Excess pooping as a vegetarian

by John
(Mississippi)

Sorry to be so blunt, but I am desperately seeking help. This is a bit graphic; again, sorry. I am dealing with excess pooping as a vegetarian.

I stopped eating meat (but still consume dairy products) about a year and three months ago. My pooping increased, but it wasn't too terrible. In the past couple of months I've noticed excessive, painful pooping.

Firstly, I poop probably 4-5 times a day. I often experience very slight bleeding around the anus, and am getting sick and tired of having to deal with pain. What do you suggest? I couldn't imagine eating animals again, but if this continues, I may consider eating fish.

What are the other options? Thanks for your help, and again, sorry for the imagery.

Answer:

No need to apologize for the nature of your question. These are bodily functions and we're comfortable with talking about it.

Several people have sent in questions about what to do when they have increased pooping when going vegan, so to some extent, it's very normal. Anytime you start adding fiber to your diet and you eliminate the foods that lead to constipation (meat, dairy, eggs), you will see your body clearing itself out.

However, I'm a little concerned about the high number of times you are using the bathroom on a daily basis, and a bit worried about the bleeding. Have you seen a doctor? I think this would definitely be the best first step, just to make sure you don't have an illness that is bringing on the excessive pooping.

I don't really see how adding fish back in your diet could make any difference in the bathroom, or even meat. In fact, the dairy products should be working to keep your body in the opposite direction. If you eat a healthy, balanced diet full of whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds, you should have absolutely no problems in the bathroom.

We'll be here if you want to get back in touch with us after you find out what the doctor says. Good luck!

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Excessive visits to the bathroom vs. dairy...
by: Donna

Is it possible that John has become lactose intolerant? If he's eliminated all other animal products, but still consumes dairy, it might be that he's developed a sensitivity to it. From my experience, lactose intolerance can have the opposite effect of meat, etc., by acting as a diuretic, instead of making you constipated. And if he's pooping 4 or 5 times a day, the bleeding is probably from the raw skin being constantly irritated, by toilet paper AND by stomach acids. If John's doctor doesn't find any kind of illness, I'd suggest laying off the dairy for a week or two to see what happens.

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