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by 15 · April 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM

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 · November 27, 2013 at 8:12 AM

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 · September 03, 2013 at 5:50 AM

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 · August 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

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 43 · June 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM

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 78417 · March 26, 2013 at 2:22 AM

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 · March 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

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 · November 20, 2013 at 7:19 PM

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 5 · February 21, 2013 at 3:19 AM

So I've been paleo for over a year now, and one of the biggest concerns I've noticed from new paleo-ers is that they can't get enough fiber. I've got the direct opposite issue; too much, way too much. Loose stool all day every day. I don't feel... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Fiber includes: insoluble fiber / 'roughage' soluable fiber resistant starch Eat less of #1, which can cause very loose stools, as well as be the most traumatic type of fiber for those with IBS, colitis, crohn's, etc. #1 includes the bulk of... (more)

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by 25 · February 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

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 10 · February 08, 2013 at 4:03 AM

I've been eating a lot of grass fed beef lately, like a pound a day usually and I freaking love it.. finally I'm full on paleo. However, now my stool looks really messed up. It's like dark yellow color and has a bunch of what looks like white... (more)

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Elisaar 0 · February 06, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The yellow color could indicate lack of bile actually. I used to have that so I supported my digestion by taking digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. Did that for about a month then stopped. Also, to aid in your meat digestion, you might wanna... (more)

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by 1418 · January 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

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 · March 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

i've been on a moderate carb paleo diet for a couple of weeks now and haven't had one normal bowel movement. when i was on a high carb diet with lots of pasta and soda my turdies were always bulky and perfect. also, do the loose turdies mean i'm... (more)

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Kate_26 0 · January 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Every time you change your diet (for the good or bad) your digestion takes a while to re-balance itself. Most of the time it will cause loose stool but sometimes it can cause constipation. If it continues for longer than a week or you feel week,... (more)

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by 825 · December 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

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 825 · February 04, 2013 at 5:22 AM

i've been on a high fat paleo diet for a couple of months now. my turdies are always a healthy color and texture but they usually float for about 30 seconds before sinking (sometimes they don't sink at all and sometimes they sink immediately).... (more)

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Jay_26 0 · January 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

From what I could flush out (haha) of the information I found online, it sounds like floating can be caused by mal-absorption or excess gas due to the activity of bacteria in the digestive system. I wouldn't be too concerned whether it sinks or... (more)

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by 504 · November 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

My rectum hurts/burns like a hell, and i have been passing white stools, what is wrong with me ? Any advice is much appreciated

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Ashley_Roze_ 0 · November 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

See a doctor as soon as possible.

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by 40 · November 10, 2013 at 4:13 AM

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 0 · October 12, 2012 at 2:41 AM

WHAT COULD I DO REGARDING THE TITLE. THANK YOU. RICHARD.

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Poop_Master_MC 0 · October 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Sounds like things are going well, keep up the good work!

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by 1 · July 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

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 · July 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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 53 · July 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

So , I ate spinach yesterday. I believe that it has caused the loose stool I am having since last night. What may have caused this is perhaps, fiber or am I allergic ? Please help !

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Its probably nothing so don't worry too much. Produce can have microbes ranging from mild to severe. If your diarrhea gets really bad, call your doctor. Otherwise just eat bananas and rice for today and see if you improve.

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by 5 · February 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

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 · June 07, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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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dzone 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 · May 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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 · September 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM

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)