Anyyone ever try soluable fiber diet?

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cashnbecky
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   Posted 2/27/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Just read yesterday, again, a book that talks about eating for IBS.  So,  I ate nothing but soluable fiber yesterday, pasta, french bread, lots of peppermint tea...   Prior to yesterday I've had an attack that has lasted for days and days.  I still am "aware" of my guts today but my energy level is so much better.   I've been grinding to a halt lately.   I'm going to stay on soluable fibers until Thursday and if I feel good, I'll begin introducing insoluable fibers etc back into the diet avoiding what I know to be a trigger.   I'll admit prior to this bout I was pretty much abusing myself with food and drink.   I try to be good but then about once every three months I go nuts. 
 
Anyway, interested to know what results if any anyone has had with this diet approach.

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   Posted 2/27/2006 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried this diet.... But it sounds like it is working for you. Please keep us posted.

Hopefully someone will come along shorty who can share their experience.
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   Posted 2/27/2006 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel like substance...soluble fibres are found in things like fruit, veggies, seeds, brown rice, barley, oats and oatbran...

Insoluble fibre acts as a sponge as it passes through the digestive tract and absorbs moisture many times it's weight in water, by doing so it increases the bulk of stools and softens it. These characteristics facilitate the transit of foods the the intestines, thereby preventing constipation...found mainly in wholegrains, legumes, beans, peals and lentils, and the skins of many fruits and veggies. Insoluble fibre helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria.


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   Posted 2/27/2006 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info pb4! Good to know. :-)
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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/28/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Your energy level may be up because everything you listed there is high in carbs, which convert to sugar, which, in turn, rev you up. Me, I've been craving sugar like nobody's business lately, but I've also had very low energy levels because I'm still fighting off my viral arthtirs or whatever it is (my joint pain has gone away--for the time being). So, I figure I'm into the sugar because my body wants something to pick it up. Maybe you needed a pick-me-up too. Having diarrhea all the time can be draining.

Polarisjeff
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   Posted 3/1/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm guessing you're reading Heather's book, which I've read.  The soluble fiber method makes perfect sense, and works.  I started to stabilize doing it, but like you, I fell off the wagon - hard.  It's been a month and I still haven't gotten back to feeling like I did.  I'm also taking probiotics and Acacia fiber as a supplement.  Good luck - it sounds like you're following it the way you're supposed to.  Just be consistent, cuz' it sound like you're triggers really work you over.

cashnbecky
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   Posted 3/2/2006 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok I've gone through 4 days of Heather's soluable diet and it did work.   I added All One Totally Fiber and Udo's Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic.   For two days my guts have been almost quiet, just a little griping but not so bad.   I've also dropped about 5 pounds which really really helps.  I'm also popping Enteric Coated (important) Peppermint Gels.
 
I'm working closely with my chiropractor and she's done an incredible amount of research for me.   She has pulled out some information from a seminar she took recently about Dietary Regulation of Detoxication.   She's ordered a test put together by Dr. David M. Brady with Whole Health Consulting & Educational Services that is supposed to measure just what amounts of whatever I have in my gut.   According to her it's "leading edge" stuff.  She feels we will be able to better pinpoint the "triggers" after the test.   I'll let you know. 

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/2/2006 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Your chiropractor is going to do a test on your guts? Isn't that like a podiatrist telling you what's wrong with your brain? If your g.i. hasn't heard of this test, then I would be somewhat suspicious. Not that she doesn't have your best interests at heart, but that's just a bit out of her league as a back doctor (unless she also specalizes in whole-body, holistic medicine, and then you're venturing into the unknown--not that I'm down on that, sometimes regular medicine doesn't work and we have to go out on a limb and try alternative medicines, but be cautious).

Also be aware that when you get into alternative medicine, it's usually not covered by insurance, and if you are relying on that, then make sure that it's covered before you take it. There is a breath test that a g.i. can do that will measure the level of bad bacteria in your gut and will tell if you have a bacterial (and yeast too, I think) overgrowth and that should be covered by most people's insurance.

cashnbecky
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   Posted 3/2/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your warning, Keriamom, but quite frankly I've had 3 G.I.'s, and they were pretty much Here's the scope, well you don't have cancer, then "IBS" and then it's goodbye! It is a fact that more women have IBS than men and doctors typically dismiss it as "being in your head". I have a lot of life in me and no medical doc or anyone else is going to dictate how that's going to lived based on their lack of ability to help. Yes, the chiro is holistic and very highly thought of in my town. Not ONE of my G.I.'s ever bothered to discuss diet or probiotics or stress or anything. In fact, there was little discussion past "Let's do a colonoscopy". I had to beg for the anti spasm medication and it sucks. I do landscaping for a living and so I have some back issues as well. I have disc compression in the area of the spine where the nerves go to all the digestive organs and that's why I am going to a chiropractor. She's interested in helping me go further than they did so I'm going for it.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/2/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, you're preaching to the choir when it comes to having sucky g.i.'s. My old one isn't bad--he gave me the Welchol for my bile problem--but when I saw one up here for sudden and daily diarrhea, she was "Scope!" No blood tests or stool samples first; no, straight to the scope. I mean, I wasn't having nearly enough problems to even suspect I had an IBD and I didn't want the scope but solutions for the diarrhea. I had had a scope previously to no effect (I was having gall bladder problems, not IBS at the time) and didn't want another invasive and pointless test. It didn't help when I asked for the pills for the colonoscopy prep and they wouldn't let me have them because "they don't get you cleaned out good enough." I looked the nurse in the eye and said "I have diarrhea every day; how much more cleaning out do I need?" She didn't have an answer for that (much less an acceptable one). I ended up not only canceling the scope but driving down to see my old g.i. (or at least his nurse since he had a two-month-long waiting list). By that time I had already cured myself with a combinaiton of my Welchol and calcium pills (thanks to info from here). The nurse said if it works, it works, and also recommended probiotics from her own personal experience. So, there are some good g.i.'s out there. I think they're probably the ones with the months-long waiting lists. Ought to have been suspicious when I only had a week or two's waiting period with this one up here. I had to wait longer to get in to see my old g.i.'s n.p. than the dr. up here. The good ones have repeat customers and those customers recommend them to other people. It's like looking for a place to eat in a different city: where there are a lot of cars, there's a good restaurant. Where's there's a long waiting list, there is almost usually a good doctor (sometimes, though, a long waiting list denotes the only specialist in a region, but that shouldn't be true for a g.i.).

cashnbecky
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   Posted 3/2/2006 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess, but the waiting time is a tough way to choose someone to take care of your health, isn't it? At this point, I'm not sure if it's the area of expertise or the individual that you might find that helps you. I was on another forum for another reason, and through that forum I found the most perfect solution to my problem at the time. I would never have found it without the sharing of others that have "gone before". So, I think the community of information sharing is as helpful as any PhD. We don't even have the vocabulary to describe our symptoms to a doctor in a way they could really understand. Anyway, this chiro acts interested and I'm going for it. Noone else has. I know I feel better today than I have in about 45 days.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/3/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can't say that a chiropractor is a good place to start with gut problems, but if you've gotten no where with a bunch of g.i.s, then I'd say go for it. Better some help than no help at all, and at least she's sympathetic (that's a big help). And, you're right about the forums; this place has been such a big help. Even if you can't find a cure, you can at least know you're not alone. Talking about poop has such a stigma attached to it that even close family members don't usually care to hear the details, and in the meantime you're wanting someone else's opinon as to whether your new poop shape, color or smell is a sign of something worse or par for the course.

I'm glad you're feeling better. :-)

cashnbecky
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   Posted 3/3/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Wouldn't it be incredible to have a life where "poop" isn't such a major part of it?!?!?!?!?

7Lil
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   Posted 3/3/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Cash, that reminds me of another thread:

What would YOU do if you didn't poo?

Maybe you should post a reply.  tongue


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   Posted 3/3/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Lil... I thought of the same thing too when I read it. :)
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