**standard disclaimer - do not take anything I write as medical advise. I am a trained Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist who has worked with many other nutrition experts and Naturopaths. I speak from my personal experience and my studies. Always do your own research and consult with your medical team.**
I can relate to nausea from a number of diffent causes. It tends to be my stress or anxiety reaction to anything in my life. Based on my experience of working with Naturopaths on my healing process when I took tinctures (drops of herbal med)it was 3-10 days and up to a few weeks to really start to take effect depending on what their actions are and what we were working on. The western materia medica and homeopathy materia medica are not systems I know alot about. Though I do recognize some common herbs and their uses from being prescibed them and hanging out with Western Herbalists.
I second what Dotslady said about blood sugar and a change of carb sources. I know for me when I went GF the first time I really had to check my blood sugar often to make sure I was getting enough food to match my activity level. This time I am finding that my awareness of my blood sugar shifting isn't what it used to be so I tend to go too long and then get nausea that sticks around for the rest of the day.
From my herbal background we use mint for digestion if you tend to run warm and ginger if you tend to run cool. I find that the prebiotics etc help with digestion. When I wasn't taking those I ate 1/2c. whole fat live culture yogurt twice a day as a preventive measure.(I like plain Brown Cow or Trader Joe's French Village) It helped me get a combo protein carb as part of my snacks for the day.
Our gut contains a huge portion of our immune system so as you begin to heal the deeper layers of gunk so to speak comes out of our bodies and will bring on periods of unpleasant symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, runny noses and body odor. If it isn't part of an acute illness then know the journey of dealing with chronic health issues is just that a journey. It changes over time and you are not alone.
In response to flax being and endocrine disruptor - I seem to remeber something along those lines as well - However there are a number of other different actions that it has that can be worth dealing with one portion of its actions to get the benefits of the rest of its actions. My guess is your doc is using the flax is to provide more bulk and act as a soother and cleanser of your gut. Like little scubbing friends to get the things that get stuck out. It can also be a great source of proteins and essential fatty acids. Make sure you follow your docs instructions for using them. As with many foods/medicine their preparation can change what it does and what part your body has access to to do its work.
Hope that helps give some insight. I know as the weather gets hotter nausea becomes a daily struggle for me. I'm learning to make diffent choices about when and what I eat so I can keep working on my goal of getting healthier.
Edited by: CYPRESSDANCE at: 6/19/2009 (23:48)
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