Dear Robin: “I have had loose stools for over ten years now. I have tried a lot of things. I am taking bone broth and have also cut out dairy and gluten for over 7 years now. Is there anything else that could help with loose stools?” ~ Tarryn
Dear Tarryn: Loose stools are common with “thin” PCOS but can happen to anyone. Can you think back to what happened in your life right before the loose stools began?Did you take a trip somewhere? Did something traumatic happen in your life?
It is helpful to figure this out and unravel the mystery so that you know what might be the root cause.
You stated that you also experience hirsutism and depression. Loose stools are definitely a sign that something is not right with your digestion, and will purge your nutrients, making it easy to become nutrient deficient in a very short period of time. This will cause all sorts of health issues, including depression, because we make most of our serotonin in the gut.
Your ENS (enteric nervous system) is responsible for digestion. For some reason it is working too fast for everything to work properly. There can be many reasons for this:
- Food intolerances
- Too much magnesium or vitamin C
- Inflamed gut causing conditions like Crohn’s, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac, etc.
- Overactive thyroid
- Impaired bile action from the gallbladder (bile breaks down fats in the small intestine)
- NAFLD – fatty liver – this is common for women with PCOS and would be a great place to begin
- Poor gut microbiome (imbalance of good and bad bacteria and other microbes like an overgrowth of yeast)
- Too much stress
- Chronic pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas causing poor metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates
- Low stomach acid
- Poor nutrient status
- Not enough digestive enzymes (pancreas)
- Not chewing your food well or eating mindfully
- And more…
As you can see, the list is long, but it really all starts with healing your digestion and taking a deeper look at the stress in your life.
Here is a path to improved digestion for you:
- Begin with liver and gallbladder support, along with digestive enzymes and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water before each meal to stimulate stomach acid and digestion. Digestion is a common problem with PCOS, so that’s why the 5-Element nutrients contain liver support and digestive enzymes.
- Drink 2-3 oz. CocoBiotic at least two times daily to get more beneficial bacteria (Donna Gates is the queen of digestion so make sure to catch her interview coming up soon in the Natural Solutions for PCOS conference)
- No raw foods right now. They are too hard to digest and take too many resources. Focus on cooked foods as much as possible.
- Fiber is so important for healthy digestion so make sure you are getting enough. Whole, real foods contain a lot of fiber: 2 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds every day, 2+ cups veggies at every meal, 1/3 cup brown rice, 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder and the 5-Element nutrients all have good fiber.
- Foods to focus on: ghee (clarified butter), cooked vegetables, bone and mineral broths, soups are fantastic and so easy to make, Chinese cabbage, wild caught fish like salmon, 100% grass fed beef, spirulina, broccoli rabe, because many of these contain higher levels of an amino acid, L-glutamine, that can be so helpful for healing the gut.
- Take some time to figure out how you can de-stress your life. Just taking a walk after each meal for 15 minutes can really help as it improves insulin sensitivity by 50%.
- Continue to avoid wheat and dairy, and add alcohol, coffee (caffeine) and sugar to this list.
There is a lot more you could do, Tarryn, but this is a great place to begin and you should see some really nice results. Keep me posted, OK? ~ Robin
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