digestive health......

Discussion in 'Alternative Health' started by roadless, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. roadless

    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ...what do you do for it? I am recuperating from an operation last Tuesday in which a mass (and ovaries))were removed from my abdomen(laparoscopy). I was told it pushed my intestines into my stomach cavity somewhat causing acid reflux and the mass itself may have caused difficulty in bowel movements. All I know is that I am darned uncomfortable and will not be seeing the specialist till March. Any info will be much appreciated.
     
  2. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

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    Wheat grass is supposed to good for your intestines, but I'd worry that it could make you bloat. Maybe in smaller doses it wouldn't be so bad?

    Make sure you eat at least 10 grams of fiber a day. You can also take a supplement like Metimucial, just make sure you drink ALOT of water to keep it moving.

    Eat yogurt or take acidiphoulus tablets. It puts good bacteria into your intestines and fights yeast. I get less GERD and less gurgly gut with it.

    Also try to avoid spicy foods, it aggravates the digestive track. If you do get GERD, try eating an apple. For some reason, it seems to stop it.

    I hope you get better and that these help. I'd ask your doctor though if anything seems weird to you just to be sure :).

    Here are some links.

    Dietary Fiber - Soluble Fiber (has a chart of foods)

    http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/SID-5303FFEA-A120B9BE/ada/hs.xsl/nutrition_5440_ENU_HTML.htm

    Yahoo! Info on Fiber

    http://health.yahoo.com/topic/digestive/other/article/ehealthmd/Digestive_YMS_FIB_whatis

    Info article on Wheat Grass

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatgrass
     

  3. Charleen

    Charleen www.HarperHillFarm.com Supporter

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    largentdepoche is right about getting the good bacteria in your system. Kefir is the first thing that pops into my mind for that. Kefir has 10 different benefical bacterias, whereas yogurt has 4.
     
  4. ajaxlucy

    ajaxlucy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've had similar surgery and have IBS/Crohn's in the family tree, so I'm sympathetic. Eat small meals instead of big, don't lie down after eating, get some daily exercise - walking is good, it's not too soon - drink plenty of water. If dairy doesn't bother you, then real home-cultured kefir is great and incredibly easy, once you get some kefir grains. Otherwise live-culture yogurt (not supermarket brand) or acidophilus (sp?) tablets are good. I take FiberOne cereal, but only about 1/4 tsp a day because that's potent enough for me. You might even want to take a stool softener for the first week or so (docusate sodium is one you can get without a prescription) while you're so tender after your surgery. Good luck to you during your recovery.