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  • posted by  Izoboz on Help!!
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    Have you ever tried Enterosgel. You get it in Holland and Barratt. Sometimes Omeprazole brings on the very symptoms you take it for.
    Another good thing is eating small bit of fish ginger root – bit fiery – but definitely helps with the gusts. Finally have you tried Peppermint capsules. they help a lot. Good luck.

  • posted by  Kusum goel on Gut bacteria
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    I would like to have my gut bacteria analysed in UK how do I go about it

  • posted by  flopen on Why coconut oil in the bone broth recipe?
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    I’ve made bone broth, and variants of it in the past, but I’m puzzled why 2tbs of coconut oil is an ingredient. Can anyone tell me what it adds to the recipe?

  • posted by  bubblebubble on Help!!
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    I’ve had it problems for years and no improvement. I’m on omoprozole long term which has varying success. Have had tubes down my throat, all manner of testing, hernia, damaged tube between throat and stomach, all sorts of theories but nothing concrete. I’ve tried the clever guts process and that made me sicker thsn ever. Cut out wheat and lactose and alcohol – seemed to help a bit but now symptoms worse than ever – I’m cutting out more and more food but no effect. Exercise helps but I have recently hurt my back, will get back on that, but genuinely I am at the end of my tether with this. Here now wide awake 3am burning in my back, and my gut is gurgling and missing constantly, burning in my intestines, sometimes it is in my stomach or upper chest. Not a fixed location. I also get foul flatulence every time I eat a meal. Anybody able to equate those symptoms to their own. Had a test which said lactose and sugar intolerance. My diet is good – lots of fruit n veg, Mediterranean as much as possible, try practing mindfulness. Anybody suggest any support help, ideas?

  • posted by  Stormy999 on How much is too much lactose free milk per day?
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    Hi
    I’m new to this group & I’m hoping someone can assist me.
    I drink around a litre of lactose free milk a day & wondering if that is too much.
    I do this because it tastes great, milk is a good source protein & nutrients like calcium, B & D vitamins etc
    I have it as the basis for both caffeinated & caffeine free coffee.
    I have been diagnosed with mild rosacea – yeah great! & wondering if it could be related.
    Cheers

    Later: I’ve just been reading about rosacea & it seems dairy is not good. So it looks like a switch to almond or similar. Bumma.

  • posted by  Jlouise1812 on Drinks during phase 1 and 2
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    Hi, I am just about to embark on the phase 1 and 2 reboot & repair. I will be following the meal planner as I am not an experienced cook! Just want to ask someone that apart from turmeric tea (kombucha too complicated time consuming so early on) and water, what else can I drink? I usually drink tea with milk and a coffee and just hot water.. Can I have good quality flavoured teas??
    Any advice for would be greatly appreciated!
    Jennifer

  • posted by  Pippop on Long Term Lymecylcline use for acne
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    I’m 23 and have been on lymecycle since I was about 14/15! It has always worked and it is the only thing I have ever found to work. I have a history of acne in my family which has never gone away and I am the lucky one that this treatment has worked with. I didnt think I had any side affects until recently realising that I’d been taking essentially an antibiotic for roughly 8 years which surely can’t be good for your gut.
    Around 2 years ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Since then I have been on a very strict gluten free diet and whenever I do have gluten it really bloats me for a couple of days and then I get a cold.
    Prior to being diagnosed I was not allergic to anything and went about my life eating whatever I wanted but I was having colds back to back most weeks for 6+ months and feeling exhausted which is what eventually made me see the dr. At this point they put me on iron tablets after a blood test revealed it was low and after the 2nd blood test when I had an even lower iron level after 6 weeks high intensive iron tablets. I then had a endoscopy which revealed my coeliac disease.
    Is there any correlation between the fact that I had been taking antibiotics back to back for 8 years and then being diagnosed as a coeliac? I hear that antibiotics can cause the gut to behave in a similar way.

    Thanks

  • posted by  Deedukes on The microbiome and ileostomy
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    I have read this post with interest however it doesn’t answer my question (or the questions of others) as far as I can see. I am a healthy person and have had an ileostomy for 32 years (I had it young). Permanent removal of large intestine. I can eat whatever I like from a digestion point of view and have no nutritional concerns. BUT if the gut biome lives in the large intestine what does this mean for someone like me who has no intestine or j pouch or anything remotely approaching a large intestine. Do I have a gut biome, can it develop in the small intestine? Google has not helped! I tried that first which is how I got to this thread. While any of the advice re foods won’t do me any harm do I have a gut biome to improve?

  • posted by  Danin larksy on Fishy Topic about Fish
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    I have a question. Actually I have many questions but the one that is of interest to me is fish oil. I can’t eat or drink the stuff.
    I am an evolution believer and also a believer that my gut bacterial has been evolving as we have been. That said if we didn’t have a high fish diet in our evolutionary beginnings, surely there must be equivalents to help those of our ancestry tree who didn’t live on fish or near the sea?
    I know my evolutionary history has the surviving cold mindset. Short strong body. Better in cold than heat.
    My children are from a beautiful, elegant gene pool of indigenous Australia. Untouched by 60,000 years of isolation. They have never used fish for their needs. What else can be used?

  • posted by  Lina2020 on Alternatives to recipes in CG book
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    Hello,
    I have started the Remove, Repair phase and have followed some of the recipes. They are delicious However, I have found them labour-intensive (yes I have the gadgets but a not very efficiently designed kitchen) and it has been difficult to find all the ingredients even in supermarkets (I live in a remote area of Scotland – no Tahina or Tamari for example)

    What would be the effect of using alternatives such as:-
    1) Genius gluten-free bread instead of breakfast bread and flax/spinach bread sometimes?
    2) Overnight oats?
    3) Gluten-free Muesli?
    4) Dried sultanas and raisins?
    5) Plain red meat?
    6) Any local veg such as Swede. (I know you recommend Mediterranean diet but are there more native fruit and veg we can use?)

    I have checked the ingredients labels to avoid sugar, dairy, gluten and preservatives as much as possible. I am at the stage of just buying colourful veg and firing them in together!

    I would be enormously grateful for any views/ ideas.

    Thank you and wishing you all well on your recoveries.

    Lina2020

  • posted by  Sapphire684565 on Olive oil brand – farchioni
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    I like the olive oil brand farchioni, I normally buy il casolare as it is available in supermarkets. Does anyone know if this is a good brand with good benefits?

  • posted by  GargeoftheGungle on Beetroot and celeriac Soup recipe
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    So I’ve just finished eating the beetroot and celeriac soup recipe from the clever guts cook book. Now, my cooking experience is above average, but I’m still stumped as to how I managed to mess this recipe up so much so that it is inedible bitter.
    All I can think of is that the juice of the lemon should not have been added at the start, as the low pH essentially stopped the breakdown of the pectin in the beetroot and celeriac.
    Beet root is also naturally high in sugar, so it should have mitigated some of the natural bitterness of the celeriac (I’m assuming). I tasted the cooked beetroot before I mashed it all together and it was as expected, usual sweetness.
    So, either the celeriac was gross and bitter (distinct possibility) or something in the chemistry or process of cooking the dish made this quiet bitter. To make it edible I had to thin it down with cooked rice, then add 150g of finely grated grana Padano and toasted chopped almonds. I powered through it but my wife could only manage half a serve.
    Has anyone got any experience with this? Did I start with a bad vegetable, or did I just cook it wrong?

  • posted by  Dorsetcream on Chronic constipation
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    Linseeds! I too suffered from chronic constipation and can honestly say that linseeds changed my life. When I started taking them you could only find them in health food shops and I ground my own in a coffee grinder which I have continues to do, every morning. Now they are available in any supermarket whole or ready ground. For me the fibre is much more effective and less irritating than bran. You may have to experiment to find the right amount for you. Good luck!

  • I too suffer from bloating although mine increases steadily during the day and deflates overnight. Also acid reflux at night time which I think is exacerbated by pressure of a bloated abdomen. I have had a dramatic improvement of symptoms from following the restrictive phase of the low fodmap diet and am now at the point of reintroduction. I already know I can’t eat anything with inulin in it. How do you ever achieve a good balance of good bacteria in the gut if you have to restrict certain food groups, especially if they are veg and fruit? I’d really like to know if there is any medical research on this.

  • posted by  Annecass on Persistent oral thrush
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    Anyone got any ideas of how I can get rid of persistent oral thrush? The GP has run blood tests and they all came back with no issues, but the thrush has been on and off for 6 months now. It started when I did 12 weeks on the Cambridge 1:1 diet and began daily swimming in an indoor pool. I have had fungal infections in various parts over the years and they often take a while to go. If my immune system isn’t deficient, what could be going on?

  • posted by  bloatednewbie on Vegan protein concern!!
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    Hi everyone, I’m about to start my gut repair journey! I have been persistently bloated for 6 months or so with no other gut health symptoms (bowel movements are all good, folks!). Had all sorts of tests, but my GP has recommended resetting my gut biome. I’m vegan and cook the majority of my food from scratch so don’t eat many processed foods and eat a lot of fruit and veg anyway. My main concern is protein!! The start of the programme states to remove pulses and I’m worried about cutting out chickpeas and beans..I also don’t like tofu so I’m pretty much restricted to tempeh and nuts. Does anyone know if protein powder is okay to have? I obviously have a vegan one so no diary products. The blend I currently have also doesn’t contain soy! Any advice would be really appreciated, thank you!

  • posted by  Leelee2 on Microbiome testing
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    I also recommend Microba, they are exceptional and the report is incredibly detailed and it includes a 15 minute phone call to discuss your results and recommendations.

  • posted by  Dusk on Microbiome testing
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    Hi BJS
    I think I will go with microba. It sounds pretty good.
    Thank you.
    Dusk

  • posted by  BJS on Microbiome testing
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    I just googled and found another one in Australia that seems similar to the Chuckling Goat one mentioned above (involving interpretation and support) – https://www.microba.com/

  • posted by  BJS on Microbiome testing
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    Hi Dusk – I’m also looking for services in Australia – a friend recommended i-screen for other tests and I just checked and they do a Biome test. It looks like it is both more (testing for other factors) and less (not as many helpful bacteria) than the ones other have talked about -https://www.i-screen.com.au/tests/microbiome-test.
    I’d like to see recommendations from anyone who has had testing done in Australia

  • posted by  janhillier on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    I am 45 yrs old and can no longer eat raw or cooked capsicum of any colour. I can eat chillies of all sorts and paprika spice fine but any kind of small amounts of capsicum cause me unbearable stomach pains which progressively got worse until I have to throw up what i ingested because it will not pass. When I was younger I could eat raw capsicum any colour and cooked no worries. Then the green raw started causing me issues, then green cooked but I was still ok with raw red. Then it just got bad for all or any type of capsicum and does not matter if its cooked for a really long time. I am not allergic there is no rash or anaphylaxis but I cannot digest it and get excrutiating gut cramps. So I am on a mission now to sort out my gut flora because I reckon its BS and no one has any good suggestions on how to address it. During pregnancy I was not able to eat lettuce it gave me really bad indigestion but now after many years I can eat it, hoping for similar with capsicum! I miss it

  • posted by  Dusk on Microbiome testing
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    Hi
    I’m looking for testing in Australia for gut microbiome.
    Anyone know a company in Australia?

  • posted by  gutterbiy on Slow or fast digestion?
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    Is there a simple answer to is slow or fast digestion better or does it depend?
    Just wondering – does slow digestion mean your body has more chance then to absorb more nutrients and hence faster digestion is worse?

    You will sometimes see articles something like “Fix your slow digestion” so I am confused why a fast digestion would be better?

    …and how does fiber (insoluble and soluble) play their part in this given they are supposed to make bowel movements easier, though unsure if that has anything to do with the actual digestion or nutrient absorption?

    Thanks!

  • posted by  marthawells on Carb Free?
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    I was wondering exactly the same thing, let’s see if somebody knows about it

  • posted by  gutsnglory on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    Sounds like IBS to me! I have the same problem, especially with green bell pepper – and all sorts of other foods like gums, sugar alcohols, inulin/chicory root, olive oil, brown rice, soy, etc. Lookup references to FODMAP.

  • posted by  Zabbo on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    I’m so glad I found this forum. I’m 54 and have been unable to eat peppers since my early twenties. Within 20 minutes I start to get a tingling in my fingers and lips, and discomfort in the stomach. Within a couple of hours I’m violently sick. Usually lasts about 12 hours or so.
    When this first started I thought it was just food poisoning. But it kept happening and I eventually narrowed it down to what I’d eaten the meal before.
    The trouble is, peppers are so annoyingly trendy! They’re in everything. Even sushi from Pret! Every time you go to someone’s house for dinner you can pretty much guarantee something will be laced, garnished, covered, coated or based on chillies or peppers! I feel like I’m walking a tightrope whenever I eat out. They are often not mentioned on restaurant menus so I get my wife to test anything that is served and “looks” like it might have peppers or chillies in it. Luckily she’s happy to oblige!
    I eat just about anything else. But these damn pepper things kill me. I’ve never heard of anyone else being the same as me so I’m well chuffed that there are other people with similar symptoms. I’m not such a freak after all!!😁 ( well, not in this sense anyway!)

  • posted by  Happychappy19 on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    I can’t eat them at all, cooked, raw or dried! Started in my 20’s too. I end up in agony for about 12 hours, to the point where I can’t do anything but wait for it to pass, as no pain relief or antispasmodic meds work. I get the sweats, have vomited a few times and/or felt sick. I’ll feel as if I need to go to the toilet sometimes but I never can. Safe to say they’re now avoided like the plague! I’m fine with potatoes, tomatos and chillies. Onions I can do but I am starting to think they might be going the same way as I have started to get quite gassy after eating them. It’s a funny old intolerance to have though, people always seem surprised when I say I can’t eat them 😊

  • posted by  NeenaG on Microbiome testing
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    Hi All.
    I’m looking to get my microbiome tested but the one Michael used in the book is no longer available (uBiome). Any recommendations – how was the atlas one? Also, I’m 5 months pregnant so would it be better to wait until I have had the baby? If so, how long should I wait before my microbiome gets back to something resembling my normal one?

  • posted by  phco on Microbiome testing
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    I wondered how your test from Atlas Biomed went, KFal? It seems to be the company that carries out the testing for The Chuckling Goat, but doesn’t include a chat with a nutritionist as part of their own test, which CG does. It’s also £20 more expensive than CG, but I see it recommends ongoing tests to measure what improvement occurs once following their diet recommendations, which CG does not, so I’m divided about which to go for.

  • posted by  BobaIrid on Rapeseed Oil
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    I was about to ask this question and, luckily, searched first.

    I’ve been buying Rapeseed oil in a bit of a push to support farmers (rural community so probably a bit deluded). Anyhoo, I brought some “Mr. Hugh’s” from Tesco and thought I’d see if I could find any details on their website about pesticides and such. The bottle says “Harvesting in tune with nature” which seems…vague.

    I have found some UK + Organic Rapeseed Oils available and was wondering if these would neatly sidestep at least two of the points raised though I appreciate I’ll need to stock up on Olive Oil if I’m going to get those sweet polyphenol antioxidants.

  • posted by  BobaIrid on Miso soup?
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    I recently brought a load of “Itsu Miso’Easy Traditional Miso” sachets in the hope that they’d give my microbes a high five. Alas, the ingredients on these particular sachets were:

    soybean paste, (water, soya beans, rice, salt), water, ALCOHOL*, yeast extract powder, salt, sugar, seasoned kelp extract (kelp, salt, dextrin). *in caps for added drama.

    …and I’m pretty sure that Mosley mentions somewhere in the book that alcohol will murder microbes with brutal efficiency. From reading previous replies I’m starting to think that this might do more harm than good if I were to drink it…thoughts?

  • posted by  Bree on Insulin testing
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    I am a 57 year old post menopausal female who does not have diabetes. I would like to lose some weight though, so last week I did a 40 hour fast ( first time ever and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be) followed by time restricted eating for the rest of the week . I didn’t lose an ounce 😢. I am wondering if, because I am post menopausal, and the fact that my weight is creeping up, if I am becoming gradually insulin resistant and that this is the reason why I didn’t lose weight ? I am thinking of still fasting and doing TRE and at the same time monitoring my insulin levels to see what they are and if they drop and if this ties into weight loss or not. I would be grateful for some advice on this and any suggestions for home testing insulin kits if possible ? Many thanks .

  • posted by  JaniceMS on Restrictions following splenectomy?
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    I had my spleem removed two years ago and I’m just coming to the end of the course of low level antibiotics (clarthromycin) that I’ve been taking while my immune system adjusts to the loss of my spleen. I want to restore my gut bacteria, but given my reduced defense against bacteria infections, I’m not sure whether it will be safe for me to follow the clever guts diet.

  • posted by  friendlybeasts on Microbiome testing
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    Another vote for the Chuckling Goat test, highly recommended.
    I had my initial test done with The British Gut Project (really The American Gut Project) and it gave a lot of data but no interpretation so was pretty useless to me!
    I more recently had one done with Chuckling Goat and got a great report along with a phone conversation to interpret the report and results. They also provide recommendations on products to improve the gut health based on your own results. My nutritionalist was Chelsea and she was so helpful. Wish I hadnt wasted money on The British Gut Project now! Although those results are providing a bigger picture to help scientists learn more about global gut health patterns. Its a Crowd Funding project and more for their benefit than yours.

  • posted by  Ageinggracefully on Gut health in ostomates
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    I’m also interested in this as my mother had a colonectomy 25 years ago and now has dementia. My father’s diet has been low fibre for this time, with negative health impacts. Now they’re living with me I’m trying to find a diet that supports the health of my father and I that doesn’t mean cooking differently for my mother.

  • I’ve had this same question too! I saw one recipe with sourbread. And I’m confused that there is paneer (though happy because I indulged in it two nights ago!! 😂) in one recipe, and white potatoes in another. I prefer clear black and white but am coming to accept this diet isn’t like that!

    I also have had a vegan parmesan and don’t know what would be worse… The dairy in real parmesan (though I’m vegetarian so would be finding a veggie version) or the chemicals in fake!! 😂

  • Hi all,

    I’m new here, I’m 37 and vegetarian. I used to take iron tablets to supplement but after a bout of antibiotics (erythmycin) that I had to stop on day 3 because I felt so unbelievably nauseous, I stopped absorbing iron in tablet form. This was a year ago last August and I’ve been on liquid iron ever since. I did try going back on tablets when the liquid ran out in November, thinking of course my gut would be healed by then, and was amazed how quickly I crashed.

    I’m excited to join the community and am hoping by following the plan my gut can heal and absorb iron more efficiently again. Has anyone had experience of this happening? I’m lucky that I don’t experience gut pain or symptoms, but I have been battling fatigue for the last four years (even when my iron levels are well maintained) so I’m hoping this will help with that too.

    I’ve been intermittent fasting (16:8 daily) for the last month so this is the next step. My liquid iron is full of sugar and breaks the plan but unfortunately I can’t be without it! Looking forward to connecting with fellow gut healers and would love to hear your thoughts, experiences or success stories! 😊

  • posted by  Analogue Girl on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    since my twenties ive developed stomach migraines when ever i eat cooked or uncooked bell peppers ,chillies ,paprika ,cayenne pepper i cant even eat lollies coloured with paprika extract it makes eating out or buying prepared foods problematic . i am fine with tomatoes and potatoes can eat cooked onion and small amounts of spring onion. two of my four daughters have developed the same intolerance in their twenties to the capsicum family. i cant eat foods now with inulin or dietary fibre my diet is returning to childhood one of meat and three veg . As soon as an ingredient label says spice blend i put it back on the shelf .

  • posted by  Janesguts on New colitis sufferer
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    I have had a horrendous year and even worse week. On and off bouts of sickness diarrhoea ,led to me collapsing last week and being rushed to hospital. I’ve now decided to change my diet completely. Mine is hereditary, from my grandmother. Advice grateful.

  • posted by  LBanger on Can't get to GP – Help Diagnose My Symptoms :)
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    I am only new to this website, so my post is quite delayed but if it helps you then it is worth sharing.

    Your symptoms sound similar to mine. I had a colonoscopy to reveal no signs of celiac or other related issues. My symptoms were bloating and gas after meals, constipation, fatigue and sometimes headache. Long term it created a fatigue pattern and very low immunity. I was “diagnosed” with SIBO and treated with a course of Vancomycin (a pretty brutal antibiotic).

    I am still on the journey but I manage with a low-FODMAP diet. I have identified that Fructose and Lactose are the worst offenders of the lot, and it is through trial and error that I have realised this. I am still looking for a long term solution but in the meantime, I have very little pre-biotics in my diet (not ideal).

    Probiotic tablets also sometimes flare up my digestion issues. I hope this has been helpful. Hopefully more research in this area will continue to help the global sufferers!

  • It was like reading about myself! so frustrated by multiple attempts to find source of problem. At the moment am finding best results by having small meals i.e. dividing normal portion 2/3 and having other third later in the day. Although this helps there are still days of constant nausea and dreadful diarrhea. Any suggestions very welcome. BTW I take a pro-biotic and IBS over the counter relief.

  • posted by  IKeeptrying on IF with acid reflux
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    Hi I’d like to try 16:8 As part of my efforts to lose weight and I’m wondering is it ok if you have Gastro oesophageal reflux disease GORD which I take omeprazole for. Basically I try to avoid fatty spicy foods or anything that I know might trigger the acid reflux etc.

    Has anyone got any experience of this please?

  • posted by  K2 on Fast 800 and is my IBS diagnosis just a "we don't know" diagnosis?
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    Hello,

    I’ve joined here in my vain attempt to basically eat without my stomach doubling in size. I have been diagnosed with IBS but it seems to be a diagnosis arrived from “your stomach gets enormous, you sometimes have gas, all the tests are clear, you must have IBS”.

    I’ve had the camera up and down (all clear), I’ve kept food diaries (can’t pinpoint anything), but my stomach looks like I am about to give birth 3 times a day, and deflates to flat if I go without food for about 3-4 hours. I have googled and have heard there is a medical difference between a bloated stomach and a distended one, whereas I thought they were the same thing. I don’t know which I have then.

    Because of this, I don’t know whether to follow the Fast 800 and only include low-FODMAP foods or not. Is there a low-FODMAP version, with recipes/meal plan anywhere that I could try?

    Can anyone else see themselves in what I wrote and did you make a breakthrough to discover what is going on and how to stop it?

    Thank you!

  • posted by  Doots on Intermittent eczema and flakey skin
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    Suffered from intermittent itchy red eczema patches (often stress related) and flakey skin since childhood. Began intermittent fasting August 2019 and noticed skin changes within a month. I have lost about 2 stone over several months and feel much fitter. My wife said skin shedding is no longer there (no dust inside clothes !) and skin looks much better. (We have been married 51 years) . I still have itchy skin and wonder will this eventually reduce now I have changed my diet. Anyone else notice this when changing their diet?

  • posted by  Frogusmelus on Carb Free?
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    Hi,

    I have completed the 8 week blood sugar diet in the past very successfully (although the weight has crept back on). I am a type 2 diabetic, and I have found that the only way I seem to be able to bring my sugars under control is to avoid all processed carbs inc rices and all potatoes. Can I follow the clever guts diet without the grains, sweet potatoes etc or are they essential to the diet?

    Thanks in advance!