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Rumble Girl,I went to you web site and your symptoms sound exactly like mine. I have relatively mild IBS but am still bothered tremendously by the rumblings and noises my stomach makes. Does this low-carbohydrate diet really work?
 

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Hello -Yes I have had continued success by staying away from carb heavy foods since 12-1-99. This weekend I indulged in a cheeseburger and two brownies and within an hour or so I had the noises back just as loud as ever. But there are many carb foods I can eat without any problems as long as I don't eat too much. It takes me 2 days of low carb eating to get rid of the noises once I "cheat." I can't say for sure that your problem stems from carbohydrates, but it's a simple matter of staying away from high carb foods for a few days to see if you have any improvements. Stay away from breads, grains, sweets, fruits, potatoes and carrots mostly. This still leaves many things for you to eat. Most veggies are ok and also berries are low in carbs. You should know in only a few days if this also helps you. Do not confuse eating low carb with eating no carbs... that is not the case at all.Good luck :)
 
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Rumble Girl,Thanks for the response, it sounds like the diet has really worked for you. I only dream that I could get such results. Did you go through any withdrawal when you lowered the carbs in your diet? I ask that because I probably eat 250-300 carbs per day and I think it will take a while for my body to adjust to this new diet. Whenever I have tried lowering carbs from my diet in the past I seem to get really hungry and my stomach growls because I'm not eating enough. So that seems to defeat the purpose of the diet seeing that that's the problem I'm trying to eliminate. I think I'll go slow in cutting out carbs from my diet to avoid any withdrawal and also consult a book that talks about low-carb diets.
 

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Well unless you also want to lose weight - I wouldn't suggest cutting your carbs too much. That is why I listed the main foods to avoid. And for some reason - my first week of low carb eating I felt as if I couldn't get full, but it slowly passed. I now crave more meats and proteins than anything else. And I was a major bread eater.There are also a lot of low-carb breads that I can eat every once in a while that don't seem to bother me - as long as I don't eat them daily. It's not really about cutting down on the carbs - it's more about cutting down on foods like bread that are all carbs. I can eat a ton of broccoli with no problems but the same carbs from bread will start my symptoms all over again. I'm not sure why - just glad that I have found something that works for me.
 

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It may be an issue with starch more then carbohydrates. The starch from grains is often implicated in gas formation in the intestines and the movement of the gas may be a part of the noises.If the noises are from the gas moving around or moving around badly, less gas should mean less noise.Rice starch is generally not gas producing, so rice products may be better than wheat based products or things like potatoes.Not all carbs are created or digested equally.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.And from the as if IBS isn't enough of a worry file...from New Scientist's Feedback column: photographed on the door of a ladies' loo in the Sequoia National Park in California by reader Liz Masterman: "Please keep door closed to discourage bears from entering."
 
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Rumble Girl,I think I'll consult a book or two before I decide how many carbs I want to cut out of my diet. I've heard of a lot of people having success with a low-carb diet although it seems it's mainly geared towards people with Crohn's and IBD. I haven't heard of many people with IBS gaining benefit from this diet at least not on this board. Maybe it's just that no one is willing to try it because it's hard to stick to. I'd be curious if anyone else has had success with it.
 

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A fair number of people on the bb find that low carb diets bother them and high carb diets ease their symptoms.In normal people some of the low carb diets have been associated with constipation. (generally assumed to be from the reduction in fiber if you severely limit veggies as well as whole grains, particular plans allow for a pretty wide distribution of carbs from asl low as 2-5% of diet up to 40% of diet.)What diet helps or hurts a particular IBSer is pretty individual, so it is hard to predict what will occur if you try a particular diet.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.And from the as if IBS isn't enough of a worry file...from New Scientist's Feedback column: photographed on the door of a ladies' loo in the Sequoia National Park in California by reader Liz Masterman: "Please keep door closed to discourage bears from entering."
 
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Is it true that this diet is only for people with Candida? I don't know what that is by the way.
 
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Hi rumble girl,I also visited your website and I also have some of your symptoms. My stomach also tends to make noises (and it's not hungry noises) I'm not sure if I have IBS but for some time now I get sick from my stomach quite often and have to go to the bathroom a couple of times in the morning. I've read a lot of posts and some like u recomment the low carb diet and others recommend fiber. I don't think fiber would be my answer since I do go a lot to the restroom. About 3 times or so. I've also noticed I've lost some weight probably as a result of going so much to the bathroom. I do eat a lot of bread, and I eat potatoes a lot too. i don't know if I could do the low-carb diet since bread and potatoes are my favorite. I also did away with milk since I noticed it made me sick (gave me the runs) so at times I use the lactaid milk. What other foods should I avoid besides bread and potatoes?
 

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totss -There are no specific foods you should avoid - except for the ones that give you symptoms. With me, wheat is my big problem. I also eat a lot more fiber now than ever before. Bread is low in fiber unless you are eating a fiber-rich bread. I eat a lot of vegetables, nuts and other high-fiber foods. I also eat wonder light bread ocassionally and it has more fiber than most sliced breads. In addition to being wheat sensitive, I am carb sensitive, which means I do have to keep my carbs faily low - and that generally means under 60 grams - but that is still a lot of food.However, if you are only wheat sensitive - you should still be able to eat all the potatoes you want and not have symptoms. And don't think you have to give up bread in the event that wheat is your trigger food - there are many other breads made with rice flour, oat flour, potato flour, soy flour, etc. I have found that for those with the stomach noises, wheat is almost always the trigger food. Cutting out wheat for a few days shouldn't be hard at all and you will know right away if your symptoms improve or not.
 
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