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Posted by: narnia, Monday, June 14, 2010, 4:26pm
Is this OK to take for very loose stools?

I've gone four times with loose stools in the past 4 hours.  I'm feeling the energy drain.  Can I take this stuff to stop it, or is it toxic?  Is there a better alternative?
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:01pm; Reply: 1
I can't answer whether it is toxic for BTD or GTD...  Will it do long term damage, I don't think so.  

Would I take it, No.  I would rather let the detox happen and rest as needed, unless it went on for longer than a day or two...  I would fall back to the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet - or compliant substitutes to control the digestive issues...
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:02pm; Reply: 2
I'm sorry you're not feeling well.

In general, it's best to let nature take its course- if there's something in your system that needs to be "cleaned out", you want to let your body do the cleaning process naturally. Taking drugs to firm up your stools can make your body hold onto toxins or microbes that it's trying to get rid of.

Make sure you're drinking enough fluids (broths are wonderful when you have an upset tummy) to replace what you're losing. Also take a look at everything you've consumed today and yesterday, and see if any "avoids" have snuck in. Was it you who posted about lactose in a supplement? If so, and you've been using the supplement, and the loose stools started around the time you started the lactose, then you should stop taking it.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:13pm; Reply: 3
Thanks!  No, I had not yet taken the supp with lactose.

I didn't get much sleep last night, which can give me an upset stomach, and I ate an egg this morning, which didn't bother me last week, but did a month prior to that.  I also had two sips of grape juice.

No avoids.  I've been very careful.  I even took my own food to eat when I left the house for the afternoon and evening.

I had brown rice pasta about three times yesterday.  And then rice crackers for bed-time snack.  I wonder if eating too much grains in one day can give me the loose stools?

Well, unfortunately, I didn't get an answer, so I went ahead and took the pepto.  Now I'm getting a burning sensation in my stomach, which is odd, because it's supposed to counteract an acid stomach!!   ::) ??)
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:25pm; Reply: 4
It sounds like you probably had too much rice, yesterday...  There are limits to how much is good for you, especially if you haven't been eating much, you may need to change more slowly to allow the digester to adjust slowly...
Posted by: Lola, Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:33pm; Reply: 5
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP042
Bismuth helps protect the lining of the stomach from stomach acid.
pepto has other ingredients, always read before you ingest
Posted by: narnia, Monday, June 14, 2010, 6:05pm; Reply: 6
I know...it has aluminum... >:(  But, I didn't have much choice.  

It was a staple for me during my college getting drunk days.... :-/
Posted by: Lola, Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:08pm; Reply: 7
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It was a staple for me during my college getting drunk days


:-/
is pepto not sweet tasting??
:o
what other junk beside aluminum does it contain?
Posted by: shoulderblade, Monday, June 14, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Lola



what other junk beside aluminum does it contain?


Here is a facts page on the product. Never tried it myself but it certainly is a chemically prepared item.

Pepto Bismol

Posted by: narnia, Monday, June 14, 2010, 9:03pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Lola


:-/
is pepto not sweet tasting??
:o
what other junk beside aluminum does it contain?


Slightly sweet.

Oh...food coloring, among other things... :P  It's the only otc med I take once in a while when I had diarrhea.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, June 14, 2010, 9:07pm; Reply: 10
ewww :P

gastro D contains bismuth, main ingredient in pepto, only without the junk

the more compromised our digestive or other issues are, the more vigilant
one should be about what we put into our system.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, June 14, 2010, 9:16pm; Reply: 11
Ugggh!!  Lesson learned!!  I just happened to have some on hand, and I didn't want to go into another 5 days of digestive issues like the last run.    :-/ :P

I'll order some along with the b-12 so that I can have some on hand.   :B

Thanks, Lola!  
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:43am; Reply: 12
Rice pasta and rice crackers are both processed foods, even if ok for your type.  Maybe just too much of that type of food.  Try eating your grains in their whole form.
Posted by: narnia, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:48am; Reply: 13
Well...now I'm wondering if the pineapple that I ate three times yesterday might have done it...  I've seen at times that it can cause me to burn at times....acidic

The only other thing...I was fine when I woke up, but after I had an egg for BFAST, it all started...just like before.  

Of course, not having gotten enough sleep last night didn't help.  When I don't get enough sleep, I get an upset stomach many times.  Guess it means that my body had gone acidic from not enough sleep.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4:33am; Reply: 14
your O body would be fine were it acidic

it has in turn gone alkaline from all the carbs you ingest

the acid alkaline balance is not a one size fit all when it comes to BT/Gt and Physiology

eat from all your food groups according to plan, to balance that delicate issue.
Posted by: Frosty, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6:17am; Reply: 15
Are you sure you don't have an intestinal parisite?  How often are you having this loose stool problem and acidic stomach?  And does it feel like your belly is staging a revolt after eating?  It sounds like more than just a rice and pineapple issue.  It doesn't even sound food related to me, but I am no doctor.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6:30am; Reply: 16
Is it worth looking into fructose malabsorption? That combined with a grain intolerance (or separate) can send you running... ??)
Posted by: narnia, Thursday, June 17, 2010, 4:14am; Reply: 17
Frosty, I don't feel a revolt in my stomach after eating.  Most days, I'm fine.  I don't usually have runny or loose stools.  Mostly skinny nowadays.

Acid stomach...maybe every other week....rarely ever had it prior to BTD.  I had it a couple of times over my whole entire life before BTD.  

Who knows?  I could have a parasite...I won't rule that out.  What are the symptoms of a parasite?

Possum, I will look into fructose malabsortion when I get a chance.  Never heard of that before, but after reading of your nice banana BM, I got interested.
Posted by: narnia, Thursday, June 17, 2010, 4:44am; Reply: 18
OK.  This is a good one.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose_malabsorption

A quick reference for those who are interested:

Dietary guidelines for the management of fructose malabsorption

Dietary guidelines[15] have been developed for managing fructose malabsorption particularly for individuals with IBS.

Unfavorable foods (i.e. more fructose than glucose)

    * Fruit - apple, pear, guava, honeydew melon, nashi fruit, pawpaw, papaya,  
quince, star fruit, watermelon
    * Dried fruit - apple, currant, date, fig, pear, raisin, sultana
    * Fruit juices
    * Fruit pastes - chutney, relish, plum sauce, sweet & sour sauce, BBQ sauce.
    * Coconut
    * Dried fruit bars
    * Honey
    * Fortified wines
    * High Fructose Corn Syrup - many processed products contain this
    * Corn syrup solids
    * Fruit juice concentrates
    * Agave nectar
    * Red Ripe Tomato

Favorable foods (i.e. fructose equal to or less than glucose)


    * Stone fruit: apricot, nectarine, peach, plum (caution - these fruit contain sorbitol)
    * Berry fruit: blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, loganberry
    * Citrus fruit: kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, tangelo
    * Other fruits: ripe banana, jackfruit, kiwi fruit, passion fruit, pineapple, rhubarb, tamarillo

I will avoid the high fructose foods for a while, and see what happens.  I did have some fruit preserves the night before the problem occurred.  I am learning so much on this forum, that it is incredible!!

Thanks, all, for being so generous of your time and energy to help "we-uns" in need!!   ;D  Who knows, hopefully one day, I'll feel great every day, and have no more problems!!  That would be so awesome!!  I look forward to the day!!   ;D
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:27am; Reply: 19
Quoted from narnia
Possum, I will look into fructose malabsortion when I get a chance.  Never heard of that before, but after reading of your nice banana BM, I got interested.
Hey no worries ;) Btw, I see bananas are on that favourable list??!! :D ;D

Posted by: narnia, Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:51am; Reply: 20
Yup!! ;D
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 17, 2010, 6:38am; Reply: 21
I don t see molasses anywhere
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