Let's Talk Poop

2bhealed
2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Hey you awesome Semi-Colons!

I posted this info on the Constipation thread, and I thought this might be of interest to a wider variety of semi-colons. So I pasted it here as well. I mean really, how many of us have three bowel movements/day? But that's what's healthy. I didn't know that before I had colon cancer. And I surely didn't know healthy BMs were about a foot long and the size of a quarter! You mean they weren't hard little balls sometimes clumped together in agonizing sizes that you had to grunt and groan (or dig as in bdee's case) out that gave you hemorrhoids the size of W.C. Field's nose?? Or how about the skinny little pencil poops that you could only get out when you know full well the night before you had eaten the entire Cattlemen's Cut of Prime Rib?


While I don't have experience with chemo, I do have experience with constipation. Here is what I have learned over the past almost 8 years of colon cancer survival about the importance of digestive health:

1) Probiotics
2) Fiber
3) Digestive enzymes

PROBIOTICS help the intestinal flora stay balanced. You need the good bacteria in your gut, and chemo/drugs/antibiotics are going to throw your digestive system into an imbalanced environment...ergo constipation and/or diarrhea. UDO'S CHOICE is an excellent probiotic and his is called Super Bifido Plus Probiotic. His is 70 Billion Cells. So if you want to bring out the big guns use his product which you can find at vitamin/health food shops or they can order it for you. His helps constipation. It needs to be refrigerated.

FIBER is missing in the overly processed white bread world of the Standard American Diet (I am assuming you are American). I put ground flax seed (Barleans) in something every day whether it's my smoothies or veggie juice or sprinkled into oatmeal or cold cereal. Not only is it excellent fiber, but it has omega-3 oil AND is a super cancer fighter.

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES really help colon health and give our bodies a break. Obviously, if we're dealing with some kind of colon cancer (or rectal) there is a problem with our digestion. It's not always what we eat, it's what we digest (and how). I take a Super Enzyme made by NOW after every meal to help me digest. This really helps my "output" to be nicely formed and easy to evacuate. Rubber gloves need not apply. :-)

NOW also makes an excellent protein powder called Tru-Food Vegan that is FULL of fiber (18 g per serving!!!!) that is delicious in either juice or smoothie or plain water. Not only does it keep me REGULAR but it's full of other great stuff--protein, vitamins and minerals, EFA's and Antioxidants. I swear by it. And I promise, I don't sell any of this stuff. I have just continued to maintain my 7.10 year Stage III colon cancer-free survival (no chemo) by staying vigilant about my diet (I am NOT perfect believe me). So I have tried a lot on the market. This is food and not some fake fiber chemical product. I am allergic to psyillium (sp?) so I have to search for alternatives. This product ROCKS!

If you try any of this please let me know how it works for you cuz it sure works for me! I didn't know what a "normal" bowel movement was like until after colon cancer. When a nicely formed BM slid out with no effort I was amazed that THAT was how a properly working colon worked!!! I was 39 years old! How sad is that?? And I go more than once a day. A healthy digestive system voids the bowels for every meal so technically, we should be having three/day not three a week or month! HA! And notice I use the term healthy not normal because the two are not always the same. It may be normal for Americans to poop once a day but that doesn't make it healthy!

I hope this helps.

peace, emily the juice chick who poops
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  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    The Scoop on Poop
    Very interesting Emily, really.

    Also, the average person farts (excuse me, passes gas) 18 times a day. My Mom always told me I was above average, I used to think she meant it another way.

    Did you ever have a "Ghost Poop". You check the bowl and swear you pooped, but there is nothing there and no paperwork either! Now THAT'S spooky!

    -phil, the guy who is impressed with emily, the juice chick who I thought didn't know SH1T!
    ;-)
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    Let's see
    Farts are in, poop is out?
  • elizabethgd
    elizabethgd Member Posts: 145
    Your information sounds good
    I am still going through chem and radiation. (8 more days) stage 3 rectal cancer. diagnosed in April. I have lost a lot of weight and have trouble keeping things down. Hoping that after chem/rad I can pick my weight back up. Surgery supposed to be sometime this summer.
    I was wondering when could I begin the probiotics etc...that you mentioned. Thanks for your information.
  • Annabelle41415
    Annabelle41415 Member Posts: 6,715 Member

    Your information sounds good
    I am still going through chem and radiation. (8 more days) stage 3 rectal cancer. diagnosed in April. I have lost a lot of weight and have trouble keeping things down. Hoping that after chem/rad I can pick my weight back up. Surgery supposed to be sometime this summer.
    I was wondering when could I begin the probiotics etc...that you mentioned. Thanks for your information.

    Thanks for Info
    That is excellent information. Although I always went at least two to three times I day, I thought for sure I was never a candidate for colorectal cancer, but was I wrong. Never really was ever constipated and always had normal stools. I always ate a lot of vegetables so I wonder if that is why I was so regular - I probably eat more than twice the normal person in one day - just always have.

    Just make sure it's ok with the doctor before you add anything to your diet.

    Surprising what they consider a normal BM. At the rate they talk, I would think that a size of a quarter and a foot long would be a bit uncomfortable :) Let alone with these new efficiency toilets would it even go down in the first flush or multiple flushes - so much for conserving water :)

    Kim
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    PhillieG said:

    The Scoop on Poop
    Very interesting Emily, really.

    Also, the average person farts (excuse me, passes gas) 18 times a day. My Mom always told me I was above average, I used to think she meant it another way.

    Did you ever have a "Ghost Poop". You check the bowl and swear you pooped, but there is nothing there and no paperwork either! Now THAT'S spooky!

    -phil, the guy who is impressed with emily, the juice chick who I thought didn't know SH1T!
    ;-)

    Sharts
    Be careful of sharts. They can be tricky buggers! HA!

    peace, emily who knows Jack $#!T
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064

    Your information sounds good
    I am still going through chem and radiation. (8 more days) stage 3 rectal cancer. diagnosed in April. I have lost a lot of weight and have trouble keeping things down. Hoping that after chem/rad I can pick my weight back up. Surgery supposed to be sometime this summer.
    I was wondering when could I begin the probiotics etc...that you mentioned. Thanks for your information.

    Check with a professional
    Hi Elizabeth,

    Please consult a Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist in regards to probiotics and chemo. I am just a chick not a doc. :-)

    I can't imagine why you couldn't start them anytime but it's better to check. Oncologists don't always know about nutrition though I can tell you that much.

    peace, emily
  • serrana
    serrana Member Posts: 163 Member
    2bhealed said:

    Check with a professional
    Hi Elizabeth,

    Please consult a Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist in regards to probiotics and chemo. I am just a chick not a doc. :-)

    I can't imagine why you couldn't start them anytime but it's better to check. Oncologists don't always know about nutrition though I can tell you that much.

    peace, emily

    lets talk poop
    Great thread Emily
    I am doing all the things you mention but not w/ those products so would like to compare my products with yours.Docs just don't help on this. I am tired of hearing " everyone is different".

    I use the Ultra Dig Enz and Ultra Probiotics by Garden of Life, Jarro and Culturelle probiotics, and organic acacia soluble fiber from Heather's IBS website. I also take Creon the pancreatic enzyme ( for fat dig) and betaine hydrochloride ( for stomach digestive action)
    I have done these all thru three long series of chemo Folfox, Folfiri/Avastin, Zeloda, and never had one onc object to what I was taking.

    In addition to food sensitivities to lactose, fat, fructose and gluten, the digestive "juices" , more and more I am thinking that there is a peristalsis issue that is muscular involved and I am experimenting w/ some abdominal exercises too.
    It is sure a challenge to get it regular expecially w/ a j-pouch learning its new role as a reservior. Still things are always better when I do this plan.
    Keep posting
    Serrana
    Serrana
  • fedester
    fedester Member Posts: 753
    2bhealed said:

    Check with a professional
    Hi Elizabeth,

    Please consult a Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist in regards to probiotics and chemo. I am just a chick not a doc. :-)

    I can't imagine why you couldn't start them anytime but it's better to check. Oncologists don't always know about nutrition though I can tell you that much.

    peace, emily

    em
    you are not just a chick, you are the "chick"
  • kmygil
    kmygil Member Posts: 876
    Pooper Scooper:-)
    What a great thread! Before cancer, I had gradually moved to a bm oh, maybe twice a week, and it was WORK to get that done!...beautiful hemmorhoids... Anyway, after everything was said and done, I started experiencing normal bm's which brought back my childhood with tears in my eyes. I had forgotten what a normal bm felt like, sniff, sniff.. In the past month or so, I have been on a constant diet of antibiotics due to a raging infection from a spider bite. Of course, this has thrown everything out of whack. A good friend suggested probiotics and even after one day, I feel better. I can feel myself normalizing. So I am now going to fight yeast and flora imbalance with probiotics and some other stuff I can't remember the name of, per her suggestions. Who knew?

    Kirsten
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    serrana said:

    lets talk poop
    Great thread Emily
    I am doing all the things you mention but not w/ those products so would like to compare my products with yours.Docs just don't help on this. I am tired of hearing " everyone is different".

    I use the Ultra Dig Enz and Ultra Probiotics by Garden of Life, Jarro and Culturelle probiotics, and organic acacia soluble fiber from Heather's IBS website. I also take Creon the pancreatic enzyme ( for fat dig) and betaine hydrochloride ( for stomach digestive action)
    I have done these all thru three long series of chemo Folfox, Folfiri/Avastin, Zeloda, and never had one onc object to what I was taking.

    In addition to food sensitivities to lactose, fat, fructose and gluten, the digestive "juices" , more and more I am thinking that there is a peristalsis issue that is muscular involved and I am experimenting w/ some abdominal exercises too.
    It is sure a challenge to get it regular expecially w/ a j-pouch learning its new role as a reservior. Still things are always better when I do this plan.
    Keep posting
    Serrana
    Serrana

    You are so right
    The peristalsis cannot be overlooked. Laxatives make for a lazy colon so they're not really a good thing to take on an ongoing basis. Sometimes I take a prduct by Renew Life called CleanseMore that helps with the perstalsis.

    YOGA is also a great practice to have for regularity. That can get things moving as can getting a chiropractic adjustment.

    Thanks for the input.

    peace, emily
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    fedester said:

    em
    you are not just a chick, you are the "chick"

    Never Give Up :-)
    hey Bruce!

    YOU ROCK!
  • Wa
    Wa Member Posts: 4
    Diet after stage 4 rectal cancer
    Wow, your input is amazing and just what I have been scanning the internet to try and find. I am a stage 4 rectal cancer survivor and also had an ileostomy reversal (Feb, 2009), but since then, I was rediagonsed and the cancer mets into my liver (2 tumors). I had a liver resection (Sept, 2008), underwent more chemo and am now Cancer free (March, 2009). But...I am still trying to find my footing nutritionally, so that I am not going anywhere from 4-10 times a day, anywhere from 10"-50", dime to nickel sized - I know, I know...way TMI!

    What is your diet like...what do you eat that helps regulate you? I noticed you mentioned smoothies...I though I was supposed to stay away from fresh fruits & veggies due to them being ruffage and going "through" me? Baked chicken, bread and rice help. Wine and chocolate, not so much :-)

    I went to a nutritionalist, but she was "straight out of college" and basically xeroxed a nutritional worksheet and "called it a day". I am hoping some of what you said will help me. I am willing to give it a try and see. It certainly CAN NOT be any worse then what I have been going through. On a side note, about 9 inches of my colon and 1/2 of my rectum have been removed, so there is little to no storage capacity for BM's. Please advise re: the foods you eat, as I would like to incorporate those as well. I am a big soy/tofu fan and am walking and practicing yoga too. Thx in advance.
  • grandma2selena
    grandma2selena Member Posts: 199
    Good Information
    This is good information. I can definately relate to your description of before cancer diagnosis! Now though I never worry about constipation, as I have chronic diarhea. I got this from a secondary infection from the Chemo. That and no gall bladder really is no fun.

    Debbie
  • Kathleen808
    Kathleen808 Member Posts: 2,342 Member
    great info
    Hi Emily,
    Great info!! Thanks so much. This is good scoop for our entire family. Back in April our 12 year old, who has many special needs was hospitalized for seizures and constipation. We believe her seizures were brought on because her body did was not getting proper nutrition because she was not eating because she was so constipated. She has been on Miralax since but I really want her off it. We will meet with her gastro next week and I will tell him that this is the plan I want to implement for her. I think he should be pretty open, he is an DO not an MD.
    Thanks for sharing your experience, recipes and great humor!
    Aloha,
    Kathleen

    ps **** and I have taken up Yoga and we both love it!
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    Wa said:

    Diet after stage 4 rectal cancer
    Wow, your input is amazing and just what I have been scanning the internet to try and find. I am a stage 4 rectal cancer survivor and also had an ileostomy reversal (Feb, 2009), but since then, I was rediagonsed and the cancer mets into my liver (2 tumors). I had a liver resection (Sept, 2008), underwent more chemo and am now Cancer free (March, 2009). But...I am still trying to find my footing nutritionally, so that I am not going anywhere from 4-10 times a day, anywhere from 10"-50", dime to nickel sized - I know, I know...way TMI!

    What is your diet like...what do you eat that helps regulate you? I noticed you mentioned smoothies...I though I was supposed to stay away from fresh fruits & veggies due to them being ruffage and going "through" me? Baked chicken, bread and rice help. Wine and chocolate, not so much :-)

    I went to a nutritionalist, but she was "straight out of college" and basically xeroxed a nutritional worksheet and "called it a day". I am hoping some of what you said will help me. I am willing to give it a try and see. It certainly CAN NOT be any worse then what I have been going through. On a side note, about 9 inches of my colon and 1/2 of my rectum have been removed, so there is little to no storage capacity for BM's. Please advise re: the foods you eat, as I would like to incorporate those as well. I am a big soy/tofu fan and am walking and practicing yoga too. Thx in advance.

    My Diet in a Nutshell
    Hi Wa,

    Welcome. I see you're new to the boards.

    My diet has changed over the years. There's my pre-cancer diet, my heal-my-cancer diet, my maintain my cancer-free status diet, my loosened-up diet, and my Triathlon Training Diet.

    Let's start with my heal-my-cancer diet. I did this diet for 6 months--the same time frame as if I had been doing the chemo (which I didn't do). This diet was macrobiotic, vegan and purely simple:

    fresh organic veggie juices with flax seeds, protein powder, and a "green" powder
    fruit smoothies
    brown rice
    brown rice sushi (nori rolls)
    steamed veggies
    ezekial bread
    tofu


    After I got my first 6 month cancer free report I added things like wild salmon occasionally and enjoyed free range organic turkey on Thanksgiving--that kind of thing. Plus I added some "treats". (which for me still don't consist of any kind of refined white/brown sugar--ever).

    So here's a sample of what I eat:

    Sunday Breakfast (had them today)

    vegan whole grain waffles
    butter
    strawberries
    agave syrup

    Lunch

    ww pita bread
    veganaise (like mayo)
    sliced cukes
    sliced tomato
    avocado
    sprouts
    hemp nuts (for protein)

    Bearitos Tortilla chips


    Supper

    piece of fish
    steamed broc
    lg salad with walnuts, scallions, carrots, cukes and Annie's dressing

    Snack or meal at some point I have my 16 oz of veggie juice pretty much every single day.

    Breakfast

    Blueberry/banana smoothie
    NOW vegan protein powder
    flax oil


    Lunch

    black beans in ww tortilla
    spinach
    tomatoes
    sprouts
    Pace picante or Bragg's Amino Acids


    Supper

    Turkey patty
    lg salad with the works
    Annie's dressing with some flax oil squirted on
    sweet potatoe

    dessert
    ww chocolate chip cookies made with barley malt/stevia or honey. The choco chips are grain-sweetened dark choc from my coop. This is a true treat.

    If I haven't had a smoothie for breakfast I sometimes will have one as my dessert and with the frozen banana it's just like ice cream for me.

    Breakfast

    muesli soaked in almond milk
    banana

    Lunch

    egg salad sandwich in a ww pita
    cukes & tomato
    sprouts

    Bearitos chips


    Supper

    ratatouille on millet (totally YUM!)-- zucchini, onions and tomatoes cooked with garlic, simmered so it makes a nice broth to put on the millet.


    ok, I gotta go make supper now. i am totally hungry!

    Does this help? I tried to give you a glimpse into my diet.

    It's not perfect. But I try. My husband laughs when I say I'm "cheating" cuz my cheat would still be considered health food to most. In the summer I may get some nitrate-free natural brats for the grill, or make my garbanzo bean pasta salad, and indulge in some potato chips. Yes, shocker. We all have some weakness be it a coffee addiction or ya gotta have a beer (I don't do either) but at picnics, I have been known to have some chips. I go in spurts of AAAACK! I can't eat that....to.....ok, I'm gonna have a few. But, you have to know, I didn't indulge at picnics until I had about 6 YEARS of cancer-free reports under my belt and know how to counteract them with balancing my pH.

    I tell you this in honesty so you don't think I am making anything up. I really do eat this way. I'm not cleaning it up for the public. :-)

    peace, emily the juice chip (I mean chick)
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064

    great info
    Hi Emily,
    Great info!! Thanks so much. This is good scoop for our entire family. Back in April our 12 year old, who has many special needs was hospitalized for seizures and constipation. We believe her seizures were brought on because her body did was not getting proper nutrition because she was not eating because she was so constipated. She has been on Miralax since but I really want her off it. We will meet with her gastro next week and I will tell him that this is the plan I want to implement for her. I think he should be pretty open, he is an DO not an MD.
    Thanks for sharing your experience, recipes and great humor!
    Aloha,
    Kathleen

    ps **** and I have taken up Yoga and we both love it!

    yowza
    Sounds like your daughter is the perfect candidate for digestive enzymes and probiotics! Not to mention a good colon-cleansing carrot juice regime. :-)

    Keep me posted what your doc says.

    Bottoms up! Get juicing for her!

    peace, emily
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    2bhealed said:

    yowza
    Sounds like your daughter is the perfect candidate for digestive enzymes and probiotics! Not to mention a good colon-cleansing carrot juice regime. :-)

    Keep me posted what your doc says.

    Bottoms up! Get juicing for her!

    peace, emily

    :-)
    Bottoms Up...only you Emily would come up with that line (well, maybe me too)
    Are you familiar with Paul Nison? My bro dropped off a DVD of his about raw food and all that junk.
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    PhillieG said:

    :-)
    Bottoms Up...only you Emily would come up with that line (well, maybe me too)
    Are you familiar with Paul Nison? My bro dropped off a DVD of his about raw food and all that junk.

    In the raw
    Nope, can't joggle a Nison in my memory. I can with a Nilsson though.

    I went to a Raw Foods cooking class at my coop and think it's a cool way to eat. Living in the tundra as I do up here in da Nortwoods, I enjoy my winter soups hot, doncha know.

    peace, the folknik
  • ittapp
    ittapp Member Posts: 383
    2bhealed said:

    My Diet in a Nutshell
    Hi Wa,

    Welcome. I see you're new to the boards.

    My diet has changed over the years. There's my pre-cancer diet, my heal-my-cancer diet, my maintain my cancer-free status diet, my loosened-up diet, and my Triathlon Training Diet.

    Let's start with my heal-my-cancer diet. I did this diet for 6 months--the same time frame as if I had been doing the chemo (which I didn't do). This diet was macrobiotic, vegan and purely simple:

    fresh organic veggie juices with flax seeds, protein powder, and a "green" powder
    fruit smoothies
    brown rice
    brown rice sushi (nori rolls)
    steamed veggies
    ezekial bread
    tofu


    After I got my first 6 month cancer free report I added things like wild salmon occasionally and enjoyed free range organic turkey on Thanksgiving--that kind of thing. Plus I added some "treats". (which for me still don't consist of any kind of refined white/brown sugar--ever).

    So here's a sample of what I eat:

    Sunday Breakfast (had them today)

    vegan whole grain waffles
    butter
    strawberries
    agave syrup

    Lunch

    ww pita bread
    veganaise (like mayo)
    sliced cukes
    sliced tomato
    avocado
    sprouts
    hemp nuts (for protein)

    Bearitos Tortilla chips


    Supper

    piece of fish
    steamed broc
    lg salad with walnuts, scallions, carrots, cukes and Annie's dressing

    Snack or meal at some point I have my 16 oz of veggie juice pretty much every single day.

    Breakfast

    Blueberry/banana smoothie
    NOW vegan protein powder
    flax oil


    Lunch

    black beans in ww tortilla
    spinach
    tomatoes
    sprouts
    Pace picante or Bragg's Amino Acids


    Supper

    Turkey patty
    lg salad with the works
    Annie's dressing with some flax oil squirted on
    sweet potatoe

    dessert
    ww chocolate chip cookies made with barley malt/stevia or honey. The choco chips are grain-sweetened dark choc from my coop. This is a true treat.

    If I haven't had a smoothie for breakfast I sometimes will have one as my dessert and with the frozen banana it's just like ice cream for me.

    Breakfast

    muesli soaked in almond milk
    banana

    Lunch

    egg salad sandwich in a ww pita
    cukes & tomato
    sprouts

    Bearitos chips


    Supper

    ratatouille on millet (totally YUM!)-- zucchini, onions and tomatoes cooked with garlic, simmered so it makes a nice broth to put on the millet.


    ok, I gotta go make supper now. i am totally hungry!

    Does this help? I tried to give you a glimpse into my diet.

    It's not perfect. But I try. My husband laughs when I say I'm "cheating" cuz my cheat would still be considered health food to most. In the summer I may get some nitrate-free natural brats for the grill, or make my garbanzo bean pasta salad, and indulge in some potato chips. Yes, shocker. We all have some weakness be it a coffee addiction or ya gotta have a beer (I don't do either) but at picnics, I have been known to have some chips. I go in spurts of AAAACK! I can't eat that....to.....ok, I'm gonna have a few. But, you have to know, I didn't indulge at picnics until I had about 6 YEARS of cancer-free reports under my belt and know how to counteract them with balancing my pH.

    I tell you this in honesty so you don't think I am making anything up. I really do eat this way. I'm not cleaning it up for the public. :-)

    peace, emily the juice chip (I mean chick)

    Hi, New to all of this
    Hi Emily, I am new to all of this, I had first round of chemo Thurs.of last week and I was really interested in your menu... could you fax me a copy of it and where I could purchase these items. I wasn't sure of some of your abbreviations like ww? I would like to go the healthfood route. I am interested in all of the supplements you take as well. I can't have a bowel movement unless I take a stool softner. If I do then it takes forever and it will be one. It is driving me crazy! I had my colon resected in May 14th of 09 and just cant seem to get it moving. Any quick fix suggestions? Thank you so much, Patti
  • 2bhealed
    2bhealed Member Posts: 2,064
    ittapp said:

    Hi, New to all of this
    Hi Emily, I am new to all of this, I had first round of chemo Thurs.of last week and I was really interested in your menu... could you fax me a copy of it and where I could purchase these items. I wasn't sure of some of your abbreviations like ww? I would like to go the healthfood route. I am interested in all of the supplements you take as well. I can't have a bowel movement unless I take a stool softner. If I do then it takes forever and it will be one. It is driving me crazy! I had my colon resected in May 14th of 09 and just cant seem to get it moving. Any quick fix suggestions? Thank you so much, Patti

    Copy and Paste
    Hi Patti!

    Try doing a copy and paste into a file and then print it off.

    WW = WHOLE WHEAT

    I purchase many of my items at my local coop (which, for me, is 35 miles away) and at my local grocery store (12 miles)(I live in the boonies). I'm finding that grocery stores are getting much better carrying organic and natural foods. You can always ask your grocer to start carrying items you need.

    Find your local coop. They are usually staffed by folks who are a wealth of info.

    Otherwise find a Whole Foods Market in your area.

    My supplements that I take today are different than what I took immediately post cancer dx.

    I have that listed on here somewhere. Do a search and if you don't find it let me know and I will try to get another one posted.

    Quick Fix:

    UDO's Probiotic
    NOW digestive enzymes
    Flax seeds in everything you eat just about
    NOW Vegan protein powder (FULL of fiber--18 g! /serving)--add to water or almond milk or smoothies.


    That should get you started. Drink lots of water and stay away from dairy products as they are mucus forming and plugging. Skip the meats since they tend to slow down the digestive system (there are exceptions to this--I have 2 friends who get diarrhea from meats).

    hope this helps. If you have specific questions it makes it easier. :-)

    peace, emily