fruit.

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3690 · October 18, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Can you describe in more details the type of GI issues you're having.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I was a bit hesitant to go into detail given the subject matter :-) I've had intermittent diarrhea, and at least twice I've had pretty intense cramp-like pain, which once sent me to the hospital in the middle of the night, and recently lasted for more than 24 hours.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 5:19 AM

I'll have to pick up a probiotic when I'm in the States in a month... just realized that. Eva, that's a good point. Fortunately, there is a vast variety of fermented pickles readily available in China. I should try eating more.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 5:17 AM

The thing is, the discomfort has been sever enough that it put me out of commision for about 2 days on two occasions. I may try the coconut oil thing- though I guess you take it for constipation, which is not a problem I have.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 5:16 AM

That seems like a good idea. Although also a bit of a hassle... but probably worth it. One of those things that seems obvious- except I didn't think of it. Thanks for the tip!

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20787 · October 18, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Kimchi is spicy. SPicy can upset the GI and stomach.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 1:43 AM

I haven't. I have been trying to eat kimchi and other fermented foods often. Don't know if I can find a pill-form probiotic in China.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 1:38 AM

yeah, but it's not just loose stool, but also very uncomfortable cramp-like feelings in the gut.

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56596 · October 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Have you tried a probiotic.

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22913 · October 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Gluten and Fructose do this to me. A food journal and a 30 day elimination/reintroduction test is best if you want to narrow it down

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1793 · October 19, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Good to know! I'll try to cut down on the fruit.

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20787 · October 18, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Keep a food log and look for patterns. Different things trigger different people.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 5:16 AM

That seems like a good idea. Although also a bit of a hassle... but probably worth it. One of those things that seems obvious- except I didn't think of it. Thanks for the tip!

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168 · October 18, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Digestive enzymes might be helpful. Your body might be having difficulty assimilating higher fat content on some days.Thats's not terribly uncommon and it's nothing to be disturbed by unless it becomes a regular thing. I assume by "GI problems" you are referring to loose stools?

Don't freak out about it. I run a paleo weight loss company (and of course am paleo myself). I see this in clients all the time (at various times) and I experience it myself now and again (particularly when I really up my fat content, i.e. consume a high amount of coconut oil). You aren't doing anything wrong. It happens. As long as it's an occasional thing, don't sweat it.

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1793 · October 20, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Melissa, thanks for sharing. Another thing to eliminate for a while...

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56596 · October 19, 2010 at 2:44 AM

I've had HUGGE problems with cramps. Unfortunately kimchi does exactly the opposite of helping me because though an elimination diet I found cruciferous vegetables were the problem. I eat them sometimes, but they really mess me up, maybe worse than bread.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 1:38 AM

yeah, but it's not just loose stool, but also very uncomfortable cramp-like feelings in the gut.

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650 · October 19, 2010 at 3:29 AM

Do you eat a lot of flax seeds? If you don't drink enough water with them they can cause intense cramping.

Do you drink milk? (I'm assuming not)

Do you eat a lot of fruit? I tracked down my previous GI issues to fruit. I was amazed at how much it affected me.

Do you eat a lot of fibrous vegetables? Sudden increases in fiber can cause gas if your gut flora is not used to it.

Also as Melissa said, certain vegetables in particular (cruciferous), can be very problematic for some: kale, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, radish. Kimchi is cabbage.

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1304 · October 19, 2010 at 3:21 AM

Nico, I suspect that it's not your general eating style (paleo, non-paleo, omega 3/6 ratio, etc.): you must have eaten something wrong, that either your body cannot digest well (some hidden intolerance?), or was simply contaminated. Did the symptoms manifest after eating out? As others have suggested, I would keep a food diary to see if you can detect any cause-effect pattern. And if nothing comes up and the problem persist, I would go to a good international hospital (maybe in Shanghai?) and do a thorough check up.

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168 · October 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Oh, except, don't reintroduce any gluten. That should definitely be eliminated for good!

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168 · October 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I would agree. Food elimination is probably necessary to track down the culprit. Take out any potential offenders (dairy, nuts/seeds and definitely gluten) and reintroduce slowly. Coconut oil should be a major staple in any Paleo diet anyway. But what many people don't know is, it's an amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial. If you have any intestinal issues going on (leaky gut syndrome, candida) or something along those lines, it can really help improve that. So to recap, eliminate common food offenders, reintroduce slowly and watch for symptoms, begin CO (start with 1 TBS a day and work to 3.

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4359 · October 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

There are dozens of possible GI complaints. Perhaps you should specify what type of symptoms...

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I was a bit hesitant to go into detail given the subject matter :-) I've had intermittent diarrhea, and at least twice I've had pretty intense cramp-like pain, which once sent me to the hospital in the middle of the night, and recently lasted for more than 24 hours.

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3717 · October 18, 2010 at 2:02 AM

I would say if you are talking about three encounters with stomach cramps and loose stool in a six month period, I certainly wouldn't worry about it. If I ever get "backed up" and need guaranteed relief, a spoonful or two of coconut oil before bed always does the trick the next day (as long as I am willing to put up with the cramps in the wee hours of the morning). Some people are not able to digest as much fat as others. I presume this is the case for me, probably due to some stomach/intestinal damage from years of dairy and grains.

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1793 · October 18, 2010 at 5:17 AM

The thing is, the discomfort has been sever enough that it put me out of commision for about 2 days on two occasions. I may try the coconut oil thing- though I guess you take it for constipation, which is not a problem I have.

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