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Paleo Keto For IBS

The Paleo-Keto solution for IBS By The Nourished Caveman

IBS and the average MD

Are you are one of those many unfortunate people who has to live with the debilitating symptoms of IBS?

I want to help you feel better!

Because if you are solely relying on your Doc for help you might be in really bad shape.

IBS is considered a functional disorder of the bowel, as it does not cause damage like a true IBD. (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Medically there is no real treatment for it.

“Doctors may prescribe antidepressants for the abdominal pain associated with IBS.” Says the Web MD website.

Are you serious?

Antidepressants for an intestinal allergy?

This should give you a clue that MDs are pretty clueless about the real causes of this disease and of course have no idea about how to really treat it.

If you are lucky enough to NOT to get an antidepressant for your diarrhea, you might instead get an antinflammatory drug, which works by inhibiting colonic secretions.

What is the result? More GI symptoms and a fundamental inability to absorb food.

Well, that really helped right?

What are the real causes of IBS?

Again MDs are not much help here.

The Mayo clinic is not sure about the cause but blames it on the intestinal contractions, or an abnormal gastrointestinal nervous system….(1)

Let’s dig a little deeper.

I most cases of IBSs an unbalanced gut flora has been found.

Pathogenic bacteria were much higher than normal while beneficial bacteria, especially bifidoacteria were greatly reduced.

So let’s see what could be the causes of such an imbalanced flora?

  • Use of antibiotics
  • Overconsumption of sugars
  • Overconsumption of processed foods
  • Extensive use of antibacterial soaps and lotions
  • Cesarian Birth
  • Not having breast-fed

Once our intestinal flora is imbalanced and our intestinal functionality impaired, it is very easy to start developing a leaky gut. From there food allergies and food intolerances are created.

That starts a vicious circle that can easily lead to any of the IBD conditions.

Should I do a Low FODMAP diet for my IBS?

A low Fodmap diet is a diet which removes certain components that trigger IBD symptoms.

The FODMAPs in the diet are:

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), etc)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, inulin etc)
  • Galactans (legumes such as beans, lentils, soybeans, etc)
  • Polyols (sweeteners containing isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, stone fruits
  • such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc)

By restricting those offenders the symptoms of IBDs are greatly reduced.

So what is my beef with the FODMAP diet?

First of all, this FODMAP diet is an elimination diet, but it only eliminates ONE category of possible triggers.

What about the rest of the allergens?

Some dairy is included and lots of grains.

My take is that without addressing the REAL ROOT causes of the problem, you might resolve some symptoms temporarily, but will not reach a real solution.

Paleo Keto as the solution.

First of all I want to clarify one thing: many people say fats are a gastro-irritant and suggest to limit them when having IBS.

Well that is plain NOT true!

In fact quite the opposite, some fats, like coconut oil, have an antibacterial action and promote gut health.

What you want to avoid are triglycerides produced by sugar consumption!

Sugar in general, EVEN FODMAP approved Maple Syrup is the food of choice of the bad bacteria (like E. Coli) which are already overpopulating your gut!

So why Paleo Keto for IBS?

If you are carb sensitive, insulin resistant, pre-diabetic, overweight, suffer from multiple allergies then the Paleo Keto approach is the best for you! It will help you on resolving your problems form the foundation, instead of just relieving symptoms.

What does Paleo Keto for IBS do?

  • restricts dairy
  • restricts artificial sweeteners
  • restricts grains
  • Encourages consumption of fresh meats and vegetables, as unprocessed ad possible.
  • plenty of healthy fats

In addition to that I would take the following advice form a Low Fodmap diet:

For at least 6 weeks avoid the following vegetables

  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • artichokes
  • sugar snap peas

Yes it is a pretty restrictive diet we are talking bout, but 1 It will get rid of symptoms quite fast and 2 there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you are normally living a ketogenic lifestyle you will be able to reintroduce mushrooms, cauliflower, some sweeteners and possibly dairy after your body has healed.

Additional help

Sometimes dietary changes are not enough.

You body needs additional help to heal.

Here are a few things I would recommend:

  • Colon Hydrotherapy: 10 days of sessions every other day or every 2 days, to get the maximum benefit, followed by:
  • Intensive probiotic supplementation: preferably with fermented foods, like this one or this one.
  • an antinflammatory herb like Boswelia.
  • A gut detoxing supplement.

Here are some helpful supplements to help with healing the gut:






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Comments 13

  1. Are those 4 vegetables the ones with the most carbs too?

    Also, could you do a post on why we should avoid dairy? I’m losing my willpower as I see some keto buddies eat tons of dairy but I’m PALEO keto so I don’t!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Thank you so much Linda for the idea…I was just talking about that in the class I teach today!! Maybe it will be next Tue post!! 🙂
      The vegs are some from the low Fodmap diet, so they are the ones with high fodmap content!

  2. Gwen says:

    I was diagnosed with IBS-D years and years ago. Through lots of trial, error, and experimentation, it turns out I’ve just got fructose malabsorption which is relatively unknown in the US – probably because it would be disaster for the corn lobby if more people knew that HFCS was actually the culprit!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Oh Gwen!! I tell my clients all the time to stay away from fructose….I hope you feel better now!!!

  3. Green Girl says:

    This is great information. I used to “cheat” once a week, but the IBS symptoms that come with a cheat meal are just not worth it anymore.

  4. G says:

    Thanks for this, doctor told me to try low fodmap for IBS, but I’m hesitant since there’s so many grains (I’m paleo-ish, love cheese!) But also the idea of no broccoli make me sad. I’m going to have to try paleo-keto!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      It think it would help you a lot, just restrict some of the high FODMAP veggies, like garlic and onions, and you will be fine!!

  5. Naoise says:

    This is how I need to eat! I suffer from constant bloating So are they the ones to avoid? What about broccoli, brussel sprouts etc? Are they ok to eat?

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Hi, most likely they will be problematic as well. 🙁

  6. Kimberly says:

    What is your knowledge and opinion about monk fruit, erythritol, and stevia?

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      I use monk fruit and erythritol in moderation. Stevia is also Keto approved. I think all of them are ok but the trick is moderation. Many keto recipes call for WAYYYY to much sweetener!!!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      I think that erythritol can be quite problematic for people with IBS as it is a sugar alcohol and it’s quite fermentable! Monkfreui and stevia seem to be better unless you have a personal sensitivity!

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