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post #161 of 484
Some questions on my mind:

Will beneficial bacteria make it to the lower intestine of if it's given powdered as opposed to in capsule? I just assumed that it did (and my baby can't swallow capsules anyway), but now I'm wondering if that's really true. Or do only some survive?

If you follow SCD, how hard-core are you? Do you make all your own nut milks? Are there any safe brands?
post #162 of 484
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
I never can figure out what causes any sort of reaction in DD...apparently I'm not observant enough or something. I guess I need to start keeping a log of foods eaten by both of us and her behaviors and symptoms.
I think you are being too hard on yourself! It is tough trying to figure out reactions. I keep a food/poo/behavior log and I keep studying it trying to figure out a pattern.
post #163 of 484
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Nolansmum, I am in NYC. If I can help you in any way while you are here, give me a shout. I am not doing SCD, but maybe I can help in some way. You are always welcome for dinner.
Thanks for the offer, that is very sweet!: I am pretty much booked up for work. I am already food obsessed(aren't we all!), I never eat out here because I don't want to take chances. My trips to NYC are always planned around going to my favorite restaurants, we lived there while we were in school, so I feel like I have strong emotional attatchment to these places where we spent many great times with missed friends.

We are playing a free concert at Trinity Church at 1 pm, Friday November 17th if you want to come, I'd love to meet you! http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/music/?concerts
post #164 of 484
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Originally Posted by Annikate View Post
Not poop talk but a question anyway:
Do you all remember talking about the cal/mag thing and how it relates to leg cramps a while back? We talked about it on the Nutrition 101 thread too.

SUpposedly mag helps with leg cramps. I must be backward. Whenever I take mag citrate before bed, I GET leg cramps during the night and they're becoming increasingly more painful.

I know this must mean that my cal/mag balance is off right?

Anyone remember anything about this?

And how does potassium fit in to all of it?
http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C466089.html -- leg cramps are caused by an imbalance in your electrolytes, most notably calcium, magnesium and potassium.
post #165 of 484
I would like to try milk thistle for liver support. What form do is best to use? I found caplets and also an alcohol free extract. And, in what dosage.Thanks!
post #166 of 484
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Originally Posted by Nolansmum View Post
I think you are being too hard on yourself! It is tough trying to figure out reactions. I keep a food/poo/behavior log and I keep studying it trying to figure out a pattern.
Oh boy have I btdt! I'm currently writing our story of how I came to realize that dd is metal toxic and it's making me realize just how many hours I spent poring over those meticulously kept, mind-cramping logs. Ughhh.

caedmyn (and you too nolansmum - I know you're doing it too!)

We do the best we can, trying one thing at a time.
post #167 of 484
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I would like to try milk thistle for liver support. What form do is best to use? I found caplets and also an alcohol free extract. And, in what dosage.Thanks!
I have some of this for dd. I'm pretty sure the adult dosage is double her dose but I need to look.

I'll check for you in the a.m. and lyk.
post #168 of 484
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Originally Posted by bluets View Post
http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C466089.html -- leg cramps are caused by an imbalance in your electrolytes, most notably calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Thanks.

Anybody remember the *left leg, right leg* test? If cramps are in your left leg then _________, if they're in you're right, then _________.



I sort of remember Pattyla posting this. (?) Was it you Patty?
post #169 of 484
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I would like to try milk thistle for liver support. What form do is best to use? I found caplets and also an alcohol free extract. And, in what dosage.Thanks!
I just do an infusion...pour 2 c. of boiling water over 1 oz of milk thistle seed and let it sit, covered, for not more than 30 minutes. I add a big pinch of spearmint for better flavor, too. I drink 2 cups a day of this.
post #170 of 484
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
I just do an infusion...pour 2 c. of boiling water over 1 oz of milk thistle seed and let it sit, covered, for not more than 30 minutes. I add a big pinch of spearmint for better flavor, too. I drink 2 cups a day of this.
Thank you. I assume this is the prefered way since it is using a whole food?
post #171 of 484
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Originally Posted by Annikate View Post
Thanks.

Anybody remember the *left leg, right leg* test? If cramps are in your left leg then _________, if they're in you're right, then _________.



I sort of remember Pattyla posting this. (?) Was it you Patty?
Yea it was me. I think left leg was calcium and right was mag but I'm not sure anymore. (darn dyslexia!) It was also not just that you were deficient, but having too much of one can also cause leg cramps.
post #172 of 484
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
I just do an infusion...pour 2 c. of boiling water over 1 oz of milk thistle seed and let it sit, covered, for not more than 30 minutes. I add a big pinch of spearmint for better flavor, too. I drink 2 cups a day of this.
Does the spearmint help? DD would not take the milk thistle because of the taste. We switched her to Taurine.
post #173 of 484
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Originally Posted by Pattyla View Post
Yea it was me. I think left leg was calcium and right was mag but I'm not sure anymore. (darn dyslexia!) It was also not just that you were deficient, but having too much of one can also cause leg cramps.
Thanks. I didn't realize too much could also cause cramps. Too bad, cause it does help me sleep.
post #174 of 484
Annikate-too much of one (mag in your case?) simply means not enough of another. It's a balancing act. If I were you I'd start supplementing potassium and keep up with the mag. Let us know how it goes!
post #175 of 484
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
Annikate-too much of one (mag in your case?) simply means not enough of another. It's a balancing act. If I were you I'd start supplementing potassium and keep up with the mag. Let us know how it goes!
What would you recommend for potassium?
post #176 of 484
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What would you recommend for potassium?
Google high potassium foods. Your rda is 2000-3000 a day. You can buy potassium pills that have 99 mg. Not sure why anyone would even bother. I spent a long time in wf's trying to find a potassium suppliment since so many of the high potassium foods are off our list.
post #177 of 484
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post
Some questions on my mind:
If you follow SCD, how hard-core are you? Do you make all your own nut milks? Are there any safe brands?
In the beginning I was strict and cheated one time with a teeeny tiny piece of pizza crust.

The reaction dd had to that was horrible. From then on I followed the diet to the letter (well, except for a couple of supplements like B-12 and magnesium citrate.) I could also tell that these supps had *illegals* in them at first but their benefits outweighed the negatives.

About 4 months in, I tried some organic, natural chips (taro root, sweet potatoes, beets) and threw my guts up all night long.

It has only been in the last couple of months that I have branched out to eating other things.

My *expansion* if you will, began with chocolate. Then I tried soaked grains (not really a fan, but I'll eat them once in a while) and now I'm eating lots of other things without problems.

I'll never go back to eating the crap that I once did though.
post #178 of 484
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Originally Posted by Pattyla View Post
Google high potassium foods. Your rda is 2000-3000 a day. You can buy potassium pills that have 99 mg. Not sure why anyone would even bother. I spent a long time in wf's trying to find a potassium suppliment since so many of the high potassium foods are off our list.
So do you just try to get that much from foods or do you supplement?
post #179 of 484
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Originally Posted by Annikate View Post
So do you just try to get that much from foods or do you supplement?
Yeah, I was looking at lists of high potassium foods and although quite a few of the ones I eat a lot are on the list, those are not enough to get me even to the RDA. Meats are pretty high in potassium and I eat a lot of meat, and I forgot what veggies were fairly high that I eat, but the really high stuff (like potatoes--almost a 1000 mg in one skin-on potato!) I don't eat.
post #180 of 484
Annikate--.will you look at your DD's custom probiotics and tell me what strains are in there? They gave firefaery and me the same recommendation and I'm curious as to what they recommended for your DD.
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