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Offline JWSthe3rd

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Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« on: January 05, 2009, 09:21:19 AM »
I know this isn't a pleasant topic for conversation, it's actually quite gross, but it made me very curious, so I had to open a discussion. If you have a weak stomach don't read this post.

Before Paleo, I had painful stools, and somewhat infrequent bowel movements. Sometimes I had diarrhea, and other times I was very constipated. I've even had bleeding occur from some of the harder stools. I suffer from hemorrhoids so you can imagine the pain I've been through.   

Since changing to Paleo, my stools are softer and longer. They also don't smell as bad as they used to. What really puzzles me is that I don't have to wipe much after using the bathroom. It's almost as if the stool has a protective coating that keeps it from making a mess. All I know is that I am very relieved to be having more pleasant bathroom experiences without all the pain from before.

Has anyone else experienced these changes? Don't be shy, it's just human nature!  ;D   

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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 09:42:29 AM »
Wow.  Ever hear the term TMI   ;D (Too Much Information)?

OK to answer your question: A laxative is an does not exist in my medicine cabinet. That is one thing I never need.  The bleeding from hemorrhoids is from years of improper diet.  They never really go away they just don't bother you any more if you stick to a proper diet.

Small hard stools never happen to me.   Sometimes I am surprised at what comes out. Seem to be two feet long.


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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 10:07:11 PM »
Yeah, I know it's "tmi", but it's a fact of life and it should be discussed as one more added benefit of the Paleo Lifestyle. When I mentioned this to a co-worker, she made a great point about having a clean and healthy stool. She said that it's the way nature intended our stools to be, especially when you compare with animal's stools. They certainly don't use toilet paper, so it makes sense that we wouldn't need to use it unless we're not eating the proper foods.

On another note, I want to pose yet another taboo subject here...

If any females are reading this, I am curious as to whether this diet lessens the burdens of your menstrual cycle or not?

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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009, 04:57:19 AM »
I've noticed my stools have improved in 'quality' (if you call it that).  Mine used to smell quite bad and have trouble flushing (jeez this is a TMI topic - I am blushing hehe  :-[), but now they are noticeably less smelly and flush well.  I also found using the 'squatting' method (or as close as I can on a throne without breaking the seat) is great for helping those 'stubborn' stools and generally makes going to the toilet a lot easier.

As for Menstrual cycle, since I've gotten very serious with my diet, I've only had 3 months of menstruation as I've been pregnant the rest of the time!  LOL.  Before that, although I was reasonable with my diet, I didn't have any noticeable change to my cycles, but then I wasn't as strict as now.  The 3 months between pregnancies (it was 9 months total - I just didn't get them back straight away  ;D) were a lot heavier and painful, but it could be just the normal return after childbirth - I wouldn't have a clue...  If I remember when I get them back next time (bub #2 is due in March and I have no idea when they'll return after that) then I may come back and let people know....  ;)

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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009, 10:29:14 AM »
... When I mentioned this to a co-worker, she made a great point about having a clean and healthy stool. She said that it's the way nature intended our stools to be, especially when you compare with animal's stools. They certainly don't use toilet paper, so it makes sense that we wouldn't need to use it unless we're not eating the proper foods...

Yes, she is correct. It is the way nature intended.  But I am still going to use toilet paper.


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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009, 10:38:32 PM »
I used to get a lot of constipation and gas; that's pretty much gone away on paleolithic food.  I've also noticed some of the changes in the final product that others mention, but it wasn't as big a change change for me.  I have a bit of hemorrhoids - probably wouldn't if I'd switched to paleo a few decades earlier - so I still need the toilet paper.

I did notice the 'less stinky' thing, which was a little weird.

The thing I've been wondering about more recently is - our six month old also has never had a problem with constipation, though she occasionally lets out some gas; and the baby poop doesn't smell bad at all.  I figured it was just the breast feeding, but now I've seen some complaints from others who breast feed.  Probably we're just lucky, but I wonder if mommy's paleolithic diet helps any.

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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 06:50:23 AM »
I was paleo when I was pregnant and breast feeding and our son has been on a paleo diet since he was introduced solids.  His poops never smelled while I was breast feeding, and I thought it was all easy.  When we introduced the solids it started to smell worse, and depending on what we give him depends on how bad it smells (it could be the 'borderline'/cheat foods we give him that make it smell)

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Re: Changes in Stools and Bowel Movements
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2009, 11:36:53 AM »
 ;D I'm glad you opened this topic!
After 2 days on the paleo diet I have no gas at all, which is a groundshaking news really! I used to feel just so bloated, especially at afternoons, and lately I noticed I gained weight. Today I noticed my jeans were loose (YAY!!!) and the afternoon was quiet, no gas at all, like I was another person! I'm loving it!!