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Hello,

I'm new to this forum but have had IBS-D for most of my life.

In trying to loose weight I started Intermittent Fasting and had great results but also noticed my IBS is gone. I mean solid poops only once or twice a day. It's been about a month sense my last diarrhea.

I eat only from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and fast for 16 hours. In the morning I only have black coffee until 12:00pm. Nothing in my diet has changed except breakfast. To be sure I started eating my breakfast for super for a few days just in case but still no IBS.

Hopefully this helps someone else.
 

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Hey ics, I've been intermittent fasting, one meal a day, for other reasons than IBS-D. Someone else with IBS-D seems to have had success with fasting as well.

I've read some info on diarrhea in the past, and one advice that's always given is to eat sufficiently to cope with the loss of nutritional value due to the chronic diarrhea. I wonder if you were ever worried about this aspect? Has it been something you've taken into consideration?

Anyway, great that this has helped you and that you made this post to possibly help others!
 

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Hi Candide

I am not sure what you mean because my diarrhea is completely gone when intermittent fasting. Isnt that good?
If I was intermittent fasting while getting diarrhea I think the loss of nutrition would be a concern
 

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ics, that's really interesting.

So, how long (how many periods, or episodes, of intermittent fasting) did it take for you to notice any signs of improvement ?
 

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Yes that's perfectly fine. I mean info articles about diarrhea always advice to continue eating to make up for possible weakness, buy they're not always right and you are the living proof.

If anyone else reading this is interested in fasting, read The Fasting Cure.
Thanks for posting the book link.

I fasted for 24 hours on Thursday or Friday and my intestines definitely feel different. I'm saying to myself, "Could this be the Holy Grail for my IBS-C?"

I'm going to look into doing this for a longer period of time, perhaps 3 days? But not anytime soon. I have to plan it around work and such.
 

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Fast mimicking diet help a lot https://prolonfmd.com/fasting-mimicking-diet/

- The diet

I keep on the diet, Let me suggest You all to read all You can find about the "Fast Mimicking Diet" https://en.wikipedia...ki/Valter_Longo

Dr. Longo's book - Italian language https://www.ibs.it/d...AQ&gclsrc=aw.ds I just do not know if there is an English version of it.

- Vitamin D - better from sun exposure during the safe(healthy) hours of the day;

- Ashwagandha (good quality integrator) - helps with depression and improve sleep quality

http://www.webmd.com...ngredientid=953

- May help somehow also low or (very low) dosage of SSRI drugs Paroxetine OR Citalopram OR (less effective) S-Adenosyl methionine https://en.wikipedia...osyl_methionine

I am actually using low dosage Citalopram, very useful above all for -IBS related -seasonal depression sufferers

- Mebeverine - in my experience not to be taken while using SSRI - https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Mebeverine This drug is one of the most effective in the treatment of IBS and the associated abdominal cramping.

- Deep bowel massage : http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/topic/330266-deep-bowel-vibration-therapy/

This is only my experience, I am not a doctor.

Take care
 

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I'm really happy for you ics. That's really great!

I can't help but wonder if this would help anyone else ?

I also wonder if this is a way to (hopefully) reintroduce troublesome foods, starting with very, very small amounts and very slowly increasing those amounts ?
 

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Yes. Still fasting in the same way with great results
Good for you! I'm very happy for ya!

I tried a 7 day water fast but my IBS-C came back in about 5 days. But still? I have no more incomplete evacuation, nor am I fatigued nor really cold after my BM's (this is all common side effects of IBS-C). I don't know if this will last, but there is something to the fast. Definitely.
 

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The things you have suggested have not worked for me.

Im now experiementing with high calorie, high nutrient but low fibre etc foods. I figure the less undigestible foods i eat the better...

Oh and nothing too buliky....less bulk the better.

PN why high calorie and high nutrient? I can meet my nutritional requirements with very small amounts of food if the nutional and calorie contents are high without having to eat the fibre, fructose and so on....

Protien plays an important role..
 

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well, I'm 2 days into a clear liquid fast.. which I started out of desperation when I recently had a huge setback. I have been dealing with IBS-D for ~5 years now. I didn't have it diagnosed until a year ago when things got significantly worse after 3 rounds of antibiotics to fight a root-canal related infection. My husband and I farm (organically) to raise pretty much everything that we eat. I went gluten free 5 years ago. I'm one of those nuts who milk the goat for all of our dairy needs (milk, yogurt, kefir, cheeses)... regarding meat- we only eat chicken we have raised. I bake with organic, gluten free flours... so when I realized my problem was IBS-D and that I could no longer enjoy any of our goat milk products (and so many other foods) without spending the next 48 hrs in the bathroom-- I was beyond depressed. I discovered this ibsgroup yesterday and can't stop reading people's stories. I keep thinking about the two young men who have found a cure by using a fecal inplant. It's beyond gross to think of but when you have lived with this disease, as we all have, gross is so second nature, I can almost consider this idea. Does anyone know of more information regarding this? What I have tried is L-glutamine, vitamin D, fish oil, probiotics, collagen, -- which did help me initially but..now this setback. I will report back if this fast makes any difference for me. Thank you to each of you who has taken the time to write your story.
 

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To the person who replied to my initial post- THANK YOU for reaching out to me. I appreciated your advice and words more than I can say. We do not have broadband out here in western Mass. so our internet can be very spotty. I did not respond to your reply in a timely fashion and now I cannot find it. Anyhow- here's my report following a 3 day fast. Day one into the fast I still had full blown symptoms, day 2: I had a type 5 bowel movement. Day 3- a small type 4. delirious happiness. On day four, I had 2 eggs for breakfast, a handful of blueberries and tea. When things calm down, my main triggers are coffee all goat milk products and of course, any alcohol -which I gave up a year ago. So, immediately following the breakfast I had a bad incident and I also began to ache like I never have before- like a heartburn all down the digestive track. I felt very let down.. discouraged, desperate. But! that was the end of diarrhea, so far. for lunch, I had a little homemade sauerkraut and for supper: some white fish, rice and steamed beans. The ache continued, worse after eating but no bowel movements at all. I am proceeding very cautiously- so far so good. The ache continues but it seems a bit better each day. I have ordered 2 supplements from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013OVW0E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00%C2 and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013OVW0E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00 things I am intentionally taking: flax oil, ghee on anything I cook, quercetin with bromalein (for inflammation), L-glutamine (repair intestinal wall), and I am mincing 4 cannabis leaves and eating it raw (many systemic benefits) , sprinkled on cooked eggs. I will continue to report for anyone who is interested.

nobody responded to my inquiries about Dr. Mark Hyman... I wonder if that's because what he has to offer has been thoroughly exhausted? or that no one has heard of him?

http://drhyman.com/%C2 his office is here in western Ma. but for a personal office visit he is out of my price range.

Thank you to all of you for your strength, for being willing to bare your souls and discuss this horrid condition we share and for offering your experience and advice. I am most appreciative.
 
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