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Diarrhea On The Ketogenic Diet

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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the cause of having diarrhea while on the ketogenic diet. There are two common reasons why you have diarrhea while doing the ketogenic diet; One, because you are not used to consuming the amount of saturated fat. Two, you are not used to digesting the quantity of vegetables being recommended. He also talks about what to do, what vegetables to temporarily avoid and what are safe to consume.

Two Reasons of Diarrhea while on Ketogenic Diet:
1. Saturated Fat – You are not used to consuming the amount of saturated fats because saturated fat increases bile production and bile lubricates the colon.
2. Vegetables – Not used to digesting the quantity of vegetables. Certain compounds and certain vegetables can overwhelm the microbes in the small intestine.

What to do:
• Cut back on some of the oils especially those in a liquid forms like the MCT oils, added butter or coconut oil.
• Switch the type of vegetables that you are consuming to vegetables that are more easily digested by your current microbes.
• Consume more fermented vegetables

Temporarily Avoid Vegetables:
• Onion
• Garlic
• Artichokes
• Beetroot
• Leeks
• Brussels Sprouts
• Cabbage
• Green Beans
• Avocado
• Blackberry
• Cauliflower
• Mushroom
• Fennel

Safe Vegetables:
• Lettuce
• Cucumber
• Tomato
• Zucchini
• Bell Pepper
• Bean Sprouts

Hey guys, I recently have a question from someone who wanted to know why am I getting a diarrhea when I’m doing ketosis. Well there is usually two reasons. No. 1 is you are not used to digesting that amount of saturated fat because saturated fat will increase bile production and the bile lubricates the colon. You might wanna just cut back on some of the oils, especially if it’s the liquid form like MCT oil or added butter or coconut oil and see if that makes the change. No. 2, the more likely reason is that you are not used to digesting the quantity of vegetables that I am recommending. Certain compounds and certain vegetables can overwhelm these microbes in your small intestine more than other vegetables. What you might want to do is to switch over the type of vegetables that you are consuming to vegetables that are more easily digested by your current microbes. I would right now just to switch over and avoid consuming onions and garlic, artichokes, beetroot, leeks, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, avocados, blackberry which is a berry, cauliflower, mushroom and fennel. And stick with just regular green lettuce, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, bell pepper and bean sprouts. These are pretty safe. You can also consume more fermented vegetables and even spinach could be a problem. When you are consuming lettuce for example, a lot of times it comes with a container or a bag, try to just get straight plain lettuce only, green lettuce and see if that can help you. Now as your microbes starts growing and adapting to adjusting these other vegetables, you will be able to include more and more.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.


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  4. If you are taking MCT OIL, buy only MCT 8!!!… “MCT Oil” are 4 of them and for energy and ketone production help you only need #8 which does not affect your intestines.

  5. Hello Doc! Been watching your videos for some time now and they were very helpful to me so i can educate myself better how human body functions.
    I don't know if you read or respond to comments but ill give it a try anyway. So my question is would you recommend keto diet to someone with polycystic kidneys and ulcerous colitis? Great combo… huh? I'm not overweight, that ship has sailed 3 years ago when i was diagnosed with UC and lost 27 kilos in less than a month. 28y old male 72 kilo I'm more what people call skinny-fat now. I just want to get rid of UC without any further damage to my kidneys. And get back some energy so i can start working out and actually get some results from it. I discarded all medication my doctor prescribed to me, cause i don't think they work anymore, and another huge reason is that i simply don't trust those people that just want to stuff me with drugs without a logical explanation what those drugs even do and recommend me i find an UC group… f that! Now i'm in charge. And they call them self 'health care professionals'… anyway.. thank you for all your great work you do here. cheers

  6. I never considered bell peppers easy to digest. For me they reek havoc on my digestive system.
    PS: I added more veggies to my keto plan and tried a week of not counting them as my carb macros and gained half a pound. Not a happy camper!

  7. Could be drinking too much Apple Cider Vinegar with your meal. Stick to 2 x teaspoons per 400ml of plain water.

  8. Still plagued with quite a bit of fatigue after 60 days. Taking 500 mg magnesium (was taking 1000 but doc had me reduce due to daily diarrhea). Also taking prescribed vitamin d and prescribed potassium as well as vitamins c, and super b complex. Combining IF with keto and drinking .5 to 1 oz. Water per pound of body weight daily. Just started ketorade this week in and effort to get off pantaprazole.

    I haven't lost that much weight. But, in 60 days I am off all blood pressure meds, most antihistimines, most asthma meds, and most pain meds. I'm 5'6" and my belly measurement has gone from 48" to 45". The best part for me is watching the body fat percentage drop from 44% to 41% even though I've only lost 11 pounds. Crazy. If I could just knock the fatigue I think I could stick with this the rest of my life. Oh and Im sleeping great for the first time in years – which makes the fatigue even more frustrating. (I am 49.) Thanks Dr. Berg. Tish

  9. only 2 options? i'm used to that many veggies and there was no change in my fats. i suspect my cat gave me diarrhea yesterday. she's elderly and isn't great at cleaning herself and the day before yesterday she insisted on being loved and followed me everywhere touching everything…. i was washing my hands but i guess it wasn't enough.

  10. I just started giving up dairy for a few weeks and am using a powdered coconut creamer. Can't have more than one or two cups with it. 3 is overdoing it. LOL!

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  12. Could it also have to do with the amount of water that you drink. I drank a lot to cope with the feeling of hunger in the beginning and had better result when I took more fat, had less hunger and drank normal quantaties of water.

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