Post Edited (brandii) : 4/14/2007 5:31:55 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (brandii) : 4/14/2007 11:29:34 PM (GMT-6)
Brandii,Don't ever be embarassed or shy about asking anything on this site. It's the great thing about internet... we're all annonymous.
Dannon Activia is yogurt you can buy at pretty much any major supermarket. I even find it at Target (cheaper than at markets). Dannon even offers a money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you in 2 weeks: http://www.activia.com/
I checked the Activa website and it looks like an amazing product; however it is not well known in Canada as it is in the US. Will do some checking around today for Activa and also for the teas (I know the teas are easily available here). Does jasmine tea help - I had some at home and I am trying it presently.
BTW has anyone tried "Healthy Gut" probiotic capsules made by NorthStar Nutritionals, I checked their website and they claim that each capsule contains 6 different strains of healthy bacteria and 21 billion active cultures in each dose. Do you think its worth a try for overcoming bacterial overgrowth, which seems to be a big part of my problem. Their website is http://www.northstarnutritionals.com/p/Healthy_Gut.htm?gclid=CKnGuJ37xIsCFR0CPwodEkZnHw Please let me know your views on this.
Exercise is another important factor. Do you do brisk walking - how many minutes/km each time? Would appreciate input from anyone who has found an exercise routine, yoga postures/classes, useful websites that have helped them.
How about compiling 3 lists, a sort of "IBS for Dummies"
C) Tips and Tricks
Post Edited (brandii) : 4/15/2007 9:02:55 AM (GMT-6)
been a lurker for a few weeks/month......I have been living with this IBS BS (first with the D kind...after my gallbladder was yanked...NOW with the terrible C kind). I also suffer from diverticulosis and adhesions ALL over my poor, sore gut....so....after 10 plus years suffering with NO help from the medical community (except to have MORE surgery....no thanks) I took it upon myself to DO something for myself......so this is what I have done so far....with some result:
I take acidophilis tabs (the cheapo ones because until I read here, I thought they were pretty much all the same) every morning. I stopped drinking beer every day (I was using it to help me relax) I take magnesium/calcium/zinc suppliments....(these help me with some surgical menopause symptoms too)......One week I took the "active" yoghurt drink with Soy, (I am lactose intolerant) and I drink this Polish tea (gastrosan?) that has camomile/mint/marshmallow root, etc and ginger tea for nausea.....I ride my bike to work (when the adhesions aren't causing problems) and walk everywhere I go....I live in Chicago....downtown...and don't own a car....I also swear that drinking aloe vera juice everyday has help the most....along with using flax seed meal in my cereal........
We'll see what this will all do...so far I "go" everyday....but the bloat is still as bad as ever......
Good luck to ya'll!!!
I would like to ask, Are any of you taking medicine and still doing all this other stuff.
I went to the Dr. this past thursday, he gave me medication but I a kinda hesitate to take it. I actually get up in the mornings and my ritual now is: I take a scoop of Green Miracle food with 8 ozs of water (this contains all the green vegatables I need for the day and it give you energy) I combine trace minerals with that, and papaya juice. I take my probotics and digestive enzemes. about 30 mins later I eat my yougurt. I was doing Activa but I found some yougurt that was lower in sugar so I bought that. I am making sure that I drink my require amount of water for the day. Yesterday I felt bloated all day. Today I feel fine. No gas that is trapped or anything. I acutally had a good bowel movement this morning that was actually intact. When I get to feeling well is when I get myself in trouble because that is when I want to eat whatever. Then I pay for it the next day. I need also to know what do you all eat. I have finally noticed that when I eat potatoes and pasta I don't have problems. Keeping it plain. Yuck! I love pasta and can eat it everyday but I sure do miss the other stuff.
I like the idea of the heating pad. Never thought of that. Thanks for any ideas.
Post Edited (brandii) : 4/17/2007 6:04:08 PM (GMT-6)