Eating Paleo But Still Constipated

Eating Paleo But Still Constipated | The Paleo Diet

I recognize that I feel much better on small amounts of grass produced or free ranging meats with lots of veggies and some fruit, but I become very constipated. How can I correct this and stay on the Paleo Diet?

Dr. Cordain’s Response:

It is unusual to suffer from constipation when eating a lot of veggies, as they are the biggest fiber source. However, you can help your gut health with some supplements until the constipation improves:

  • Probiotics: between 6-9 billion bacteria/day during one month, then cut down to 4-5 billion.
  • Prebiotics: 4-6 grams a day during one month (if you do not improve with 4 grams increase up to 6 grams). Then cut down to 2 grams a day.
  • Coconut oil (a good source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids): a tablespoon per day.

Also, we suggest drinking 1.5 liters of water per day.


Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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  1. Tracy says:

    I am experiencing the same problem. I am actually experiencing quite a bit of discomfort. I have come to the realization that dairy was not really my friend before I started Paleo as I had the opposite problem and suffered from mild IBS. Now, I’m suffering from constipation and having to take laxatives to get any relief. Could the problem be I’m not eating enough veggies? How many serving should I be getting per day?

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