Keto Diet: My Treatment For IBS

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* WARNING: If you are easily grossed out by talks of bowels and pooping, you probably shouldn't read this.  *

In the beginning...

When I was nearing the end of elementary school, I started developing very odd digestive issues.  Every time that I would eat (what seemed like anything), I would immediately have to use the bathroom.  My stomach would cramp, excessive gas would develop and I would get terrible diarrhea.  So many times I would have to leave class immediately and pretend I was throwing up, when in reality, all hell was breaking loose in my bowels.

I went through many specialists to try and solve my tummy troubles.  Without hesitation, they all quickly gave me the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

"Oh, you just have a nervous stomach."

" You're just too stressed, relax a little bit."

"More whole grains, you need more fiber."

One physician prescribed me Nexium. Another told me to cut out dairy.

"How about probiotics?"

These things would help me initially, but my symptoms always came back within a weeks time.

I had almost completely given up on trying to find proper treatment for IBS that would actually work.

Unexpected Treatment for IBS

Fast forward to March 2013.  At the time, I had pretty much given up on trying to find something that would cure my stomach issues.  I found myself constantly choking down at least 3 Imodium everyday just to be able to get through my day comfortably.  Must have been my "nervous stomach" talking.

In addition to the constant bathroom trips, I was still surprisingly overweight and at the same time trying to shed some excess body fat.

I stumbled upon the Ketogenic diet on Reddit and was amazed at how many people experienced not only weight loss, but their ailments lifted by following a low carb, high fat, and moderate protein diet.  Now, I thought about this way of eating in the past, but just assumed because of my stomach trouble it would make it more unbearable than it already was.

I started the next day.

The first week was rough.  I had constant diarrhea for a week straight but noticed that it wasn't uncontrollable like usual.  Hey, I will take what I can get!

After that initial week, everything started changing.  For the first time in my life, I woke up in the morning and didn't (for lack of better words) shit my brains out.  I made it to work without the need to "go as soon as I get there or I'm going to die."

My stool started turning from a brown sludge into nicely formed logs. I was going to the bathroom once per day. I had no gas and my shit didn't smell like a rotting corpse.  In fact, for the first time ever, I even went a day without dropping a deuce.

What sorcery was this?!

Where Am I Today?

Since then, I've been trying to follow a strict ketogenic diet as treatment for my IBS.  I've been very successful, but not perfect.

I have slipped up a few times, and I've definitely paid the price.  When I have anything that is made of wheat or very high in carbs, I am doomed for the next few days.  I will develop terrible stomach aches, headaches and night sweats until it is completely out of my system.  All of this coupled with my old friend, diarrhea.

While the exact causes aren't quite known yet, I do know that eating gluten has a major effect on my body.  As mentioned, it makes my stomach explode, induces lethargy, and causes my knee to swell/ache.

I poop once or twice a day, usually a very nice log.  If I have too much coffee, it will sometimes be watery, but it's never an all day, uncomfortable ordeal.  I'm officially down 30 pounds and am full of energy.  I go out on weekends, have dinner dates and do activities all without a supply of Imodium and the constant fear of shitting my pants.

I am eternally grateful and hope that anyone else with this problem can help solve theirs!

Have you noticed improvement in your IBS symptoms on the Keto diet? Comment below!

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75 Comments

  1. Mairi Fraser on November 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Hello!

    I have been having major tummy issues over the last year, and have been going to the doctors all year trying new things like you mentioned above in your list, and again nothing was working! I was scared s&*tless because my mother has severe crohn’s disease and so immediately that is where my mind was going, and I starting getting panic attacks when I went out after I had eaten. Lets just say its been a really tough and challenging year for me. Thank you for sharing your experience, it makes you feel like you aren’t alone ya know? I also have started the Keto Diet, mostly for wanting to be healthy and lose weight, but the last month has been amazing with the tummy issues practically disappearing. I would recommend this diet/lifestyle to anyone!

  2. Ryan on October 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I am glad I found your site. I too have IBS-d and stumbled across the keto diet. I am 2 days in but eating more carbs than I should. I normally have problems with fatty or oily foods. Is this still going to be an issue with the keto diet or does your body change to accept fats?

    • Dominic on November 13, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Your body should adjust to higher fat over time!

  3. Grant on October 30, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hey Dominic,

    Which veg and fats do you use to give yourself some bulk when on keto?

    • Dominic on November 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Cooked veggies for sure. I still have issues trying to digest most raw vegetables, but cooked spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower are some of my favorites. Some people have had success with psyllium husks, but they cause me issues, too.

  4. Steph on October 28, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Yeeesssssss! Story of my life. I’ve just realized over th last few months that it is absolutely carbohydrates that make me miserable. I’ve been tested for celiac and it was negative so I just ignored it for the last ummmm 9 years ? I’m just learning about ketogenic and trying to get there! I love your story bc in an relate on every level, unfortunately.

  5. Jackie on October 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Ohh my goodness I laughed so hard reading your blog. That has been my life. I have been gluten free for 4 years and now on the Keto diet for almost 4 weeks. My only problem is that now I have constipation. Maybe too much protein and not enough greens. Not sure.

    • Dominic on October 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Jackie-

      Try upping your fat and see if that helps move things along. Also make sure you are getting enough magnesium — it could be night and day difference!

  6. BK on August 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    “What sorcery was this?!” lol. I felt the same way. It was all just like you described. I used to feel like I had no control. Just about every meal, if not every meal come to think of it, was followed by the immediate need to run to the nearest restroom. I used to have trouble playing in sports games in high school because of it. I remember having to be subbed out of games to run to the clubhouse. Once I started this diet it was so strange to feel in complete control over.

  7. G. C. on June 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Congratulations! It sounds like you might have been suffering from celiac disease. If this is true, avoiding gluten of all forms will completely resolve your symptoms.

    • Steph on October 28, 2016 at 6:42 am

      One would think but mine came back negative. ?

  8. Kerryanne on February 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I can definitely relate to this. When I was 15 I was told I had pre-diabetes and that I would always have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes throughout my life. Unfortunately this is caused by many other medical conditions which I cannot do too much about rather than the usually culprit of being overweight.

    It took me years to find a diet/lifestyle that actually helped at all. I was on a low Gi diet recommended for diabetics and due to that I believe actually induced further digestive issues. I would have diarrhoea every morning and I had no emergy. Felt like death.

    I discovered the LCHF diet around November 2014 and I immediately gave it a go. I’ve struggled a lot since my only cravings are for sweet things which I never really had before I cut out sweet things; I probably didn’t eat much sweet stuff. But I feel ‘normal’ when I’m on a strict LCHF diet.

  9. Bonnie on February 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Years ago, if I had gone on the Keto diet I would have stumbled on a cure for my IBS only because I unknowingly was allergic to beans (not allowed on the Keto diet).
    I wonder if there are others like me who have a somewhat rare food allergy causing their IBS. As it is now, the Keto diet is the most adaptable for allergy sufferers of nightshades, legumes and seeds (most seeds are out for me).

  10. Karen MacKellar on January 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Yes! I was exactly the same! Constant trips to GP as I had ‘washing machine tummy’ and was only just making it to the toilet to the point if I went out anywhere I had to plan my trip and make sure there was a public loo handy. I had all the symptoms of insulin resistance also…waking up in the night with horrific sweating, palpitations, unable to breathe and pins and needles in my hands and feet. Any tests came back ‘within normal parameters’ but it was obviously wasn’t ‘normal’ for me. The doc explained it all away as ‘stress and anxiety’. I was overweight but despite trying desperately hard and sticking to a calorie controlled low fat diet I just couldn’t move any lbs. Sounds melodramatic but I was terrified and REALLY thought I was dying! Having a 10 yr old and 4 yr old with a Rare Chromosome Disorder at 48 that just wasn’t an option so I did some research myself and came up with Keto. Within a week it was like night and day…I couldn’t believe it. All my symptoms disappeared and I actually felt ‘normal’ again! I have been doing it for a year, have dropped two dress sizes and 28lbs last time I checked (I never bother with scales now) Most importantly I took more than 12″ off my waist and am back within the safe guidelines for a woman. My energy levels are like night and day compared to before. Yes-I do have the odd ‘blip’ I’m only human but they are getting few and far between as like yourself if I falter I know that I will be paying for it for days as my symptoms come back again. Keto very definitely saved my life 🙂

  11. Sylvia on January 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I went 20 years with IBS-D. Mine wasn’t quite as bad as yours, but it was bad enough that I never did anything without thinking out the bathroom access issues. Mine was nearly always triggered by eating lunch or breakfast, so I had a little control over the timing which helped. I was diagnosed with PCOS around the same time as the IBS, so insulin resistance has been a long-standing issue. Then 18 months ago I got diagnosed with diabetes and slashed the carbs in my diet. Wasn’t even thinking about IBS, but *poof* the IBS went away. I was amazed that after such a long time, I was able to stop thinking/worrying about bathroom issues when planning things. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to know I’d need to go to the bathroom, but not have to RIGHT THIS DANGED MINUTE OR ELSE!

    I didn’t go fully ketogenic, but cut my carbs to ~90-100/day. I did have a lot of severe diarrhea the first week to 10 days, but I had also just started metformin and blamed it on that. And for those who are interested, I did have my gallbladder out around the time my IBS got bad (1997).

  12. Mandy on December 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 15 years ago and have been more or less in remission with daily medication ever since. I’ve never been completely happy with the treatment or the results; the condition was barely manageable and frequently a nuisance. I went low-carb/high-protein last summer, not to address the Crohn’s but to lose 15 pounds. Imagine my surprise when after losing only 10 of the 15 my blood pressure went down so dramatically I stopped taking BP medication and, even more amazingly, my Crohn’s symptoms began improving. I’ll still be taking my prescription forever, I suppose. But getting to “Guess I need to hit the head before we get in the car” from “GANGWAY!! Coming through!!!!” is a huge difference and a true blessing.

    I have an appointment with my GI in January and it will be interesting to hear his answer when I ask him how come in 15 years neither he nor two other specialists have ever suggested any diet changes. Guess doctors don’t get free trips to Bermuda from truck farmers and ranchers, just Big Parma.

    • Dominic on December 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Awesome story and progress, Mandy. Thanks for sharing!

      Dom

  13. Drew on April 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    In reading all of the responses it is amusing to see how we can all identify with each other. Always knowing where the bathrooms are anytime you had to venture out into the world. Sweating bullets driving down the interstate praying like mad hoping you will make it to the rest area in time. Knowing that about 20 minutes after you have lunch you will have to find a bathroom. Some days I was in the bathroom half a dozen times before lunch!

    I didn’t start having problems until I was in my late 30’s, roughly ten years ago. At first it wasn’t bad but over time things got worse and worse. I did not want to admit there was anything really wrong, I just needed to cut out certain foods that did not agree with me. I love milk but I determined that I was lactose intolerant so I gave it up. Cheese, ice cream, stuff like that. That did help to some extent but I was still having problems. Being stubborn I just did the best I could do to manage things.

    Last January my wife decided that she was going to do the Atkins diet. She has done it before and had good success with it. To make things easier I told her I would do it with her. I could stand to lose a few pounds so what the heck. Ten weeks into it I have lost 18 pounds and have nothing was positive results to report. Within a couple of days the changes were huge. I have one movement a day, sometimes I even skip a day, and it is such a non event that there are times when I can’t remember if I pooped that day or not. I feel good and I can travel the highways without fear. I have a few more pounds I would like to lose but then I am not sure how I will adjust things. I guess we will see.

    • Dominic on May 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      That is awesome! Thanks for sharing your story!

  14. ESH on April 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Loved this article, and enjoyed the light touch of levity 😀
    I’ve had the same problem since I was a teenager (long ago) and also came across the same surprising side effect of the keto diet.
    I was glad to read of the issue you had in the first week, as I did also, scared the “shit” out of me that i was not going to be able to continue the diet as a matter of fact. Everyone else in the support groups complained that they were stopped up, and I was all like… yeah, not so much, more like the faucet wont turn off 😛

  15. Ozy on March 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    “The first week was rough. I had constant diarrhea for a week straight but noticed that it wasn’t uncontrollable like usual.”

    I am sooooo glad I find your blog. I was very concerned about my diarrhea as soon as I cut the carbs. (I am in day 4 now) BUt, now I will wait for a couple of more days.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Cameron on May 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Dude, right there with you. I’m on day 4 as well and shitting like a goose, a lethargic goose for that matter. I will hold on for 2 weeks and if I don’t improve, maybe I’ll start slowly adding some light carbs back in. I too am thrilled I found this blog, thanks for all the work you’ve put in it!

      Cameron

      • Dominic on June 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Cameron-

        How did everything work out?

  16. Nancy on January 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I was diagnosed with IBS-D in 2000 and although immodium keeps it mostly in check I wasn’t very happy with that as a solution. I started eating low carb about two year ago to try and lose some weight but whenever I tried to go really low carb (keto) or even much below around 100g carbs/day, my bowels got far worse than usual with even immodium failing to work until I had taken at least 3 capsules and waited a good 1.5 hours! I was a bit stuck at this point as the keto way of eating was more successful in helping me control appetite than anything else I had tried, but the adverse effects on my guts made me wonder if it was worthwhile… I tried following the FODMAPS sugestions as I was eating far more veg than previously and I thought that was maybe triggering it – but that didn’t seem to really help, Psyllium on its own made it worse. I stumbled on an article about the use of the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii for IBS-D and bought a bottle of capsules to try out. I’ve been taking 2 capsules a day, one in the morning when I get up and one after my dinner in the evening. I was totally gobsmacked about how successful it has been – no rumbly tummy or dashes to the loo in 2 weeks now. It had started to work after only about 3 days. There are quite a few trials on Pubmed if anyone is curious. I’m hoping that this is a long term trend now – particularly as our local public toilets have now just been closed due to local council cutbacks 🙁

  17. Lisa on November 20, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Reading your story is pretty much identicle to mine! I have suffered with chronic tummy troubles for the last 18 years…been to so many drs, had so many tests, biopsies etc, just to be told similar things to what they told you…”Gluten intollerance, stress related sensitive tummy, eat more yoghurt, bla bla bla..” I came across Keto Diets after doing research on how to shed those last few pesky kilo’s, when trying to maintain & slightly increase lean muscle mass. As a trained Personal Trainer, I knew this type of eating plan biochemically made sense, and it also pretty much cut out all the things Im not supposed to have…Gluten, lactose, Soy products, Fructose etc..
    Well, after only 2 weeks on following a Keto diet, all of my horrible symptoms have vanished! no more 8+ toilet trips per day, no more severe stomach pains after meals, no more vomiting!! My partner complimented me on my ab muscles last night, so with the added bonus of fat loss starting to happen, I have never felt (or looked) better!!

    • Dominic on November 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Great job Lisa!

  18. Madison on October 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I love this post. I was diagnosed with IBS in 2009 and struggled for a long time. My symptoms are slightly more manageable with medication, but I am thinking of starting the Keto diet for weight loss and happy to stumble across your blog and find it might help with the IBS too! Thank you for your BRUTAL honesty.

    • Dominic on November 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Hope it helps you!

  19. Seraphina on October 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Dominic,

    I’m just really interested to know if you could share more about your experience of IBS with the LCHF diet? My husband has suffered from IBS for years, and I’m really upset and want to help him out. Specifically, I have two brief questions.

    1) Have you tried any other methods to deal with your IBS, eg the FODMAPS diet, cutting out various food groups (dairy etc)? How did they compare to the LCHF approach?

    2) I noticed that you’re now eating some rice and potatoes – how often and in what amounts do you consume them? Do you have a lot of starchy vegetables and fruits (in all forms, including fruit juice and smoothies, which my husband drinks litres of a day)?

    I have been eating LCHF for nearly 4 weeks now, mostly because I wanted to control my hunger cravings and stabilise my blood sugar, but my husband is quite reluctant to try it. Your personal account would be great!

    Many thanks,
    Seraphina

    • Dominic on October 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Seraphina-

      I’ve actually stopped doing a complete ketogenic diet but still focus on high quality fats. Currently, I have added in potatoes and rice and that seems to really help with my bowel movements. Fermented foods, too.

      1. I have tried a ton of things including full blown paleo, LCHF, dairy-free, gluten-free with mixed results. I’m currently going to start trying a reduced FODMAP diet to see if that helps even more.

      2. I consume these daily, probably in 1/4 – 1/2 cup servings. They have really made a great impact. I thought that adding these in would alter my blood sugar regulation, but if you don’t eat a TON of them and pair them with fats and acids, my blood sugar still seems stable. I rarely eat fruits simply because I don’t really like them, but when I do, I try to avoid high fructose foods and stick to lower ones like berries. I never drink juice just because it’s a concentrated source of sugar.

      LCHF works great for a lot of people. Initially it worked super well for me, but over time my body needed starch to really bulk up my stools. Don’t be afraid of the blood sugar regulation. If you first switch from low carb to moderate, you’ll notice your blood sugar will increase when you eat, but within a couple of weeks it will regulate. Same with hunger.

      Hope this helps!

      Dominic

      • Seraphina on October 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        Hi Dominic,

        Thanks so much for your reply! I’m also thinking of LCHF less of a life-long thing but something my husband could try out for a couple of months to perhaps kickstart some healing. He has tried gelatine as well, but that hasn’t really helped – would you recommend cutting down on the amount of raw vegetables and fruits consumed? He’s also a bit of a fruit juice/smoothies addict, which I’m trying to make him kick… or at least reduce.

        From what you’ve said, I think LCHF is worth a shot?? Thank you (:

  20. Jason on October 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I experienced severe IBS in college (~1990), was very embarrassing being in class with my stomach churning non stop. I had no idea of what to eat, back then as the only recommendation was to add more fiber to the diet. For breakfast I would have sugar cereal, muffins, pancakes, the usual dining hall fare and wonder why I was having issues. I was functional only if I did not eat until the evening, and I did that for years. I never heard of low carb until about 15 years ago, and though by that time my IBS was manageable and did not interfere with life, I did notice the lack of digestive problems I had when cutting carbs. Though pizza or milk will make me violently ill, I seem to only have mild IBS today but I am usually doing low carb to lose weight but I also like how it basically makes me forget I have a digestive system. And I have to agree that cutting all wheat and milk and doing a keto diet, perhaps along with a little psyllium husks is the best treatment for IBS, I shit you not.

  21. Barb on September 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I have IBS, am gluten free and 56. I find I can do butter but not MCT or coconut oil. I am slowly doing low carb/ keto. I also have no gallbladder. How can I do this diet if I might be getting too much protein in and not enough fat because of digestive issues?

    • Dominic on September 23, 2014 at 2:49 am

      Barb-

      Try adding in a supplement called Ox Bile or try eating some bitters before meals. People who have had their gull bladder out have responded fantastically to the Ox Bile!

      Dominic

  22. Carol on September 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    What sorcery was this?! – LOL! funny stuff! but yeah my bathroom habits have been better since doing low carb.

  23. Sharni on September 10, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I love this article and how you get straight to the point! For the past couple of years i have suffered from many intolerances and have just been diagnosed with IBS.I’ve been told the most ridiculous solutions from GP’s and specialists so i can really relate to you. Today is my first day on the keto diet and I’ve already noticed some changes for the better! any tips for any cravings and for the headaches that I’m sure ill be experiencing in the next few days?

    Thanks!

    • Dominic on September 10, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Sharni-

      I hope you will find some relief like I have. First and foremost, you will likely experience keto-flu symptoms over the next few days. I highly suggest making sure you are replenishing electrolytes. Also, I have found that consuming a couple glasses of broth is very helpful in doing so. If you can, add some gelatin to it for an extra layer of healing.

      Other than that, you should slowly start healing! Best of luck!

      Dominic

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  25. Julia on September 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

    While reading this I couldn’t help tick every single box. I was recently diagnosed with high insulin and insulin resistance. This means I am carbohydrate intolerant and have had to adopt a low carb diet.

    After a week of eating clean I found that all my symptoms vanished. I feel so much better! i have more energy, weight loss and a clearer mind!

    I would suggest getting your insulin levels checked to see if this is the problem

    • Dominic on September 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Julia-

      So glad that you have found similar results! Keep up the good work!

      Dominic

  26. Christina on September 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I was never diagnosed with IBS and my issues weren’t as severe as yours, but for many years I experienced stomach cramping, urgent bowel movements and diarrhea immediately after eating. I went low carb last year and since then, I have lost 111 pounds and I no longer have any gastrointestinal issues. Nice, regular BMs, no diarrhea. Hallelujah!

    • Dominic on September 2, 2014 at 2:10 am

      Woot! Great success, Christina!

      Dominic

  27. Becka on August 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This is an awesome post… I wonder though, if this could help IBS-C? My daughter is constantly having issues, and I’m really concerned for her. She once went 10 days without pooping. Thoughts?

    P.S. I’ve been LCHF for 3 months.

    • Dominic on August 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Becka-

      Make sure she is drinking quite a bit of water. Also have you tried coconut oil?

      If that fails, try a magnesium supplement. Start slow though, it is pretty powerful. That should definitely help.

      Dominic

      • Becka on August 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        Thank you Dominic! I hadn’t thought of CO… how would I give it to her? Maybe the fat bombs I make? IDK if the Peanut Butter would counteract it?

  28. Nicole on August 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you for your post. I have been dealing with chronic diarrhea for over 10 years now, with no real solutions. I have been thinking about the ketogenic diet and after hearing your story, am going to start tomorrow. What resources do you find the most helpful?
    Thanks!
    Nicole

  29. Roy C on August 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Thank goodness for your blog. I’m currently 3 days in on a keto diet and am experiencing your “first week” symptoms. Glad to know that I just need some more time.

    • Dominic on August 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Keep at it! You’re doing great 🙂

      Dominic

  30. Jenny on July 31, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I got super excited about being keto but I think it makes my IBS-D 10000000% percent worse.. I was on it for a couple weeks and had a lot of diarrhea.. slipped up with carbs and the diarrhea went away.. got back on the bandwagon and today I ate high fat low carb, the only carbs I had were blueberries and celery.. and had the worst and most painful diarrhea I have ever had.. at about 7 bathroom runs so far and the pain afterwards lasts about 45 minutes.. it’s like just straight stomach acid.. I have been popping the immodium like crazy.. I can handle the diarrhea and the stomach cramps because I have gotten used to it over the years but I can’t deal with the stomach acid burning my skin >_<

    • Dominic on August 2, 2014 at 5:20 am

      I have heard similar things for others. I would suggest possibly adding in some starch and/or digestive enzymes. Have you had your gall bladder out by chance?

      • Jenny on August 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        Nope, and I hope I don’t need to cause I’m only 28 XD I plan on seeing the doc next month probably cause I never actually have for my IBS

  31. Amy on May 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Have you maintained the keto diet long term? I heard its not meant to be a long term diet. I’m wondering if it would help with my IBS symptoms as nothing else has and going paleo has been helpful but I’m back to having issues but mostly constipation and my digestion does work..it works too well…and I’m running to the bathroom.

    I’m also very active…mtn biking, hiking, gym every day. Thoughts or resources for maybe trying this diet for the short term?
    Thanks!

    • Dominic on May 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Amy-

      Keto has helped me a ton, probably because it removes most grains and is in general, a very anti-inflammatory diet.

      Since, I have still noticed that I am not 100% and have since adopted a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Diet. I’m only a few days in, so I’m still experimenting, but it is recommended for people with autoimmune diseases or symptoms.

      Here’s a list of the overview from The Paleo Mom: http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol

      Perhaps you can try upping your fat, preferably coconut oil? I have noticed that coffee + coconut oil makes me go within an hour.

      Hope this helps-

      Dominic

  32. Kitty Hawkins on April 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    So your post makes me want to cry. Happy tears! Now I know I’m not crazy. I had such success going on keto. Success to the point that I no longer had diarrhea (looser stool after a couple cups of coffee but that’s about it) and I had gone so long without farting that it scared me the one time it happened after a month fart-free! And then Christmas happened and I kept saying “I’ll start back on Monday” and it was never the right Monday… Today is day one of going keto again. I need to lose the weight I gained back and I need to stop shitting my brains out! It’s starting to affect my new job and I can’t have that! Thanks for reminding me of all the great benefits of keto and pooping like a real person!

    • Dominic on April 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Kitty-

      Coming from a place I thought was hopeless, I can assure you that there is indeed hope!

      Great job getting back on the keto bandwagon, I know you will do great!

      You should also check out a post I made in conjunction with this one, it may help you even more:
      http://nobunplease.com/7-tips-how-to-treat-ibs/

      Dominic

  33. Abby on April 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Wow! I am so impressed with your positive results, i myself have IBS and have been struggling with it for 5 years now. It’s super sad that IBS takes a toll on our day lives, whether at school or work, social events, etc, and no one seems to understand or care about the fact that your stomach rules you after everything you may eat and think you’re just making it up or always giving excuses. Oh, dear imodium is like a life saver, i always keep that around wherever i go and i drink it like im an alcoholic for those everlasting diarrhea sessions.
    My brother told me about the ketosis diet and i have been hesitant to try it but stumbling upon your post today has been like “a light at the end of the tunnel” moment for me. Now i am confident to try ketosis and stop taking the metamucil powder my doctor keeps trying to shove down my throat lol Thank you for taking your time to write your successful experience with this diet, which in turn has significantly improved or gotten rid of your ibs symptoms!!!!

    • Dominic on April 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Abby-

      There is hope! Some other things that have helped tremendously are removing gluten COMPLETELY out of your diet, adding gelatin (either the powder or from bone broth) and drinking kombucha.

      Hope this helps even more, would love to hear how you do!

      Dominic

  34. Molly on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Hi

    Really enjoyed the article, could really relate to you. I also suffer with IBS the diarrhea kind most of the time, which at times can only be described as smelling like a drain! Now thats ok at home, but if I am in work its VERY distressing, even at home I can confess to the odd accident! I am just unable to hold it sometimes, how can I tell people that? There is a disabled toilet in work that I can use, but others do use it too and I am worried that I might get there and it is occupied – what do I do then? Panic and worry makes it all worse. Can’t go shopping/holidays etc without knowing that there is a toilet close by, getting stuck in traffic is sometimes unbearable too. This is really getting me down, I will try the diet, but am worried that it will make it worse. Is it better to go for it and take time off to try it or introduce the diet slowly?

    • Dominic on March 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Molly-

      I completely understand where you are coming from. I’ve been there!

      The ketogenic diet did ultimately start the path for my body to heal. My recommendation would be to start the ketogenic diet on a Friday and have the weekend free from work situations. I won’t lie, it took my body to adjust to the increase in fat. Initially I still had diarrhea, but it went away after about a week (this might be longer or shorter for you).

      Another recommendation would be to drink some very nurturing bone broth during the ketogenic diet. This will make sure you are keeping your electrolytes in place, provide collagen for healing the gut and nutrients will be easily absorbed.

      Also, I would try and avoid as much of these FODMAP foods as much as possible. They seem to exacerbate the symptoms. If you know any of these particularly flare up your symptoms, definitely avoid them. Here’s a list of them:
      http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/

      One major tip is to cook all vegetables that you are eating. I notice that raw veggies can still sometimes tear up my stomach and result in IBS-like symptoms.

      I hope this helps!

      Dominic

  35. Danny on January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Great article Jessie. The ketogenic diet has helped with my digestive issues (chron’s, IBS, you name it) as well. I was actually seeing much improvement before going keto, but keto has helped me put my digestive issues behind me. One key food in my recovery, I’d have to say, is beef bone broth. If you haven’t tried it please do. This measured change alone helped catapult my health forward. Good luck to you my friend.

  36. Jessie on November 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This is my first time coming across your blog. And love it!
    I’ve been back and forth dieting for a lifetime but have been doing low carb for about 3 weeks to hopefully get rid of diabetes. Im about 10 lbs down and already feel great!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    • Dominic Geracia on November 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Jessie-

      Thanks for stopping by and posting such a nice comment. Good luck with your journey!

      Dominic

    • Martin on December 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

      Hey Jessie,

      I started the keto diet myself after being diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I had an a1c of 7.1% and as of my last visit I had an a1c of 5.1%, which is within non-diabetic range. I’ve also lost 120lbs.

      There’s hope! Wish you the best.

  37. Sue on November 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Listen to me… I came across your blog because well… I’m having “1st week in ketosis” issues… ahem! I.e. toilet running and basically liquids coming out where solids used to. Anyhoo…

    I couldn’t stop laughing at how you write… I love it! You inject humour at just the right places 🙂

    I hope mine only last for a week like yours did 🙂

    • Dominic Geracia on November 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Sue-

      Glad you could find humor in my post! I feel like it can be my best quality at times, haha.

      But yes, definitely give your body time to adjust to the increase in fat. I almost quit because of it, but glad I stuck it out!

      Stay strong, you can do this!

      Dominic

  38. Ash Simmonds on October 27, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Yeah, fibre is the last thing you want for IBS – putting buckets of resources up here: http://highsteaks.com/forum/whatever/fiber-not-good-you-198.0.html

    • Dominic Geracia on October 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Ash-

      It varies from case to case. Some people do well with more fiber. I, on the other hand, do not! It’s a process of finding out what works for your body!

    • Bronin on August 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

      I am glad to have found someone precisely describing my condition, and putting a name on it! I came to a point where I thought I was developing some bowels cancer…

      I can’t screw up my diet by one bit, as well, or I pay the infamous “harsh price”. Although, that latter is never as bad as mentioned in the article : only diarrheas with stomach aches at worse.

      Unfortunately for me, it still happens while on keto. But I have found 2 “half-remedies”:

      _ Carbs.
      Sadly, they seem to improve my IBS… emphasis on “seem”. It’s quite random. Anyway, they’re not healthy, hence my other solution;

      _ Psyllium seed husks.
      They’re pure fibers, but unlike other ones, they do work on me! The downsides are: they’re quite costly and unpleasant to swallow. But they’re quickly effective.
      Although, I have to take serious amounts of it, daily (that’s how bad my IBS is).

      My take is that years of junk foods have irreversibly screwed up my digestive system.
      Also, I too don’t get anymore acid refluxes since I lost 50 lbs on keto.

      • Dominic on August 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        Bronin-

        Have you looked into FODMAP intolerances? Perhaps there’s one that’s triggering your IBS and may be common on low carb.

        Dominic

  39. Kristen W. on October 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I suffered from GERD which is gastro-esophogial reflux disease. I had crippling acid reflux and heartburn to the point where I would wake up in the middle of the night choking on my own stomach acid. Doctors tried all kinds of medicine that would only take the edge off. I started the paleo diet in September 2012 and I have lost almost 60 lbs and all my symptoms have gone away. I don’t take medicine anymore and I’ve never felt better!!!

    • Dominic Geracia on October 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Kristen-

      This is awesome to hear! So glad you were able to take charge of your illness with dietary changes! Great work 🙂

      Dominic

    • KyleG on October 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Paleo is relatively low carb as well (Obviously not as low as a ketogenic diet) but the common factor is the carbohydrates!!

      • Dominic Geracia on October 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        KyleG-

        There are actually a lot of people who do a combination of the two: keto paleo. Might be something I dabble in in the future. But whatever it is, it works!

        Dominic

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