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We have free weekly calls every week, and free give-aways, so come check us out. Hello Mellissa, Being vegan in my experience is essential for gut problems but you still have to avoid those fermentable foods that cause problems e.
You need to eat only organic and not from polluted areas e. I use soy or almond milk soy may not be suitable for you. NO sugars or sweetners of ANY kind! One of the main problems is that we are such good consumers that we pay such little to regard to where or how are food is produced. Hi Julian, vegan diets are the forerunner often of autoimmune diseases.
Carrots and green beans still work. The stool test was for parasites and h. I have no parasites nor h. Amy Myers and also Dr. You have to be wary of buckwheat although delicious it is high in oxalates. These bind to calcium and remove calcium from the body. Can cause kidney stones and osteoperosis…. Would love some clarification on a couple of foods!
Coconut milk — cannot tolerate Greens of onions — small amount ok Chives — small amount ok Nutritional yeast — ok White rice — not strictly paleo Sweet potatoes — ok White potatoes skin or no skin? However, neither approach really leads to lasting healing on its own. I did SCD for four months, and while I initially experienced some partial improvement, I gradually started getting worse and realized that I had effectively painted myself into a corner; I was even less tolerant of fiber, oligosaccharides etc.
I think this is the biggest problem with approaches such as SCD and FODMAPS — while starving pathogens you effectively starve the rest if the microbiome as well, ultimately leading you farther away from health. I do not think that these approaches are entirely without merit. They could be a starting point for someone who is incredibly symptomatic. I do think, however, that the overall goal always should be a gradual return back to those foods that are known to be supportive of the microbiome.
Best of luck to all struggling with gut issues — remember that many thought leaders in this area, including Chris, have not only overcome chronic gut issues but beenled to where they are today thanks to them. I have what I think is GERD my doctor and naturopath both are unsure of a diagnosis with silent reflux and severe bloating under my right ribs. I have been on the Fodmaps diet for over a month and have noticed no change at all. I also suffer from Generalized Anxiety and Panic attacks and I am sure the gut and anxiety affect each other.
I prefer natural options and just want some relief. I think you need to give it more time, and it could be due to several factors.
Magnesium is fantastic for anxiety, also calcium, avoid oxalates as they strip calcium. You can and will get better!
Lets get to the real crux of the problem. This is the same or similar story for others on this forum. One day each one of us can be targeted specifically to gain control over our intestinal flora and lives..
You are being so inspecific your post does not make sense. And if you are healthy why were you put on it and why did you stay on it for so long? It took me over 20 years to work out my gut aches. It was worth it though I have never felt better! Could you clarify this please? Anna cacao is a no-go. Believe it or not things that are higher in fiber are more likely to cause symptoms. I found that my digestive issues were very much influenced by my feelings at meal times.
This is since childhood. Whenever there was tension at the table I would get a stomach ache or worse. Just recently read about psycho-neuro-immunology and it seems like something important to take a look at.
Although all these conditions: Is it possible that stress and our conditioned response to it causes our bodies to go so far out of homeostasis that it can severely effect our immune system and the way our system handles foods? And it can do it daily even when we think our stress is under control. I am aware of these stress and emotional issues, but chose to focus on food and nutrition as a cure for them as opposed to the other way around. Working on stress and emotions is starting too look easier: Staying on these horrid diets is only appeasing the intolerance, not healing it.
I have chronic watery stools and gas elimination during BMs. Many of the food choices are not compatible to both; maybe bananas, cooked carrots and various potatoes along with fresh protiens.
Is this a bad idea? I highly suggest that you try the Paleo Autoimmune protocol as it should get your GI system working normally again. Thank you for the suggestion. I was not aware of AIP protocol and could be on to something. My head and intuition is reeling from all these different diets. I agree, so many diets to consider. It would be great if a chart or some other sort of reference could be created to show similarities and differences.
After giving up gluten 6 months ago, I have experienced a huge amount of relief from fibromyalgia and joint pain. However, I have still suffered from much of my same IBS problems…. I experienced relief from my symptoms within days. Now I am adding back some foods and seeing what causes the symptoms…. I most definitely have a problem with Fructose and Fructans!! I am excited to continue and see how things progress with this plan. Thanks to all for the useful information!
I have been following a modified meaning I cheat vegetarian diet with occasional chicken and fish. Red meat brings on other issues not related to IBS. Well, related—but in a different way. However, no beans, no lentils. Healthy people eat such food all the time, without any problem. One has IBS because one has a bowel infection, more often than not caused by a parasitic infection. They simply do a stool sample sample and rule out. But stool samples often dont contain parasites. They have to be repeated.
Doctors think US dont have parasites. All the while people are consuming more and more raw food diets, including salads imported from third-world countries. Never listen to those who claim otherwise. You need to approach a good tropical doctor and find out what you have and treat it.
Then your IBS will go away. If one was not born with it, one simply got it through an infection. Gastro doctors are the worst. They have never received any training in parasites. All they treat in the US are symptoms! I agree with everything you have said.
The body is burdened by something, but what? Also, being even slightly hypothyroid will lower your immunity and allow pathogens to creep further and further up your digestive tract resulting in all of the SYMPTOMS mentioned above. You may have a point in saying that IBS is parasitic-induced. I have also ready that it is virally-induced. You mentioned tropical doctors.
I would be curious to learn how they treat IBS symptoms. Hi I have candida and I suspect leaky gut, would this fodmap way of eating help heal and decrease candida? Has anyone had what I have and have helped with the fodmap way?
I was following the scd diet and the bone broth and l-Glutamine to heal the gut, well I got insomnia once again? So I stopped and have been sleeping better, I do not know if that was why I could not sleep or not? Your insomnia may be due to histamine intolerance possibly caused by gut dysbiosis.
Bone broth can be high in histamine. Damage to your intestinal mucosal lining and nutritional deficiencies can reduce the production of the diamine oxidase enzyme which breaks down histamine. Increased gut mast cell degranulation, caused by inflammation, and histamine-producing gut flora can further increase histamine levels internally. It is worth making sure that your stomach acid levels are not too low and trying to eliminate SIBO.
Katri, I am currently on SCD no leaky gut though for frequent severe bloating and gas. I tried elimination diet but my symptoms are so random, it was hard to diagnose what the culprits were I also suffer if I sit for too long or were restrictive clothing. I also suffer from occasional insomnia—but was not aware that candida and insomnia can be related. I got diagnosed with IBS-D about 20 years ago, but the doc at the time just said I had it with little explanation for what it was or how to deal with it.
I thought very little of it then but started taking stuff out of my diet like dairy tried introducing it again with huge pain! I have an issue with animal protein all of it and with nightshade veggies as well, as they all cause varying forms of arthritic pain throughout my body. It takes about 2 hours for me to feel pain from what I eat, along with the other IBS symptoms. With nightshades tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, capsicum I feel like someone has pounded my left toe with a hammer gout.
With animal protein I feel pain in my lower back on the right side that radiates down my right leg to the base of my foot plantar fasciitis. Despite missing out on so many types of food, I feel better when I avoid them and I know my body is better for it in the end. Ava — I have the exact same problems. What have you found helps you? Leaves me with not much. No such things as an autoimmune disease. It is caused an infection, which is what is not detected. So doctors give bogus names for them.
Strep is a co-infection. Oil of oregano and olive leaf extract work really well, along with a variety of NutraMedix tinctures. Be warned, though, that you have to be in it for the long-haul, about a year of rotating the herbs and being on an anti-EPV diet. The only other thing that has helped in addition to this is addressing my financial challenges stress and also digesting repressed rage with an emotional growth facilitator.
The day I did that my depression and anxiety completely transmuted itself into confidence, love and strength with a clear head beyond my wildest dreams! I had a perforated colon, emergency surgery and developed a deep pelvic abscess two years ago. Have never been able to regain my ability to eat or digest comfortably. If anyone has suggestions- I would be grateful.
I do not digest fats well including animal protein, legumes and wheat. Am wondering about digestive enzymes but which ones? I take Digest Gold by Enzymedica. They are an absolute lifesaver. Thanks so much for this suggestion. Am certainly willing to try Digest Gold. Appreciate you taking the time to reply! I am struggling with many of these issues. I have just begun a low-Fodmap and have been given a script for the antibiotic xifaxan which I hope to fill in the next few days.
I also just picked up Florastor today, however, I would prefer to try one thing at a time to see what actually may be working or harming. It seemed scientifically valid and made sense to me and sheds light on the relationship between FODMAPs, carbohydrate malabsorption, and soluble and insoluble fiber.
Starting the fodmat soon. Starting to set up a shopping list. Especially when eating out. Thank you for all of your thoughts. I have learned so much in reading your posts.
I am new to the Paleo diet 3 weeks in and have had IBS almost 20 years. That being said, I began taking Florastor probiotic per my GI 2 years ago and have been very satisfied with it as long as I stay away from certain foods.
Does anyone else use Florastor? I was taking the high dollar,keep refrigerated, doctors only place to buy probiotics. No kidding, they do not work,Yikes! I do not want to know! So you mention eggs. I thought they were okay. Is this an allergy on the side,separate from Fodmaps? She does think I have some sensitivites to chemicals within some foods.
IBS has been truly dreadful. After 4 years of it being so bad I had to quit working, my Doctor found Fodmaps last Friday and sent it to me. After reading the cans and cannots, I was so depressed I cried more than once.
Not because I could not have my favorite foods, but because Everything I had been told to do was so terribly wrong. I was adding fiber to get from an average of 20 grams a day to 30 with blackberries,inulin added foods, and every cruciferous vegetable. No more white foods for me, very little meat. Devastating IBS was my reward. Now I am starting on another diet.
But four days on this path, a very strict path I might add, and am still nauseous, have diarrhea, and slightly bloated. God, I hate those words! My question is if I tested negative for celiac and negative for gluten allergy do I still need to go wheat and rye free on the FoDMaP s diet?
It took me about weeks to stop feeling nauseous and bloated. You will notice you get longer times between bouts of nausea and then something will trigger it off again and you will be back to square one for a few days. I too went on an ever stricter diet than fodmaps towards the end, this was good because I actually noticed I was getting a lot worse, so it made me really nut out what was the issue. As mentioned above, probiotics made my IBS much, much worse. Since eliminating probiotics I am so much better, just eggs, and garlic are really no good for me still.
I live in Galicia near Vigo and I would love to be intouch with anyone near me who is suffering too, I have given the low fodmap list of foods to lots of people here who have never heard of it , to me it makes such sense, BUT, at 55 what kick started this all off for me,?? With so many different diets out there and so many possible food sensitivities, do you have any recommendations for where to begin for IBS-D?
Ok reporting back again. I ended up getting more and more sensitive to food. Then I looked outside my diet for things like supplements.
I was taking Vitamin D and probiotics. Since removing probiotics I am able to eat most foods without any issue. I agree and this is rarely talked about. I found that probiotic supplements were a big problem for me. I tried many, many different kinds, for many years, including ones with strains specifically recommended for IBS, but found IBS symptoms increasing over time. Then, one day, I ran out of probiotics and was really low on cash.
Oddly, I began to feel better. When I started to take probiotic supplements again, I started to feel worse. Now, I no longer take probiotic supplements. I do eat fermented foods on occasion, though, such as greek yogurt, milk kefir and Bubbies pickles….
Maybe it works for some people but it made my life a living hell. What kind of probiotics did you guys use, and were you D or C predominant or alternating?
When I started to get worse diarrhea, I thou it was time to change up my probiotics and tried another— wow, worse diarrhea! So I stopped taking probiotics altogether. This April, a dietician advised me to try a certain brand of probiotics containing sacchromyces. So is FOS duh, it was the offending ingredient in the probiotic I switched to in So I started taking Florajen-3 again, and all is well.
This helped me identify trigger foods that had evaded detection by me for more than 15 years. Oranges, grapes, figs, papaya and guava are other fruits which are very effective in promoting digestion as well as improving excretory system to help in smooth bowel movement.
Add water, cups a day and drink hot liquids in the morning, to help in removal. Has anyone heard anything about this approach? Simone- I am also curious about this. I used to eat everything without any issues. I was tested for H-pylori- negative. I am open to other suggestions. The sharp increase in the fiber intake may support certain bacteria and contribute to dysbiosis.
If there is a direct sensitivity to something, there is a great treatment approach called AAT Advanced Allergy Therapeutics that very effectively and comfortably can help eliminate food-related and other sensitivities. And no, I am not an AAT practitioner, just a grateful recipient of the treatment modality: Chris might be familiar with it, since it was created by an american acupuncturist however, it is not an acupuncture treatment.
There are definitely some foods on the list that have given me repeated distress, and now I see why. So I think this may have helped cause the problem to begin with, or at least exacerbate it.
How did everyone else start off with their symptoms. I have a feeling it is to do with bacteria, the question is if some bacterial issue is found, what can be done about it…apart from doing these low FODMAPs diets? Has anyone been diagnosed with SIBO, and what were you given? Any reports of how it helped? What about Helicobacter pylori? Anyone being tested for that?
I am finishing a course of xifaxan, which my doctor was kind enough to provide me with samples of when insurance refused to cover it. I had already been on a very restrictive diet for a year because they suspected fructose malabsorption since I was having horrible reactions to almost everything I ate. Because I did not significantly improve on the elimination diet, and seemed to actually be getting worse, they sent me for the breath testing and found out it is SIBO not FM.
My main thing is nausea, lethargy and bloated stomach when triggered. Other major thing that has reduced is migraines and headaches. I had a headache everyday up until the diet, for four weeks straight. Since on diet…very occasionally and they are very minimal. Anyway, I have noticed an increase in energy, which has gotten me more to do more exercise which is another good thing.
One quick comment for all you valiant people suffering with reflux: There is an easy manipulation known by some naturopaths and some chiropractors not all by any means that can fix that problem, at least temporarily, and get rid of reflux that is caused by the hernia. Best of luck to all in their health quest! My daughter developed GI issues at 4 years old after international travel, a long-term course of antibiotics, and a parasite.
There is a lot of confusion about how to implement this protocol, and because foods are being tested on an ongoing basis at Monash Univ. It is very important to keep in mind that individual tolerances vary. Also, and it pains me to write this, elimination of most foods for weeks and then re-introduction of foods carefully, using a food and symptom log, is the most helpful way to determine your triggers.
Our ped gastroenterologist put us on this diet when very few even knew about this protocol in the US, so I had to learn everything myself and then implement it with a little child. I know more about this diet than any RD in my city. It has been difficult but entirely worth it, and i always recommend that people explore it as an option. Deb, r u eating nuts raw? If so could be problem.
Soak the raw nuts and then dehydrate. Has articles on how to do it. Think elimination is going to be more efficient for me! I tried a preliminary elimination of FODMAPs but food charts are really inconsistent coconut milk for ex is on some good AND bad lists as are peppers and some say soy milk is ok when paleo is very anti soy and so am I. My baby is in distress and I think my diet can help but I am not confident in the conflicting resources.
And what if its tomatoes or nuts causing gas? I read fats are good for nursing, bad on Fodmap, but Fodmap charts ok salmon. I have been fodmap free for a while and it has really helped. Any suggestions on non alcoholic fermented foods i can try and introduce to promote good bacteria?
Have tried fermented saurkraut and did OK on tiny amounts, but after day 9 of suarkraut this caused issues. Any credibility to the idea of home fermentation of FODMAP containing products a nice relish of lacto-fermented onions and peppers actually sounds pretty tasty to me as perhaps a particularly good way to introduce FODMAP-digesting bacteria to the gut? I have not seen any research that would indicate this is a good idea, and most who require a low FODMAP diet would not recommend it.
I am not a dietician, but my family has been on this diet for years, and we get information direct from Monash Univ as much as we can. I am so happy to see more people discussing this! I was eating an apple every day before that! I know not everyone experiences the level of relief I did, but for me it really was the main source of my problems.
This is such a timely article! I think apples and cherries are out for me, and am going to limit the problem veggies and add them back in slowly down the line to see how well I tolerate them. Thanks for these posts and your help! Or does that restrict it too much with current recipes? I just signed up for it still in trial period and I thought it was going to be there already. Chris, I have been suffering over the past couple of years with gastrointestinal distress quite frequently; i.
I have tried to pinpoint the problem without much success. Over the last couple of days I have had these symptoms again. A couple of days ago, I purchased a watermelon, some peaches, and apples, and have eaten all of these over the last two days. After reading this article, I feel that this may indeed be my problem. My question concerns coconut. Would taking the coconut oil have the same effect on my digestive system as the coconut milk?
Thanks for any help you can give me. Thank you for the article! Now I can try eliminating all of them at once. Have you found this to be a common intolerance with your patients? I think you may have mentioned nightshade sensitivity before. I avoid potatoes where possible. I seem to react better to hot chips actually but not too many! I get the same sensation. I also avoid raw carrots- I get weird indigestion and once felt very nauseated after eating some carrot sticks thinking I was eating a nice healthy snack.
Cooked carrots are fine though. Anyone else have the same problem? Thanks so much for posting this. She guides you throught the diet and has answers to everything you need to know. What about Coconut Oil and Coconut Flour? I have heard conflicting thoughts on coconut flour and coconut milk.
I would avoid it when doing the initial elimination diet then add it back in and see how you feel. Do you recommend starting with the PPC list or the other list? My Dr recommended a high potency probiotic called VSL3.
I thought I was on a good probiotic but it only had about 10 billion compared to the billion in one dose of VSL3. The CDSA also revealed low fat absorption and high beta glucuronidase activity.
Chris, how does that play into everything? I too wish you were accepting new patients. I should have got a consult when I had the chance. Hi Chris, thanks for this information. I went Fodmap free for 4 months because I had a lot of upper gastrointestinal issues. I was already VLC and Paleo, but I started to consume way too many raw dairy and lacto fermented foods. All symptoms disappeared and I lost an extra 5 kilos always a bonus. I have introduced more foods back into my diet because it can be restrictive long term.
But I do not eat dairy anymore only the occasional bit of cheese, I do not eat garlic or onion and I limit some of the vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli.
Overall being on the Fodmap diet has helped me to eat smaller portions not bulk meals up with vegetables, nuts and coconut products which I think a lot of Paleo eaters fall into. Oh and to eat slowly, eat my vegetables overcooked rather than raw salads and chew my food!! Hi Chris This is an interesting article. My son has ulcerative colitis and started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet about 5 weeks ago when it became clear he is not responding to pharmaceutical intervention Remicade, mercaptopurine and mesalamine have all been tried without success.
He feels pretty limited in his food choices already but I will encourage him to cut back or even eliminate some of these foods. This is a bit off-topic but I wondered if you could answer this question: He really prefers it thick so I strain it over cheesecloth for about 5 hours…. Probiotic content I imagine stays similar in both the whey and the thicker yogurt, but you can save the whey as well and put it a smoothie or make lemonade or something and then the probiotics will still be consumed.
I will start saving the whey for my son to use in smoothies. He was disappointed when he had to give up protein powder shakes when it became obvious it was making his colitis worse; he lifts regularly and is trying very hard to put on weight…so this would be a great alternative! Do you have any insights on usefulness of low-FODMAP diet on people with no noticeable digestive problems, like no gas, flatulence or anything like that.
Acne and skin patients as a group have higher rates of SIBO than people with healthy skin. How long were you drinking the water for? If you start dramatically upping your water intake at first it will seem like you are lacking energy and feeling groggy maybe even sick. Water helps remove toxins from the body, and an abrupt change could result in larger quantities of toxins being released.
This could account for the adverse feelings. However if you have been keeping the water levels the same for over 6 days and still are having issues than it's not a toxin issue per say because it only takes a few days to get use to the new regiment. Regardless, if you feel like you should add more water to your diet start slow and build up to it.
Also it never hurts to increase fruit and vegetable intake regardless of hydration issues. Fruits and vegetables are full of micro-nutrients and are easily handled by the body, the added benefit of increased hydration is just bonus on top of all the vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to be had. Being healthy period is about maintaining moderation and lifestyle changes. Our bodies need all the macro and micro nutrients available in order to work properly. It's absolutely amazing the torture we can put our bodies through.
The more articles i read about health and nutrition and wellness the more i have realized that you can find an expert to back up any claim that is made regarding anything. This is healthy if you ask this guy, but it is not if you ask this guy and it is healthy only if xxxx if you ask that guy, the list goes on forever.
If you never drink water and drink plenty of soda or tea or coffee just simply switching out 1 beverage a day for water would do more good than you might realize. While excessive water is not good, too little water can be much worse.
I would be willing to bet the amount of people who die from dehydration is much greater that those who die from over hydration. Conversely if all you drink is water, try adding 1 other beverage in a day like milk or juice or tea. Anyways rant over, I hope everyone finds the right amount of everything in order to lead a happy full life.
I would site my medical credentials as well as the sources for my claims but i would rather take the stance of some internet preaching yayhoo. You're not eating enough, and carbs in particular. You need to eat more frequently to keep your metabolism up.
You can't up one portion of your diet without fixing the rest of your menu. Most people think they need 3 meals a day. You need 5 smaller meals a day, with small snacks in between.
You also need certain foods at different times of the day. Oats are best in the morning. Pasta and other healthy carbs are good in the afternoon, and before exercise. Don't eat a lot an hour or 2 before sleeping. I've found that by reaching for water instead of for food, like mentioned above, has been a great way to eliminate my munchies. I'm hoping that I'll start losing weight soon. I've only been doing it for a couple of days, but I started exercising as well, so I'm very much looking forward to being skinnier.
I don't prespire unless it is hot and then very little. So glad to read what you have to say. This article was good! In response to some comments, proper nutrition is so unclear to the public becuase it has become a business, disregarding acutal health care.
Extremes and dieting are not the way to go. Lifestyle change and moderation are more reasonable. Water takes up space in your stomach just like food. There should be a good balance glasses per meal.
Whole not processed fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients and typically low in energy molecules proteins, fats and carbs. Proteins, fats and carbs are the molecules you store. Most of what you drink will be filtered out.
Over time, if you continue this, your body will begin to retain the water in your blood stream. This is not the same thing as water retention. You retain water with higher salt intake, not water. For a better understanding look up info on the "renin-angiotensin system" - For the woman with thyroid issues, you can get relief with thyroid hormones. That is probably the only thing along with diet and excercise that will help your symptoms.
There are many people who are overweight and are that way because they dont take care of themselves. You cannot help your condition. Stay hopeful and positive!! Interesting article and comments. I do know that for myself, I suffered from chronic constipation for most of my adult life, mainly due to bad eating habits that I obtained from many many years ago. My doctor insisted that I take over-the-counter meds for it Metamucil, etc.
Considering my adult height 4'11" and weight approx. I wondered how that rule of thumb could apply for everyone, since sizes, shapes and general body makeup differs so greatly from person to person.
Finally discovered on my own that drinking a moderate amount of water in a day and changing my diet worked wonders. Eating quinoa mixed with ground flax, eating healthier fresh vegetables, having a cup of coffee a day, having apples, dried prunes, etc. As for water, I do drink it regularly now, but only in moderation around 4 cups throughout the day, warmed, not cold.
I also include soy drinks in moderation and fruit juice, usually freshly made at home. Interesting thing to note: I once had a pet rabbit who became totally disabled. And for some reason that I never did discover, at the time that he became disabled, he seemed to not be able to drink water any more. He still ate his meals heartily, but refused to drink.
So I began feeding his water to him in a dropper He survived quite well without having to drink After observing my rabbit for over a year, that's when I began to wonder if what the doctors were saying about "8 to 10 glasses a day" of water intake for humans was accurate. While I admit I don't know a great deal about nutrition and the body, I do suspect that we don't need nearly as much water as we've been told in the past.
If one has a healthy diet of vitamin- and water-rich foods, and learns to listen to what their bodies tell them I too was one who would reach for foods when I was actually thirsty , then you'll probably find a good balance. Everything in moderation seems to be key. I have had remarkable health improvements by drinking less water.
I've been cured of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, headaces, and chronically being fatigued. I became a health nut about 15 years ago. Totally ate up whatever advice natural practitioners could offer. One of those was to drink more water I found it odd that the need to pee went away about three days after drinking more water. Then the urine would turn yellow again. At this point, I was drinking 1. There was a time I was donating plasma So, I increase intake to 2.
After several years of doing this, I started experiencing fatigue, headaches, and started bleeding in the bowel. Last year, my body shut down and I almost died. Eventhough I had drank eight glasses of water during the day, the hospital found I was severely dehydrated. My pulse was so weak that the alarm on the heart rate monitor kept sounding. After recovering, the "specialist" diagnosed me with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
He told me that staying hydrated was KEY to not having a relapse. I told him about my two gallons a day, and he said that was good But, about four months ago, a co-worker who is taller and much stronger than I, challenged me that I was drinking too much water. He pointed out that he only drinks 32 ounces during the course of the work day. At was totally skeptical. So I started drinking less.
Within three days, the headaches, fatigue, and the majority of IBD symptoms were gone. Within a month, I was totally free of IBD! I wonder how many other people suffer from IBD as a result of drinking too much water. With IBD, there is an unusual amount of hydrogen peroxide in the gut, which creates gas. I used to have gas. Also, with IBD, there is a vitamin A deficiency in the lining of the bowel.
Interesting, because vitamin A is water soluble! Researchers openly admit they don't know "why the immune system attacks the body" I now maintain it is from drinking too much water.
I've experimented with this for several months, and I only get thirsty if I've drank too much. Second, on that same note I also get headaches if I start drinking too much.
For me, maybe not for you, I know I'm drinking too much if I am going pee more than once every two hours and have a headache. Often, if I have a headache, I don't drink water for the next two hours, and the headache goes away. Third, is the sign of gas.
The main function of the large intestine is to pull water out of the stool. The colon has an amazing ability to absorb gas also! I simply drink less water. By less, please understand that all of my experimenting has led me to about a gallon a day. Said another way, to drink enough water to have clear urine always puts me in that state.
I have actually found that a mild yellow keeps me out of these things. Think about it folk: Now, as to drinking too little.
If the urine is solid yellow, I haven't peed in 3 hours, and my head hurts, then I'm dehydrated! Also, I work at a walking job When dehydrated, the calf muscles start to knot and get quite tight. When hydrated, they are limber. Anyway, I've said enough. Just wanted to pass on the message: I have practically the same symptoms that you had. Maybe i have that Inflammatory Bowel Disease that you spoke about. I must be drinking too much water cause i go to the bathroom like every hour too and lots in the night.
I'm gonna give it a try, i guess a gallon is enough. I suffer from headaches everyday and I have IBS.. I have tried everything!!! I drink over ounces of water a day and I try to eat right - fruits and veggies! Constanly going to pee every 30 minutes - always clear! I am going to drink less water and see if that helps! Thanks you for posting this: I have always heard that most headaches come from the liver not eliminating toxins.
You must address the IBS. IBS is a catch-all term to describe intestinal disorders characterized by gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation alternating.
Most drugs prescribed for these chronic conditions are addressing the symptoms and don't claim to cure them. Alternative medicine and herbalism give us a different, more effective way to look at these conditions. Pay attention to foods that trigger allergic reactions. Remove toxins - take fiber. Use stress reducing herbs B's Enzymes break down foods. Marshmallow and Pepsin are good enzymes. Kim has some very good enzyme formulas. Remove toxins with bulk laxatives - they will help absorb and carry them out of the system.
Take probiotics friendly bacteria very important in reducing waste acids. See if these things don't help you with your headaches. I would ask the good Doctor to become familiar with what is known as the "Water Cure". I had hypertention for 12 years. Your information regarding water intake needs a little revision so as to not mislead people on what is a vital healing need in your body. Being thirsty is NOT a sign of drinking when necessary. The water cure is something you should know about.
Most regular doctors know nothing about it. Yes you are correct in what you say about drinking too much at once but you mislead the folks about chronic dehydration. With respect, Jack Segle. Kim, for posting this. I have been saying for years that the concept that everyone needs eight eight-ounce cups of water a day, no matter their diet, size, level of activity, and so on, is absurd.
And people's idea that water from soup, juice, soda, and food somehow doesn't count is just silly. I have heard this particular little gem from medical professionals, who really should know better.
It has always been my understanding that salt causes people to retain water. Thus salt tablets in the desert, and so on. Why do you say that the ingestion of more salt requires more water?
Sorry for posting this behind your post Kelly. I could not figure out how to do my own post without just hitting reply. Anyways, I looked up "effects of drinking too much water" and found this page. I started dieting about a week ago and I have been snacking and eating meals like I should, but so much less that I am still hungry. When I feel the hunger which is about every hour I drink a whole Whether thats with my snack or meal I still do it to help fill my stomach.
Anyone know if drinking this much water is bad? It seems to be helping keep me full at least for a little while after I drink it. I definitely go to the restroom a lot. I dont drink as much after dinner as I do during the day. I pretty much stop after dinner.
After 1 hour light break fast 3. After lunch i drink water only after 1 hour and continue to do so till the dinner.. To conclude it seems depending on your body make up you should get idea and ajusted to the water requirement. When you drink water for weightloss, the best thing to do is stick to water when you're not drinking juices that are healthy for your body.
Instead of trying to gulp down loads of water, just sip frequently. You don't need a large bottle of water. If you have to, buy a decent sized water bottle, like the re-usable metal ones that keep the water in good taste.
Sip frequently-- don't gulp it down. It's the same as when eating. You don't chew 5 times and swallow. Chew thoroughly so that your stomach won't hurt from gaining large, unmashed food. Do this especially with bananas. Most people eat them wrong. They're meant to be chewed thoroughly and eaten slowly to digest properly.
You do need water to flush out toxins. It's also the only thing that clears your colon, not that fake stuff people try to sell; those are scams. But even too much of a good thing can be bad.
Don't drink water only when you're thirsty, but don't overload yourself either. Also, for any drinking contest, it's best to make yourself vomit instead of trying to hold it in.
I don't suggest doing any of these contests at all, but I've known a few people who would purposefully go vomit drinks back up later.
One guy I knew and his friend participated in a milk-drinking contest. He told me they forced-vomited so they wouldn't get sick. Did ur doctors comment on the amount of caffiene u had been consuming? I think everyone's body is different. I don't agree with the statement that people who exhibit signs of dehydration will realize you are thirsty if you ask them- I have been hospitalized several times for dehydration, I just DON'T get thirsty, and I never remember to drink anything.
I often go 48 hours without a drink, and only realize it when I start to get dizzy. Right now I m trying to up my water intake to 2 quarts a day but am struggling to even make it to 1. I am the type of person who always wants to eat, but never feels the need to drink.
I have started taking a leaf out of the Australian Aboriginal practice for thirst. When they were walking the long distances while hunting in our dry country, they would choose a smooth pebble to keep in their mouth.
It promotes saliva production, so less feelings of thirst, until they can find water. I substitute a stone from fruit for the pebble, and it works superbly! A prune stone, plum seed or apricot stone are great, and even a rough nectarine or peach stone are interesting textures in your mouth. I have also used few smaller seeds such as three cherry seeds or citrus pits.
They all have their own flavours, too, which increases the sensation. The flavours are subtle, but quite recognizable. Apple seeds contain a chemical which releases cyanide. I would like to bring to your attention a book on water: Water for health, for healing, for life.
You're not sick, you're thirsty. I found it a very interesting book and sheds more light on water and salt usage than what I have read before. It explains why water cannot be replaced by other liquids such as juices, juicy fruits and vegetables, tea and coffee. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become I think this was definitely the idea I n so many other ppl have.
Water is such a basic requirement it would be very interesting to understAnd more the dynamics of it in our body n our blood n kidneys. Thanks dr Kim for talking more about this! Great article and comments everyone! One thing to remember, if you take B vitamins, your urine can be bright yellow regardless of how much liquid you drink so the colour of your urine may not be a good indicator.
I heartily agree that eating water-rich foods is a great way to hydrate yourself but I am one of those people who doesn't get thirty very often always been that way. I know I'm dehydrated by looking at my skin - dry and wrinkly. I've read about the water cure and it makes sense to me - the addition of proper sea salt not the white stuff you find on most people's dinner table to your water helps replenish what you're washing away.
As for the amount of water, gauge how you feel since everyone is different. The people who drank gallons of water for the contest did so over a short period of time and one poor person paid the ultimate price.
Trust your body's signals. Thanks for the great article! The Water Cure book mentions the taking of good quality salt, but also mentions including potassium, such as a small amount of orange juice. So just a little fyi. I like what a naturopathic doctor from India told me. Drink a good amount of water at one time, like oz or more, instead of sipping all day. The kidneys work constantly if you are sipping constantly.
I don't know how true this is but it makes sense to me. Also, people who live around here drink sugary soda pop with meals and any time. Some never drink water. I really think this is a common cause of diabetes - which they all have, sooner or later. I didn't grow up drinking pop thanks mom , so I was so surprised that people do this. This article is amazing. I read this article a year ago and it hit me like ton of bricks. I always had a bottle of water on hand, I was always using the bathroom thinking if my urin was clear it was a good thing.
My left kidney started to ache sometimes but I was stupid and thought I wasn't drinking enough water. I would literally panic if I ever felt thirsty, like I was going to die or something. I was feeling so sick and down, and then I read this article, I had never before heard that americans were drinking too much water. We are water obsessed. Needless to say, I started cutting back on water right away and it changed my health and life.
I started to have more energy. I have not had any kidney aches since. I am so much more free. I drink when I am thirsty. It makes so much sense! You are a saint for posting pure doctrine on health. I succumbed to bottled water company marketing and social pressure and added 64 ounces of water to my daily diet. My kidneys couldn't handle the additional fluid and I swelled up and had trouble walking short distances and breathing.
After dialing one evening I spent 3 weeks in the hospital hooked up to a diuretic IV. The diagnosis was congestive heart failure. I am undergoing physical therapy now to regain my sense of balance and be able to walk. I just dumped the walker for a cane. Hoping to start walking and carrying my bag on the golf course next month again. I have learned a lot about water in the last couple of years, how contaminated it is and the poisons that are in our water.
I started drinking alkaline water about 2 years ago and water a world of difference. It seems to be overlooked here that our bodies need to be pH balanced, and that our bodies need to be hydrated.
For all the pop and food that we consume our bodies are so acidic. I feel that contributes to all of the dis-eases of our bodies. We should be drinking half of our body weight in water. Our bodies are an ocean of salt water. We need a 7. We need water and we need healthy water. THat is why my combination of alkaline water, which I will drink nothing else, and Himyalan Salts, I have never felt better and my body loves it. Thanks for posting Dr. Everything needs to be in balance including water.
As a naturopathic doctor who deals with kidney patients, I see many of them forcing water. They expect the extra water will heal their kidneys and are disppointed when it doesn't.
Urinating about 6 times a day, approximately every hours is a healthy range. I will be posting this to my facebook page Holistic Kidney. I drink more than 2 litres water daily. This is spread thru out the 16 waking hours.
We work in air conditiong comfort for more than 8 hours a day which makes me very dry. I drink almost like 1. My drinking pattern daily: When i m home after office i drink another ml. I find it dangerous and irresponsible to tell people to drink less water.
If sipped slowly, the kidneys can process about 15 litres of water a day. That's a ridiculous amount, right? So, assuming you're not engaging in any water-drinking competitions, it's very unlikely that you will ever overdose on water.
There are indeed certain kidney disorders for which your doctor might tell you to decrease your water intake, but short of that drink drink drink! I see so many urinary infections especially in women that could have been prevented by proper hydration.
Sepsis can be life threatening, even in young otherwise healthy people. And remember, one bad kidney infection can damage your kidneys forever. I drink when thirsty, and have never been able to drink the 64 oz a day they used to advise us to do.
Glad I didn't now that I know more. Also, drinking cold water from the fridge is not very good for your digestion, as I have read in many places. I usually drink my water from a room temperature bottle, or if I have juice, I let it sit for a few minutes to take the chill off.
I have also discovered on my own, that drinking hot tea with my meal makes everything digest better learned while out for a Chinese meal. Now I find out that is what is recommended.
So many times our body will tell us what we need, if we only listen Heed your appetite, but stop before you are full. I realize this may not work for those whose systems are out of whack - being overweight, dieting, ignoring thirst or appetite, etc - but in general, it seems to be a good rule to follow. My own water drinking is an effort to cope with what seems like Myesthenia Gravis.
I take amino acids complete and know H2O is necessary for the proper formation of proteins. They have to have a wet environment and I suspect we have a defective thirst response. Fruit may work but we live in a world mostly above the Equatorial region that has only seasonal food. The imports may contain only dead enzymes that are non functional. Indeed, rancid vegetable oils not refrigerated, kept in light, and if not fresh, weeks, they are off, rancid, and therefore rob vitamins from the blood stream.
In the past, I always listened to my body, drank when thirsty or get a dry mouth etc. Then I read the rule of the urine color. Only close to transparent urine considering you haven't eaten foods with big amounts of pigments makes for a hydrated body. Apparently just listening to the body is not enough, at least not for me. Recently I started drinking about twice the amount about 4 liters instead of 2 , keeping a big bottle of water within arm's reach when possible.
NOW finally my urine is quite colorless. That's one major PRO for me. Apart from that, actually my appetite has gone UP since I've started drinking more water. I don't know if it's a direct connection, but it must otherwise be a big coincidence.
Believe it or not, for me the increased appetite is a good thing, because I'm not a big eater and the high protein diet gives me a full filled feeling.
I have problems reaching my required calory count to gain weight for bodybuilding. Now, it's a lot easier for me. The same can be said for eating extraordinary amounts of any food in an extremely short amount of time.
However, I now know a lot of bodybuilders around lbs that drink 2 gallons of water - SPREAD- throughout the day and they actually perform better and gain mass faster. I think most people are actually dehydrated and can have at least a few glasses of water a day extra.
These extreme examples of death are not realistic and not applicable in any way for every day people, who do not join horrendous food competitions. Too much of anything is bad. Just want to shed another light on this. I personally believe that drinking "too much water" is a good thing. I work out twice a day an hour in the morning and a two hour session at night.
I eat 6 times a day I just get a bit over grams of protein a day as well. I do not monitor my water intake but I can tell you, atleast cups a day, easily. I don't know much science behind water but I can tell you I have not been sick once since I was 14 and I am now Ignoring your bladder, being inactive and an idiot will lead to results like this lady.
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