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#1 MondayMorning

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:18 AM

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hey all, was just reading another thread and was curious on how i can prepare foods that are easier to digest for the gut?i try to chew my food as much as possible to make it easier, but i don't know if this helps or not. thanks


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#2 Kathleen M.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:27 AM

Chewing food helps, and cooked food generally is easier than raw food.Most of IBS isn't a problem of digestion but a problem with the parts of the food no human can digest and cooking foods can get rid of some of the problematic compounds like sorbitol.For some other foods (beans, primarily) pre-soaking the dried beans and then cooking in fresh water helps as that dissolves out some of the problematic sugars no human digests.IBSers often have issues even with normal gas volumes so these things that reduce the gas anyone would make from the food can help.Avoiding greasy, fatty, heavy, rich foods can help as well as those stimulate the gut more than lighter fare does.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:01 AM

Would digestive enzymes and extracts of papaya help? Does anyone here have any positive experience with that approach?Mark
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:20 AM

I have Mark. I use them when I know I am eating something my gut seems to have trouble with. And I find I have less symptoms afterwards. So I would definitely recommend a good digestive enzyme. BTW I usually take them with the meal.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:32 PM

Hard to know how much plant enzymes help, but some people say they do.Supplements with pancreatin in them (an animal enzyme) can reduce post meal bloating, but that doesn't seem to be from digesting more food than you would without them. Mostly because they are part of the signals used to tell the gut what to do.They need to be taken with meals usually at the start, but it can help me with the way too full after not eating much issue.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:04 PM

Any food that is raw is generally difficult for the body to digest, especially fruits and vegetables. Make sure you cook everything well.

#7 MondayMorning

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 09:33 AM

oh, ok.thanks guys.what does everyone think about frozen foods from the supermarket that are then cooked at home in the oven?

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 09:37 AM

Depends on the frozen food.Are you talking about frozen veggies or complete meals.Will depend on what it in the processed food, the closer it is to real food rather than extruded food like product the more likely it is to have fewer things added that might bother you.If you can't tolerate fat or starch cooked from scratch, you won't tolerate a fatty or starchy meal from the frozen section.
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Posted 16 October 2010 - 11:32 AM

Chopping, cutting, or grinding foods (especially nuts) into small pieces is also suppose to help, though it doesn't seem to make a difference for me but you might as well try.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:06 AM

I take digestive enzymes called Thera-zyme and I have had good luck with them. They are suppose to be some of the best enzymes. I take two capsules before meals and one capsule for snacks. I get them through a ND in Colorado. It is Timothy Long at Long Natural Health. They have one called Thera-zyme Irb for IBS that I want to try as well. Here is some information on them: https://www.longnatu...ducts.asp?P=72I was taking the PAN (multi-food digestive enzyme) but then took the 24-hour urine test and I am going to be ordering the HCL one. I started out with the PAN for months which helped and I still want to try the IrB.He also suggest taking colostrum and a probotic, as does Dr. Snow as per the previous post.As mentioned above, chewing food and really taking the time to chew is important as well.





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