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  • posted by  Eagle on Salicylates
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    Vassily are you still on your amine and salicylate diet and have you ever taken antibiotics.

  • posted by  whitty on confused by meal plans
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    Sorry, I don’t have an answer for you but I do have the same question. Just reading the book for the second time and noticed this too. Eager to get started 🙂

  • posted by  janeish on Seaweed
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    I am interested in the seaweed capsules as I have hidradenitus suppurativa (blocked sweat glands). Fortunately it isn’t to severe as I have zinc capsules which has helped settled it but not totally and thought the tablets could be beneficial. If I could be told where to purchase them would be helpful.

  • posted by  subjy on Apple cider vinegar side effects
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    i’ve had life ending constipation off and on for a year now and while looking for remedies saw acv promoted as this cure all, no negative side effect, miracle elixir, so i incorporated it into my diet, drinking about 4 tsp daily diluted in water. my stomach problems eventually went away with the introduction of probiotic pills into my diet, but about 2 months ago i decided i wanted to improve my health and change my diet. i started drinking acv again and tried various different diets, and by the end of the 2 months, my stomach was completely destroyed and clogged up again. it suddenly hit me that i started to get these problems about a week or two after i started drinking acv again. the reason it took me so long to see the obvious was because literally 100% of the internet promotes acv as a miracle elixir with zero negative side effects. i couldn’t fathom it effecting me negatively but it literally caused the complete degradation of my digestion and the quality of my life. it also then hit me that i was drinking a mild acid for months. how is that a good thing? how is that not something to be weary of? i got completely off acv, avoided trigger foods for a weak, and my digestion was back to 100%. moral of the story, don’t listen to anyone, just listen to your body. for example, people with gastritis are recommended to avoid milk but to consume real greek yogurt, but the exact opposite is the case for me. yogurt makes me feel nauseous and like shit and milk almost has a soothing effect on my stomach. don’t believe the hype and the miracle cures. listen to your body and find what works for you.

  • posted by  suzywoozy on confused by meal plans
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    Hi
    I have read the book and decided to start the remove and repair section. Looking at the meal plan included in the book it seems to include quite a few recipes with onions or garlic in when earlier in the book it suggests that strong prebiotics such as these should not be included in this phase. It also includes broccoli and some other vegetables which are listed as high in fibre and also to be omitted during this phase.

    Did people tend to stick to the general advice in this part or the menu plans. I am a little confused!

    Thanks

  • posted by  Tirion on Porphyria
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    Is anyone dealing with porphyria? I have Acute Intermittent Porphyria and am trying to work out Intermittent fasting, 5:2, Mediterranean diet, etc, with AIP, and weight loss and diabetes.

  • posted by  Tirion on Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
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    It’s taken me years to figure out mine is from Acute Intermittent Porphyria and migraines. I focus on avoiding triggers, I use Stemetil which calms the nausea, and have a recovery plan which includes grazing on sweet rice pudding (high carb is the remedy for AIP). Not much help for you. Journal your symptoms and look for patterns, triggers, and do lots of research.

  • posted by  The Snipe on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    @ Firefox. Firstly I should clarify that by stating I was intending to combine diets, all I meant was to take the best aspects of each. In no way am I intending to eat an imbalanced diet. Firstly, because of my gut problems, I am embarking on an elimination diet… The Low Fodmap diet, to see what is causing my issues. However, this is only a temporary phase. Secondly, because the Paleo Diet avoids foods that can cause food sensitivities, I have to take it into consideration if I find dairy or gluten to be the issue. That this diet damns all processed food is the big plus for me and if I discover sensitivities, incorporating it’s options may be the way to go.

    However, the Mediterranean Diet is the ideal all-rounder for me, minus any processed food products and if I can tolerate carbs and dairy. I’m aware that red wine, fruits and vegetables can counteract the various toxins we ingest, but not if they are overwhelmed by bad eating habits. Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil and avocadoes, for example, have a large AGEs content. All fats do, including healthy fats.

    If the daily recommended intake of AGEs is around 7000 or less, adjusting our diets to this figure would obviously be the thing to do. Becoming aware of the AGEs content in foods is the place to start.

    I have chronic gastritis. Apparently, I ruined my stomach lining with Ibuprofen. I had prepyloric lesions and moderate inflammation, although I feel it’s a lot better now, and I have diverticular disease with large and small mouthed diverticuli throughout my entire colon. This year, I have had problems since March. My doctor has no idea how to deal with it and tried me on pancreatic enzymes and Colofac without success. Her best advice is to let my gut heal by doing a liquids only for a few days, then introduce low fat dairy/bland foods (white bread etc), next is light protein such as eggs, fish and lean chicken. Fibre is the last thing to be re-introduced. I am having to do this sometimes several times a year. I believe there is something more to it than diverticulitis.

    Trying to eat a well-balanced diet is next to impossible under these conditions. I need to be proactive and find out what’s behind it.
    Carbonated drinks; artificial sweeteners; sugar (for the most part); saturated fats and fruit juice have all been eliminated from my diet.
    I suspect food intolerances I don’t know about. I already know I can’t tolerate certain vegetables and fruits. For example, I can’t have chillies with skin and seeds, but I can tolerate a tiny amount of chilli powder. Capsicum has become a no-go, cranberries are a disaster. I can eat blueberries, a few grapes, one plum or fig, but dried fruits such as dates, sultanas, currants and raisins are diabolically bad.

    My digestive system is slowly returning to my normal, which still isn’t good enough.
    I intend to try fermented foods and probiotics. I’m already using natural yoghurt and natural apple cider, which, incidentally has help my stomach amazingly well. Heartburn and indigestion disappears minutes after taking a tbsp with 100ml water. Also, it seems to be helping my sluggish digestion. My food was tending to sit in my stomach for hours, or at least it felt that way. Having a glass of water 2 hours after eating usually causes indigestion, so I suspect part of my problem may be low stomach acid. That may be because I had my gallbladder out years ago due to severe pain and gallstones. One year later I had a large gallstone lodged in my bile duct, which has probably damaged it.

    There is so much conflicting information out there regarding healthy foods. I trust Dr Michael Moseley’s take on things, but he doesn’t mention advanced glycation end products’ (AGEs) at all. Maybe he feels the research is inconclusive. Although all the scientific studies I read said otherwise.

  • posted by  KiwiPadThai on Probiotic pills
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    For NZ and Australian users of this forum, Nutralife do probiotics with the HOWARU strains and they have one with 50 billion CFUs of various strains (L. acidophilius, B. animalis ssp. lactis, HOWARU B. animalis ssp. lactis, B. breve, B. logum, L. casei, L. paracasei, L. plantarum, L. salivarius ssp. salivarius, L. rhamnosus and L. delbrueckii ssp. bulgarius). I take this probiotic due to the variety of strains and number of CFUs.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    I am sorry you misinterpreted my post as being patronising. It was intended to convey concerns, based on my experience working in and studying healthcare, my last roles being in lifestyle (nutrition/ physical activity).

    AGEs are only one factor in the overall impact of a wholefood or processed food, ditto individual macronutrients or micronutrients. Each nutrient and each food enhances or countracts the effect of other nutrients and foods.

    In the Mediterranean diet serving sizes and types of cheeses and meats is restricted. There is a strong emphasis on fish and seafood which has a vrry different, complementary fatty acid profile. Different regions/ countries consume more or less extra virgin olive oil, but often pressed from their own trees and balanced with similar fats from wholefoods (whole olives, avocados, certain nuts).

    In my career I saw only a handful of people eating a balanced and varied wholefood diet. Nome at all who were trying to combine eating plans. That includes co-workers, other health professionals, relatives, friends, even myself for periods of time! I have seen and felt the impact of restricrive, imbalancrd diets, abd wish for no more rhan to help others avoid or recover from that.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Jane Walsh
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    That certainly doesn’t stop you reviewing the overall balance and variety of your diet (especially inflammatory carbohydrates, anti inflammatory fats, prebiotic fibres). Nor does it stop you including a variety of sea vegetables in your daily diet.

    Your family doctor may be willing to refer you to an NHS dietician or dermatologist to discuss evidence-based changes to your diet, supplement extracts and lifestyle.

    HTH!

  • posted by  The Snipe on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    Hi Firefox7275, The problem is conflicting information in regard to ‘healthy fats’ and animal protein. Drizzling olive oil over everything, eating cheeses and meats… sounds wonderful. But all these items have high levels of ‘advanced glycation end products’ (AGEs) and I have yet to find a table that lists average amounts of AGEs in unprocessed foods, such as a tablespoon of oil or one slice of wholegrain bread. I understand it’s a lot harder to measure AGEs than calories, but the amount the average person eats has been shown to cause mutation and changes in DNA. So this is no lightweight matter.

    I’ve researched all the diets, Firefox, thoroughly, and I’ve tailored my own, based on my personal medical issues. I don’t need your patronising input on my diet. My main reason for being in this forum is to discover what others have learned about AGEs. It seems that we need to keep our daily AGEs intake to below 6000 – 7000, the body can’t cope with eliminating more than this. The average intake in the US is approximately 14500 per day.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Jane Walsh
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    Sea vegetables is a diverse family so, like all plant foods, they vary in nutrients and potential health benefits.

    It is worth re-reading Dr Pia Winberg’s comments on the seaweed threads

    http://www.cleverguts.com/forums/topic/seaweed/

    http://www.cleverguts.com/forums/topic/seaweed-and-psoriasis/

    It seems the research is very new and ongoing, so unfortunately it is unlikely any other products have been tested for psoriasis.

  • posted by  Beddardo on Jane Walsh
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    I don’t know about supplements, but I use these seaweed flakes in my cooking and food (actually, just added some to a kraut last night, so will have to see how that turns out) and it’s really good and local (well, for me anyway :).

    https://www.cornishseaweed.co.uk/

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    The Mediterranean diet specifically is rich in monounsaturated fats (olives/ avocados/ some nuts/ outoor reared dairy) and in omega-3 polyunsaturates (oily fish/ some seeds). There is also some of the only anti inflammatory omega-6 CLA (outdoor reared dairy and meat). A strong body of evidence supports the health benefits of these.

    The Mediterranean diet also includes some fats that are unhealthy when consumed in excess: omega-6s (many nuts) and saturates (dairy/ land animal meats).

  • posted by  Jane Walsh on Jane Walsh
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    I ‘ve read somewhere on here that seaweed supplements can help psoriasis. Has anyone any suggestions of brands and where I can get them in uk

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    What most healthy eating plans have in common is cutting back hard on low nutrient or inflammatory carbs (sugars/ processed starches/ alcohol) and fats (omega-6s, some saturates) whilst increasing fibre and nutrient rich plants (veggies/ beans/ lentils/ seeds/ some nuts) and essential or anti inflammatory fats (oily fish/ organic eggs/ olives and avocados/ seeds/ some nuts/ cocoa/ more oily fish).

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    In lifestyle diseases/ ageing/ inflammation the type and amount of macronutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates) is important. Ditto the antioxidants in the diet.

    Combining four diet plans with personal tastes, household budget and local food availability is highly likely to end in a poorly balanced, restrictive diet.

    You mention very little that you are planning to consume (alcohol, probiotics from dairy), but nothing about the wide variety of food types that supply prebiotic fibres, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids for the health of all the organs (inc. Heart and gut) and to counterect inflammation.

  • posted by  The Snipe on AGEs is the abbreviation for 'advanced glycation end products'
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    AGEs (advanced glycation end products) seems more than a little scary. I have to wonder if all the healthy fats in the mediterranean diet are really so healthy, taking AGEs into account. Does anyone know about this?

    I’m a 69 year old woman with a long history of digestive issues. I live in Auckland, New Zealand.
    I purchased ‘The Fast Diet’, and immediately put the plan into action. I lost 3kg in two months without watching calories 5 days of the week.

    My doctor did a full blood count recently and told me I needed to go on statins, as my cholesterol was 7.2., but I said no… I’d improve my diet. In the last few months, I’ve been researching nutrition online. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I bought and read Michael’s latest book, “The Clever Gluts Diet” and wow! An impressive and extremely worthwhile read.

    I think I’ve decided on a combo diet. Starting with an FODMAP diet, then onto a combination of Paleo (unprocessed) and Mediterranean (red wine), while also doing the 5/2 Fast Diet.
    I also intend to make my own kefir, yoghurt, possibly sambuca and try my hand at sauerkraut etc.

  • posted by  Gortolo on Tap water
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    That is hard to tell without testing it.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Pumpkin porridge
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    What is the difference in how each is made/ ingredients/ nutrients?

    AFAIK here in the UK we only have “coconut milk” as tinned liquid or dried powder. It is made as per the Wikipedia definition. The refrigerated products are mostly multi ingredient dairy substitutes (“drink” or “yoghurt”) or coconut water.

    If the two types you can buy are similar in nutrients, go for the one with the fewest ingredients/ additives

  • posted by  Smiles on Potato starch survey
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    I had my evening meal with a drink of blackcurrent at about 7pm. I mixed about teaspoon of potatoes starch in the dregs of my drink. It left a funny taste in my mouth.
    Went to bed at 10 pm.
    Woke up just once in the night.
    Best nights sleep for years.
    Will be trying the same again tonight.

  • posted by  Smiles on Potato starch survey
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    I would like to be considered for the potato starch survey.
    Bought some yesterday and tried it for the first time and had such a good night’s sleep. Best night in years. Thanks

  • posted by  Vetty100 on Pumpkin porridge
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    Hi. I am part way through reading The Clever Guts Diet. Is the coconut milk in the pumpkin porridge recipe tinned or from the fridge in a carton? Thanks for any advice/help given.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Keto?
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    I agree with GrahamPhillips.

    Keto is very low carbohydrate so tends to be very restrictive, and thus poorly balanced nutritonally. No grains, beans or lentils, few fruits or root vegetables, limited dairy, limited range of nuts and seeds. Servings of animal protein and animal fat tend to be large.

    The initial elimination phase of Clever Guts is somewhat restrictive and low carb, but is only temporary. The reintroduction and ongoing phases emphasise a really wide variety of different foods and are more moderate carb.

  • posted by  Viola on Keto?
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    Has anyone thought that these recommendations seem to be a lot like a keto diet without specifically giving that recommendation? Has anyone tried it? It seems very similar.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Extra virgin olive oil
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    Jonesy22: given how many British and EU food giants bought or sold budget processed beef products adulterated*/ enhanced* with thoroughbred horsemeat back in 2013, tracking and testing can be worked around.

    *delete as you see fit!

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    SO MANY variables with foods, drinks, drugs, daily activities, mental or physical health issues all potentially impacting the bladder symptoms.

    Right now all I can do is try to monitor for patterns, await results of routine smear and STI screen, have planned bloodwork (full count, vit D, liver function, female hormones).Urine glucose by practice nurse, blood glucose last year at hospital. Low-ish risk for type 2 diabetes: healthy weight/ waist, no family history, non smoker, mid 40s, on and off heavy drinker tho.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    Tried both changes, but bladder symptoms continue to come and go. I have considered it could be the start of interstitial cystitis, which could fit with my history of overactive sympathetic nervous system (NHS dermatologist: PP rosacea/ excessive sweating/ anxiety). But I have few night issues with bladder so not classic for interstitial.

    Then it occurred to me that the amitriptyline might be treating the overactive nervous system – inc. bladder – as well as the mental health stuff … Mi afternoon flare might be as blood levels drop?

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    I wondered if something I was eating/ drinking/ taking/ doing after rising was irritating the bladder. The only ‘new’ was the celecoxib, but multiple other changes (eg. increased soft drinks, which are acidic and loaded with sweeteners).

    Practice nurse dip stick tested a urine sample taken mid flare, but clear of infection. Saw GP later same day, we agreed a week off the celecoxib and/ or course of trimethoprim.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    Thanks for your continued interest, Graham Phillips.

    Have history of UTIs but not for many years. This episode started ~6 weeks ago. Classic UTI in triggers and symptoms. Hoping to avoid antibiotics I treated with copious cranberry drink and/ or lemon squash (hate water!). Symptoms on and off. At three weeks prescribed nitrofurantoin, symptoms still on and off but noticed pattern of mid afternoon flare.

  • posted by  Jonesy22 on Extra virgin olive oil
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    I thought this guidance would be on this website (as per the Clever Guts Diet book) but I can’t hunt it down.
    I live in the UK and going off TV food documentaries would expect the larger supermarkets, selling their own brand of cooking oils, would police their sources and even lab test the product before putting their own name on the label. Their reputation rests on it. If I bought a bottle of Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s wine which was below standard then I wouldn’t go down that road again and I’d tell my friends. Cheers.

  • posted by  Firefox7275 on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    Oops sorry. Trying to avoid ‘oversharing’ results in total lack of clarity!

    Flare in cystitis/ urinary tract symptoms mid afternoon. Hoping it’s just an extended irritation/ inflammation after the original UTI and not truly chronic, it has eased somewhat.

    Will certainly discuss again with my GP or at a wellbeing check (in two weeks) if worsening or not resolved. Just had smear and STI screen, due bloodwork at the wellbeing check so most bases covered.

  • posted by  GrahamSPhillips on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    Hi Firefox: are you talking about a flare of gastric symptoms or musculo-skeletal symptoms? one option might be to split the dose – of amitriptyline take 75mg at night and 25mg at noon. Another option is to add in (say) 10mg at noon and increase gradually . The maximum daily dose is 150mg but many people can’t tolerate it.Suggest discuss with your GP?

  • posted by  GrahamSPhillips on Detergents/ emulsifiers in Rx Drugs
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    Hi Firefox – one option would be to split the dose of amitriptyline rather than take 100mg as a single dose. An alternative
    is to take a second dose around noon (start with 10mg and work up). All other things being equal the max daily dose is 150mg – but many people struggle to tolerate the max dose- its very individual . Are you taking other meds and is the flare gut symptoms or other symptoms ? Suggest consult your GP before making any changes tho