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6/1/11 10:37 P

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I had irregular issues before going gf and now I am regular so I agree that you may not be taking in enough water to help.

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
6/1/11 10:34 P

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I started taking pure psyllium husk daily to correct this. My ideal amount is 3 tsp/day, it is individual. My GI doc suggested this and it really has worked. The explanation was that you can have too little soluble fiber from GF diet, even eating tons of fruits and veggies. I also take probiotics and aloe juice, and omega 3's for this. Now the irregularity is pretty rare.

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6/1/11 9:59 P

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I agree with Lisa I have irregular issues which clear up nicely with regular doses of probiotics and drinking sufficient water. For me that's 60-80 ounces a day minimum.

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6/1/11 1:54 P

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It could be since you have changed your grain intake. Ironically for me, I was very irregular for a few years and thought that was normal for me, getting older or whatever. When I went GF I started to become regular again. go figure!





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6/1/11 1:12 P

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I had/have the same issue. I've added probiotics to my daily diet - you can get it many forms but check for a good quality one through a reputable health food store. While you're there, find out about Glutamine - it helps restore our intestinal wall. If I'm not making it, I purchase yogurt (find active bacteria culture or probiotic type). Astro BioBest natural yogourt is found in all grocery stores here in Canada. To maintain good flora in the system we also need lots of green veggies and Omega 3 oil. :) Oh, I also had to learn to chew, chew, chew my food instead of inhaling it. I hope this is helpful!

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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,256
6/1/11 12:04 P

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I agree with having healthy fats, such as avocado added to salad if you like it, along with olive oil dressing. Also, I like my flax muffins and very rarely have any issues with irregularity even though I avoid most grains. (Quinoa makes a great breakfast cereal, as does almond meal made into muffins or pancakes.)

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6/1/11 10:03 A

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Fiber comes from many sources. I personally recommend against fiber supplements bc they are generally not natural, and/or have been extracted from
something, therefore no longer in a natural state. Quinoa is a GF grain with high fiber. Quality beans, of course fruits and vegetables, chia and flax seeds. Eating s balance of those things will give you plenty of nutrient-rich fiber. Also, be sure you're getting fat in your diet. Healthy fats help bind the fiber and "grease the shoot" if you will. =) Make sure you're getting enough fluids too.

It still may take some time for your body to adjust.

It's kind of you to support your daughter in this way!!

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6/1/11 9:34 A

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Yucky topic, I know. I'm just curious about what is normal.

Before eating GF, I was very regular. (Daughter had gluten issues - I eat GF to support her.) Now I'm very irregular. I take a fiber supplement to help make up for lost whole grains, but it still doesn't seem to make things right.

Is this the new normal?

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