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Old 03-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Anyone 'food combining' for IBS relief?

In my forever quest to get relief from my symptoms (reflux, constipation, mucus, major gas pains and cramping, farting/burping), I am trying yet another diet to see if I can make my IBS symptoms a bit calmer. I'll deal with reflux (if that's even possible) later.

Anyway, I was reading that food combining can 'speed digestion'. I'm not sure if that's true but anecdotally it makes sense. Carbs and proteins require different acids from your stomach and they end up canceling each other out if you eat them at the same time. That's the conceit. This cancellation should make no difference with me since I'm on so much reflux medication I *have* no acid left but anyway, I went for it. After a full week of food combining certain things have changed:
  • I'm pretty regular - like for the first time in months no horrible constipation (I also take probiotics but have taken them for a year so this change is not from them). Still feel not perfect but I'm like at 95% good with this.
  • No real gas pain situation - choice!
  • Greatly reduced burping/farting.
  • I feel better overall.
  • I am extremely thirsty all the time despite drinking a ton of water and eating at least 6-7 veggie/fruit servings a day. Not sure what that's about.
  • I am *able* to eat a ton of produce with no gas pains. Before I could maybe get through 3, on a good day 5 servings but some days nothing at all. That has not been an issue this week at all!
The jury's out - it's only been a week - but I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this and had success with it. To be honest, the biggest change and it may just be a keeper even if I find this diet doesn't really work is eating all my fruit in the morning. I love fruit but it just bothered my stomach. This week, not an issue. I eat 2-3 servings of fruit in the morning before anything else and then eat 'breakfast' about half an hour later and have had no stomach upset at all. It's like I never ate the fruit! Love that.

(For information purposes, if you know what reflux triggers are, they've been gone from my diet for a year. So no diet changes there but I do feel like my reflux is a tinge better as well. And yes, I still have reflux ON reflux medication but that's another conversation....)

Thoughts?

 
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