Wheat is definitely one of my triggers. I haven't eliminated it completely from my diet. But reducing it definitely helps. I'm eating more rice, ground provision (yam, eddoes,dasheen,cassava,green fig, sweet potato), couscous, quinoa and rye bread.
I do have a gluten sensitivity and since removing it my IBS has cleared up 98% but I still have occasional problems. So give going Gluten Free a try all my bloating and flatulence cleared up and I actually find I'm not as hungry like I use to be. It is hard at first going gluten free learning to read labels because the hide it well (Modified Food Starch is gluten). Its on lunch meat and even McDonalds french fries! Give it a try though you will feel so much better.
I was looking through the messages wondering if anyone had the IBS caused by wheat or gluten sensitivity. I don't know if it is caused by that, but on Saturday I was at a craft fair and the lady next to us was selling cook books (baking) that she had researched and written. She and both her children were gluten sensitive. These things in the cookbook look really yummy. She makes them with buckwheat flour. They do have sugar but she said there have been people substitute Splenda. I don't know what the calorie content would be from these, but they might be nice for some special treats and you won't have to worry about gluten. If anyone is interested email me and I will give you her website.
In the spring of 2011, I decided to go gluten-free due the the uproar in my bowel. Since that time, the IBS did not diminish noticeable, but I went the whole winter without a sinus infection or the extreme amounts of mucous generated in my body. It made a believer out of me as far as gluten is concerned.
In addition, I recently found some additional information on the soluble and in-soluble fiber in foods. I began using acacia powder in lieu of metamucil and using my Champion juicer instead of eating vegetables with huge amounts of insoluble fiber. My IBS has decreased dramatically, and I am feeling so much better
"CONCLUSIONS: Our data confirm the existence of non-celiac WS* as a distinct clinical condition. We also suggest the existence of two distinct populations of subjects with WS: one with characteristics more similar to CD** and the other with characteristics pointing to food allergy."
*Wheat Sensitivity **Celiac Disease
So, in other words, even if you don't show the cell damage specific to Celiac Disease you may be experiencing similar symptoms. Why is this on the rise? The wheat in our food supply is not your great-grandmother's wheat. It has been hybridized for characteristics that are good for selling it, not necessarily eating it - drought resistance, kernel size, etc. And that's not even considering Genetically Modified products, which are a complete wild card.
Considering that there are no nutrients in wheat products that you can't get easily in other foods, reducing them for a few weeks as a test would probably give you a good indication of whether they're a problem for both of you or not. For starch-based side dishes you could try sweet potatoes or yams instead of pasta for a while. Or just do a second veggie - other than corn, which is not a veggie, but a grain.
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I haven't been to the dr before about it. My son was investigated when he was younger but his problems were put down to reflux. Think I will keep an eye on things and maybe try to eliminate wheat for a bit and see what the results are
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Mild wheat intolerance is extremely common. There's a simple way to test your reaction, and that's to cut it out completely for 2 weeks, and then add it back in. Most people have some level of negative reaction, though some can tolerate it.
Modern wheat is modified in many ways through hybridizing and now genetic modification, so it's a wonder that anyone can digest it properly anymore! There's a wonderful book called Wheat Belly (by Dr. William Davis) that delves into the subject.
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I have IBS mainly with C but occasionally have a very bad bout of stomach cramps and D which hit me early hours of the morning. I have noticed that this happens when I have had pasta and garlic bread the night before. But, like I said, it only happens occasionally and not everytime I eat pasta. Could this be a slight intolerance to wheat or just a coincidence?
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