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What is the problem with loose stool?

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Created November 25, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Warning--bodily functions discussed.

So, what is wrong with having loose stools? I've had gut/elimination problems all my life, but when things are working (as they are now), I go daily, but it is generally loose. I take a Magnesium supplement, but changing the dosage doesn't help--that is, I go too low and things don't move, if things move, then they are loose.

However, I don't go more than once a day. I'm not losing excessive fluid or electrolytes, so I honestly wonder if there is anything wrong with this. It seems to me that regularity is more important than consistency, but maybe there is something I don't know?

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11697 · March 03, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Anti-microbial properties.

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434 · March 03, 2013 at 3:47 PM

how does honey help GI problems ??

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371 · November 29, 2011 at 4:10 AM

Wow, that's an education. Thanks.

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1724 · November 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM

I don't think speed is the issue. I go once a day and only once a day (and to do that takes Probiotics and Magnesium). But it may be that I need 500mg of Mag, which I can't get since I have 400mg pills and 200mg pills. 400mg and I don't go, 600mg and things are loose.

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1724 · November 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Thanks, very informative. I think mine are mostly Type 5 as I don't have the issues mentioned under Type 6. Bookmarked that one.

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2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is an added touch. http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

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2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is an added touch. gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

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2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is just an added touch. http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

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5043 · November 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM

+1 for the great link. Wow, I learned a lot today. :)

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4458 · November 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

according to this guy: http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/normal_stools.html nothing if it is 'Type 5' & borderline if it is 'Type 6'. There's a chart with picture's, don't worry, no photos.

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4458 · November 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

"So, what is wrong with having loose stools?"

according to this guy: http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/normal_stools.html
nothing if it is 'Type 5' & borderline if it is 'Type 6'.
There's a chart with pictures, don't worry, no photos

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1724 · November 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Thanks, very informative. I think mine are mostly Type 5 as I don't have the issues mentioned under Type 6. Bookmarked that one.

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3
2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is just an added touch. http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3
2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is an added touch. http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

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5043 · November 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM

+1 for the great link. Wow, I learned a lot today. :)

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3
2889 · November 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Thanks, Daz. I always needed to know the following. I just didn't know I needed to know it. The Russie accent is an added touch. gutsense.org/constipation/anal_sex.html

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371 · November 29, 2011 at 4:10 AM

Wow, that's an education. Thanks.

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11111 · November 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Loose stools suggest that the gut microflora are way out of balance and as a result digestion & absorption of nutrients may be lower that normal. Here is a link with great information from Chris Kresser; http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut.

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11697 · November 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I think you just need to introduce more fermented foods, and you should be able to get the consistency right too. Some ideas, that I practice myself, and that have fixed my GI problems: raw & unfiltered local honey, Yogi kombucha decaf tea, alive probiotic sauerkraut, home-made probiotic lactose-free goat yoghurt, and 1 pill of iFlora multi-probiotic before bed.

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11697 · March 03, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Anti-microbial properties.

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434 · March 03, 2013 at 3:47 PM

how does honey help GI problems ??

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0 · March 03, 2013 at 9:11 AM

If you have been to the gp or hospital And they have said that everything is fine then there's nothing to worry about it's properly just what your Bowles are like try And take some paracitemols they work a treat for me I hate swallowing them though hope I helped for the third time sapphire love

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0 · March 02, 2013 at 7:24 PM

If you are worried about your stools and they are constantly watery or very loose stools then it may be a good idea to visit a gp who can put you on medication or refer You to a clinic to have a scan just to mKe sure that your bowels are working properly and there is no tumours in there hope I helped thanks from sapphire love

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0 · March 02, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Look I'm a 13 year old female and I have loose bowel movements every morning and evenings and yes I do hate it but i feel fine later like when I get to school or whatever and to me you just have to get on with life its not a life threatening disease like cancer and we should just be happy that we are not suffering from it. Thank you for reading

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549 · November 25, 2011 at 4:20 PM

if they are really loose, that could mean that they are moving too fast and your bowels won't have the chance to absorb nutrients in optimal levels, as they will 'run right through you.' It's better to find a good balance. People usually experiment with different levels of fiber (soluble/insoluble - soluble is constipating in high amounts and absorbs toxins, insoluble gets things moving, brushes out toxins), but if you're not into fiber, then you should experiment with your food groups/supplements. Keep tweaking it until you get a good 'type number' of stool. You said you weren't dehydrating yourself or losing electrolytes, so I guess it's not too bad if you're not having "the runs" constantly. It really depends how loose and 'fast' we're talking.

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1724 · November 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM

I don't think speed is the issue. I go once a day and only once a day (and to do that takes Probiotics and Magnesium). But it may be that I need 500mg of Mag, which I can't get since I have 400mg pills and 200mg pills. 400mg and I don't go, 600mg and things are loose.

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