Gluten Free Poop

June 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Celiac Disease Symptoms

Damsel in the Outhouse

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As bizarre as a topic as this might be to you, your bowel movements are an extremely important part of your life and indicator of your health level.

On a gluten free diet, people with Celiac Disease have regular blissful bowel movements.

When you have Celiac Disease and you don’t know it, you continue to eat gluten-full foods and find yourself regularly constipated (like me), crapping only twice a week, or with diarrea and running like a leaky faucet (like my mom). Once you make the change to gluten free, you crap solid and regularly once or twice a day.

When I was sixteen and having a regular doctor’s checkup, I will never forget when I learned what a bowel movement was. My handsome doctor (who looked like Richard Gere and flirted with my mother in the room) tapped my knees with that rubber triangle thing and laughed at my kicking reflexes. “How are your bowel movements?” He asked me.

“Huh?” I asked. “What are bowel movements?”

I don’t remember what his medical answer was. It surely wasn’t “taking a shit or a crap or a poop,” but somehow he explained to me what bowel movements were in a professional manner. Feces… Excrement… Food that passes through your stomach and intestines to your bowels and then out of your body.

“I don’t know, fine, I guess,” I responded like a typical teenager. If you don’t know why a doctor is asking a question or what is the proper indicator of good health, it is impossible to answer the question with the kind of information a doctor would need to know that something is wrong.

The doctor didn’t probe further, for if he had, he would have found out how irregularly I had bowel movements.

Be aware that irregular or liquid bowel movements are a sign that something is wrong with you; it may not be Celiac Disease, but it is something.


10 Responses to “Gluten Free Poop”
  1. mukss77 says:

    I am trying to eat gluten free for like 85% times and am seeing improved poop which is solid and only twice, whereas before it was mostly watery, runny!

  2. Lia says:

    So crazy! I have always tried to google if constipation is related to celiac, but haven’t found much on it. For years I have been suffering constipation and only have a bowel movement once a week, I’m currently on a gluten free diet to see if I experience any positive changes but I haven’t been super strict with it and I think I need to be. I will say so far though, I still only went once this week but for once in about 6 years it was “normal”.

  3. Danji says:

    You have no idea how happy I am to read this. I haven’t been tested for any diseases, I have always suffered from almost chronic constipation since I was a teenager. I decided to try gluten-free diet albeit, without a doctor’s consultant, but since being on the diet (5 days) I’ve been regular everyday and my stomach feels so much better.

    Thanks for posting this.

  4. admin says:

    Hello !

    acnemelanie — Thanks for your input. I have not explored the gum products yet. I am so sensitive that I so far have stuck with what i know because it is so painful when I get the wrong things in me.

    Jessika — Thanks for sharing your childhood experience. Took me 30 years to figure out my problem. So much embarrassment and pain.

  5. acnemelanie says:

    i have an allergy to Gluten and most of the time i use guar gum or xanthan gum for baking. these gums are good substitute for wheat,

  6. Jessika says:

    An interesting post…however its a very relevant subject lol. I too never wanted to tell my doctor or anyone else for that matter I had to use the bathroom after every meal…and being young how would I know not everyone was the same! I guess if I had known or asked I would have been diagnosed a whole lot sooner!

    – Jessika : Celiac Speaks – My Personal Notes


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