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    Anyone suffering from digestive issues?

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    Are anyone on the forum suffering from digestive issues? I might be able to help if you let me know the problems you are having. Post questions on this thread and I will see what I can do to help.

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    YES!!

    I am dealing with 2 issues. I have been strict protocol with low carbs around 30 grams for the last 34 days.However, what I am dealing with is a chronic ache under my right rib that came about a couple of weeks ago but this last week worse. I think it's my gall bladder. I was thinking of making an appointment to see a Dr. I read online about gallbladder flushes and not sure if I should do that. I did drink a few tb. of Apple cider vinager this morning with water because they say that can help but it's still achy. I am also feeling tight pain between my shoulders blades (worse than the ache under the right rib) and I read that can be a symptom of gall bladder issue. When I take a deep breath it hurts basically in both spots...but...

    Along with this I am also dealing with severe constipation. I am going out to buy some magnesium citrate chewable today but I have had chronic constipation all my life so this isn't new. However, it's seems to be harder lately. So I think this aggravates the above issue too...

    Nothing seems to do the trick and yes, I have tried most anything you can think of...I thought the magnesium citrate daily might be a good way to go but if things get really bad and I don't go for 6 to 7 days then I sometimes resort to an enema...I guess that's getting a bit personal. However, it's all I can do to help me feel better but I do start to feel sick if I don't go and get toxic...yes, had a colonoscopy but they say I got lazy bowels and this is all I can do to help myself.

    Not sure if you can help or have any suggestion...interested to hearing any response. Thanks!

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    Ok, first of all, all gallbladder flushes do is make soap in your stomach for most people. If you don't believe me mix apple juice, Olive Oil, and ACV in a bowl. It should start to look like a soap bezoar, which is what most people pass during a gallbladder flush.

    First, before we test your gallbladder can you handle spicy food or does it give you right flank stomach pain?

    Constipation

    Constipation causes multiple problems in the body and can manifest itself in different ways. Constipation can cause toxins to build up in the body from a lack of transit time in the body. The body tends to reabsorb toxins from slow moving waste in the colon. Slow moving waste also ferments longer and causes a greater growth of good and bad bacteria, as well as producing more gas which can cause heartburn by causing slow gastric emptying and pressure and bloating in the abdomen.
    The main causes of constipation are lack of magnesium, dehydration, lack of vegetable and fruit fiber, prescription drugs that cause constipation (opiates are a prime example), hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue, and lack of exercise.
    General Constipation Protocol

    600 mg Magnesium Citrate - Daily
    Stay Hydrated - Drink Clean Water - But 1/4 tsp of good quality sea salt or real salt in a glass of water once a day.
    Walk for at least 30 minutes a Day
    Drink 1 tsp. of Chia Seeds soaked in water for at least 30 minutes for the fiber.
    Uni-Fiber – One Tablespoon up to 3 times daily
    Eat two bananas daily.
    Follow Stress and Adrenal Protocol
    3,000 mg of Ester C - Daily
    Use a Squatty Potty when you defecate to retrain your body to squat when you use the toilet.
    Rarely: Gaia Natural Laxative Tea: Follow Recommended Instructions
    < Magnesium and Vitamin C are osmotic laxatives make sure you drink water so you don't become dehydrated>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron_Swanson View Post
    Ok, first of all, all gallbladder flushes do is make soap in your stomach for most people. If you don't believe me mix apple juice, Olive Oil, and ACV in a bowl. It should start to look like a soap bezoar, which is what most people pass during a gallbladder flush.

    First, before we test your gallbladder can you handle spicy food or does it give you right flank stomach pain?

    Constipation

    Constipation causes multiple problems in the body and can manifest itself in different ways. Constipation can cause toxins to build up in the body from a lack of transit time in the body. The body tends to reabsorb toxins from slow moving waste in the colon. Slow moving waste also ferments longer and causes a greater growth of good and bad bacteria, as well as producing more gas which can cause heartburn by causing slow gastric emptying and pressure and bloating in the abdomen.
    The main causes of constipation are lack of magnesium, dehydration, lack of vegetable and fruit fiber, prescription drugs that cause constipation (opiates are a prime example), hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue, and lack of exercise.
    General Constipation Protocol

    600 mg Magnesium Citrate - Daily
    Stay Hydrated - Drink Clean Water - But 1/4 tsp of good quality sea salt or real salt in a glass of water once a day.
    Walk for at least 30 minutes a Day
    Drink 1 tsp. of Chia Seeds soaked in water for at least 30 minutes for the fiber.
    Uni-Fiber – One Tablespoon up to 3 times daily
    Eat two bananas daily.
    Follow Stress and Adrenal Protocol
    3,000 mg of Ester C - Daily
    Use a Squatty Potty when you defecate to retrain your body to squat when you use the toilet.
    Rarely: Gaia Natural Laxative Tea: Follow Recommended Instructions
    < Magnesium and Vitamin C are osmotic laxatives make sure you drink water so you don't become dehydrated>
    Wow, awesome advice on the constipation side. I am going to give this a try. I seriously have done it all but not in this combination.

    I will admit I take medication for hypothyroidism.
    I do exercise but not walking daily.
    I am drinking more water but trying to push more.
    I have been wanting to buy one of those squatty stools but you have convince me that it's time.
    I will be going to the store to pick up the Ester C and Mag today.
    I got Chai but sorta gave that up but will add it to the formula above.

    Perhaps if I do all that it will help with the side ache? I just would love it if I could go regularly...It's tough sometimes and takes so much out of me when days past and nothing!! I will come back and report again....omg, I hope this works!! Thank you..so glad I posted.

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    In reviewing the squatty potty there are 7" and 9"....Do you have recommendations? This is totally new to me. Thank you again for all your help.

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    7" is the most common recommendation. Why it works from my book:

    Treatment Protocol 14 – Develop Proper Defecation Posture

    Even though this is technically an intestinal recommendation, proper defecation posture is important to lower inter-abdominal pressure. So what is proper defection posture you might ask? Well if you guessed that it is sitting straight up on the toilet when you defecate, then guess again. You can always ask any toddler or dog / cat, what is the proper posture for defecation. And even though they can’t tell you how they use the bathroom, they used the bathroom the humans were designed to use the bathroom, squatting.

    The problems with sitting on the toilet instead of squatting are numerous. When you sit on the toilet it causes a narrow anorectal angle. This can be obstructive and can cause you to not completely empty your bowels when you use the bathroom. This causes some stool to be pushed back up into the colon. It has been theorized that this back up can eventually lead to appendicitis from constant irritation of toxins and opportunistic bacteria that were posed for elimination.
    Also sitting on the potty to defecate causes you to repeatedly perform the Valsalva maneuver which puts stress on both the vagus nerve and the cardiovascular system as well. Finally, sitting on the toilet can increase diverticulosis and hemorrhoids from the straining that is required. The pressure build if the patient is constipated can be three times greater than if they had squatted to relieve themselves.

    There are two benefits to sitting on the toilet are that there is more added privacy when you are sitting on the toilet, as well as less splash back from using the toilet that might get on your clothes. Sadly these two things are the only negatives for squatting on the toilet to relive oneself.

    To squat on the toilet one has to stand with their knees and hips sharply bent and their butt should hover over the toilet opening. Some people who squat have seen complete relief from their constipation. The main reason that is theorized is it is easier to defecate because of the increase in the anorectal angle. You can purchase a squatty potty, which is a platform to stand on so one can successfully squat over the toilet very easily without having to balance.
    My book Fix Your Gut is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Fix-Your-Gut-D...s=fix+your+gutThe book price is $9.99.

    I put my blood, sweat, and tears in making sure that this ebook is one of the best literary pieces written in regard to digestive health. You want detailed cutting edge information on probiotics and digestive enzymes, BAM, itís all searchable in an easy to read kindle format.

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    Treatment Protocol 12 - Proper Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas Function

    If you have a health condition with any of these mentioned organs it can adversely affect your digestive health causing GERD, diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, SIBO, or IBS. Occasionally, the health of these organs can be determined by the color and quality of one's stool.

    Liver - Poor liver function is usually hard to discover early because the liver is one of the only organs that can regenerate, so in other words it can take a beating and keep on ticking. Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes is usually the only physical sign of poor liver function. But when it comes to digestion signs of poor liver function include, unrelenting GERD in combination with a very light colored stool. These symptoms together could be a strong indicator for liver disease.

    Gallbladder - Some of the signs of poor gallbladder function are abdominal pain after eating fatty meals, a patients's stool can range from being pale to yellow and usually appears greasy, and the odor is very strong from both the lack of bile and undigested fat remaining in the stool.

    Pancreas - The signs of a poor pancreas function as far as digestion are the same as the gallbladder indicators of disease. Diarrhea can also occur with foods high in fat content. A symptom of poor pancreas function outside of the digestive tract is insulin resistance and diabetes.

    Gallbladder Protocol (General Health)

    Once Daily Upon Waking – Glass of Warm Non Chlorinated Water with a Lemon Squeezed in It and ľ tsp. of Sea Salt an 1/8 tsp. Organic Cayenne Pepper
    400 Mg of Magnesium Chloride – Daily

    <The glass of water stimulates the liver and gallbladder to release bile and toxins.
    Magnesium can help the body in not producing gallstones.>

    Gallbladder Protocol (Poor Gallbladder Health)

    Once Daily Upon Waking – Glass of Warm Non Chlorinated Water with a Lemon Squeezed in It and ľ tsp. of Sea Salt an 1/8 tsp. Organic Cayenne Pepper
    Jarrow Ox Bile Supplement – Follow Bottle Instructions
    Enzymedica Digestive Enzyme Gold – 1 – 2 Capsules with Every Meal
    400 Mg of Magnesium Chloride – Daily
    Limit Greasy Fried Food in the Diet and use Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as primary source of fat.
    Might Remove Gallstones:
    Food Grade Humic Acid Supplementation – Follow Supplement Instructions

    <The glass of water stimulates the liver and gallbladder to release bile and toxins.
    The Ox Bile and Digestive Enzymes are to help give the gallbladder a rest in releasing bile and to help with fat digestion.
    I don’t believe in using Gallbladder flushes because some scientific studies have shown that the combination of oils and juices just makes soap in the stomach and that is which is actually passed in the bowels is a soap bezoar.
    The Humic Acid in theory might remove gallstones.>

    Gallbladder Protocol (Health After Removal of Gallbladder)

    Jarrow Ox Bile Supplement – Follow Bottle Instructions
    Enzymedica Digestive Enzyme Gold – 1 – 2 Capsules with Every Meal
    Limit Greasy Fried Food in the Diet and use Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as primary source of fat. Also limit Gallbladder stimulators like lemon juice, spicy food, and ginger.
    My book Fix Your Gut is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Fix-Your-Gut-D...s=fix+your+gutThe book price is $9.99.

    I put my blood, sweat, and tears in making sure that this ebook is one of the best literary pieces written in regard to digestive health. You want detailed cutting edge information on probiotics and digestive enzymes, BAM, itís all searchable in an easy to read kindle format.

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    Looks like you responded to my post last night, so you can disregard this post if you'd like. I responded to you on my other thread. Thanks

    I have been belching after eating for the past year. I had an endoscopy and I was told I was fine, but was given PPIs for GERD. I got off PPIs last year because I read low stomach acid is much more prevalent than too much acid. My GI specialist didn't want to hear it, so I decided to do things on my own. I tried supplementing with enzymes, HCL, apple cider vinegar, all with little no to help. Since eating a healthier diet, I have found I no longer get acid reflux or heartburn, but I still get burping directly after meals that continue for an hour or so.

    It's really caused me to become depressed, as I always have food on my mind. I can't go a meal without fearing about getting bloated and belching. My wife and I found out about the primal lifestyle a couple of weeks ago and have been about eating about 70% primal by cutting out breads and pasta (I may have had one or two pieces of bread in the past couple of weeks), eating very little processed foods, if any, and eating much more chicken, grass fed beef, eggs, fruits, coconut oil, vegetables, plain greek yogurt, kefir, and almonds and walnuts.

    I was shown an article by Chris Kresser that talks about eliminating GERD by incorporating more beneficial bacteria through probiotics, supplementing with HCL, and eating a very low carb diet to starve off the yeast. Is this recommended? I'm willing to do anything to get my old digestive system back.

    Thank you
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    It sounds like you are suffering from SIBO to a T. PM me and lets work this out together.
    My book Fix Your Gut is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Fix-Your-Gut-D...s=fix+your+gutThe book price is $9.99.

    I put my blood, sweat, and tears in making sure that this ebook is one of the best literary pieces written in regard to digestive health. You want detailed cutting edge information on probiotics and digestive enzymes, BAM, itís all searchable in an easy to read kindle format.

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    I've returned to low(er) carb, high(er) fat diet practices after a hiatus. Occasional bouts of mild diarrhea are driving me a bit crazy espeically, it seems, when I achieve a stretch of solid low carb eating. I don't like resorting to imodium, although it helps a lot. Anything more natural I might try for relief?

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