Gallbladder removal and probiotics, enzymes and fiber
March 4, 2009
Here's the diet. Sorry, meant to attach the link – http://blog.brendawatson.com/f…..diet-faqs/.
As for your "how long does it take" question – I hope by now you're beginning to understand that this is a lifestyle shift, not just a "this for that" situation.
If you'd like to contact my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, she'll email you the chapters on Candidiasis and also Leaky Gut from my most recent book, to help you really get a even more idea of what's happening in your gut.
Yeast overgrowth indicates that your gut is out of balance, of course – like your personal aquarium pH is off. To the degree that you're willing to follow a program to really shift that internal environment back to health, repopulating with good bacteria, balancing pH with fiber, decreasing inflammation with omega oils, and possibly using a product with L-glutatamine to assist in repair of the lining, to that degree you will improve. You may require multiple Candida cleanses, and possibly others, too. The good (and bad) news is that you will most likely "feel" much better long before you "are" really well, which is why I'm attempting to help you really understand your underlying condition.
This is also why it's often a great idea to have an educated practitioner working along with you. Many times a colonhydrotherapist can be a great ally on a journey like this. To find one close by, check here – http://www.i-act.org/. Just a thought.
Good luck and stay in touch!
November 27, 2011
Thank you for your response!!! Quite refreshing I must say!!
What is the diet – mentioned above- you recommend? I did take the stool test you suggest. They did find yeast. Ive done one of your yeast cleanses (maybe not 100% compliant) I guess my question is: How long does it usually take to see results?
March 4, 2009
After your gallbladder has been removed, for a period of about six months, the bile that flows through the digestive system is not regulated. To soak up excess bile, you need to increase your daily intake of soluble fiber. The easiest way to do this is with a soluble fiber supplement. However fiber alone is just addressing the results of the gall bladder removal itself.
It seems your same symptoms were there before your surgery, so clearly gallbladder dysfunction wasn't the entire issue. GERD, irritable bowel, and many other conditions (including food sensitivities) may present with the same symptoms. Since diet is 80% of any digestive issue – it's possible that you've been following a diet low in fiber and high in processed, refined foods and fats. Beneath it all is toxicity and liver overload, to one degree or another. Here's an eating plan that can give your system a rest while you're figuring this out, and it avoids many common allergens.
Have you seen an Integrative practitioner? This is a doctor who will look at your body as an entire system, rather than viewing it one organ at a time. Here are 2 websites that might help you locate someone near you. http://www.acam.org and http://www.functionalmedicine.org. Another option is to contact Phyllis at EnteroLab – 972-686-6869. She keeps a national database of practitioners who have greater insight into gut issues and is happy to look up someone in your area.
It very well may be that you would do better with some hydrocholoric acid supplementation. Have you, by any chance, had your stomach HCl levels measured? Decrease in HCl normally begins after age 40. You didn't mention much about your particular situation. You might try Renew Life Heartburn Prevention and see if you get some relief. Keep in mind the foundation of digestive health is not just one pill. Please read this short article. http://www.renewlife.com/learn…..all-health
I hope this helps.
November 27, 2011
March 4, 2009
I like that – "…wish to thrive again!" That really says it!
Let's see – first I need to explain how I view probiotics – actually – please read this post - http://blog.brendawatson.com/f…..probiotic/.
So – Bifantis supplies just 1 billion bacteria. I know it sounds like a lot, but it's not. And it supplies bifido bacteria which is the most prevalent bacteria in the large intestine, which is fine, and – what about the rest of the intestine? And it only gives you one strain of bacteria. That's just not enough to properly support and stabilize your intestinal tract – in my opinion and according to a lot of research I've done, at least.
And since you just came from surgery recently, it's fairly safe to assume that you were given some type of antibiotic, so your bacterial balance has been seriously disrupted. Of course, as with any product, you want to increase gradually. Personally, I take Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 billion on a daily basis for maintenance. Perhaps you could start with the Adult 15 billion, then increase gradually to 3 capsules, and then continue to thrive with 50 billion.
And yes, a fiber supplement is critical with gall bladder issues. You want to use it along with a high fiber diet to reach 35 grams daily. You may find information here helpful – http://www.fiber35diet.com/. And I discuss a bit about the gallbladder here - http://blog.brendawatson.com/f…..sing-faqs/. The soluble aspect of fiber absorbs toxins and excess bile and works with probiotics as a prebiotic to maintain the pH in the intestine. Renew Life FiberSmart or Organic Triple Fiber would be great. I would suggest the powdered product to be sure it's available right there at the beginning of the small intestine, where the bile enters. You may also choose to add a soluble fiber directly to your meal, a product like Organic Clear Fiber.
Great choice of an enzyme with DigestMore Ultra.
Personally, I'd add in an omega oil that provides at least 1000 mg of Omega 3 daily to help decrease inflammation, both in the intestine and throughout the body.
I'm so glad you wrote. I hope this info helps. Please stay in touch.
July 16, 2012
I just recently had my gallbladder removed and I'm beginning to suffer the effects of too much bile as well as liver discomfort. I had just discovered an excellent probiotic prior to surgery and I'm hoping I can still take it. However, I'm not certain which one is recommended since there are so many different strengths. Mine is Bifantis and has one Billion live bacteria. I also read that you recommend a fiber supplement to absorb bile; which one? As well as the Digest More Ultra enzyme. Are these the best three supplements for me? I am a healthy, athletic forty year old mom of three and wish to thrive again! Thanks Brenda!!
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