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by 15 · about 8 hours ago

I'm not new to Ketogenic dieting or a paleo lifestyle in the least, but I've never had this problem before. Can anyone shed some light? I had a normal, painless bowel movement, but it was extremely black... not thick though. Is this... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Hi, whenever I eat nuts, no matter what amount upwards of ~3, no matter whether fresh, roasted or ground, my stool will be very soft and smeary. That, as you can imagine, is ugly. Why could that be? Also, I have a friend to who... (more)

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Methodician 0 · November 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Nuts are typically binding. Any large quantity will constipate most people. They are also a common allergen and since about 3 nuts isn't enough volume to have major gastrointestinal effects from the fat and fiber, I'm guessing you're reacting... (more)

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by 88 · about 8 hours ago

Hey, So while I don't have SIBO or a serious such bacterial overgrowth, I did have a high count for just one strain of bad bacteria: Enterobacter Cloacae, on my Geneva Diagnostics comprehensive digestive and stool analysis test that I had done... (more)

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begob 0 · September 02, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Have a look at this - an online experiment to see if resistant starch (potato) helps gut flora: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/08/resistant-starch-content-of-foods-other-anecdote-and-miscellania.html#comment-535136 "Here's what resistant starch... (more)

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by 120 · about 8 hours ago

Developed some kind of pathogenic infection in the gut. Alternating between constipation and diahhrea. No foods are staying down and everything comes out of me immediately. Bone Broth hasn't seemed to do the trick either. Fermented foods make it... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · August 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

2-3 weeks suggests to me that you haven't yet done the rounds with your GP or gastroenterologist yet. I would first see them, they can run basic tests. If that doesn't show anything, a naturopath or other specialist could order more... (more)

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by 58 · about 8 hours ago

I drink at-least 8 cups of water a day. I decreased my fiber cause I was eating way too much, but still hard and dry and ball like and I have to force. I just came off an oxy powder cleanse where my poop was grainy. I just dunno. (more)

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VB 0 · June 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

95% out of 100% is that you are lacking beneficial bacteria - both lacto and bifido. Raw sauerkraut and pickles are sometimes just not enough. Stick with Paleo but definitely, definitely add some probiotics AND prebiotics. Prebiotics are even... (more)

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by 78422 · about 9 hours ago

What does that indicate when they appear in your stool? Could that be undigested food? Otherwise its seems formed. Trying to stay in-tune to my digestive health not to TMI, lol

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greymouser 0 · March 12, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Undigested fat is the most common food-related issue that can cause white streaks in the stool. Other possible issues include less common issues like mucus, parasites, etc.

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by 11683 · about 9 hours ago

I have IBS with bloating and cramping as the major symptoms. I did a hydrogen breath test for SIBO many years ago which came back negative. Last year my naturopath ordered a comprehensive stool parasitology, which showed no dysbiosis. I... (more)

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thegiantess 0 · March 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

No, it is my understanding that a stool test is a glimpse of what is happening in the large intestine, not small. However, what he responded does make sense on a purely logical level. Not sure if he is accurate, but I almost buy it ;) I think... (more)

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by 608 · about 9 hours ago

Hey Paleo Hacks, I recently got my Metametrix Stool Test Results back and I was hoping someone could help me interpret them. From what I can tell I do not have enough good bacteria and I have Aeromonas Sp. Overgrowth. The high triglycerides and... (more)

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Lazza 0 · March 07, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If I reading the report correctly I would say consuming homemade sauerkraut and/or homemade yogurt daily could help. I agree that taking oregano oil to target a specific microbe might not work, or it may make matters worse. But might I suggest... (more)

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by 25 · about 9 hours ago

Ok, I'm roughly two weeks into paleo and for the last four days have had horrible stomach pain and the last two days my stool is a dark green color. No diarrhea, though have used the restroom frequently. The first week i felt great, felt thinner... (more)

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Rick_Yazwinski 0 · February 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

The sudden change in your diet may have upset your GI tract a bit. It sounds like you may be consuming a lot more fibre than your body was used to and/or a lot of FODMAPs ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FODMAP ) which can cause digestive upset and... (more)

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by 1418 · about 9 hours ago

This queston is not really relevant to my situation right now because I only ever ate quinoa once last year, but I still want to see how many of you experienced what I did when I did eat it. So I boiled the quinoa on the stove with water until... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · January 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Andrew has given good info. It's not really considered a Paleo food, at least by Robb Wolf. Also, it's not a sustainable grain - the fact that it's become trendy in western nations means it's become unaffordable in its native countries. ... (more)

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by 825 · about 9 hours ago

i've always heard that floating stool is a sign of malabsorption and this has be worried. i rarely have diarrhea and my stool is usually a normal color and texture. my only concern is that it will often float for a minute or two before sinking. is... (more)

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Christina_13 0 · December 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

I have heard that it floats if you eat a lot of fat, because, as you know, fat and water do not mix very well, so while the fat is still in the stool, it will float, and once the fat disperses out of it, into the water, the rest will sink! How is... (more)

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by 40 · about 9 hours ago

dark chocolate is my "treat"... i enjoy a few small bricks nightly, maybe 5 nights a week. this has been my ritual since ditching grains and other junk foods. yes, i know that the sugar content is an issue here, so we don't need to visit that... (more)

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Sara_S_ 0 · November 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Chocolate (like coffee) increases gut motility, so that could make your stools softer. If your reaction is strong, it's also possible you have an intolerance.

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by 1 · about 9 hours ago

I???ve been following paleo (about 98%) for nearly 3 weeks now. My sugar and grain intake have been negligible. My milk intake has been almost negligible. I???ve also eliminated the night shades. Other than having lost about 4 lbs. I don???t... (more)

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Todd_B 0 · July 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Repeat after me... "Correlation does not equal causation." Chris Kresser recently wrote a good article on fiber. In it he noted, "The majority of the research supporting the benefits of dietary fiber come from epidemiological studies that link... (more)

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by 4181 · about 9 hours ago

Is this just conventional wisdom?

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MiMintzer 0 · July 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Fiber absorbs water and the increase in water in the stool causes it to be softer and easier to pass.

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by 5 · about 9 hours ago

Ive been eating paleo for 3 months now. Almost gave up at the beginning because it gave me bad stomach cramps and diarrhea for 10 days. I finally went on a one day, saltine and ginger ale diet and was back to normal. However, I've been studying... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · June 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Drop the fiber supplement. It's just irritating for your gut. Magnesium is often deficient for many folk (and hard to get from food/water these days.) Adding 200-600 mg Magnesium Citrate before bed helps the body relax & eases constipation. (more)

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by 3742 · about 9 hours ago

Since going Paleo I have very normal stool but when I added ~20 hour water fasts I'm getting loose stools a few hours after eating the first meal afterwards. This is normal I presume, from lack of fiber during the day?

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paleohacks 0 · June 07, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yeap! may be it is because you haven't eat anything from last 20 hr. Don't worry it's normal. http://goo.gl/O5CEC

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by 1017 · about 9 hours ago

Been Paleo for about 6 weeks. When I first started, I had fewer bowel movements but they were usually dark in color and solid/clearing movements. I'm still having solid/clearing movements generally, but lately they have been orange in color. This... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · May 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

What makes me nervous is that I still clicked on the link even after you warned that it's a picture of poop. What's wrong with me?

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by 6229 · about 10 hours ago

I was curious how accurate people found Enterolab, how many used it, and how helpful it was? My husband and I did the testing for different reasons. I was barely symptomatic but some occasional constipation IBS type issues. My husband had... (more)

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BadgerChris 0 · June 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I found Enterolab testing helpful to determine a gluten intolerance. My mother has Celiac disease (verified by blood test and biopsy). A few years ago I started to develop symptoms of gas, bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea. Because of my mother, I... (more)

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by 113 · about 10 hours ago

I'm currently two weeks into my elimination diet; eating pretty much only meat and sweet potatoes. I feel okay but I hoped to feel better to be honest. My stools aren't what they're supposed to be. Not terrible, but it was better when I was eating... (more)

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cerement 0 · January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

You're looking for stuff high in insoluble fiber (insoluble fiber scrubs your guts, soluble scrubs your arteries), which is usually cellulose. Celery, pretty much the whole cabbage family (but on the FODMAP list), bitter leafy greens, bell peppers... (more)

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by 380 · about 10 hours ago

I've been having some rosacea issues recently and suspected it was due to gut problems, like SIBO or something pathologic somewhere in the G.I. tract The SIBO result (from a separate test) was positive, with mild bacterial overgrowth. I've been... (more)

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Pedrita 0 · January 22, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Sorry, I don't know the test, but I was reading this today: http://www.gutpathogens.com/content/pdf/1757-4749-3-1.pdf On page 2, the authors mention omega-3 from cod liver oil helping with SIBO and acne. I would try fermented cod liver oil,... (more)

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by 7275 · about 10 hours ago

Melissa's question about beeturia got me thinking about how we can use indicators at home to track our health. Stool quality is a good one, following the bristol stool scale and noting color, frequency, timing, etc. As a person with celiac... (more)

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Nance 0 · December 07, 2011 at 1:39 AM

1) If I have any sense that I've improved or slipped, I check my BP, pulse and BG. I'm going through an n=1 experiment right now and, sadly, I came out on the losing end. I mentioned in other threads that I used my water kefir to create sourdough... (more)

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by 1724 · about 10 hours ago

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,... (more)

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daz 0 · 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 (more)

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by 1081 · about 10 hours ago

Hello all, The other day while shopping I saw beets had dropped to rock bottom prices, so I picked up a bunch of 'em, took them home, wrapped them in foil and threw them in the oven for an hour. I then proceeded to eat 3 or 4 of them myself (my... (more)

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Thumper 0 · June 03, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I would suggest not eating the beets for lunch if you want to find out if they are the culprits - and if you have another BM that is suspicious I would go see your doc!

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by 748 · about 10 hours ago

SOS! I really need your help with this one. My brother has acute inflammations in his wrists (carpal tunnel at age 24?!), knees and other joints. The doctors say that if this continues, he'll have to get surgery. He suspects the culprit is... (more)

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Namby_Pamby 0 · May 20, 2011 at 7:51 PM

My hunch is that this is a classic case of doing very low carb (VLC) without sufficient prep. If you do VLC cold turkey, your stool will become dry as rocks and your colon will lose moisture. It will be like trying to give birth to jagged pieces... (more)

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by 1159 · about 10 hours ago

I wanted to do a cleanse as i was constantly constipated. I decided to take wormwood for 2 weeks and it made me very regular and also made my stool look much more normal, both in color and consistency (before the anti-fungal it was sometimes a bit... (more)

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jessica_11 0 · March 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

probiotics with FOS can tend to make you SUPER gassy, and it might never be alleviated, if you are sensitive to FOS's watch out!

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