rwac, on 10 July 2012 - 02:37 PM, said:
scottknl, on 09 July 2012 - 09:39 PM, said:
IMHO the best way to avoid IBS is to eat a balanced vegan diet (supplemented with B12) and to avoid surgery and the antibiotic drugs that are often prescribed after it.
Let me contrast this with my personal experience. I had to avoid all fiber, and eat white potato, meat (source of glutamine?) and gelatin.
TheKidInside, on 10 July 2012 - 01:50 PM, said:
it seems as though that his IBS got worse when he was consuming more fruits and veggies when he was trying to go gluten-free...we are gonna implement an elimination diet as you've outlined this week but once we've isolated the culprit(s) (let's say raw veggies) they must not be consumed at all in the future? if so, how do you go about ensuring the appropriate nutrient balance in the diet (Sicne you mentioned vegan diet I am even more confused) or could you reintroduce those foods once a decent level of probiotic bacteria has been established in the colon?
His GI tract is currently irritated. So he might want to avoid the irritants for now. It's possible that he will be able to reintroduce the foods at some point. Typically, people try cheating every so often and figure out whether they're still sensitive.
rwac, thanks for your input. Just to clarify, a healthy person would likely avoid IBS with the balanced vegan diet... etc. Meat is very often contaminated with pathogens that can cause some IBS symptoms. Proper cooking/ meat handling blah blah blah... or just eat vegan.
I was not trying to say that Kid's friend should eat this way right now. I certainly couldn't when I was sick for 10+ years with IBS.
IBS is a complex subject and I've seen lots of advice that didn't work for one person and but worked for the original person. This is the reason Chinese medicine is custom prescribed to the individual patient. In my own case, my previous symptoms lined up pretty good with Kid's friend, so I think my advice will be helpful.
Just for clarification, once a good balance of gut bacteria is established, one can slowly resume eating normal foods. But I advise against doing so, because that's what got you into trouble in the first place. Instead, use the opportunity to clean up your diet and optimize what you eat. Hence the advice on vegan diet etc.