Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Adequate Chewing of Food
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Avoid Soybean Oil
- Brewer's Yeast, Blackstrap Molasses
- Chamomile and Espinozilla Tea
- CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Suggestions
- Digesting Red Meat
- General Feedback
- Milk Thistle
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Onion Juice
- Remedies Needed
09/16/2009: Saffi from New York, NY: "I've been having problems with bloating. It started last year with constipation. Then beginning of this year, the constipation was sbustituted with extreme bloating. Now the constipation is occasional whereas the bloating is constant and affecting every aspect of my life and mood. My clothes don't fit anymore and it looks as if I'm 3 months pregnant.
I went to the doctor and was tested for celiac disease, parasites, thyroid, all of which turned out negative. I know that I am lactose intolerant (although before I was able to have cheese, cakes, and cookies without any problems just not whole milk; lactose milk was ok until last year) so I stay away from dairy. The doctor put me on a strict diet for 3 weeks where I couldn't eat wheat, bran, oats, greens, broccoli, dairy, raisins, cabbage, eggplants and a couple other items. I've also been put on probiotics and culturelle for the past month and a half. Still taking them since he said it could take 3-4 months to replenish the good bacteria in my stomach. Also taking 3-4 Gasx everyday for relief.
I've experimented with this diet and I am somewhat better. I've experimented with the time of day and what I eat and some things give me some relief but not enough that I can say this is the problem. I've been told to stay on this diet for another month ( 2 weeks to go) and at that point will decide if the doc needs to go inside. Just started the apple cider vinegar recipe listed on the site yesterday. So far haven't felt any improvement.
The bloating is in the lower stomach area. It's affected me so much that I don't even want to exercise anymore. And that's never been like me. This bloating is taking over my life. Please help."
09/17/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "I don't want to frighten you, but bloating such as you describe can be a symptom of ovarian cancer. If you haven't been tested for ovarian cancer and had it ruled out, I would ask...no, I would demand...that the doctor run tests for it, or refer you to someone who will, just to be safe. Ovarian cancer is relatively rare, thank God, so chances are it is not what is causing the bloating, but still, if it were me, I'd find out for sure."
09/17/2009: Sarah from Cambridge, Mass, USA replies: "Hi Saffi,
I know exactly what you are going through. I had similar symptoms when I went on a low fat/low carb diet a few years ago. I lost a lot of weight but threw my body out of whack in the process. I thought it was parasites and did one week of parasite cleansing herbs and tinctures. This helped, but I still had uncomfortable gas and stomach gurgling within minutes of eating. I then tried Licorice extract (dgl kind) and that cured me. I think it took a week on the licorice to get back to normal. I now take licorice whenever I am feeling digestive problems and it cures them within a few hours. It's one of my favorite supplements.
Please let us know how you are faring.
09/18/2009: Julie from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania replies: "For CONSTIPATION you need fiber in your diet. Fiber to bowel movement regularity is like gas to your car engine ... without it, you don't move (pardon the pun). Fiber is what stimulates the walls of the bowels to initiate a bowel movement. Without this natural stimulation, your stools simply keeping packing up. The longer the stool is the bowel the body will continue to absorb water from it, thus causing the hard, dry stool that is difficult to move. You should be deficating two or three times per day; yes, per day. So for those of you who only move your bowels once every three days or once a week or longer, your diet is void of fiber. Also make sure you are drinking plenty of water every day. All other drinks (soda pop, coffee, tea, etc) are not fluids that work the same way as just plain water does. Do not take a fiber laxative. Make sure you take a fiber supplement.
I get a lot of BLOATING when I eat carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, any flour products actually, as well as sweets. I believe that it is due to candida. I have read that candida must give off acetelhyde gas (not sure if spelled correctly) in order to digest/eat the glucose generated from eating these foods. It is this gas that causes the bloating as it builds up. Candida lives off sugar. Flour made products become pure glucose when digested. You might as well be eating right from the sugar bowl. So I avoid these food items. I also take molybdenum, 300 mg per day, which helps to remove or dissipate this gas given off by the candida. When I find that I have over indulged in carbohydrates I become uncomfortably bloated. The quickest relief is to do the salt water cleanse. It is fast and very effective. I take 2 teaspoons of sea salt and mix and dissolve in 32 ounces of warm water. Usually I split this in half. It is very salty (some cannot do this remedy). However, I drink 16 ounces; wait about 15 minutes and drink the other half. Sometimes I only get in about 3/4 of the second half... one more gulp and I will throw up. Not because of the salty taste but because you just dumped a quart of water into your stomach almost at once. You will feel some stomach bloat feeling because of the amount of fluid just taken in at once but it will pass in about ten minutes. In about 45 minutes, you will find the bathroom is your best friend. This will continue for about one hour. Your done. This works faster than over the counter intestinal cleansers.. no hanging around home all day waiting for it to work. The reason why drinking this much water is not taken care of by the kidneys and causing increased urination is because salt and water follow each other. Because of the high salt content, this water stays inside and moves straight through your intestines cleaning it out and removed through defication. Remember though if for some reason (medically, or otherwise) you should not ingest anything of a high salt content, this remedy is probably not for you.
Saffi, I hope this helps. Take care."
09/18/2009: Saffi from New York, NY replies: "Thank you very much for the feedback. Yes, they've tested me for ovarian cancer too and that was negative also."
09/23/2009: Nichar from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "The same thing happened to me except in addition to the symptoms you had I also had hemmorhoids. I lost 20 pounds, had no energy, couldn't eat much. I was miserable.
I too am lactose intolerant. I did not find relief until I started using grapefruit seed extract. I took the tablets, and I have the liquid because it is a great product for so many things parasites, mold, fungus. Just give it a try it can't hurt and hopefully it will help."