Frequent GI issues- what's the cause?

by 1793 · October 19, 2010 at 05:10 AM

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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22684 · October 18, 2010 at 05:36 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

20469 · October 18, 2010 at 02:07 AM

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

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.

650 · October 19, 2010 at 03:29 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.

1304 · October 19, 2010 at 03:21 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.

4337 · October 18, 2010 at 05:31 PM

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

3697 · October 18, 2010 at 02:02 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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