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  • 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!

  • posted by  CoeliacSal on Hello, please help!
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    If you are eating oats are they gluten-free? A lot of oats grown in the UK are grown as a follow on to wheat or barley (and so contaminated in the field) or milled in a facility that also handles gluten. The floating, light stool, bloating etc I get when I have made a mistake (plus a lot of much more serious side effects).

    I am coeliac and am just passing on wisdom from some of my errors.

  • posted by  CoeliacSal on Kombucha
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    Can kombucha be made with herbal teas rather than black, green or white tea?

  • posted by  CoeliacSal on Sauerkraut and a low sodium diet???
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    My GP suggested I try the clever guts diet as she said “it can’t do any harm” and suggested using fermented foods including sauerkraut.

    I am concerned about the amount of salt and the amount of vitamin K. I have to have a low salt and low vitamin K diet. Can I wash the salt from the sauerkraut? I think one portion of commercial sauerkraut (not available at the moment of course) contains more than my day’s salt ration in a single portion of sauerkraut. How much vit K survives the fermenting? Vit K will mess with my INR and I can’t get the regular blood tests at the moment 🙁

  • posted by  Chrissie D on Gut-soothing Bone Broth
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    Hi there,
    Just wondering if someone could tell me if I can cook the Gut-Soothing Bone Broth in a slow cooker ? And if so for about how long?
    Or is it best cooked in a large saucepan as stated in the recipe?
    Thanking you

  • posted by  LittlePod on Lactose intolerance
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    Good day Peeps,
    I have just joined Clever Guts and saw Sashammp’s post regarding lactose intolerance. The issue I have is that I cannot tolerate full fat milk, butter, or cream which started to occur at around the time I was 15, before that we had butter and Gold Top milk (in UK that’s full cream although I have never since a baby been able to eat cheese: all my siblings are cheese eaters. In my older years I can sometime tolerate very small amounts of mozzarella but any overstep makes me bilious and can make me vomit. So I am curious to know how I can follow the Clever Guts Diet without full fat products. I was a heavy smoker but stopped in my late 30’s, and a heavy drinker for 40+ years I am now focused on being teetotal since July 2017 so was thinking about the BSD too but may hit the same problem.
    Any thoughts would be well received after all I have managed thus far without but do want to repay my remarkable body with it’s own joyful retirement. 🙂

  • posted by  Me here on Hello, please help!
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    Hiya
    Sorry you ‘re feeling so rubbish! Your symptoms sound very similar to my daughter before she was diagnosed coeliac – stools, gas, skin, build. Once she started being really strict and cutting out gluten completely she improved massively.
    If you do want a coeliac test though, you have to keep eating gluten, otherwise it’ll show as negative.
    Hope you get sorted

  • posted by  Nate on Purple sauerkraut HELP!
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    old post – but i have the same issue
    In the first 2-3 days there’s a LOT of gas produced, which expands the whole jar – as the bubbles are trapped in the kraut. So it just pushes all the cabbage & liquid up & out of the jar.
    I put my jars into a bowl, they overflow & its a quick cleanup.
    You then just mash it all down again – even using fermenting weights doesnt work – the gas just gets trapped.

  • posted by  Bucks123 on Can't get to GP – Help Diagnose My Symptoms :)
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    Hello!

    I have had gut problems for 2 years, have been waiting for an appointment for tests but due to current situation obviously there is no way to see a doctor and my appointment has been cancelled. So I thought I would try to solve it myself! Having had a good around, I cannot find anything that aligns exactly to my symptoms so wondered if anyone could help me out…

    History
    – Previously no problems or intolerances growing up
    – Was served a frozen tuna in 2017
    – Did a physique competition in 2018 involving strict high-carb and high meat diet and supplements (nothing illegal)
    – I live a healthy lifestyle and am otherwise very happy (barely drink alcohol, exercise and gym daily, no junk food, plenty of water, vitamins)

    Symptoms
    – Inflamed, painful stomach daily (waking me up at night at times)
    – Gassy flair ups after every meal
    – Constipated, but then going daily (no dhiarria) – sometimes discolouring
    – Occasional UTI’s, or a similar feeling
    – Probitics seems to be making symptoms worse (45 days into taking them + cutting out intolerant food – listed below)

    So Far I have tried: –
    – Scans at the hospital – found nothing, but haven’t been able to have my gut tested yet
    – Intolerance tests (discovered a bad intolerance to dairy (which I had already cut out for months) and also gluten (which I have now newly cut out 45 days ago).
    – Plus smaller intolerances to soya and beans, sharp fruits, garlic.

    As mentioned, I have cut out all the above and been taking probiotics but symptoms are worse than ever. I’ve been listening to some fascinating podcasts, but nothing they talk of seems to align directly with the symptoms I have.
    If anyone can shine any light on the above it would be a massive help in this unique time where its difficult to see a doctor!

  • posted by  lookingforhealth on Hello, please help!
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    The yellow colour and floating suggest there are fats that are undigested.
    no idea what it is/could be. hope you find out soon.

  • posted by  drof on Hello, please help!
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    Hello everyone,

    please tell me if anyone has a clue what might be wrong with me, or if anyone has had the same symptoms.

    MY SYMPTOMS:
    – I usually have very loose stool, multiple times a day, commonly a brighter/yellowish color, stool is very light: it floats on water and is difficult to flush; undigested food particles are not uncommon (especially seeds)
    – occasionally excessive and very smelly farting can occur
    – I have acne
    – I am quite skinny (although I am gaining muscle recently due to bodyweight training)

    MY LIFESTYLE:
    – I generally feel very good almost all the time
    – I am a whole-food vegan (no sugar, white flour, oil, etc.)
    – I eat oats every day, otherwise my diet is diverse and rich in fruit and veggies
    – I don’t eat wheat and avoid bread in general
    – I exercise very often
    – I drink water kefir frequently, eat kimchi and tempeh occassionaly
    – I do yoga and meditation daily, go for walks in nature frequently; stress levels are very low (at least as it seems to me)

    So it seems like I’m living the healthiest possible life and also feel great, but my digestion and acne don’t go away. My doctor gave me enzymes, but it didn’t help. Now I am waiting for colonoscopy, which will be in a few months. Any ideas what’s wrong with me? What should I do?

  • posted by  Cleedham on Kombucha
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    Hi, I bought a kombucha kit on Amazon about 6 months ago and have made about 50 gallons so far. It is so easy and delicious I wanted to share what I have learned. I boil 4 cups of water in a pan then add 8 green tea bags, letting it sit for 20 plus minutes. Meanwhile I add about a teaspoon of chopped fruit (orange or pineapple are great) to each of 6 pop top bottles (Amazon again) then about a cup of kombucha from a previous gallon brew 7 to 10 days old (after relocating the scoby and some liquid to a large bowl), I then add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to each bottle and then fill it with kombucha. These are then stored in the box the bottles came in for 7 to 10 days. Back to the pan of tea, I remove the tea bags and stir in 1 cup of sugar. I then rinse the gallon jar after pouring any remaining kombucha into the bowl and then fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with cold water. I then add room temperature water until it is between 68 and 80 degrees ( I have a temperature strip on the jar). At this point I add the scoby and left over liquid and then top up with water. I then stir it and attach cloth to cover opening. My original instructions suggested testing the pH level but I do not.
    The steps above have evolved after trial and error and start to finish take about 40 minutes. I do not burp the bottles. After about a week I put 2 bottles in the fridge, replacing them after consumption. I strain the liquid before drinking. I am now up to 3 gallon jars, bottling every 4 days. Every bottle has been delicious.
    Hope this helps, please ask if you have any questions.

  • posted by  kritinmh on Penut
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    Hi

    I have been reading the book about better gut diet and there is not mention peanut.
    Is ok to integrate them into my diet when I follow this recommendation in how to have better gut health.
    I am just wondering because I have been looking into some other advice for better gut health and then the peanut is on the ban list.
    with my best Kristín M

  • posted by  trishd on Kombucha
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    I have bought mine via Amazon a couple of days ago (no surprise). I am yet to action it, its quite daunting but so keen to make this new knowledge a way of life, good luck.

  • posted by  KA new starter on Kombucha
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    Hi just starting out on this journey. can someone tell me the best place to buy a Scoby to start making Kombucha.

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Live Yoghurts
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    You need some Kefir Grains and organic whole milk (I use T@scos), a jar and a nylon sieve and a spatula. Its pretty simple! Put the grains and milk in the jar, ferment at room temp for 24 hours ish, strain, and return the grains into fresh milk and repeat.
    I purchased my grains here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Organic-Milk-Kefir-Grains-Live-Tibetan-Mushroom-Superfood/303191821136?hash=item4697a40b50:m:mh4fQNmRT9LW6RCPB1B6-rg the instructions are here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c2vuA2OQTw.
    I ferment mine until the curds separate from the whey then strain, that leaves me with super thick, tangy kefir that can be eaten with a spoon like Greek yogurt. I’m guessing the extended fermenting time would also reduce the lactose and allow more bacteria and yeasts to form. Hope that helps

  • posted by  Malaguena25 on Live Yoghurts
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    Hi there,

    I’ve tried, but I’m very sensible to lactose so I get a difficult digestion when I do. Lea Gogos supplement just really work wonders for me!

    Do you have a recipe for the home made kefir? That sounds like something I’d love to try! 😍

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Live Yoghurts
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    Hi Malaguena25
    I wonder if you actually need to take the Lea Gogo supplement prior to consuming Kefir as Kefir is supposed to be low in Lactose.
    From Google:
    ‘The lactic acid bacteria in fermented dairy foods — like kefir and yogurt — turn the lactose into lactic acid, so these foods are much lower in lactose than milk. … Summary Kefir is low in lactose because its lactic acid bacteria have already pre-digested the lactose’
    Have you tried taking it without?
    Have you considered making your own Kefir. It’s pretty easy and I’d like to think is much more powerful (so more pro biotic) than shop bought (mine certainly seems much more active ((fizzy)) than the shop bought stuff I’ve had and has a stronger flavor (a acquired taste that I’ve come to crave).

  • posted by  JoNanna on hayfever and Lactobacillus paracasei
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    I noticed that Lactobacillus paracasei (two billion CFU’s required per day for 5 weeks.)can be helpful in managing hayfever. I would love to be anihistamine free this spring. Any recommendations for a tablet/or other way in which to get the correct dose?

  • posted by  Malaguena25 on Live Yoghurts
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    I’ve been drinking this brand’s Kefir for a few weeks almost regularly (3-4 times a week) and it has helped balance my gut out so much! I’m also lactose intolerant so I just take a lactase supplement from Lea Gogo before the refit and it works perfectly for me! I can recommend also the Biotyful Kefir, I bought mine at Morrisons and the Lea Gogo supplements I bought on their website : http://www.leagogo.com.

    Can you recommend some probiotics that have helped you? I’ve been using the ones from Holland and Barret but I’m not sure I love them.

  • posted by  BeattieC on Hi Everyone
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    I have been having IBS issues too. If it was only the stomach problems then I could live with it but the persistent tiredness and braig fog is utterly depressing. Here’s hoping a change in diet will bring some relief.

  • posted by  Whiteearth on Carbohydrates in Clever Guts recipes
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    Hi NormskiB, assuming the apricots are dried they will be quite high in carbs. Have you used the my fitness pal app? Check it out and you can add the ingredients of these bars and it should give you a more accurate idea of its nutritional value.

  • posted by  PepperVolcano on Raw Peppers (Bell) Intolerance
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    Anyone want to see an instant Human volcano? Bell Peppers and Cubanelle Peppers will get an immediate vomit reaction from me, like fire to gasoline. Everyone I have ever known has tried to tell me that I must have had some kind a bad experience related to Green Pepper. They couldn’t be more right. It’s the Green Pepper itself. From the time I started eating food as a toddler, I respond to them the same way as i do now. Immediate instantaneous Gagging and Vomiting. I was slapped out of a chair by a stepfather for it. Why? Because he loved them and was insulted by my immediate gagging response to a breakfast dish he worked so hard to create. Time ad nauseam to my suffering everyone that I have ever met wants me to eat their newest dish with; you guessed it, Green Peppers. I have actually had a person come to my house to cook their favorite secret dish “Steak & Peppers”, for me and my wife. My wife who by the way, knows damn well, that I don’t ever want to see another green pepper for the rest of my natural life. She had no idea that what the dish was. I even warned him that we were okay as long as he wasn’t cooking with green peppers. He laughed and said, “Don’t Worry About!” As soon as the G.P.’s hit the frying pan, I jumped to my feet, Looked at my wife in total disbelief. Before I embarrassed my wife, I had to immediately leave our apartment before the G.P. Volcano goes full Blown. I couldn’t even be in my own apartment while it was being cooked. So I had to leave before the Vomit Volcano Started. Once the Nausea faded, I headed for Micky-D’s for dinner. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t try to get over this, because I tried. LORD….! That was a huge mistake. Whatever I did manage to get down, caused me to have gas, cramps and diarrhea. I did that for me just to see if I could get past this. I am Done! Not even for the love of money. Human “Green Pepper” Volcano Out. Mic drop!

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Live Yoghurts
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    Also I note Yeo Valley now do a Kefir yogurt which is advertised as having 14 strains of bacteria. It may be an even better bet if you don’t fancy culturing your own Kefir?

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Live Yoghurts
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    If no one objects to you advertising Sainsbury’s and Waitrose i would think you can get away with mentioning the yogurt brand 🙂
    We buy Yeo Valley Natural and use it to culture our own….. other brands are available…..

  • posted by  Yakon on Live Yoghurts
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    I buy a live organic yoghurt, which is available in most supermarkets, at least Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Don’t know if I break advertising rules by mentioned it by name. Just look at the cartons of plain whole yoghurt for the word live.

  • posted by  Katie Rose on Live Yoghurts
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    Hello Everyone – have just read Michael’s book from end to end and excited about getting going. However, could someone tell me which supermarkets, if any, sell Live yogurts? My nearest health food store is miles away. Many thanks.

  • posted by  NormskiB on Carbohydrates in Clever Guts recipes
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    As a Type 1 diabetic, I count carbohydrates in my meals and adjust my insulin accordingly. How many carbs are their in the recipe for Apricot and Pistachio Bars ? They are delicious, but I’m guessing carb content. Can anyone help ?

  • posted by  lannaci on Probiotics and infant gastroschisis
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    No idea, but I can strongly suggest you not to follow the suggestions on the internet since it’s a baby you are talking about. Better to take only professional help.

  • posted by  lannaci on Hi Everyone
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    Hi everyone, newbie here! I’ve been fighting with irritable bowel syndrome for years and I’m here to learn from your experiences.

  • Hi all!

    The mailserver we use to send you the topic subscription emails — the ones you receive each time someone posts on a topic if you’ve subscribed to it — is undergoing maintenance from Friday night until Saturday afternoon (UK time).

    Topic subscriptions will be disabled during this time. We won’t send catch-up emails so you’ll get new posts from the point it’s re-enabled on Saturday afternoon.

    We don’t have the exact times this will all be done, I’m sorry, but will try to minimise the disruption.

  • posted by  SimonH on Microbiome testing in New Zealand
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    Thanks for sharing that I really appreciate it.

    Do you think the antibiotics helped at all? or you feel there was no noticeable benefit?

    Yes, I’ve been considering the microbiome test. However, I hadn’t heard of Bioscreen before reading this thread and I’m wondering if they’re no longer in business since I can’t find their website. There’s a functional website for Bioscreen in the USA which I think is unconnected and nothing in Victoria. Do you think they were connected with uBiome (a big name in microbiome no longer operating as of this year)?

    Other microbiome options:
    – DayTwo is another option but that requires a trip to the US (which DayTwo actually didn’t recommend when I asked them) and also seems more focussed on diabetics and GI (although I think IBS is also considered in their research). They seem to be backed by at least some peer reviewed science.
    – Viome can be done in Australia but doesn’t seem to be backed by independent peer reviewed science (yet). It doesn’t mean what they’re doing is invalid but it doesn’t fill me with confidence. However I’ll probably do it just to roll the dice and see if I get any useful insights (it requires a trip to Australia though).

    Have you tried reducing carbohydrates with FODMAPs specifically? Not sure if it’s relevant to leaky gut but I’ve had good results with IBS (diarrhoea type). If I avoid /reduce these foods I’m generally free of symptoms. It’s useful but not a cure of course and I’m not sure which of the foods I really need to avoid. How does one diagnose leaky gut btw?

    I just looked up Dr Jason Hawerlak. I like his bio – looks promising. I see he’s in Tasmania, you’re going to fly over there? Do you know which company he uses for the testing?

  • posted by  Buhler on Microbiome testing in New Zealand
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    Hi Simon,
    Six months in and it has definitely helped. We are still doing a low carb, no sugar way of eating and that makes a big difference. If we ( my husband also did the program) go off the rails a bit and start eating to many carbs or sugar then things start to go down hill. So I’m not sure if we are totally cured of these bad bugs but as long as we stick to the diet we’re good. And we’re not too anal about what we eat. There’s lots of delicious things. We don’t do Keto but just low carb.
    Yes we did do the antibiotics and they didn’t seem to cause any problems. Although I think if I had my time over I probably wouldn’t. If you look into Dr Jason Hawerlak from Tasmania I think he has a better approach. I am going to get my follow up test done through him I think.
    Are you thinking of getting the test done?

    Cheers
    Lyndal

  • posted by  SimonH on Microbiome testing in New Zealand
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    Hi Lyndal,
    Six 7 months on, do you have any updates? Really interested to know. Did take the antibiotics? Did they work?
    Thanks,
    Siimon.

  • posted by  mrRandallgrort on New and excited!
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    I can not participate now in discussion – it is very occupied. But I will be released – I will necessarily write that I think on this question.

  • posted by  Dce3 on Die off symptoms from Kefir?
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    I am currently going through a stomach bug now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it definitely may have been the milk kefir I’ve been drinking three days before my stomach bug. I have had the worse indigestion, stomach bug, feeling nauseous, diarrhea, constipation. To the point I CANT MOVE!
    I’m on day 5 of this, and my stomach isn’t back to normal. I’ve backed off and now only taking about 100mls instead of drinking a cup (about 430mls), or probably just going to back off completely.

    Shouldn’t have done smoothies so soon with it. I’ll keep you updated !

  • posted by  EmjT82 on Gut health after colostomy
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    I am in a similar predicament. I have had a Total Colectomy, a Proctectomy and I now have a Kock Pouch (aka BCIR or Continent Stoma). I have purchased very good quality pre and probiotics and I am going to take 1 serve of each orally every morning and a second dose just after I empty my Pouch before bed but instead of taking them orally I will be mixing them into 50ml of water and injecting the mixture directly into my Pouch. My surgeon believes this will give me the best chance of improving my microbiome in light of the unavoidable depletion of my immune system, due to my physical condition. Has anyone else tried this?

  • posted by  hebbo137 on Microbiome testing
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    Found this website https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/microbiome-test/. Its a UK based company that sells Kefir goats milk and other gut health products. They also now offer microbiome testing with a personalised eating plan for £125. Its says on their site that they are registered with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), and they have an excellent rating on Trustpilot. I am considering using them for testing, just wondering if anyone has any experience with them.

  • posted by  Lyndy on Probiotics and infant gastroschisis
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    Does anyone have information on the importance of probiotics in infant gastroschisis regarding a 6 month old baby who has been through a few operations and a lot of antibiotics and pain killers and gut is struggling to perform correctly

  • posted by  Four foot nine on Gut health after colostomy
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    Has anyone out there had similar surgery to me? I had an emergency colostomy last year ( Hartmann procedure) and have recovered very well. I can eat almost anything, despite the dire predictions from some quarters. However, having read “The Clever Guts” book, I am now wondering if my micro biome is reduced as I have lost a length of gut. Also, I now manage using irrigation, in effect washing out the contents of my bowel every 24hours. It has great advantages in management but I wonder if I am also washing out the good bugs! I have asked several medics but no-one seems to have an answer!

  • posted by  GJane on Skin Conditions and Clever Guts (and maybe a bit of Seaweed)
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    Hi Alex

    How is your skin doing now? Are you still using seaweed? I have recently begun exploring my gut health to reduce chronic inflammation of my skin and eczema alongside Chinese herbs and acupuncture.

    I’ve cut gluten, dairy, massively reduced sugar and alcohol and take a probiotic. All of which appear to be working for me.

    Best Wishes

    Jane

  • posted by  TNM47 on Probiotics recommendations- not sure where to start
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    Hi

    I have gone through early menopause and recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. I am ON HRT as I am too young to start taking the osteoporosis drugs and need to use more vitamins instead. However the HRT has caused alot of bloating. Alsoin order to absorb the vitamins I need to take a good priobiotic – any suggestions?

  • I have bronchiectasis, and 3 years ago I was advised by a respiratory consultant to take a general antibiotic (azithromycin) everyday for the long term. This was following a serious bout of pneumonia and sepsis which hospitalised me for weeks. I was told the antibiotic was necessary to slow down the fast rate at which my lungs were becoming infected and therefore damaged. There was no other way to control this condition in an adult of such an age (28yrs). I was told that I would not be taking the antibiotics for antibiotic properties, but rather for anti inflammatory properties. I was not advised at the time that the main side effect of taking the antibiotics would be symptoms of IBS. I found this fact out last month when it’s almost too late.

    The tablets work wonders for my respiratory health – I can breathe easily each day and my infections are fewer, they stop the damage spreading through my lungs – however I now suffer with IBS, which has been officially diagnosed.

    So my question is do I take the antibiotics everyday to help my lungs or do I stop them and sacrifice my respiratory health? (Believe me I’ve asked a respiratory consultant this and they don’t have an answer, other than you need to see a gastroenterologist. There is currently a 39 week wait in the UK and I am on a work travel visa in Canada.)

    At present I am told by three different respiratory consultants that there is no other treatment option. I’ve seen my gp, I’ve seen dieticians, I’ve seen immunologists. I know there’s a lot more to explore and try with my gut which I’m 100% willing to explore, but how can I ignore treating my respiratory disease in the meantime?

    Every time I think to take an antibiotic, I think of my gut and I stop. Because after 3 years, my gut bacteria, good or bad, will be non-existent!

    My symptoms at present are abdominal pain after I eat, bloating after every time I eat (anything), blood in stools, and diarrhoea occasionally when I eat something that appears to disagree with me (onion, cabbage, spicy food, processed food).

    Please help! Does anyone have a respiratory condition requiring antibiotics and is suffering with their gut also?