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Hush…What your Toilet is Telling You

Discussing bowel movements and urination is a daily occurrence for me, and it is a vital process that can tell you so much about your health. So take a moment to reflect on your daily movements and see what your toilet is telling you.

What your poo is telling you


Now that you have uncovered the “meaning” of your movements, here are a few suggestions I have for getting you back on track. **Remember, no matter what your situation is, healthy unheated sea salt and ample purified water is necessary for normal movements.

What does your poo mean?

Constipation (less than 1 movement daily)

Healthy bowel movements are dependent on water, healthy salt, fiber, and probiotics. Without these key factors, constipation is most likely to occur. In order to get back on track, that means 1-3 bowel movements a day, make sure to follow these guidelines:

* Drink half your weight in ounces of water daily

* Include 1 tsp of healthy unheated sea salt in your diet daily

* Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their whole form. Add chia seeds into the diet to help with bowl movements. 1-2 tbs. daily.

* Include fermented foods in the diet such as kefir, sauerkraut, and Kombucha

If you are following these practices and are still suffering from a lack of bowel movement daily, then consider beginning with a salt flush or enema to get things moving immediately.

Next, I would suggest using a product called ColonMax OR Triphala to encourage normal bowel movements.


triphala constipation

Adrenal Insufficiency and Resistant Constipation

Often resistant constipation issues are due to adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal glands are an overlooked but vital organ responsible for maintaining fluid balance in the colon and require a few basic nutrients for proper function. This includes water, healthy salt, natural Vitamin C, Magnesium Glycinate and B Vitamins. My favorite supplements to recharge the adrenal glands are the following:

1. Phyto ADR – a blend of herbs targeted at adrenal support

2. Magnesium Glycinate

3. Live-Source, Probiotically-derived B Vitamins


adrenal support for constipation


Sticky Bowel Movements:

If you are having sticky, messy bowel movements, it’s most likely you do not have sufficient healthy bacteria in the colon. I suggest beginning on a therapeutic dose of probiotics. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in the gut. Oftentimes they are outnumbered by unhealthy bacteria due to stress, antibiotic use, the consumption of junk food and sugar. By taking a probiotic supplement, you can help restore the balance, thus decreasing the unhealthy bacteria and increasing the healthy bacteria.

My suggestion: Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic Complex


If you have been taking a probiotic but have yet to see any change in your bowel movements, I would suggest trying natural bentonite clay. Oftentimes in this situation, the bowels have become too toxic by the overgrowth of bacteria or fungus, chemical or heavy metal levels, and inflammation. The introduction of bentonite clay into the diet as a supplement can help to bind to these toxic compounds thus restoring the bowels to normal.

My suggestion: Medi-Clay FX by Premier Research Labs


probiotics bowel movements


Bloody Urine or Bowels:

This is in indication of internal bleeding and I urge you to visit your doctor. In the meantime, I would suggest using one of the most powerful forms of Aloe offered in the market today. This form is called Aloe Arborescens and has some fantastic healing and anti-infective properties. I would suggest taking 2 oz every few hours to help repair tissue damage and fight any nasty pathogens causing inflammation in the body.

I love Aloe Arborescens by Supreme Immune Health


Aloe Arborescens


Floating Bowels:

This is caused by the inability to digest fats, and ultimately is rooted in a gallbladder deficiency. This is very common in people who take medications, birth control or those who have relied on a fast food and fried food diet. My best advice is to eliminate any fried, or processed foods and get on a plant-based diet. I would also recommend supporting the gallbladder with nutrients found on my gallbladder program, and beginning on liver/gallbladder flushes.

My favorite Gallbladder nutrients are BiliVen paired with Gallbladder ND


supplement for floating poo


Smelling, Messy Bowels:

The common denominator in this condition, is a lack of digestive power. Essentially, your food is not being digested and is rotting in the gut. This can lead to smelly, uncomfortable bowels that may occur every few days or every few hours. My suggestion would be to get on a Digestive Enzyme and HCL (hydrochloric acid) supplement with each meal. The combination of these two supplements will help you to properly digest your food while you can work on cleaning up your diet. Digestives enzymes are naturally released by the pancreas, while HCL (hydrochloric acid) is released by the stomach. They are both on charge of digesting and breaking down the food that you eat. Without out proper levels of enzymes and hcl, smelly, messy bowels can occur.

The secretion of these enzymes and hcl slows down as one ages. In addition, a diet rich in fried and fatty foods, animal products, dairy, processed foods and fast foods cause the rapid decline in enzyme and hcl release. Therefore, most people who suffer from digestive issues can benefit from digestive enzyme and hcl supplementation.

My favorite digestive enzyme: Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encapsulations

My favorite hcl supplement: HCL by Premier Research Labs


digestive enzymes poo


Murky Urine

Murky urine most likely indicates a UTI or problems with the kidneys. If you suspect a UTI, I would suggest reading my article on natural approaches to Urinary Tract Infections. If you do not think it is a UTI, then I would suspect you are having a problem with your kidneys and I would recommend beginning a Kidney Cleanse.

My suggestion for UTI: Cranberry/d-Mannose by Pure Encapsulations


uti murky urine supplement


Alright my movement investigators, you have made quite a big step today! Drawing the connection between what comes out of your body and how it directly reflects the health of the inside of your body. Do not underestimate the power of healthy unheated sea salt, purified water and a clean Plant-Based Diet. Be nice to your body and it will be nice to you.


A Fun Fact:

Did you know that humans never used to need toilet paper? If your diet is clean and your gut is healthy, your poo should come out clean enough that you do not need even 1 square of paper! I have gotten there so I know it is not a lie. Something to strive for eh?



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  • Reply Lori April 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I just stumbled upon your website tonight, and had a question for you if you have a moment sometime. I have recently taken my family off of dairy and meat (as per husband was told he has high cholesterol at 34 and sent him home with lipitor). I asked him to give me a month to try to bring it down without medication ( Dr. said it is most likely genetic since he lives and active lifestyle and we eat pretty well). I am trying hard to find a balance with the legume/bean world for protein and have added tempeh, salmon, and baked tofu once a week each… I appreciated your protein chart and words of wisdom on to much soy ( I have worried a little with my two kids how much was to much for their little bodies). which leads me to my main question my poor husband keeps telling me he is having 4-6 bowel movements a day, and he told me they soft but not the squirts! He is super gassy! More than usual… What am I doing wrong? i read today that he may not have the right bugs in his guts to digest it properly, or i am combining the foods in a way that is making it harder to digest.. I don’t know just curious if you have any words of advice for any of the above mentioned. Thank you and I am excited to spend more time reading all you have to share. L

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Often when the body has a diet change to a healthier diet, the body experiences a cleansing effect. This is most likely what he is experiencing. Meat and Dairy are very hard to digest and often create high levels of mucus in the bowel. As a result, the stool becomes sticky and does not pass through the body easily. Now that you have cut that out, and added fibrous foods, the body is most likely pushing old stagnant waste from the bowel out. If he still experiences this after a couple more weeks, then you might want to get him on a probiotic. I have found this ONE extremely effective and therapeutic. Have him take about 4 daily for 1 month. That should help to increase his healthy bacteria in the gut.

      • Reply Lynn January 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        I switched to a vegan glutin-free diet approximately two years ago. Over the past year I have added wheat, cheese, and fish back in and cut back on the beans because of digestive issues. I often have soft (not diarrhea) messy stools which end up leading to a bladder infection because I can’t adaquately clean myself without showering. Since I work a full time job I can’t always shower right away. I had seven bladder infections last year for this reason. I’m hoping that your suggestion to add probiotics to my diet will help.

        • lauren
          Reply lauren January 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Hi Lynn, I would also make sure to add fiber into the diet as well as pre-biotics. I would try Cleanse Blend by Premier Research Labs as well as Galactan by Premier Research Labs. I would try to stay off of cheese and any refined wheat products because that is not going to help your situation. If by adding these products into your diet does not help after 6 weeks of daily use, you may have to consider using digestive enzymes and HCL with your meals.

      • Reply Liz August 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm

        I was looking for an answer to a similar question. I recently gave up dairy, and I am eating meat only once or twice a week. (Mostly chicken and fish. I am trying to eat very clean and have been eating more olive oil instead of butter, lots of veggies and some fruit. Also occasionally some of my homemade white sourdough bread ( real sourdough). My stools have been very dark and sticky. So do you think that i am, too, getting rid of old waste? I know this was an old post, but am taking a chance that you will see this. Thank you.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 5, 2015 at 4:31 pm

          Hello Liz, that is possible as you have been cleaning up your diet. White flour, white sugar and dairy are bit contributors to sticky stool, so if you are staying away from that an increasing your fiber through fruits and veggies, there is a good chance you are cleansing old stuff out. If you are not experiencing any digestive symptoms (bloating, gas, fullness, burping etc.) then you might rule out poor digestion, although it might be a gallbladder issue – poor bile flow. Check out my latest post on the gallbladder for a few tips on how to improve bile flow. I would also consider taking a probiotic to ensure that your gut bacteria is in balance. If it is not, and the bad bacteria is dominant, sticky stool can occur. The probiotic I have found to be most helpful and therapeutic is this one. Try taking 3-4 daily for 10 days and then backing down to 1-2 for the remainder of the month. This probiotic is a bit more expensive than others but the cost is worth it since it is more concentrated and restores gut bacteria faster than others. Good Luck!

  • Reply Lori April 5, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Thank you so much, I really appreciate your time and advice.

  • Reply boris December 30, 2012 at 9:23 am

    pl advice on sticky stool problem

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Boris – how do you know it is sticky? Do you mean it contains mucus? Is it also red – like it could contain blood??

      • Reply Namaloom June 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        is this forum still active? i have a same question, my stool is very sticky so that i have to flush it for 2-3 times and also i have a thin body.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

          Sticky stool is most likely the result of eating foods that your body is not digesting. As a result, they are irritating the intestinal lining creating mucus. You may have a food allergy to a certain food you are eating (most likely offenders – dairy, soy, gluten) so try doing an elimination diet to see. This is the process of eliminating all the common food allergens and then reintroducing them one by one every 3 days. You note how you feel and then see if any in particular are harming you. The second thing is that many foods are mucus forming because they are just plain unhealthy. Common foods here are processed, refined foods such as chips, crackers, breads, pasteries, microwave dinners, fried foods, lunch meats etc… you have to make sure you are eating healthy because your stool is a reflection of this. Finally, it will help to start increasing your vegetable intake to amp up your fiber. I would also suggest purchasing a product called Medi Clay FX which will bind to toxins in the foods and lower the inflammation. With about 3-6/day (opened in h20), you should see the quality of your stool improve.

          • Polu August 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

            Hello madam, i recently read your post, i am facing a problem with my stools as they are very sticky take a long time to flush, i am a vegetarian, i drink a liter raw milk in morning and a liter raw milk in evening, milk is of black buffalo and i am drinking it since childhood, i am 22 years , i live in rural india, also i eat a lot of chappatis, lots of apples and thrice a bowl of pigion peas and chick peas lentins everyday, also eats lot of green vegetables, i am thin, completely fit and usually go to latrine once a day at max two, and i am facing this sticky stool problem , Kindly reply, Thanks in advance.

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale September 1, 2015 at 11:07 pm

            Hello Polu, thank you so much for writing in. I would say that your issue is connected to the milk you are drinking. It is very common for people to have a problem digesting milk properly, even if it is raw milk like you are drinking. Milk can be very mucus forming, which can lead to the sticky stool. I would suggest taking dairy out of your diet for at least one month and see how you do. Otherwise your diet sounds good. Check in then!

  • Reply boris December 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

    i am 49 yrs i have active life style but have sticky stool i am a vegetarian also

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  • Reply Jessica December 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I have had problems with sticky stools for a long time now. I have tried removing dairy and wheat from my diet and neither have helped. I have also tried taking probiotics. I drink lots of water. Anything else you suggest? A couple of years ago, I did not have this problem. Could excessive use of antacids cause this?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Jessica, antacids definitely is a factor. They suppress HCL (Hydrochloric acid) production at the stomach, which is necessary for the proper digestion of your food. Without it your food rots and creates toxins in the GI tract, which is no doubt a root cause of your stool issue. If you have acid reflux, check out this post – this will be your first step and getting back on track. I then suggest doing the Intestinal Cleanse. Good Luck!

  • Reply Kendra April 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I like the chart and the data here. I have a question though. What if one has all those symptoms just at different times? Like the stool is not always that shape for example or the pee is not always cloudy, just sometimes. Is that normal?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Kendra, I would still consider looking into the specific issue. Unless you ate something that made you sick or were doing something extremely abnormal, your stool and urine should be normal.

  • Reply David Smith June 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hello, I thought this was a nice article. Apreciate you sharing.

  • Reply Edwin March 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Great article Lauren, appreciate you putting it up. Have been trying to resolve my soft bowel movements and ran across this article. The best way to describe them is they are very healthy according to your article (on the softer side though), but, without being too much, is that I have to keep wiping and wiping until I’m very sore! Am trying to get like you mentioned, no TP at all! 🙂

    My diet is all raw, consisting of all whole fruits, whole veggies, large green salads, minimal fats (avocados, tahini), smoothies, veggie soups, mixed fruit salads, etc. Been doing this long term.

    Any suggestions?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Edwin, there might be an issue where your body is not absorbing enough of the water from your foods because your overall transit time is too quick. Have you considered adding in a probiotic to your diet? I personally use Dr. Ohhira. It also may take the incorporation of some cooked foods as well like cooked gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice and buckwheat. All of the raw foods may be too cooling for your system, which means that you need to add back in warm foods to balance the system out.This is based on Ayurveda medicine. Look up a test for your “dosha” body type. This may help lead you to a more balance diet and gut ecology.

  • Reply Roger Emerick March 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    If you notice the stool tends to leave a residue in the toilet bowl, so you have to use a toilet brush afterwards to clean, what is that? Sticky stool in need of probiotics as you describe above? I make my own yogurt and put in probiotics, and eat about a cup a day. Apparently not enough? Or is it something else? Thanks.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Hi Roger, yes sticky. The probiotics are a good start, but it also might require eliminating foods that are mucus-forming. This would include dairy products (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, milk) and gluten (wheat containing grains like breads, bagels, crackers, cereal etc). Try eliminating those and replacing them with whole foods like vegetables (raw and lightly steamed), raw nuts/seeds, gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice and buckwheat, and dairy alternatives like coconut/rice/almond/hemp milk and yogurt.

  • Reply Jack May 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Great post!

    I’m 22 yrs old and I am having issues with going to the toilet also, (sticky and feeling of not completely finishing), this
    has been going on for a month or so. My diet now I think about it contains many fatty foods. I eat quite a lot of bread, eggs, steak, baked potato’s, pizza, stir fry etc. And don’t eat enough fruit & veg. Do you have any advice in terms of quick meals for lunch and breakfast to start with that may help? I work long hours and don’t have lots of time to spend cooking. Also do you think I should take probiotics to assist?

    Any advise/links would be much appreciated.


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Jack, yes it seems as though your diet has absolutely everything to do with your issue. For one, you are eating too many foods that are difficult to digest, and are actually “sticky” meaning that they create a glue in the gut. This glue is due to the very natural of the foods you are eating, and the fact that they cause inflammation in the gut. Bread (gluten-containing grains) – all forms including pastries, bagels, pizza crust, desserts, noodles etc – and dairy are the worst offenders. I would try eliminating breads and dairy first. I would then add in vegetables. You should be aiming to eat vegetables (raw and slightly steamed – NOT fried) three times a day. These contain water and fiber, just like fruit does, which the body NEEDS to have normal bowel movements. Fiber literally binds the food together and pushes it out of the body. The water content of fruits and vegetables makes it hydrated enough so you do not get constipated. You can still eat eggs and meat, but in limited quantities. Try to fill your plate 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 grains/beans or starchy veggie (like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, baked potato). You can then add a serving (1-2 tbs or 1 small handful/1 oz.) of healthy fats like olive oil, olives, avocado, nuts/seeds, coconut oil, sesame oil to your meal. As for protein, try eating more wild fish like salmon, or white fish instead of red meat. Limit red meat consumption to a couple times a week. The best is grass-fed beef, buffalo or lamb. Focus more on fish, eggs, and organic turkey/chicken. Make sure you are drinking half your weight in ounces of water a day. Another thing you can do is add a fiber supplement into the diet, and/or greens powders that you can make into a smoothie. Starting the day with a smoothie is a great way to get your fruits and veggies down.

  • Reply lex September 7, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hi, I’ve had digestion issues since 1997. Fast forward, my stools are a mess (!!!) and need baby wipes to go. I know I have fatty liver and very constipated. A few years ago my stools were pale and sort still are but the fact that I’m not moving my bowels now, they are darker. When I use to juice, it was a like a diuretic for me and would be nothing but water because of all the celery, cucumbers and few other things. Now I started juicing again, but no bowel movement without laxative. I eat healthy fish mainly, fruits, veggies and just took out nuts and seeds because of my fatty liver. I know I’m toxic, brutal fatigue, feel like it’s turning autoammune on me and can’t lose 1 pound and need to lose 80 pounds. I take probiotics but not helping! Naturalpathic told me before I had leaky gut and now he says my bile duck is frozen. My stomach looks like basketballs are in it and my upper stomach feels like I have a football in it and cuts off my breathing. Dr/s don’t say much as all my test they did are fine except for insulin resistant, which I heard could be from a fatty liver. Please any advice as I live my life in bed, sick, wicked weak, balance issues, obese and more.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Lex, your situation is a bit complicated so it is hard to pinpoint where to start without an in person meeting, but my best suggestion for you would be to follow the Easy Intestinal Cleanse, and then target start implementing my steps for the Gallbladder. This will give you a good start by cleaning out the body system. Another herb that has shown to be extremely helpful for those with fatty liver is Reishi. If you need someone to work with directly, I might be able to recommend someone in your area. Feel free to email me directly at lauren@theholykale.com. As always, consult with your MD about the cleanses.

  • Reply Ami September 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Your site is very helpful! My poop generally varies quite a bit as my diet does and I’ve had the fab experience of not needing tp. I am far from there right now. I decided to do the Whole30 diet plan as I was wanting to cleanse after summer vacation eating-I usually don’t eat dairy or much gluten but was snacking a lot on hummus and marys crackers & eating bits of cheese and fries and chips etc so I thought W30 would help. But,,I’ve been so hungry that I’m eating way more meat & eggs than usual and loads of veggies -seasonal-lots of zucchini, some kale, cauliflower & salads & a few pieces of fruit. My stools have become irregular & sticky & mushy and messy & I don’t feel as if I’m finished. They often were like the torpedo before. I sometimes need a shower after going. I think I need grains & I miss a bit of soy. I think the 11 days have helped me stop nibbling but I’ve lost my digestion and regularity. Please help!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Ami, it doesn’t sound like your diet is too off, but if you feel like you are eating what you were eating when your stools were on track, it might be something to do with your ability to digest food. I would start taking HCL (hydrochloric acid) as a supplement, along with a probiotic. The HCL will help you to digest the foods that you are eating, therefore allowing the food to breakdown and form more proper stools. The probiotics will ensure that your bacteria in the gut is balanced, which is essential for good digestion and stool formation. I personally use Dr. Ohirra’s probiotic and HCL by Premier Research Labs. I have found these brands to be the most effective and therapeutic. *If you suffer from acid reflux/GERD/ulcers, then dont take the HCL. You should see an improvement within 2 weeks time. I would also drink 1 tbs. of apple cider vinegar before each meal, and make sure that you are not eating too many raw vegetables. While healthy, sometimes lightly steaming your veggies can help with digestion. One final thing: sometimes when the body is cleansing the stools become looser as it is pushing toxins out. While your case doesn’t sound like you are that toxic, it could still be a factor so stick with the clean diet. Best of luck!

  • Reply moss September 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I’ve cured my constipation!
    I now eat at least one can of kidney beans, or rosecoco beans, or haricot beans, or black beans a day. The result? at least one bowel movement a day, and a huge torpedo turd which hardly smells (may be the spinach) and leaves no mark at the exit point!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 22, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Awesome thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Susan June 1, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for your article! I had normal, clean poop for many years, but this has changed. They are now sticky and so unpleasant. I got the prebiotic and probiotic you recommended. In your article, you recommend a therapeutic dose of Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic. How many pills is that per day? All at the same time?

    Thank you!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hey Susan, so sorry for the late response. I would suggest 4 capsules daily. Best of luck!

  • Reply Ally June 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for such a wonderful article! About a month ago I went from being vegetarian to being vegan and really healthy (no processed foods, no more diary, no more instant meals, minimal cooking). I usually eat lots of greens (spinach, mixed spring greens) and quite a bit of vegetables with protein (beans, tofu) and grains (brown rice, quinoa). It has really changed my bowel movements. I went from alternating between regular movements and constipation to daily movements of loose and sometimes sticky stool for about 3 weeks. Recently I started eating LOTS of kale and realized that it was too much for my body because it has given me constipation. I’m having trouble finding a balance. It is normal to have loose, sticky stool for a month after completely changing my diet? Is there something I should do differently?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Ally absolutely this is normal. Your body is adjusting to the new intake of fiber (kale!) and has to learn how to increase enzyme output to digest it properly. You might consider taking an enzyme supplement to help you along the way. I like Digestive Enzymes Ultra bc it has all your basic enzymes, but also some to help specifically with high fiber foods like greens and beans. What you are experiencing is kindave like a cleansing process. Give it 1 more month, along with this enzyme, and if it has not corrected itself check back in with me.

  • Reply Melinda Roussos November 9, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Love your advise on digestion!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Melinda! Hopefully you found it helpful 🙂

  • Reply Camille November 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    hi there…i have been having bowel issues (and skin issues along with that) ever since i tried the raw vegan diet…and i didn’t even ever go fully raw. i feel like i have to be soo careful with what i eat or it will be annoyingly messy the next day… i just want it all to go back to normal. an intuitive recommended to me to take a good prebiotic and probiotic…i was wondering, do you have any specific suggestions? i want to take the best combination possible. thank you 🙂

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Camille – what exact issues are you facing? Diarrhea, constipation, pain? Each symptom could lead to a different solution. When switching to primarily raw vegan foods you are greatly increasing your amount of fiber. For many people this causes indigestion, gas and irregular bowel movements. It takes time for the body to adjust, and you may have to slightly cook the veggies to help break down the fiber until your body gets used to it. You can also take a digestive enzyme to help break down the starches like beans and legumes. I like Digestive Enzymes Ultra. As for a probiotic, I love Dr. Ohhira. Not all probiotics are created equally, and this one works extremely well, worth the cost. Finally, a great prebiotic is FOS by pure encapsulations. Best of luck Camille! And remember, you might need to back off the fully raw foods and add more slightly cooked (steamed) veggies and soups to get your body used to the transition.

      • Reply Camille November 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        thank you for your help :)) i’ve actually gone back to a cooked food diet! i don’t think raw vegan is for me. the issues are messy bowel movements… :/ i can’t have too much fat or beans…my body is just really picky now it seems like…but it depends…so i don’t know… right now i take Quantum Digest and metamucil everyday…and they help but not enough for things to be normal again. i’m also going to start taking goldenseal for digestive healing.

  • Reply Kevin August 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great site, thank you. Quick question. I just recently turned 50, and have been an insulin dependent diabetic for about 8 years or more. My Dr. also has me on the pancreatic enzyme Creon. Quite a large daily dose. I stopped taking it because I felt it was making my stools very loose and flatulence worse, but not sure. My pancreas barely functions, and will not heal. My stools are often sticky and I suddenly get this urgent feeling to go, often uncontrollably so. My question is this, does the pancreatic enzyme increase flatulence and soft stools or help it, and what else can I do to get my bowel movements and the smell under control? I also want to get a colonoscopy now that I am 50, I had a virtual colonoscopy in my early 40’s and they said I had a few small incidents of diverticulitis. Thank you for any help.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Kevin, the pancreas is in charge of releasing various enzymes that are necessary for digesting/breaking down food. They digest fats, carbohydrates and proteins. If you are not releasing proper enzymes from the pancreas, then the body cannot break down the food properly which can lead to a multitude of digestive issues and abnormal stool as you are experiencing. I would suggest looking at my article about Digestion Here. This will give you steps on how to work on healing digestion including taking a digestive enzyme and a probiotic, and modifying the diet. These steps will also help address diverticulitis as well.

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