Re: To BillinSD Re: FOS
Great news Hypochondriacyy! I was amazed at the difference a couple grams of FOS a day made for me too.
I got started on pre & probiotics when I read about the effect of endotoxin from gram negative bacteria in the colon activating the immune system in the liver. Portal circulation takes blood from the GI tract/colon and sends it straight to the liver for processing and cleaning. When there is excess endotoxin from gram negative bacteria in the gut flora, combined with leaky gut (or intestinal permeability as the doc's insist it be called), the high endotoxin levels in portal circulation get "kupffer" cells in the liver all up in arms about foreign proteins contained in the endotoxin and the kupffers secrete inflammatory cytokines to harass the perceived infection (that really does not exist).
FOS prebiotic kicks gram negative bacteria down by promoting growth of gram positive bacteria (no endotoxins!) and inflammation in the liver falls off dramatically.
I've been off alcohol for about 2 years too, but still got the funny ache in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen off and on... Mostly in the morning. SAM-e helped, but never really got rid of it. The FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide) prebiotic fixed me right up too.
Glad to hear it wasn't just a fluke in my own experience. How come doctors don't know about this?
Last edited by BillinSD; 02-04-2013 at 05:53 PM.