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JCarlhelp
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My wife is on heavy duty orals that are causing lots of GI discomfort. She is of course taking lots of probiotics. I would like other suggestions to take with or away from orals that soothe the stomach so she can continue. I know some people take for instance chocolate.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Judie
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I take 100 billion strain probiotics 2X a day away, 2 hours away from antibiotics and saccharomyces boulardii.

If it's pain, peppermint oil capsules have been helpful to me. I take pepogest.

DGL is sometimes helpful.

I also take antibiotics with lots of food.

Rice seems to make a good cushion in my stomach too and helps prevent diarrhea for me.

If it's really horrible, you should probably call the doctor. There were some antibiotics I just couldn't tolerate because of stomach issues.

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In addition to Judie's excellent reply . . . and will go fine with the DGL (a form of licorice)

I find the peppermint is best if ENTERIC COATED, to protect the upper GI from the "heat" of it and break down further on down the line. This also helps with body wide pain relief. Really.

I forgot all about until Judie mentioned it. I have some very found memories of peppermint pills for the pain relief it brought me for what had been dx as fibromyalgia.

SLIPPERY ELM BARK (to make as gruel of sorts)

MARSHMALLOW ROOT powder

BLACK RICE is a nice good substantial food with great antioxidants and nutrients that will help protect the stomach. Excellent glycemic balance, too. RED RICE also good, too. Brown, okay but breaks down faster, just never white.

QUINOA is lighter in the stomach (I think) so may not be substantial enough if alone but with other foods. With TOFU, it might be enough density, though (if she does soy, make sure it's organic).

QUINOA FLAKES can be stirred up with very hot water in a mug, steep a minute . . . and then eat so something is in the stomach if one does not feel like eating. Surprisingly, even the flakes are rather okay on the glycemic index so should be find with blood sugar balance.

BUCKWHEAT is very nice on the stomach, too, mucilage like (sp?) . . . boils the raw groats sort of like a thick rice - it's gluten free, in it's raw form . . . if in a cereal, just be sure of other ingredients.

Search: One Earth Herbal Sourcebook website and look up those things mentioned at the top. Also see Tillotson's chapter for GI stuff.

Going gluten free should also help.
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GretaM
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Someone suggested aloe Vera juice to me on here...and by golly it does soothe the stomach.

Organic inner leaf. Preferably no citric acid added.

It help soothed my gurgly stomach.

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My GI doc is who suggested peppermint oil. I was having horrible, painful colon spasms.

My GI doc uses peppermint oil when he does colonoscopies to relax the patient.

Make sure it's the INNER LEAF of the aloe plant. The whole leaf is good for constipation.

Sometimes fiber products like metamucil (or the natural substitute) are helpful.

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Take care with peppermint, chocolate, citrus etc if you have reflux, whether acid reflux or bile reflux, as they can 'relax' the sphincters in the gut too much, thereby making the reflux worse.

I have had to stop pep tea altogether.

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