Hey kids, I'm new to paleo -- week 3. Hooray! I've struggled with bloating, constipation that started one morning 5 years ago. I went through a battery of tests back then and was treated for h.pylori (antibiotics--boo!). There was also an unconfirmed guess of minor median arcuate ligament syndrome (some restricted blood flow to the artery that delivers blood to the stomach).
I got weary of doctors visits and just tried to forget about the chronic pain, discomfort (bleh)-- I've never been big on processed food or sugar, but finally I started paleo and I'm starting to feel better! Plus, my mood, energy and even memory is noticeably improved. I just recently went through a new round of doctors who said I was WAY low in vitamin D (11ng/mL) and somewhat low in B12, slightly enlarged thyroid. I had a bone scan and showed ostepenia in my lumbar spine (why?!). Normal thryoid scan/labs.
I'm a 27 year old female, [5'4", 104 lbs, 15% body fat], and have always been active (lifting, yoga, running). I started on vitamin D 2000iu/day, a pro/prebiotic, plus a multivitamin with kelp and I think that has been okay for the most part. A few days ago, my doctor put me on caltrate+D for the bone mineral density, but I've heard mixed things about calcium supplements and was hoping to get some input from you kids. Also, the constipation has returned a bit-- can that be from the supplements?
Update: So my less-than-perfect alternative was the Trader Joe's Cal/Mag/Vit D. I realize the evils of combination supplements (and possibly supplements in general, but...)-- there are a few things in it that I wouldn't have put in there. But, it's relatively affordable and I think there is some improvement in my digestive symptoms. There is 500mg Calcium in many forms, 250mg Magnesium (oxide ... still and aspartate), D3 cholecalciferol, along with Betaine HCL, Stinging nettles, horsetail, spirulina. It advertises as a made "in a green food base." While I can't scientifically tell you what that statement means, so far it's better than what I had before. Hoping to get off the Calcium by my next check-up as I think I'm better off on VitD and maybe some Mag. Also, I tried the Magnesium oil - it feels pretty good on sore legs and feet. In all, NICE WORK TEAM!