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    Don't know how much help my info will be, but you might find nuggets in it that will be useful to you.

    My mom takes two probiotics after several years of having to take antibiotics for chronic urinary tract infections. I had tried her on several types of just acidophilus with no visible benefits. When I switched her to Florell probiotic, her BMs were more regular and normal looking. Another round of antibiotics changed that and so I tried Culturelle which tends to cause diarrhea if she takes it at the recommended dose. Now I switch off, Florell one day, Culturelle the next, and that seems to work pretty well for her. From the little bit of research that I've done (and it is only a LITTLE), I am starting to think that probiotics, and gut bacteria in general, are very personalized (although I think I read that family members have very similar gut bacteria makeups). You may end up having to try different things until you find what works for you. But that is IMO. Personally, I would try what people recommend and have had success with, but if one particular brand doesn't work for you, try another. The few articles I've read about gut bacteria in Discover magazine have me thinking that the balance is very important but it's not something that medicine has focused on until recently.

    As for cutting out sugar--I have a big problem with Candida Albicans (yeast) throughout my body. When you have a yeast imbalance, the toxins they release as they die can cause all sorts of issues. To keep it in check, I have to watch my sugar and caffeine intake (which I'm not always good about). When I first started doing that, I went too far the other direction with cutting out sugar. So, again, I would recommend working towards a balance.
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    For those who are wanting to avoid gluten either by choice or because they have to due to celiac disease, it can't be emphasized enough that checking ingredients on everything is absolutely necessary. To help, I've found these links enormously helpful:

    Unsafe Ingredients List

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    -sauerkraut (this is a really easy one)
    - kefir (kefir is a type of fermented dairy product that is gluten free and 99% lactose free. if you by the kefir grains used to ferment the milk, you can make it yourself too. this is often cheaper as you can reuse the kefir grains. apart from these health benefits, it's also loaded with vitamin D and calcium and it's absolutely delicious. I would probably drink it every day if I had the money)
    - yogurt

    a few other suggestions
    - you might also want to try a colon cleanse of some kind (though I would consult an herbal specialist about this, or at least make sure you do thorough research. one thing I can tell you though is that if you do decide to do a cleanse it's important to start with a colon cleanse or else your intestines can get even more clogged)
    - if you drink coffee, you might want to switch green tea. green tea is far less acidic than coffee and will help with the heart burn symptoms (some people say green tea is alkaline and other people say it's mildly acidic, but at either way, it's much less acidic than coffee)
    - what do you mean when you say you'll be cutting out sugar? will you still be eating any sugar rich fruits or other food items that naturally contain sugar?
    I've been reading about fermented foods. Am already doing yoghurt (homemade). I've heard of kefir, but never tried it. What's it taste like? Already eating sauerkraut.

    I'm just cutting out white sugar/corn syrup. I don't eat loads of sugar, but some and I think it can't help to reduce that load on my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digesthisickness View Post
    For those who are wanting to avoid gluten either by choice or because they have to due to celiac disease, it can't be emphasized enough that checking ingredients on everything is absolutely necessary. To help, I've found these links enormously helpful:

    Unsafe Ingredients List.


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    Lol - great minds think alike! I was just going to post that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    Are you sure you don't have adhd? Overlapping symptoms
    Quite sure. Focus is fine and my energy is low if anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilonwy View Post
    Don't know how much help my info will be, but you might find nuggets in it that will be useful to you.

    My mom takes two probiotics after several years of having to take antibiotics for chronic urinary tract infections. I had tried her on several types of just acidophilus with no visible benefits. When I switched her to Florell probiotic, her BMs were more regular and normal looking. Another round of antibiotics changed that and so I tried Culturelle which tends to cause diarrhea if she takes it at the recommended dose. Now I switch off, Florell one day, Culturelle the next, and that seems to work pretty well for her. From the little bit of research that I've done (and it is only a LITTLE), I am starting to think that probiotics, and gut bacteria in general, are very personalized (although I think I read that family members have very similar gut bacteria makeups). You may end up having to try different things until you find what works for you. But that is IMO. Personally, I would try what people recommend and have had success with, but if one particular brand doesn't work for you, try another. The few articles I've read about gut bacteria in Discover magazine have me thinking that the balance is very important but it's not something that medicine has focused on until recently.

    As for cutting out sugar--I have a big problem with Candida Albicans (yeast) throughout my body. When you have a yeast imbalance, the toxins they release as they die can cause all sorts of issues. To keep it in check, I have to watch my sugar and caffeine intake (which I'm not always good about). When I first started doing that, I went too far the other direction with cutting out sugar. So, again, I would recommend working towards a balance.
    Thanks for the info! I don't plan to stop eating fruit or even some other natural sugars - that should be okay, shouldn't it then? What did you experience when you went too far in the other direction? How did you know that you had candida?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    Quite sure. Focus is fine and my energy is low if anything.
    For the low energy maybe l-tryptophan. What's your sleep like?
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    No problem with sleeping. Just have had many years of being tired until I quit gluten. I expect the problem is food-related. I just am reluctant to entirely cut out dairy, as it's already difficult to eat with people.

    Edit: Tired as in sleep 10 hours at a go and wake up feeling like I've had no sleep at all. Sleep apnea or sleep interruptions are not an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    Lol - great minds think alike! I was just going to post that!
    Makes it more credible.

    When I try the probiotic product that I posted about, I'll give it a chance to work, then post the results.
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