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Best diet for IBS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Hi!

I have a really bad IBS with diarrhea and cramps.

I'm strictly paleo, but this doesn't help at all (no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no more smoking, no alcohol, no processed things, tried fish oil->no results, didn't eat nuts->no results).

I read about diets like the protocol-thing, SCD, FODMAP, perfect-health-diet, diets against SIBO and a lot more. I only have a few weeks until university starts and I REALLY want to listen to the lectures instead of rushing to the toilet every other second. Is there something that I can start today and it actually may really help me? Pleeease tell me what to do, I have no ideas anymore (and 30 doctors I've seen neither do).. :(

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on July 20, 2013
at 01:36 AM

have you tried juicing? in this case you are only drinking the nutrients but getting none of the fiber. drinking vegetables is not the same as eating them. i couldn't eat any food either, nor drink water, nor smell food without having diarrhea. have you been checked for hormonal problems? doctors sent me to a gyno when couldn't find the answer to my diarrhea, and i had an ovarian cyst and that was my cuase. if not that, think when did your diaahrea start? and did it coincide with another change you made think about your lifestyle?

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:37 PM

oh, and my diet changes every time, but when i can, i mostly eat fish, meat, avocadoes, bananas, eggs because these are the things that don't give that much cramps as other food (but stil do).

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:36 PM

this sounds so great! but my insides seem to not handle carrots and other veggies well, they're okay with meat somehow..

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:34 PM

Ive been to every doctor and made every test available, withouth any success. it doesn't even help when i go into ketosis..

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:33 PM

my main symptom is diarrhea with cramps up to 10 times a day. i also have migraine and developed a bad skin if that helps. would it be a good idea to fast for 2 days and then introduce meat, fish and later a few veggies? i really want this to stop :(

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:32 PM

This is a terrible suggestion. Being unspecific about the types of fiber is dangerous, as often IBS symptoms can be exacerbated by fiber, depending on which type of fiber and which type of IBS.

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on July 17, 2013
at 12:47 PM

hi, i had the same thing when i was 16-18, 2 solid years of diarrhea 25x a day and couldnt even leave the house, weighed about 90 lbs and it was really really desperate situation. first i would get checked out to make sure you have nothing wrong with you. according to doctors, my insides were perfect! yeah right. the only thing that helped me was to stop eating and only juice (using a juicer) carrots, for 1 week, only carrot juice. then i introduced more juices like celery, cucumber, ginger, then only steamed vegetables like carrots and green beans

im a girl and ill tell you that i was paleo and eating a lot of meat, but red meat screwed with my hormones and im not sure if it was related to the diahhrea or separate but i know eating too much red meat was bad for me. even now if i eat red meat close to my period it doesnt come. also happens when i eat too much cheese. so im very sensitive but you might find your diarrhea is connected to your hormones (if your a girl)

so perhaps you need to give your intestines a break from digesting. maybe they are just tired. now my ibs is pretty under control. my diahhrea lessened as soon as i started the juicing (and nothing made it lessen in 2 years!!!) and after 2 months it was only a few times a day, then only when i had my period, then about 2 years later gone and now i almost never have diaahea, only when i eat in a restuarant. not when i make my own food. so i hope juicing can help you too.

006f2e9b763058ff2332681c206563e4

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:36 PM

this sounds so great! but my insides seem to not handle carrots and other veggies well, they're okay with meat somehow..

7fd2313c8e9dee059de7d1aa21ac6a4e

(10)

on July 20, 2013
at 01:36 AM

have you tried juicing? in this case you are only drinking the nutrients but getting none of the fiber. drinking vegetables is not the same as eating them. i couldn't eat any food either, nor drink water, nor smell food without having diarrhea. have you been checked for hormonal problems? doctors sent me to a gyno when couldn't find the answer to my diarrhea, and i had an ovarian cyst and that was my cuase. if not that, think when did your diaahrea start? and did it coincide with another change you made think about your lifestyle?

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on August 14, 2013
at 08:22 PM

I became asymptomatic with my crohns after getting my vitamin D level up around 80. No meds for three years after decades of problems.

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on August 14, 2013
at 07:29 PM

You could try making a bone broth with a good piece of meat so you can at least get some minerals and vitamins. Don't eat the meat if you can't digest it, but try to drink the fat floating on the soup. It's a good idea to avoid fresh vegetables and only eat the least fibrous ones boiled in the broth as well, because fiber can initially irritate the gut. If you're not sensitive to egg yolks, then add them too. They are very easily absorbed and dietary cholesterol will surely help heal your body.

When you get better, slowly add some variety of food but all boiled or steamed. Then, probiotics such as yogourt. Try sauerkraut only when you can tolerate more fiber. Eventually you might be able to eat solids.

That's what I have done to have fantastic stools but my situation wasn't nearly as bad as what you have described. Best wishes!

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on August 14, 2013
at 05:41 PM

I suggest making sure that your food isn't cross contaminated with gluten in any way, separate toaster, separate utensils, check all labels etc as some non suspicious foods could have been on a line that handles gluten containing foods. Also, if you eat out anywhere ask if the food contains gluten. You could also try a course of a good probiotic. These are the two things that helped me the most along with avoiding too much fruit, I have perhaps one portion a day and I avoid potatoes. I eat lots of veggies for soluble fibre, nuts and eggs every day. I also think any sort of bad vegetable oil upsets me but I don't use these any more anyway. I hope this helps, I was in a similar position to you and was at my wits end before I started eating strictly gluten free.

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on July 16, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Cut back on carbs to less than 50 grams/day. You might also want to consume probiotic rich foods like homemade sauerkraut.

I also suggest going to a GI doctor. A stool test and a blood might be in order to see if you have any parasites, H. pylori and/or other pathogens.

_Lazza

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:34 PM

Ive been to every doctor and made every test available, withouth any success. it doesn't even help when i go into ketosis..

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on July 16, 2013
at 04:22 PM

bluekitty, what are your main symptoms?

can you give us an example of your daily diet?

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:33 PM

my main symptom is diarrhea with cramps up to 10 times a day. i also have migraine and developed a bad skin if that helps. would it be a good idea to fast for 2 days and then introduce meat, fish and later a few veggies? i really want this to stop :(

006f2e9b763058ff2332681c206563e4

(252)

on July 17, 2013
at 01:37 PM

oh, and my diet changes every time, but when i can, i mostly eat fish, meat, avocadoes, bananas, eggs because these are the things that don't give that much cramps as other food (but stil do).

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on July 16, 2013
at 12:53 PM

Start taking more fibre and a probiotic and digestive enzymes

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:32 PM

This is a terrible suggestion. Being unspecific about the types of fiber is dangerous, as often IBS symptoms can be exacerbated by fiber, depending on which type of fiber and which type of IBS.

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