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Diet For Intestinal Problems
Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Ever since supplementing extra glutamine in my diet my bowel problems have stopped. How does extra or optimal levels of glutamine benefit the colon?
Feed cells lining it: Glutamine is a crucial nutrient for the cells that line our GI tract. It is proven to be very beneficial for many GI problems. While safe & affordable, unfortunately most doctors know nothing at all about this wonderful treatment. This is because it is natural & affordable, rather than being a drug that can be patented. See http://www.naturalnews.com/033532_l-glutamine_gut_health.html ...Read more
- many digestive problems, many years
- last 3 y., too slow/ineffective bowel movements => spends 2-3hrs on toilet/day
Why? (Diet is OK.)
IBS: If this has been going on for so long you are likely to have a problem with your bowel motility most frequently ascribed to irritable bowel syndrome. There are many effective treatments, but you need to see a doc to establish the diagnosis and prescribe a steady and progressive program of treatment. ...Read more
Ever since I have been on a diet, I have had problems with bowel movements. Is it safe to take laxatives once a week? Also, my husband has kidney failure. He is doing peritoneal dialysis at home. How long can he live on dialysis before he has to have a
Two questions: Laxatives should be last resort. Be sure you have at least 25 grams of fiber per day in your diet. Include prunes, apples, oatmeal, bran. Peritoneal dialysis is effective. Some folks have lived 10-15 years with dialysis before requiring a transplant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have weak intestine sometimes having stool as if of diarrhoea,i am taking medicines. Tell me the diet for early recovery.
I've had Celiac disease for almost 12 years. I was told I can get intestinal cancer for not following the diet. Is that true?
Does eating a very lowfat diet give you more constipation due to lack of food oils in your intestine?
Fiber: In general, the best natural way to "move bowels" is to eat foods with high fiber content. Fiber is material that can't be broken down by our gastrointestinal system and move things along. Oil and oily foods are absorbed by the gut, unless there is some sort of enzyme deficiency, so they aren't effective for what you're suggesting. Very oily foul smelling stools are termed steatorrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i take in protein powder? As i can only have low fibre diet due to i had done a total colectomy(large intestine).
Yes: A pure protein powder has no fiber at all. There are many types of protein powder. If from soy make sure it is non-gmo soy. If whey try to find one from grass-fed cows not given hormones or antibiotics and processed at low temperature such as whey cool by designs for health. Protein powder from hemp seeds is another good choice though make sure it is a pure protein powder without fiber. ...Read more
What to do about connective tissue disease & lack of intestinal peristalsis? I have high fiber diet, drink lots of h20, & exercise daily.
Try Triphala: The things you are doing are wise. I advise trying triphala, a combination of 3 fruits used in ayurvedic medicine, that can improve peristalsis- especially the component known as haritaki. See http://www.Onlyfoods.Net/terminalia-chebula-haritaki.Html and http://www.Planetherbs.Com/specific-herbs/the-wonders-of-triphala.Html triphala is quite safe and not habit-forming. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I wake up each morning at around 3 with stomach or lower intestine cramping like gas. I use metamucill every morning and it's a fairly high fiber diet?
See a physician: Change in bowel habits is an important sign and could indicate something is wrong in your intestinal tract and should be evaluated by a physician to rule these things out. Most likely it is constipation. If you have a normal evacuation of stool, then fiber is good. However, should your evacuation process be abnormal, then too much fiber and/or metamucil will cause bloating, cramping and gas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have bad upper intestinal gas and bloat from IBS diet had been changed and probiotic taken daily. Why does simethicone and fennel tea make it worse?
Every person is uniq: Uniquely different. Bloating and gas is from swallowing air. Try not to swallow or gulp. Intentionally breath calmly and make only small swallows but gas can be painful. See a gastroenterologist and ask their opinion. If simethicone and fennel tea make it worse - dont eat or drink those things. ...Read more
Causes inflammation: There is an old saying that all health problems begin in the gut; while simplistic, it is often true. Intestinal imbalances result in increased intestinal permeability, sometimes called "leaky gut syndrome" which can trigger systemic inflammation, cause food allergies & nutrient deficiencies & toxic overload. See http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/leo-galland-md/do-you-have-leaky-gut-syn_b_688951.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diarrhea? Acid?: If you have a "nervous stomach" you may go by with medicines like Bentyl ( if not >65 y/o) or Xanax ( alprazolam). If you have acid reflux take Prilosec otc 20 to 40 mg before trip, take Tums or Zantac (ranitidine) 150 to 300 mg. If you have frank diarrhea c loose or fluid stools take Imodium or kaopectate otc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Without more info...: ...its hard to say, but there are a variety of intestinal noises that are considered highly specific for pending obstruction, hypermotility, etc. Only examination can determine the significance of your abdominal sounds and/or symptoms. ...Read more
Sure it can...: Esophagitis/spasm, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis/gallbladder trouble, intestional spasm etc..Can cause chest pain...There are certain characteristics symptoms each illness cause..Ie. Frequency/crhonology of symptoms which docs use to tease out which problem you most like have... So if you r having such problems, consult your doc... Best of luck.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Ultrasound cannot penetrate air/gas very well, and therefore cannot produce a decent picture of tissues containing air/gas. Since bowel loops usually contain gas, it is quite difficult to visualized them with ultrasound. Occasionally the appendix or dilated, fluid-filed small bowel loops can be detected by ultrasound, but in general, it is not suitable for evaluating bowel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
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