Wednesday, March 30, 2011

IBS Flare Hits Hard

I have been adjusting to eating more anti-inflammatory foods on a daily basis over the last few weeks. In all of my research it seems quite apparent to me that this type of eating lifestyle is helpful for my diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and liver disease. However I also suffer with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gastroparesis and Bile Reflux and I have met with nutritionists and physicians who encourage me to eat a diet of bland foods, white bread, and limited cooked vegetables and canned fruits. All of these foods are high on the glycemic index charts.

I've tried eating both types of diets and I'm happier on the healthier choices of the anti-inflammatory foods. BUT . . . I came down with severe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome this week. After 3 days of chronic diarrhea, nausea and unbelievable stomach pain, I finally contacted my GI specialist. I was prescribed yet another medication to calm down the intestinal inflammation. I noticed how  dehydrated I had become. My hands, skin, eyes and throat were dry and achy sore. As I was able to keep food and beverages down, I found myself gravitating towards the wheat products of "comfort foods" (soda crackers, noodle soups, toast, etc.) and 7-up. Once the symptoms subsided for a day or so, I was back to eating fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats with little pain.

It will take more time to track the results of eating anti-inflammatory fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and Omega 3 oils. I had IBS flares with blah foods too, so if it's going to happen with either diet, I'd rather have the advantage of eating healthy foods effect my metabolic and immune system in a positive way than not.

If you have had similar experiences, I'd appreciate hearing your insights, how you have handled it and survived.

Thanks for checking in on my blog and I hope you will come back often for further information and updates. Take good care of yourself and loved ones.


  1. Hi Anna I dont have time these days to research info on healthy eating and choices, I do always perk up when I hear information that makes sense and try to follow through with it. Sometimes one thing will take hold and I just start doing it all the time. I really like when that happens. Marilyn

  2. Thanks for your note Marilyn. I hope to hear more from you.