Keto and your poop! Today's Sunday Supp comes from Jenny who wants to know if her new bowel movements are a normal reaction to a life in ketosis.
How changing your food changes your bowels.
Adapting to the sugar alcohols.
How keto can actually make you more regular.
Beware of too much dairy and nuts.
And, wrapping it up with some good ol' potty talk.
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Speaker 1: 00:04 [inaudible].
Chad: 00:05 So we're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life in ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek miniseries called Sunday supps. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things keto. So our question today comes from Jenny and Jenny asks, and I'm surprised you wanted to attach your name to this now. I'm just kidding. But she's as I've been keto now for a couple of weeks and I'm experiencing soft stool and irregular bowel movements. I know it's not the most flattering topic, but I think it's important. I actually experienced the exact same thing. And um, and she's asking is that normal?
Eric: 00:42 Hm, yes, yes and no. You know, it's funny, when you change in a, your nutrition, obviously your bowels are going to change. Okay. Um, you know, a lot of times people when they make this switch, they really didn't eat a lot of fibrous vegetables. Okay. And so now they're starting to include, you know, more of more vegetables and more fiber when they were on a regular diet. And so you're gonna, you know, produce less. So you're not going to go to the bathroom as often. And so, uh, some people experience, you know, diarrhea. Uh, and maybe, you know what I, I think you and some others were affected by, you know, the monk fruit, the Stevia, some of the, you know, Arista tall or Xylitol people experienced some GI issues from, so it's like the alcohol, sugars, alcohol, sugar, sugar alcohols, we'll do it. Yeah. Cause those, those, those will hit your colon pretty hard. And just from communities, the bacteria there, uh, you know, obviously produce some methane gas and other gases and bloats you. Um, and that's, and that's one of my issues is when I switched over four years ago, Xylitol is still very popular. And Oh my gosh, when I overdid it, I felt like somebody just, my gut was just so bloated and, and diarrhea. And so there's a lot of intestinal changes that your bacteria has to make. Remember you're not eating sugar anymore either. And so you're keeping sugar out of, out of your, out of your gut biome. So bacteria has to adjust to that. So there's a lot of, there's a lot of dietary, you know, nutritional issues that your stomach has to adjust to. So, um, I think mostly is what was most issues you have when you first started keto.
Chad: 02:39 Yeah, same sort of thing as far as like just stool and bowel movements. It was, yeah. Uh, well I became a lot more regular, um, but it was also often soft or diarrhea and um, um, but it, I mean it got better. I feel like it's been so long now, but it got better feel like after a few, a couple months in.
Eric: 03:03 It's dairy is usually with clients at coach, it's, it's, you know, they start consuming more dairy than they used to and that really starts to affect certain people's bounds. And they get crazy with the nuts and nuts and seeds can, you know, specially, you know, affect the bowels. Cause people do overdo the nuts. And I'm always pushing against that because they become very anti-nutrients. Uh, I can't do very many nuts and then I start having stomach issues right away. So nuts are probably the key for me. Diet, dairy and, and sometimes your fats, you know, you're not used to, you know, all these, you know, like bacon and saturated fats and different fats. So you know, you're going to emulsify them differently now and so your bio is going to kick in a little more. And I had people telling me, hey, what if I got these fat droplets on top of my, on the top of the water and the toilet toilet bowl. I said, well, you're eating quite a bit of fat and so it's going to show up in the toilet bowl. It scared them. They didn't know what it was. So all these fat globules were collecting it top. So, and you know, an MCT oil, you know, can give you some GI issues until you get used to it. Um, you didn't get any issues from MCT oil, did you? No. No, not at all. No. Nope. It's amazing. Some people will, you know, get, get the GI issues from until they get used to it. So, um, cause it's metabolized. You have your longer chain, you know, fatty acids and that's a short change. So it is metabolized different. Sure. But anyway, yeah, just, just give yourself time. It, things will adapt. Your body will get back into homeostasis as far as your bowel movements and, and you know, I'm way better on Ketosis and I was on Vegan by far, you know, so.
Chad: 04:56 Yup. Well that's great. Um, I've got a six year old son, so I always love me a good poop conversation.
Eric: 05:07 I grew up with a father that always asked that question and he, he would just ask point blank, how's your bowel movements? Oh yeah, they were fine. Good goodness. No, I'm said, sir, this is the honest truth. They say, are they floaters or sinkers? I'm like, Dad, I'm good to go. I have fiber. They're floating or whatever.
Chad: 05:29 So I meant more in the direction of poop jokes. We will jokes around our house. But uh, yeah, that's, that's a whole new level.
Eric: 05:40 No, I grew up with that and my friends were like, Oh, I should dad talk about that. You know, we're on camping trips and he goes, you boys move your bowels today. We're all boy scouts. You know, we're like, I'm like, Dad, just leave it alone. Well. Yeah.
Chad: 05:54 Well, Jenny, I think it'll get better and I think it's completely normal. Thanks so much for biohacking with us today. Eric, thanks. You Bet. I don't want to thank the rest of you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life and Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on Instagram, the handles @keto.biohacker and until next time, stay keto.