I need some help troubleshooting some digestive issues I've had the past year or so. I've been suffering from random bouts of loose stool and diarrhoea for a while now, and they seem to follow neither rhyme or reason. I need some input from others because all of my self-experimentation has yielded bupkis.
I've been Paleo coming up to two years now and although I feel better in myself than during my vegetarian days, I've never lost weight. I started getting into VLC dieting to shift my considerable bulk, but quit when it made me feel tired and irritable and it seemed to give me the squits. I now follow a whole foods, grain-free philosophy, ie mostly paleo, with the odd full fat milk treat or potato thrown in the stew. I eat neolithic foods perhaps once every three weeks and it tends to be sugary yoghurts, chips, chocolate and ice cream that I eat. I am just as likely to have a dicky tummy after a paleo meal as I am after a neolithic one.
I've read that coconut oil can cause loose stool in some, but after some experimentation, that does not appear to be it. I think.
It can also aparantly be caused by a lack of good bacteria in the gut. I've been taking probiotics now for around two weeks, with no effect. Should I keep going with them?
I thought perhaps it was my one decaf coffee a day that was doing it (I do not drink soda, coffee or other caffienated drinks), but giving up decaf coffee AND regular tea did not help.
The past few months I've increased my vegetable consumption because that's the way my body was pushing me, but that's the only significant dietary change I've made.
I go to the gym twice a week and walk for about 45 mins twice a week too.
I do use stevia to sweeten my drinks which mostly consist of tea and herbal teas.
I can't think of anything else that might affect my digestion so I can tweak it, which is why I need your help!! Please - can you think of anything or do you have some good suggestions on how to stop the random and infuriating trots?