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Eating Paleo But Still Constipated

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Founder of The Paleo Diet
December 1, 2009
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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.

Cordially,

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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