Originally Posted by JaneS
Gas and distention means you are not digesting your food properly. Like I said above, I think a vegan diet can contribute to this. Unsoaked whole grains and soy have huge amounts of digestive enzyme inhibitors.
IBS means nothing to most doctors. It means they don't know what you have. However, there is actually some mainstream research showing it is SIBO, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth... an intestinal flora issue. I posted several months back an interesting article on this at Medscape I think. This can definately be the cause of the inflammation you feel in the upper part of your intestine. I had this too, feeling like you have a bit of a shelf right?
However, again, modern medicine mostly denies the intestinal flora role in digestive health and doesn't know what to do with it, despite the fact that it is the cornerstone of our immune and digestive system, weighs over 3 lbs in a normal adult and acts like another organ in its function.... we would die if our gi tract was sterilized.
Yes I think pasteurized milk yogurt is indeed helpful. That is what the SCD is based on, they strictly forbid raw milk yogurt. However, Baby Jarrow is just bifidobacterium I think, for the large intestine and evidence is that lactobacillus for the small intestine is what's needed for the digestive issues that you are experiencing.
While reading my new favorite book Eat Fat, Lose Fat
I think the major reasons why Firefaery and I have gotten well rather more quickly than SCD says, is liberal use of coconut oil. Will be posting more about this in a bit.
The curious thing is that my "problem" (outrageously distended stomach and constipation) happened AFTER I cut out a lot of grains and almost all soy.
Years ago I found out enough about the dangers of soy and cut way back. I did discover that I had less gas.
Since doing Eat to Live, I cut way back on grains, although didn't cut them out completely. My current GI stuff came about 7 months into doing E2L.
Like New Mama, I am also hesitant start eating meat. I won't say never, but I am really torn about it. I read everyone's posts and believe you when you say you are healing, but I do struggle with the thought of eating meat. Even as a child and growing up, I was a reluctant meat eater. Except for beef. I liked that rare.
I did love dairy and would never have believed that I would ever give up cheese. I never did completely. Interestingly, we did have raw milk during my teenage years.
The point where I feel that there could be inflammation, as in it hurts upon palpation, is where the large intestine starts, so my lower right abdomin. I just got Mothering today, and one of the letters discusses ileocecal valve syndrome, which from reading it sounds very possibly my problem. To be fixed with chiropractic care or taking liquid chlorophyll every day. Here is the link
, if anyone is interested. I haven't checked it out yet. I am headed there next. I am not sure if it addresses the fact that my stomach distends without my feeling it
immediately upon eating. Sure I have the physical body feeling that my stomach is way larger than it should be, but I don't have any cramping, gas pains, nothing.
I did buy dairy kefir today -- the recommended brand from the BED website. I was reminded how I don't really care for the taste. I only have the powder starter right now which I used for the coconut and need to get some grains.
That is excellent news about the coconut, as I will happily consume more fat. I made a rockin coconut curry sauce tonight.
Even DD ate it, despite it being a bit spicy. She has also been drinking the kefir with me. I don't think that she has real issues other than at almost 4.5 still not sleeping through the night and a tendency towards circles under her eyes.