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!
Are you taking Magnesium? If you're taking Calcium you have to take magnesium, first of all to help with absorption but also it helps prevent the constipation. I'm not a sciency person so I can't give you the medical reason why it's important but I know that a magnesium deficiency is a common reason for constipation and it's one of the only nutrients that's hard to get enough of in the diet... even Paleo. A good rule of thumb is 2:1 for cal/mag. so if you take 1000mg of calcium then take 500 of magnesium.
Also, I have to admit, if I'm having a bad day constipation-wise, which still happens sometimes, I'll use magnesium as a natural laxative and increase my dosage to a little higher.
Make sure you're getting plenty of probiotics in your diet too. Kimchi, NATURAL sauerkraut (like Bubbies,) and yogurt/kefir if you're dairy tolerant are good sources.
You made in progress with your bloating issue? If you remember me , I was on this board around christmas time, I have very similar issues as you, bloating upon consuming anything (including just water). I tried fasting for 30 days. Didn't help, I still bloated from drinking water on the fast however overall bloating was reduced in this time.
So yea, you made any discoveries?