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Microblog: Carnivore Cure – Bowel Movements and Fiber

Microblog: Carnivore Cure – Bowel Movements and Fiber

If you feel constipated on the carnivore diet and feel the need for fiber, I’d recommend reading my butyrate post. But in short, butter is derived from the word ‘butyrate.’ You can read our comprehensive article regarding fiber myths and mistruths here.

❌Ghee does not really have butyrate. But don’t worry if you don’t consume dairy. Many carnivores don’t consume dairy and are fine with gut health. Don’t worry if you can’t consume dairy – bacteria also make butyrate from leftover cells and mucus. 

📘In @CarnivoreCure, I talk in length about the concerns of fiber and short-chained fatty acids (for butyrate). But if you don’t consume dairy, there are small amounts in the meat.

💡If you feel constipated, try removing dairy, pork rinds, and cheese crisps. If that doesn’t work, try removing eggs. Always try increasing the fat. Rendered fat is always a good option to leverage if you’re constipated. Magnesium citrate can also be used temporarily as you adapt to a fiber-free diet. 

💧Make sure to drink enough water (half of your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces). Staying hydrated is essential for proper bowel movements and optimal wellness. 

🧂And make sure you are salting enough or take some electrolytes. Over time, your bowel movements should stabilize (by a month’s time). If you’ve been on the carnivore diet for three to six months and are still having digestive issues, it’s time to look for a deeper root cause such as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). 

📚There’s a great read called, “Fiber Menace” by Konstantin Monastyrsky. He’s wonderful.

🧈Don’t worry about fiber. If you’re really worried, eat butter and raw cheese for the most bioavailable butyrate without the risks and side effects of fiber ingestion. Eliminating fiber can help support the gut, helping you improve your immune system and overall health. 

Nutrition with Judy


  • Lynn B
    April 8, 2023 at 9:46 am

    This does not help me. I have lupus and Sjogren’s and thus have dried out mucus membranes that would man a grown man cry. I have to and have always drank WAY PAST half my body weight in ounces of water!!! MORE WATER DOES NOT WORK FOR ME!! I cannot do dairy so raw cheese and butter are out! I’ve been taking ox bile with no effect AT ALL!!! This post is from 2020, perhaps you have new insights?? I have had to resort to Smooth Move tea, enemas, castor oil, and YES EVEN psyllium husk capsules!!! Before the Sjogren’s got ugly I was a once to twice a day gal. It was when I started eating AIP that things started getting backed up. Now with carnivore I AM MISERABLE!!! I can’t stand going a day without a BM and now it’s 2, 3 and 4 days!! I eat feeling sickly by then with headaches so I resort to the above measures. I’m now keeping them on an every other day basis bc it’s not healthy for your colon to hang on to that SH**!!!

  • Cygal Gylman
    April 18, 2023 at 6:36 am

    Thank you Judy!
    Reqding it was helping me to understand why at the beginning of my carnivore diet journey I had problems with my bowel movement.
    Keep up the good work 🙏🙏🙏

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