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I wanted to share something that has been a huge, huge help to my digestion generally and that might be of particular interest to people on this forum. Please note that I have no connection to any of the companies I'm mentioning, do not stand to profit from any orders, and am not making any specific product recommendations. It's the product category -- grain flakers -- that I want to describe. Having talked to a number of friends/acquaintances with IBS, it seems few people have heard of them, and so far I haven't found any reference to them on these forums.If you're not familiar with grain flakers, here's what they are: A grain flaker is a machine that you put grains into (oat, rice, wheat, barley, quinoa, whatever) and it crushes the grains into flakes that look like uncooked oatmeal. Once the crushed grains come out, you can either eat them like muesli cereal by pouring water/milk/soy milk/yogurt on top, or else you can cook the grains the way you would oatmeal in order to turn the grain into a porridge.I got one of these machines a while ago and have really loved it. The thing that's really great is that you can choose exactly what goes into your cereal depending on your dietary needs and/or restrictions, there's no sugar unless you choose to add it, and you can vary the contents of your cereal depending on how you're feeling at a particular point in time. Excellent for fiber, obviously. Also good if you are trying to do a dietary elimination in order to figure out food allergies. There is the additional benefit that if you crush the grains right before you eat them, the grain contents do not have time to oxidize and so they retain a much higher level of their nutritional content. If you are IBS-C, it may be of interest to note that you can put things like linseed through the machines and the seeds will get crushed, releasing their oil in fresh form. In terms of size, bigger items like nuts or sunflower seeds won't work, and on the other end of things, amaranth is too small. But anything from the size of a sesame seed up to the size of long grain rice works just fine. Although the machines are somewhat expensive, my experience is that I'm saving a lot of money on having to buy specialty cereals, which tend to be pricey, so I think you'd certainly get your money back over time.If you think you might be interested, do note that there are three basic model types: - the manual counter top model (which must be clamped to a *solid* counter ledge, and you need room for the clamp), - the manual wall model (be aware that you will need room to be able to turn the crank), and - the electric model (great, but more expensive). Don't confuse these grain FLAKERS with grain MILLS or grain GRINDERS -- they're not the same thing! The mills/grinders will turn your grain into flour rather than turning it into flakes. Grain flakers you can order from the UK:http://www.wholisticresearch.com/shop/home/m/Shop/c/15/Grain flakers you can order from the US:Eschenfelder brand: http://www.biosupply.com/eschenfelder.htm#SR%201200Komo brand (Komo has other manual ones other than these, but I can't find them for sale in the US - check the German website below): http://www.yourethecure.com/cart.php?targe...category_id=344http://www.yourethecure.com/cart.php?targe...category_id=344And a wide selection of flakers from a German website. Germany is where most of these flakers are produced (this website is mostly in English, but it's not clear whether they will ship outside of Europe, they say it depends on location and that you should email them to ask - writing in English should be fine):http://www.perfektegesundheit.de/shop/defa...amp;language=enHope this info is helpful to someone out there. I appreciate all of you being on this forum. Since I'm going through my own little drama at the moment and you've been so supportive, I wanted to give back. If you have questions re: grain flakers, feel free to ask...
 
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