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    in reply to: Baking & Fast Tract #6177

    Someone please help me I have had terrible chocolate cravings lately!!! No chocolate for 2.5 years is driving me batty. I did find this white chocolate recipe and plan to make it as soon as the erythritol and candy trays arrive!!

    ftder
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    Hi Jules

    You are really on the right track. I have only started adding in a 1/2 serving of fruit recently. You are right that the LPR symptoms take longer. I don’t understand why, but know that the bacteria shift as they compete for less food (a good thing). For some reason there are a lot of reports of LPR symptoms and I have experienced that as well. I think you will get to the point where you can have things like rice a fruit and few times per week and then more often. Strangely my LPR has gotten better, even tho I added back fruit, because I watch my veggie portions more carefully now. I used to be of the mind that “veggies are good” and would just eat a ton of them. But my digestion can’t really handle that, so, there you go! Don’t be discouraged. I am thouroughly convinced that diet is the best way to improve your health. It just takes more time! If you are not getting the results you want in another month, you can look at underlying issues. Keep going!!

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5783

    Hi Fasttrack Lady

    Some people do take an amylase enzyme when eating carbs. Or some combo enzymes to hlep with protein, etc… I personally don’t tolerate enzymes at all, as I have a bladder condition and it just filters out and hurts. As your sibo reduces you digestion will improve as a by-product of the reduction of bacteria in your small intestine. You can look at underlying motility too. I found Dr. Kharrazians ideas about vagus nerve health and the migrating motor complex very valuable for improving MMC which is key to our digestion (how we move our food).

    I think Aloe vera gel would have a high FB (mucilagenous) I would not use it or the juice but others may have a different idea about this.

    I don’t like to change the ph in my body with the baking soda. Sipping hot water helps me burp so I do that sometimes. The thing that helped the most was for me to dial in my diet, give it some time, and then my LPR mostly resolved. It still comes right back when I try to introduce even safe carbs, so I guess I am a bit stuck for now. Diet therapy is slow, but effective.

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5778

    I think the SIBO lactulose breath test has false negatives, but a lot of holistic clinitians do use it. SIBO can cause any number of symptoms from bloating, to heartburn and LPR as well. It is all from the same cause: gas-producing microbes, feeding on fermentable foods. I don’t know the answer about refux sufferers and whether they would always test postivie with a SIBO breath test, but likely many would. But when people remove fermentable carbs the symptoms abate. For me personally I don’t want to ingest the lactulose. I can already tell I have SIBO because when I add in starches my digestive symptoms increase. So I feel personally confident that I have SIBO. There is testing available. The question is, is the test result going to change your approach? For me, it would not so I am just going to keep going with the diet. It is important to look at underlying symptoms too such as motility issues. This has been a long standing issue for me (my migrating motor complex/vagal nerve tone probably not optimal).

    ftder
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    Hi Jules!

    Glad you posted your story! Don’t let go of hope! From what I have read, Dr. Robillard encourages people to go off the PPIs completely if possible. Did you read Fast Track Digestion:Heartburn or IBS? In the IBS book there are some troubleshooting suggestions. For me personally, the candida diet guidelines (the portions and types of grains and fruits) that i was following, kept me symptomatic with SIBO for 2 years! I had to take out rice cakes and fruit for a while, because my SIBO was very overgrown and so those seemingly safe carbs were still being digested by microbes more than absorbed! So, for at least a week or two, if you are going to go off the meds, you might consider several things: Try only eating 1/2 cup fresh cooked jasmine rice, and maybe only a few days per week (not the rice cakes until later). Eliminate the fruit for a few weeks as you are transitioning and then add back small amounts. If still not getting results you may have to take out the rice for a little while, and also consider reducing protien and increaseing fat (I bought a kitchen scale and I stick with fattier cuts of beef and ground beef, fatty fish, raw milk cheese and eggs). Microbes dont eat fat, but some do eat protein. This would be more of a ketogenic or “low carb” diet, and would just be temporary. This really helped my digestive system, but I hope to add back safe carbs soon. It is a lot of trial and error and tracking your symptoms. Keep us posted!

    ftder
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    Hi Jeffo
    I agree with Jaeme. You can read gutsense.org for more info about how we have over relied on fiber which dramatically effects stool volume and how that is problematic. More green veggies, more olive oil and other healthy fats, lots of water, and I take a magnesium supplement (I take oxide because I tend towards constipation, others take more absorbable forms in higher dosages, I may try that as well, such as malate, glyconate, or citrate). WAter loading in the morning: When you first wake, drink two glasses of very warm water, and be sure you can relax for 15 minutes after that. This will stimulate paristalsis, and if you are not rushing, will be very helpful.

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5774

    The Stevia you mentioned has inulin so I would avoid that. You might do a search on seaweed in the forum. There is seawead in the green drink and while it is presumeabley a healthfood food, it does have a mucilaginous quality which I am not sure if that is good when you have SIBO. I put the values in the FP calculator and it came out low. In case seaweed is an issue you can take it out for a while and see.

    For breakfast can you eat low-lactose dairy? I eat full fat yogurt (you can add small amount of low FP fruit when your symptoms are gone) I sprinkle cinammon or add a drop of vanilla. Sometimes I have a hard boiled egg or a few slices of bacon with that, and sautee up some green veggies with butter, when I have time, otherwise I just have the yogurt? Or a veggie omlette, or a fritatta that you can bake ahead of time with veggies and cheese and eggs? If you are low symptom you can make a hot jasmine rice cereal and add butter or cream and cinammon? If you tolerate dextrose powder you could add some of that to the hot rice cereal or splenda.

    The type of bacteria that drive SIBO symptoms are considered heterolactic fermenting bacteria in that methane or hydrogen is a by-product of their metabolism. Other bacteria don’t produce methane or hydrogen and are considered to be homolactic fermenters, where lactic acid is the sole end product of their metabolism. Lactic acid helps control the ph in the intestines which makes it less hospitable for the gas producers. You can investigate each strain in the VSL to determine this but I think VSL has only safe bacteria. It is just a very potent, high strain product. It may cause some digestive symptoms in some people, or even histamine reactions (you can look up histamine symptoms). If you are unsure of any of your supplements, I would take them out, see if you can get to a better symptom baseline and add them back one at a time.

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5768

    Dr. Robillard has indicated that non-gas forming strains might be tried to see how they go: Lactobacillus and bifido type strains. My doctor uses single strain and not as potent as multi strain VSL #3. For my auto immune condition VSL #3 will be too strong. She separates the strains to see how people respond. I use Natren brand, formulated to survive stomach acid.

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5764

    Oh and yes inulin is an issue I think. I have heard there are safe stevia formulations but they can’t have that in it. I would stick with small amount of dextrose powder when you lpr has improved or for now, splenda. I don’t use any sweeteners-just easier for me.

    ftder
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5763

    Hi Fasttrack lady
    I have had that symptom intermittently too and yes, I think it is likely LPR. You might cut the carbs out for a few days and then when you add back only have carbs (fruit, muffin, jasmine rice) 1 time per day, and then maybe up to two times per day. It sounds like the watermellon was a snack? I don’t do as well when I snack, especially if i am having symptoms, so you might want to leave out the watermellon for now, or just have a bit as the carb at your meal time, not as an extra carb snack. Also, I would nix the muffin for a while and just stick with 1/2 cup fresh cooked jasmine rice one time per day or every other day, per the intro diet. Do you know what your daily FP is right now? It seems at first glance higher than the recommendations for the intro diet. Maybe go back to that level of FP and see how you do? Keep us posted. Oh, and yes you could go lower carb for a little bit, I did and it helped but started to create some other imbalances so now I am trying to get out of low carb mode and add some carbs back@

    ftder
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    Jaeme

    thanks for helping with this. Ketosis is proving to be very hard on my bladder. Per Paul Jimenet, author and researcher, it forces the body to excrete oxilates and excess uric acid which I think both irritate my bladder. Also, it is messing with my thyroid I think and giving me heart palpitations and less tolerance to heat. (not good signs). Finally, per Paul Jimenet, what I thought was a minor candida overgrowth is likely feeding on the ketones from my ketosis. My doctor does not really like jasmine rice, but I may add it.

    What rice crackers do you tolerate? I think you mentioned the Nutthins, but thinking I should skip anything wiht nuts for now.

    So you orignially said you are eating 80 carbs a day. Is that 80g of carbs (this translates to a lot of calories)? I think we need around 40-50 g of carbs (close to 400 calories) to get out of ketosis, or about 20% of our calories from carbs per day? I am not sure about total FP, because there are some low FP, high carb foods like parsnips and jasmine rice.

    Anyway, I was wondering about the rice crackers. Or rice cakes? Thanks!

    ftder
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    in reply to: Super silent reflux #5651

    Hi Matt
    I am intruged by your post and still trying to understand it. Are you saying that those with super silent reflux are not producing enough pepsin? Or too much? I treat with a Chinese Medicine doctor that would ask one level deeper, that being, why is the body producing too much pepsin to begin with? I don’t have classic heartburn symptoms, but have burping (is this a silent reflux symptom?) and sternum pressure. I also have ocular rosacea, and had gas and bloating. The gas and bloating are near gone, unless I eat something I am not ready for, the rosacea and my skin in general are improving, and my sternum pressure is mostly gone. So I am looking at a lot of different symptoms that are decreasing over the past two + months (not all of them silent reflux, but also non of them classic reflux). I agree it would be interesting to somehow track the silent group.

    ftder
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    Hi Pam!
    What carbs are you eating successfully? I have been off carbs for 2 months and tried a bit of pinapple with a sprinkle of dextrose. I think it is ok if I dont overdo. Looking at trying Jasmine rice again.

    Jaeme, how did your nutritionist have you transition out of ketosis? What were the portions that you added in incriments? THANKS!

    ftder
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    in reply to: Protein powders #5637

    Hi the stevia may be a problem because it does not say what the source is and I have read only pure stevia may be tolerated. The gums are not recommended with SIBO from what I have read in other forums. Can you find a protein powder with fewer ingredients? For my daughter I use Jay Robb Brand single ingredient powders like egg white or whey with nothing added. I think some pea protein (extracted from peas but not whole peas) has been reported to be tolerated. Again, without the gums and sweeteners. That would be what I would look for

    ftder
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    in reply to: Sibo Results #5604

    Jason King

    HECK YES! I don’t trust those results. The #1 reason for acid reflux is malabsorption of carbohydrates, feeding bacterial overgrowth which creates gases leading to these symptoms. Keep on with the diet and modify it until your symptoms are gone! POST if you need help wit the diet. If you do the diet right, you should NOT have any more heartburn!

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