Aloe and Probiotics

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jaddy2
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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had great success with aloe and probiotics. After living, or trying to live with, IBS for about 10 years it got quite bad about 6 months ago. I ended up in the hospital for tons of testing: colonoscopy, endoscopy, upper GI, bloodwork... NOT fun. Unfortunately the doctors only offered steroids. My wedding was 4 months away and we're looking to have kids over the next few years, so steroids aren't an option.

So, I started researching other solutions. I asked around and looked up a lot of articles, and found that aloe and probiotics were often recommended. I found a company with a lot of reseach supporting their products and went with them. The aloe and probiotic have worked wonderfully! After 3 weeks on the aloe and probiotic, I no longer have my IBS symptoms: no stomache aches, no pain or discomfort after eating, no more bloating. I'm back to work now with no sick days, and haven't had a stomach ache in 5 months on these products. So I'll definitely be staying on them!  

My cousin, aunt (her mom), and close friend in Chicago all have IBS and are now on these products too--and doing great! I keep getting emails from them that they are doing much, much better--they are so excited. I can give more info over email on what we're taking: . I definitely suggest trying aloe and probiotic. **NOTE: be careful with brands though. Only one brand has worked for me.
 
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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Wait, your GI offered you steroids for IBS?

When you say aloe, do you mean aloe vera juice or capsules? How long until you noticed a difference?
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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking the same thing. I have never heard of steroids being offered for IBS, IBD yes, but not IBS.

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jaddy2
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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Aloe juice is what worked for me. Yes, I was offered steroids for IBS. And no, I'm not soliciting products. All the best to you.

Jillian

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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
i have heard about the wonders of aloe juice (for everything...) but i thought it had laxative qualities, can it help for those of us who go too much?
what probiotic are you talking about? acidophilus??
thanks, glad you are better
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   Posted 10/21/2005 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Just ask Sarita about aloe... LOL She said it had the cosistency of snot and made her puke on the street in public.
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   Posted 10/21/2005 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, what Lil says is true...but hey.  I'm all for people drinking anything with snot-like consistency if it helps them feel better! 

jaddy2
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   Posted 10/21/2005 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
The aloe juice I take is clear, (so not sure about the whole snot-lie consistency experience Sarita had). Acidophilus is the probiotic I take.

Reesa Shea
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   Posted 10/25/2005 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All. I am new to this site, just found it today actually...However I would like to ask a few questions about Aloe and this Probiotic stuff, as I too would LOVE to be able to actually enjoy a day at work, or eating someting, or just a a day...
 
Anyhow. I tried Aloe as a suggestion from my aunt who has lived with IBS for 15 years now after I was diagnosed as well. At first it helped, I felt a major difference, and then things got worse. I found that every time i took Aloe for more than two days, I would get major D, and then feel well once i stopped taking it, creating a cycle. Has anyone here had that? If so, did you ever figure out what it was? My mother suggested it may be to large a dose for my small body, but I dont have the convience of enough days off from work to find out if thats what it is.
 
However, this Probiotics thing sounds very intriguing and cool to me. I would love to find out more and try it. Someone mentioned in here that some of that has Lactose in it? Is this true? I sure hope not...
 
Well, thanks, just a few questions from a girl whos still trying to figure all this out.
 
     -Alli

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   Posted 10/25/2005 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alli,
I'm not sure how much I can help but I wanted to offer you a WELCOME.  :-)

I don't take aloe, however, I know some here do.  Hopefully they will be along to help you.  I have heard that taking too much aloe can cause D.  If you are drinking it or taking it as a pill isn't there a way to cut your dose in half?

No, I don't think most probiotics have lactose.  This is what my bottle reads...

Ingredients: Lactobacilus acidophilus KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 and B. longum MM-2 - 1.5 billion cells

Other Ingredients: Gelatin, potato starch and silica .

FREE OF: Preservatives, sugar, sodium, milk, yeast, gluten, artificial colors and flavors.

 


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Reesa Shea
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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks soo much for the Welcome and the information! You guys are all great. I was so excited to find this site...I think its great to be able to discuss this stuff.
 
Okay, thats great to know that most probiotics dont have milk. That would be a definite set back for me. I'll have to look into them and try it out. Its worth a shot.
 
As for the aloe, ive tried cutting the dose, and it didnt seem to help any when i did that. Im either sick, or sick...Its a matter of choosing which kind of sick I suppose. Im considering trying it out again, but fear can be hard to over come. Oh well, I guess Ill just have to try again, huh?
 
Thanks again! I appreciate you answer and welcome!
 
  -Alli

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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Alli,
Be sure to read the labels on any probiotic you decide to take.  It may also help to consult the pharmacist (if there is one available).  I would hate to see you have problems because I said they don't contain lactose and maybe some do.
How are you taking your aloe?  If you are drinking it then maybe you could dilute it with water.

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Sarita
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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Reesa, welcome to the board...I've been trying out this new regimen with the following:

Nature's Way Primadophilus (found at any health food store or even regular grocery stores, usually in the refrigerated section - it contains L. acidophilus as well as some other probiotics), 4 capsules/day (each containing approx. 10 billion organisms); Citrucel fiber capsules, 4 capsules/day; an Omega 3-6-9 complex, 2 capsules/day; zinc, 100 mg/day; and this nutritional supplement called Thorne MediClear, 2 scoops/day.  I have found my incessent, insane diarrhea to be waning a bit, which is incredible, given what I've tried in the past.  I used to have daily diarrhea up to 25x/day and now am having some formed BMs which is unheard of.

 


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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother found that aloe vera pills made her a little "too regular." (She doesn't have IBS to start with). She ended up taking one pill every other day to stay normal.

Aloe is a laxative, so it can definitely give you D if you take too much. Unfortunately, you will have to experiment to find your balance because everyone is different.

I would suggest stopping the aloe, then when you're "back to normal"--which I assume is C, try taking a pill every other day. If that doesn't make a big enough impact on your impaction (couldn't resist the pun), then up it to a pill every day. Just gradually work yourself back onto them to see what amount you need to be truly normal.

Just be sure to give yourself at least a week between dosage changes to let your body adjust; the aloe may take a day or two to get you moving again. And even once you've settled on a dose, don't be afraid to add or subtract a pill as nescessary on a daily basis. If I've been constipated, I skip my nighttime dose of Welchol and calcium; if I'm a bit loose, I add a calcium pill at lunchtime. Once you establish what works most of the time, be willing to flex it a little bit based on how your day is going. After all, we eat different things on different days; we can only expect some variation in our bowel habits because of this.

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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alli,
You have received a lot of good information here and I just wanted to add my welcome to you to the forum :)

We have a lot of great people here with so much personal experience and its so nice to come here just to let out your frustrations about this frustrating disorder. Please keep posting!!! :)
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   Posted 10/28/2005 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
you can get aloe juice with the laxative part removed. look for one with aloin (sp?) removed...... it should be clear.
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