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Undigested food in my poop?

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So the last few times I've gone poop (and I'm pretty regular) I've been noticing lots of undigested grains and leafy vegetables in my poop. Is this normal/odd/good/bad? What does it mean?

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"Occasionally, you may see undigested food fragments in stool. This usually is high-fiber vegetable matter, which isn't digested by the enzymes in your digestive tract. Undigested food in stool generally isn't a problem unless it's accompanied by persistent diarrhea, weight loss or other changes in your bowel habits. If you have such signs and symptoms, consult your doctor."

Malabsorption of food leading to undigested food particles in feces can be caused by a number of underlying conditions.

However, as a recovering anorexic, the malabsorption is most likely to be the result of a digestive system that is recovering. Adequate bacteria in sufficient numbers are needed for good digestion and their colonies have to re-establish themselves during re-feeding.

It is common for recovering anorexics to experience a whole host of digestive complaints: severe bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, motility issues (either moving too quickly or far too slowly through the colon for proper digestion or proper evacuation (respectively)), malabsorption, steatorrhea (floating stools) etc.

Grains and vegetables (both high in dietary fiber) are not easily digested by a recovering gastrointestinal system. Try going with easier-to-digest foods: rice, potatoes chicken, bananas. And, as a recovering anorexic, pay particular attention to adequate fats -- nut butter, butter, full-fat yogurt, coconut oil, (any of the oils for cooking).

Hope this helps.

i'd also chew  a bit more before swallowing, it could help! 

that happened to me too as a recovering anorexic

thank you so much hedgren! that was very helpful!

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