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by 1307 · 1 minute ago

If there's one thing the paleo gurus love, it's coconut. Coconut seems to be the predominant ingredient in most paleo recipes; Dr. K says you should consume it religiously for leaky gut; it's prescribed for candida and bacterial overgrowth--and... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 06, 2012 at 10:19 AM

To expand on my comment: Coconut milk, chips/shredded, flour, water, and oil are completely different things though they come from the same nut. Coconut Oil to me seems the most interesting as it both contains safe saturated oils, and MCTs,... (more)

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by 300 · 1 minute ago

I've been tweaking around eating semi paleo for about three months and pretty strictly primally (paleo with a bit of dairy and tempeh added once in a while) for about 6 weeks now. I was eating primarily vegetarian for 8 weeks or so getting the... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · June 02, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I also used to binge on almond butter (with dates) but my body didn't seem to like it. Try removing it for a few weeks.

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by 1884 · 1 minute ago

Okay, I haven't seen anything like this on the site or... in my life. My poop. It's always sucked, so I started taking probiotics because fiber wasn't doing shit. I pooped like, 4-5 times within the first day on probiotics. Great! But that... (more)

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Nemesis 0 · June 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Sleepyhouse, I was also shitting bricks even when I ate strict Paleo (and I was eating a LOT of fiber). I was constipated and whenever I would finally "go" the hard stools would tear open my half-healed fissures. I started to dread going poo,... (more)

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by 1017 · 2 minutes ago

Been Paleo for about 6 weeks. When I first started, I had fewer bowel movements but they were usually dark in color and solid/clearing movements. I'm still having solid/clearing movements generally, but lately they have been orange in color. This... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · May 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

What makes me nervous is that I still clicked on the link even after you warned that it's a picture of poop. What's wrong with me?

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by 1631 · 2 minutes ago

Can you naturally increase your " digestive " fire or stomach acid? I feel like I'm not efficiently breaking down meat. It feels like it's taking a while and causing slow, faulty digestion. Should I eat meat by itself? Or add more fat or what? Any... (more)

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Kelly_3 0 · May 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I'm where you are, I've been doing GAPS and I have seen much improvement. I think I also have had a lack of stomach acid issue for a long time. I tried NOW enzymes but they caused my already accelerated digestive system to accelerate even more,... (more)

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by 15976 · 3 minutes ago

I'm wondering what grains you've incorporated into your eating, if you have. I've been strictly paleo with various carb levels for over two years, and in the last 1-2 months have started eating white rice, wild rice, sprouted spelt, oatmeal,... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · May 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Nah, man. Even though I used to eat oatmeal (40g, pre workout) everyday religiously for 2 years with absolutely no ill effects, I've become too scared of grains after so much carb bashing, and despite not nonoticing any improvements after... (more)

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by 160 · 4 minutes ago

Do you find a particular sleeping position that aids with digestion? I'm most comfortable on my stomach, but I've heard it's not optimal for your health. How did cavepeople sleep?

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Allyson 0 · May 15, 2012 at 5:18 AM

I don't know what is paleo but in nursing school we were drilled patient positioning. Ha! Left side for best cardiac output (especially for pregnancy) Right side for best gastric emptying Head of bead elevated for best lung expansion (more)

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by 5828 · 4 minutes ago

The Psychology of Eating post inspired me to ask if any of you have noticed your digestion improved (or impaired) by your state of mind. I grew up with a pretty bad relationship to food. I not only ate lots of crap but family meals were stressful... (more)

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raney 0 · May 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Yes, very much so. Having suffered a combination of ulcers, GERD, and IBS for several years of my life - there was definitely a relationship between my mental state and my physical state throughout those struggles. Actually, the biggest savior I... (more)

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by 1017 · 4 minutes ago

Anytime I eat nuts of any sort, there are always chunks of it throughout my stool. It's not just a few pieces here and there, it's like having polka dotted poo. I think this is fairly common, but I'm wondering if it means I don't digest them well... (more)

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Kelly_3 0 · May 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I'd say you aren't chewing them first and foremost or they wouldn't be so large, and second your body isnt able to digest them because they aren't chewed enough. Try 'consciously' chewing them and see if that changes anything. If not, I'd say... (more)

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by 15003 · 4 minutes ago

Anyone familiar with Marc David's concepts around the psychology of eating? I just finished a webinar of his, and I must say I'm intrigued. One of his primary concepts is that it is as much HOW one eats as much as WHAT one eats that relates to... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · May 12, 2012 at 1:50 AM

I think the "how" of eating is more related to being angry, stressed out, or in a hurry around the eating period -- a little before, during, and a little after. The GI/digestive system is intimately linked with our brains (in fact, some call the... (more)

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by 4181 · 5 minutes ago

Among my digestive issues, fatigue, poor skin quality and dark circles I have swollen glands in my neck that have been there for years, mostly on the right side, they swell and lessen from time to time Is there any connection here? Should I be... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · May 03, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I hate to ask the obvious, but have you been to a doctor for this problem? If your swollen glands were a new thing I'd first suspect some kind of acute illness (happens to me), but since you say it's been years (coupled with other symptoms), I say... (more)

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by 1031 · 6 minutes ago

After a healthy Paleo lunch or dinner such as chicken drumsticks (free range, organic of course) and a big salad I quite often feel like I would like a 'little something' just to round out the meal. I'm not talking here about a sugar craving or a... (more)

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Nance 0 · April 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I do this too! I'll grab a few nuts or a dish of berries and cream or some such. Once I do that "little something" I'm fine and I may not need to eat for many hours. My hypothesis: I've probably eaten enough but the "eat" signal hasn't yet been... (more)

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by 0 · 7 minutes ago

Since birth i have had major digestive problems, when i was 7 i went 6 weeks without a bowel movement. From about the age of 10 through to 18 my bowel movement frequency was about once every 3-4 days. I've been eating real food (eggs, fish, meat,... (more)

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danielle_7 0 · April 22, 2012 at 1:21 AM

you need probiotics and digestive enzymes to rebalance your system

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by 322 · 7 minutes ago

Ok so a bit of background: Been eating paleo/phd style for 5 months and my digestion has improved but still not fully recovered. Generally my digestion is slow, for example if i stop eating at 8pm i still have a full stomach at 11pm. Lately I... (more)

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Acumen_Athletics 0 · May 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

8pm-11pm seems pretty normal to me. Unless you ate 1 blueberry.

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by 824 · 8 minutes ago

Hello fellow PH'ers Stats : 6'1 190lbs Athletic 10%BF Very Active I've been following a Paleo diet for over a year now and have experimented with different macro-nutrient ratios. It seems that my body runs better on a medium fat intake (40-50%... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · April 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Sounds like a sluggish gallbladder or low stomach acid...

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by 85 · 8 minutes ago

So, I probably don't get enough calcium when not eating canned salmon from TJs. Most days I get ~30% rda if lucky, so I would like to incorporate egg shells. They are 95-97% calcium, and seems like a waste throwing them away. They also seem more... (more)

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Jan_1 0 · April 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

You can grind them in coffee grinder for fine powder. Or you might just eat your braised oxtail bones that you add to your stock pot. They go soft enough to eat. And tastes better than eggshell powder.

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by 824 · 8 minutes ago

Hello fellow PH'ers Stats : 6'1 190lbs Athletic 10%BF Very Active I've been following a Paleo diet for over a year now and have experimented with different macro-nutrient ratios. It seems that my body runs better on a medium fat intake... (more)

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e_istre91 0 · April 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

How do you react to coconut oil exclusively? Considering that one is predominately medium chain triglycerides, it should be the least likely to cause you any problems. Most people who have trouble digesting saturated fats are not producing... (more)

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by 3690 · 9 minutes ago

Are the number of bowel movements one has per day related to how many meals they eat? For example, one big meal on Monday, comes out Wednesday, or two meals on Monday comes out on Wednesday, in two bowel movements. My movement comes in the... (more)

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Nemesis 0 · April 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM

BM's are funny. They don't always correlate with your meals. Foods are digested at different rates (with meat being quick, plant matter being slow). So what you're seeing on Wednesday isn't necessarily your ENTIRE meal from Monday, it may just be... (more)

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by 1626 · 11 minutes ago

At the Paleo Summit I believe it was Dr. Allison Siebecker, a Naturopathic Doctor, that stated your poop should float in the toilet. This is one indicator that it's healthy. My poop sinks and has been my entire life for as long as I can... (more)

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wjones3044 0 · March 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Most people who tell you what your poop should be doing are woefully misguided. Unlike me, of course, who knows a thing or two about poop... The vegetarian propagandists are fond of saying that poop should float. Namely, because a plant-based... (more)

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by 610 · 14 minutes ago

I've been taking around 1tsp of Swedish Bitters 2x/day ("gentle and stimulating, used historically for digestion") for two or three weeks, and recently I've been experiencing night sweats - I'll wake up sweaty, either still hot, or beginning to... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · February 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I am not a doctor, I'm just offering opinions here. If you keep having night sweats, you should go to a good doctor (if you can find one). But I never did during any of the various times I experienced night sweats and they always cleared up on... (more)

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by 3690 · 15 minutes ago

Myth? Truth? Can it cause odd bowel movements? Biochemical Mechanism?

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Kelvin 0 · May 30, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Let's use a little chemistry to see how the acidity changes. It's been a long time since I did pH calculations, so maybe someone else can check my work. pH is defined (or was, until the 1924 revised definition) as the molar concentration, or... (more)

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by 5232 · 15 minutes ago

Over at another question I commented that cold water is traditionally thought to be hard on digestion. I wrote "Drinking ice water is a ridiculous idea that is uniquely american. Enzymes work in a very narrow temperature range so if you throw... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · February 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I'm on the fence about this particular idea. I can see a number of ways it could go, and why traditional medicine would encourage the drinking of water that had been boiled and steeped with medicinal herbs, especially when drinking from wells in... (more)

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by 1213 · 17 minutes ago

I'm fairly paleo (80%) and am also fairly lactose intolerant. I pop a digestive enzyme with lactase when I do eat softer cheese or other dairy. Yogurt, butter, kefir, fermented dairy, hard/aged cheese in general doesn't bother me. Cow's milk is... (more)

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Nance 0 · February 08, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Yeah, the [insert bad food] works its way through your system in 1-3 days but it can take 1-3 weeks for your gut to heal. Or even more. If you had a nasty rash break out on your skin, it's unlikely you'd see it clear completely in a day or two... (more)

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by 5768 · 18 minutes ago

A couple weeks ago I made some fermented beet kvass. I used fresh organic beets (peeled) with 3 TBS of sea salt in a 2 quart glass jar, using spring water (no whey was used). I let it ferment at room temperature for 3 days and then let it sit in... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · February 01, 2012 at 6:05 AM

If you're not used to fermented foods, easing in is a good idea. Maybe start with half that amount and see how your body reacts. Fermented foods can cause a yeast die off that can be uncomfortable, so go as slow as your body tells you to. Also, if... (more)

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by 457 · 19 minutes ago

My 12 year old son and I were discussing Paleo and he asked why corn was a no no because as he put it "you dont digest corn anyway"? Which raises my question, if we dont indeed digest most of corn is it really that bad? I REALLY miss my chips... (more)

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Gazelle 0 · January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

If corn wasn't digested there would be a huge market in the diet industry for "The Corn Diet", in which you stuff yourself with nothing but "zero-calorie" corn all day long and lose amazing amounts of weight...

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