inflamed intestines, my doctor just told me to eat breads, rice, and apples basically easy stuff to digest. i get alot of diarrhea and im just wondering how much longer does it take to get better? my doctor told me to eat these foods for the next month..
Peeps answered Tuesday June 29 2010, 7:18 am: It can take awhile to heal inflamed intestines, actually. Try to eat very plain. Cut out your sugar, too.
You might want to purchase some extra fiber supplements. Getting enough fiber can help stop diarrhea, actually. It can also end up making your intestines feel better to have regular bowel movements from the fiber. You can get lots of different brands but my favorite is the ColonPure from GNC.
Drink lots of pure, clean water with no added sugars or flavors. It can help your body to heal faster. The faster you body heals, the faster you get back to a normal eating routine.
Probiotics. I'm not sure if you've seen the commercials for acidophilus pills or tablets but they are absolutely wonderful for helping to get your digestion back in order. If you're NOT taking antibiotics then you can pick up some acidophilus pills up from your pharmacy or even WalMart. It's sold over the counter. My husband takes them quite frequently (every day with a meal, as directed on the bottle or box) and said that the "Acidophilus Pearls" from walmart (you can get them at other stores) were one of the best kinds. Acidophilus is the good bowel bugs that help your intestines to break down food and fight off illness. They cannot hurt you but if you're taking antibiotics then the antibiotics will cancel them out and you would have wasted your acidophilus pills.
Be religious (meaning: stick to this strictly) about your diet for the next month, for sure. Eat plain! When you get back to your normal routine try to be aware of the things you eat. A lot of sugars can upset the intestines. Too much meat can leave negative impacts. Dehydration can hurt you. Artificial sweeteners are loaded with BAD things that can leave life-long damage. Try to eat whole grain and whole wheat whenever possible (breads, pastas, crackers, rice). Never overeat so that you body can properly digest things in it's own time.
Avoid spicy foods like Mexican cuisine when you can. It's OK to treat yourself once in awhile but not to eat it every day. Most people just don't have the right digestion for spicy foods all the time.
Take your multivitamin. Taking a vitamin each day can help your body heal and stay healthy. Getting a lot of diarrhea can lead to vitamin deficiencies so make sure you take care of your health.
Listen to your doctor. If he says to stay on a certain diet for a whole month then try your best to stick to it for 30 days (or longer if possible). While he might not know everything, he does have a better idea of what "healthy" means than the average person.
P.S. Do not take pepto bismal if that is what he has suggested. Using products like that long-term is what may have caused your problem in the first place, actually. That's why we have LOADS of "acid reflux" pills on the market--because if you don't let your body heal then you will always need them. Try to withstand the issue without resorting to over the counter medications that alter your digestion and Ph levels. Changing you diet for the better can solve this. Maybe even getting enough fiber will solve your discomfort. I know it's painful but if he didn't prescribe anything then you're just going to have to make the proper adjustments and see him if things are too unbearable. He may end up testing you for problems like colitis or Chroan's Disease in the end if the inflammation continues. [ Peeps's advice column | Ask Peeps A Question ]
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