I did a little research on the product you mentioned and suggested.
pippie - are you currently using this product on a daily basis?
So correct me if I'm wrong, please, but kafir is basically a yogurt smoothie with much higher concentrations of good bacteria, far more than an organic cup of yogurt can give you?
I have tried organic brand yogurt since these brands contain 3 and 4 times more good bacteria than other brands.
But in my case I find that yogurt makes my gut ~more~ active, doesn't slow down my bm's (these are caused because I no longer have the lower part of my GI tract, lost it due to cancer/surgery), or stop D and turn D into formed bm's. Yogurt makes my act extremely noisy to the point where I almost feel pregnant again (haven't been pregnant since 1990!), my stomach heaves and rolls if I have too much yogurt. As a young child I couldn't digest milk. I almost died as an infant my mom says. I outgrew this allergy by age 3 but milk never goes thru my system without side effects. A milkshake will induce D, for example.
Personally I'd be leary of this product, because of my obvious sensitivity to dairy. I haven't been officially diagnosed lactose intolerant, I just often do not feel well after ingesting certain daily products but I can enjoy cream in my coffee and a small amount of milk in my cereal. Odd I know. But if I were to drink an 8 to 10 ounce glass of milk, I'd have trouble.
If this product works for people struggling with IBS/D, then great.
I'd have to try it, when I'm not working and when I know I can allow whatever it does to me, to do it (whatever that may be!).
Has anyone else here at HW suggested Kafir on the forum? Just curious.
As far as all of your IBS related questions, redee2moov gave you an excellent start. I would suggest you keep a food diary or log of all the foods and beverages you have each day. Also record if your stress level was high or low that day and any medications you took on that day as well. All of these aspects of IBS are important - diet, stress, medications. After a while you'll begin to see a pattern form. You may find that dairy messes you up. Or high stress (I don't think any of us have ever said our IBS is gone or controlled when we're under a lot of stress, quite the opposite) or if you're on meds for other reasons. Antibiotics can give me D, vitamins can give me D. Lots of things can give me D, that I wouldn't think would induce D before all of my IBS troubles began. You begin to learn a lot when your gut is heaving and rolling, and not behaving in a normal way! Finally I prefer to avoid the food or beverage that messes me up rather than risk having it and then dealing with IBS flare ups. Trying to turn around D is hard for me. Downright impossible sometimes. That quote - you are what you eat - well, with IBS these words couldn't be more accurate. You ARE what you eat.
Wishing you better days ahead.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 3/24/2009 5:17:36 AM (GMT-6)