Gluten Foods-bad,Soy-Good? for IBS

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unhappycramper
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   Posted 1/15/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 Hi there,
           I have been suffering from IBS,have gone through the normal Colon check procedures i.e.: Colonoscopy, Upper/lower GI, Blood work..conclusions were GERD,MILD DIVERTICULOSIS,AND IBS.
 Given that the popular synopsis for this condition,they say,is Stress,Anxiety,and also Diet,to control the Cramping and painful inflammation of the colon, I would like to know if anyone has heard that IBS sufferers should adhere to a Diet such as a Celiac Diet,meaning the absence of GLUTEN.
 
   For me, trying to find the right foods to eat on a daily basis,is still quite frightening,meaning that almost anything I eat makes my stomach feel weird,then the cramping starts.
 
  
    I have been trying to research this online,but so far, I've had a lot of mixed messages on whether the protein in WHEAT FLOUR Gluten, is indeed a Trigger food or not. OR whether Brown Rice is better than WHITE rice for IBS.
  
   I'm also finding out that a lot of people are finding that this condition (IBS) is a Big moneymaker to sell high priced cooking books and Hypnotherapy books,and food products are extremely taking advantage of this as well. 
 
    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for free enterprise and all,but since this IBS condition is Stress and Anxiety related, we certainly don't need more stress on top of it.
 
    Granted,everyone is certainly different on what medications and diet to control this condition works well for them,but just wanted to know if
anyone out there has discovered if NOT eating all-purpose enriched flour as opposed to a Gluten free flour has had any impact on their condition or not.
 
I stopped all dairy,carbonated drinks,caffein (coffee,tea) gaseous veggies-brocolli,cabbage,onions,etc., drinking SOY milk and YOPLAIT yogurt for the active cultures.
 
Just wanted to know if anyone has trouble with Gluten or Soy. 
 
Thank You!   :-)
 
 
 

blondie15
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   Posted 1/15/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! :)

I too have problems with dairy (except yogurt, and btw, I read in the newspaper that the organic brand called Stonyfield is supposed to be the best brand to eat for active cultures) I also find that if I eat alot of bread or yeasty foods, I have alot of problems.
I also have the weird stomach sensation, then the painful cramping and gas. That usually happens when I eat something like, milk, preservatives, too much fructose, sorbitol or any other artificial sweetner. I also found out today soy sauce tears me up haha. Have you been tested for an overgrowth of candida? That can cause symptoms similar to gluten intolerance.
Are you also taking probiotics? Those are a LIFESAVER! I recommend Kyo-Dophilus..it has 1.5 billion live cultures which is about how much you need.

Good luck to you! Hope all starts getting better!

Bera
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   Posted 1/15/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
How does one get tested for overgrowth of candida?

blondie15
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   Posted 1/15/2006 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
You can get a stool culture done and if it shows an overgrowth of the yeast, then thats a big heads up. There is also a blood test that can detect if an unusually high level of antibodies to candida is present in the blood. Also, one of my friends went to a hollistic-type doctor, and they stuck her feet in some kind of ion-charged water which will turn different colors as to which toxins you have in your body.
I need to go get tested...but I keep putting it off haha

bunnybabe
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   Posted 1/16/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
for me, YES!
i have been gluten free for a few months now, i do drink soy milk/soy ice cream, but i eat yogurt (stonyfeild) and some cheese without problems. it used to be that all dairy bothered me, so i just cut out certain things and take lactaid when items have butter or tons of cheese.
HOWEVER i had a bacterial overgrowth and after having the antibiotics i am a lot better. i still maintain my diet though and have been "normal" for about 3 weeks now.
i have a new GI who mentioned that they are doing studies on IBS and bacterial overgrowth, apparently for many sufferers they need a particular antibiotic. i am not a supporter of huge drug companies but i was on an antibiotic that worked only on the small intestine (Xiafaxan) it is usually given to those with travlers diarrhea or E-coli, (i am not sure if i can say all this on this site, sorry if i broke forum rules, feel free to edit me Dbab and 7lil) but i am feeling better.
i too am into the alternative healing weirdo voodoo stuff, and i have read a lot about japanese diet, apparently the japanese don't have as many digestive issues as americans or other countries. so i have hightened my rice intake and even tried eating seaweed. but i have cut out a lot of greasy/fatty/gluten foods and there is a difference for me. and my husband is exposed to my diet as well and has no complaints... if you want specific brands i have tried let me know... gluten free is expensive--but i haven't had to throw away anymore underwear since... best of luck and take care
--bunny
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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/16/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
One place you may want to look for yeast-free foods/recipes that won't cost an arm and a leg are Jewish foods, most especially Passover-specific meals. Because observers of Passover cannot consume any yeast whatsoever during Passover week, they can't have so much as high fructose corn syrup since that can potentially ferment. I've heard that in the big citites up North, Pepsi sells kosher-for-passover Pepsi which is made with real sugar which won't ferment (and it's about 3 times as expensive as regular Pepsi). Those big cities are your best bet for finding matzah and the like. Yeast free doesn't mean wheat free, but given that IBS is sometimes (I won't say all the time, but frequently enough) caused by bacterial overgrowth, I bet that it is the yeast, not the wheat that causes the problems. Unfortunately, outside of matzah, you can't find wheat without yeast.

If you are interested, try searching for Jewish dietary laws for more information. There's a whole "secret" code on cans and bottles which mark certain products as being kosher or not, but you have to know which letter means which type of kosher and those markings have nothing to do with Passover-kosher, which is like a whole other level of kosher--but it's a start.

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   Posted 1/16/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Bunny, you can write and promote any product/med/etc. (except for an illegal drug) you want - as long is you're not trying to push and sell it for your own benefit.

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bunnybabe
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   Posted 1/16/2006 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks 7Lil.
also, a lot of Thai food is gluten free--i have practically been living off of Thai Kitchen.

that is really interesting about yeast, what about brewers yeast (it is in my B vitamin supplement that i just started today) i know my mom has always given it to our dogs (we had German Shepards), could it cause upset to me? is it a different kind of yeast, or is yeast yeast and maybe i should stay away...?

--bunny
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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/16/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I think brewer's yeast is yeast that makes beer especially tasty. There are actually wild yeasts floating around loose all the time. When Stuart homebrews he has to keep his fermenter sealed up to keep the wild yeasts out because they can make it taste funny. The yeast he puts in there on purpose basically swim around in the brew and eat sugar and poop alcohol. After they run out of sugar they die off and sink to the bottom. He then siphons off (racks) the beer from the top and leaves the sludge and junk at the bottom (it gets thrown away). So I guess all you need to grow yeast is a constant source of sugar and if you have the kind you want, you have to keep them in a sterile environment to keep the wild yeasts out.

I guess when we make bread, baker's yeast poops alcohol too, only it evaporates in the baking process. That may be why I don't care for fresh-baked bread--espeically the smell of it (I don't like alcohol). Come to think of it, when the Guinness plant was brewing in Kilkenny, the whole city smelled like bread, only more pungent. Sourdough bread came about when people had no baker's yeast to use; setting the dough out to "sour" (and there's some process to it) means letting the wild yeasts get into it so it will rise. I think yeast farts are what causes the dough to rise, lol.
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