Hi, I noticed that ever since I started probiotics I get constipated every time I don't take them. What can I do to solve this? I eat around 120g protein, 160g fat and 50g carbs (didn't count the fiber) every day. Is there any natural way to solve this? A probiotic that doesn't require freezing would be great too, but I'd rather have a natural way. Thanks!!
My next blog post will be about this. I think low-carb and SCD-type diets are a great way to balance a gut ravaged by inappropriate foods, antibiotics, and other medicine. These diets can provide relief from symptoms caused by bacterial overgrowth by starving them. However, not all bacteria are bad and bacteria are essential for many functions in the bowel. Probiotics can provide a substitute, but they are unable to permanently colonize the gut of most adults. There are also mechanical solutions like psyllium, but that also doesn't solve the problem permanently and can irritate the gut lining over time. What you want is a healthy thriving native population of gut bacteria. I would recommend gradually increasing starch intake, particularly of resistant starch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistant_starch and of fermented foods.
There is a totally natural way to solve this. Go out into the garden and pick a psyllium plantain stem (it grows everywhere esp. in unkept lawns), then eat the seeds from that stem, they are found on the top of the stem and look like small brown flakes. Chew them up and drink LOTS of water throughout the day (very important), these seeds act like psyllium husk by expanding in your gut and pushing through into the bowels and will relieve you of constipation gently and naturally. Try the same amount for the next couple of days and if you have noticed no difference, take two stems-worth of seeds the next day.
I would harvest a jar full of seeds now to keep over the winter in case you forget to take the probiotics.
As the above answer says, once your permanent population of gut bacteria is destroyed, new bacteria don't seem to be able to permanently recolonize. I take Rezyst, which is a prescription probiotic that does not require refrigeration. I also take 600mgs of magnesium citrate daily. I had a serious problem with IBS symptoms and constipation before going Paleo and taking the Rezyst and mag citrate. I do pretty darn well now. Pun intended. You should be able to poop regardless of the fiber you do or don't eat. If you can't, something is wrong. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/poop-health/
Start consuming fermented foods!
This is really interesting if you want to know about your good bacteria:
Can you believe we were always told the appendix is useless!
It's good to eat garlic, ginger and peppermint because they have antibacterial/fungal properties and ginger and peppermint soothe the gut.
I'm wary of probiotics though. They're a band aid for people with a problem. You want to sort the problem, and then be patient whilst your bacteria replenishes.
If you are getting constipated I would suggest getting some fiber in the form of fruit in your meals.