Originally Posted by noodletoy
Now here's the weird thing: I eat tons of cruciferous vegetables. First because I adore broccoli and cauliflower, and second, because, along with magnesium, they help keep me regular and gut-stuffed-up-pain free.
Fiber things? I've entirely lost my appetite for such things. I never would have believed that would be possible, but it's true. The very thought of anything "bran" makes me wince and long for a hot plate of spinach. Which plate of spinach, I confess, I still like to drizzle with the condiment sesame oil. NOT the cooking oil; the condiment. Two different things. And I figure once a week using less than a teaspoon won't hurt me. It's so incredibly yummy on spinach.
Oh, and add as much as you want of sauteed fresh chopped garlic. To die for.
Thanks, thanks, thanks.
Thanks so much for the post, BestBetter. I've been using a magnesium supplement now for about a 6 weeks, I think. It took a while to get the right amount. One 50 mg pill in the morning; another at night seems to be doing the trick. Although, every couple of weeks my body goes haywire and the 50/50 dosing doesn't work right. But, no complaints, really, since I'm far, far better off now, rarely feel stuffed up with cement the way I often have virtually all of my life--since I was 4 years old, that's as far back as I can remember. Some 13 years back, I went high fiber [okay, Mark wasn't around then] and it worked for about 3 months. Then, even with super high fiber, I was back to cement gut--and I was gaining weight quite quickly.
So, I'm sold on Magnesium. Since I have yet to find the types of Magnesium recommended in the forum,. I will definitely be checking out the link you posted.
I've been doing that lately. And I'm so hooked on my salads, all my friends are calling me "Rabbit." If they ask why I'm eating so much salad, I give them the short answer. If they're still interested, I go into detail. But most folks just don't want to know. Oh, well. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Thanks for the post.
I've noticed in the last couple of months that I can eat all kinds of fats [okay, the good ones, including more bacon than I would ever have thought possible without turning into a blimp] and by eating all those fats, EVERYTHING runs smoother. And I've completely lost my craving for pasta and potato chips. And trust me when I say I used to be the potato chip queen. Not to mention being the pasta with tons of cheese queen for comfort food. Now? I'd rather eat a salad. I still can't believe that's true, but it is.
Oh, and few fresh walnut halves keep me happy, happy, happy.
Magnesium caused me to feel sluggish, and I had to take a huge amou t. More fiber didn't help, drinking water didn't help, eating more fat didn't help (indeed I eat 70% fat). This works for me: Dr. Schulze's - Dr Schulze's Intestinal Formula #1 90 vcaps:Amazon:Health & Personal Care . BUT, jst take like 1/4 a pill to start with. I dump it in some water and drink it that way. It's bitter but no biggie. I wouldn't up the dose until 3 days go by without it working. When my IBS was worse, it would cause problems (like my entire digestive system would empty painfully 2-3 days after I took it). But that was caused, apparently, by xylitol. Without the xylitol (which I used in small amounts and had for may months) they work great for me. For some reason xylitol would both delay and greatly multiply the effect of any laxitive, even just magnesium.
Cheaper source but you have to join an association (disclaimer, this one is my moms business )
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I don't know if this would work well for your IBS (don't know anything about IBS), but I eat chia seeds to get sufficient fiber--keeps me regular, heh. I find that the best way to consume chia seeds is to add 2 Tbsp to about half a liter of water and shake it(I put it in a bottle). Let it sit until it acquires a slightly gelatinous consistency (kind of like tapioca) and then drink it. Some people find this to be disgusting, but I kind of like it.
You can also consume the chia seeds mixed in yogurt. Just make sure you drink enough water with it.
Hi Squirrelly and welcome to PB.
Originally Posted by Squirrelly
With all the confusion here, I think you're panicking. There's no need to. You're at the right place. I started 2.5 months ago at the age of 75 with far worse problems. 3 months ago I was sure I was going to die soon. I'm allergic to all Statins, and Zetia was literally eating and disolving my muscles away.
180 deg turn means STOP with the fiber. STOP taking the doctor's advice (for now). STOP the fiber. Listen again more slowly, to the film. Fiber will tear up your intestines and colon. (I'm being far too extreme here but . . )
First read Mark Sisson's book "Primal Blueprint". Konsyl is working for you not because it is a fiber, but because it is a laxative.
Second you have to heal your digestive system, before it can work correctly.
Here were my problems and the length of time to cure on PB:
First the tendency or desire to vomit was gone in 2 days. (GERD)
Second the heavy gastric production of mucus which caused drooling in sleep was gone in 1 week
Third the IBS gas and water bloating was gone in 2 weeks.
At 3 weeks I began taking Milk of Magnesia (laxative without fiber) every other day instead of every day.
4 weeks and the ability to control urine outflow returned (I'd been afraid I'd have to wear diapers.)
After 5 weeks my completely dead bowel began working again. Peristalis returned.
At 6 weeks I began taking Vits. D3 and C and Magnesium Citrate (800 mg) mainly to prevent hair loss.
At 7 weeks I bought Mark's Damage Control Package. I'd already been taking prebiotics and probiotics, etc.
But hewn granite have nothing on the consistancy of my stools.
First I tried 6 prunes,6 apricots, and a glass of prune juice daily with chocolate. No effect.
I tried other laxatives and a stool softener - don't do that. My now-PB digestive system responded as to poison.
Now, at 2.5 months, I take Milk of Magnesia (MM) every 2 or 3 days. Usually on the second day the stool is soft. I take the MM only when it is hard. Otherwise I feel well. NO IBS, gas, bloating or drool, no excess mucus.
Obviously the cure is going to take time. But it works. I have a lot more energy, and much stronger (compared to 0 this is easy), and sleep well. This is a program where you teach yourself by learning to respond to your own body. It will tell you 'loud and clear' if you only learn how to listen.
I've had colon polyps removed and told they were pre-cancerous. But there's no reason to keep following doctor's advice and wait for the cancer to come.
There's an awful lot to learn here, and I'm only a beginner. Go to Mark's main page and click on the red button "Start Here".