Gastrocolic Reflex Archive
When you are working on controlling IBS, and being in charge of what you eat, these events can wreck the best self-control. Not only are the holidays stressful in and of themselves, but they take away the one thing you can usually control — what you eat. Here are some hints for being away from […]
I have been fixing up the inner workings of For My Tummy. This involved going back over two months of posts, and that gave me the chance to notice that I had posted once on two rules for IBS, here. And then, ten days or so before that, I had posted on the one rule […]
I came across some research from 2003, today, that demonstrated that fructose can be a trigger for IBS. It wasn’t on the list at the IBS Triggers Page, indexed in the Header. Now I’ve added it to the list.
What are Triggers?
For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) triggers are foods and drinks that set off […]
“The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with me, so they say it’s IBS.”
“I’m fed up with the doctors who keep sending me for tests and don’t seem to find out what’s wrong. They don’t know anything more than when they started and they don’t understand that I’m in pain.”
And I read many more similar complaints […]
Don’t Drink the Water
In my teens, quite a while ago, I often mentioned tummy pains to my family doctor. While the diagnosis of IBS didn’t exist, he did give me a word of wisdom that helped. He said: “Don’t drink ice water!”
I have now extended that to “Don’t drink cold, refrigerated water!” I have a […]
I don’t endorse enthusiastically the “Help for IBS” Website and newsletter, for a couple of reasons.
First, the diet she endorses is very high in carbohydrates, with limited attention to protein intake. That’s possibly good and necessary if you are thin, with IBS-D. It is not the healthy diet currently recommended, and she/her staff incorrectly states […]
This will probably wind up as a page, as well as a post.
There are two web resources, as far as I know, that provide some lists of snacks for IBS.
This list, at tummychow.com, approaches the category of “what to eat when you can’t eat anything!”
There is a somewhat longer list at the Heather Van Vorous […]
Following on yesterday’s post, about Breakfast mistakes, I had found I was loading up on IBS triggers, that activated the gatrocolic reflex’s gateway to gastrointestinal mayhem: bloating, constipation, pain, and whatever else!
I started the changeover to a tummy-calming breakfast with the Acacia powder branded with the name of Heather Van Vorous. Acacia powder is a soluble fiber; you could also use FiberSure ™.
Generally for the first meal of the day, I take some time and ritualize the experience. I learned from Heather Van Vorous’s website about the Gastrocolic reflex. This reflex–I don’t know where it’s located, or precisely how it acts, but I have experienced what it does–this reflex is a reaction to what is taken in by mouth. It stands at the gateway and says “Pass without problems” or “Stop. Let’s