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Old 05-24-2009, 02:27 AM
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So, to be brutally blunt, I used to have pretty bad digestion; I would suffer from frequent stomach rumbling and gas, and my stools would be loose, wet and acidic. Going to the bathroom was NOT a pleasant experience.

Then about 3 months ago, I got into the habit of having a glass of scotch or whiskey every evening after dinner.

And my digestion immediately improved.

No more rumbling; no more gas; my stool is solid, consistent and not acidic.

I go back to having indigestion on days when I don't drink.

The problem is, scotch/whiskey is expensive, and I'm starting to build up a tolerance and I don't want to become an alcoholic.

What can I do to improve my digestion without drinking?
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:34 AM
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Sounds like IBS and I had that for many years. First thing I will tell you to do is keep a food journel of what you eat/drink. When you have one of those spells, check back as far as 3 days and find what foods had eaten. Look for things like anykind of roughage, greens, beans, things with seeds or nuts or anything raw. (anything with seeds, peeling, pulp or skin) Those were the things that triggered my attacks.. The only raw thing I could eat was a banana with the brown spots on them.

Try vitamin E, it helped me TONS along with watching what I ate. I took 1 400 IU, twice a day...
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:26 AM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Get it checked, you never know what it could be by self medicating. IBS as a disorder itself is the most mild of three types of disorders in the bowel, or caused by infection, or a symptom of more serious disorders. Fortunately IBS itself is least worry some and easy to control but get them checked out, it can be a symptom of Coeliac Disease or even Chrones...you want to catch those two fast (I know people with each, it is not fun to let it go).
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