By request - some info I wrote on Frogie's thread on enzymes:
Where do I get that Digest Gold?
I got mine from iHerb. It's not cheap. There is a product here in Australia that is 80% as good as Digest Gold, and maybe half the price.
Go to this page: http://au.iherb.com/...0-Capsules/7056
In the ingredients, you will see a list of enzymes:
Digest Gold contains: Amylase, protease, glucomylase, lactase, alpha galacsodase, cellulase, lipase, beta glucanase, maltase, xylanase, invertase, paclinase, hemicellulase. Covers all possible bases, apparently.
A local product (Nature's Own Digestive Ease, all vegetarian, manufactured 30 minutes away) contains lactase, amylase, protease, lipase, cellulase, and a better description of what it does.
It's in a ginger base - I also have a special ginger, turmeric, (and something else) root powder made by a local chemist (that's a chemist, not a pharmacist http://www.biohawk.com.au/) that I sprinkle on food or put in bread mix or pancakes to break down proteins. If you use Ginger, there's a good chance it came from Queensland - 80% of the world's ginger comes from here. Additionally, there are over 400 species of ginger, each with different properties - some are just ornamental, some have different medicinal characteristics. Turmeric is a cousin to ginger.
Digestive Ease also contains papain (from papaya) and bromelain (from pineapple) - these fruits can "digest" meats & proteins without help from stomach acid.
So here's what the label says:
Lactase - breaks down lactose in milk (like I said)
Amylase - breaks down carbs
Papain, protease, & bromelain - breaks down protein
Lipase - breaks down fats and oils
Cellulase - breaks down cellulose, or plant carbohydrate.
So you kinda see how the names work.
There are 2 other kinds of enzymes - Betaine HcL (which is now falling out of favour in preference for) and TMG (tri-methyl-glycine - sounds healthy, no?). I take betaine HcL with food every day, and the complex digestive enzyme formulas when I share food with others and have less control over what I eat. Like at restaurants. Instead of griping that there may be wheat or dairy, I just take an enzyme if I think there may be something I react to. I still order carefully, but don't panic over loss of control. It won't FIX the problem, but it keeps me from getting completely sick.
One other thing - I know I mentioned it before - and I mention it a lot: Deglycinated Licorice (DGL). These come in lozenges and are awesome for nausea. Licorice (I used to take it as a supplement, but can be dangerous for the heart) has this glycinate stuff in it, the DGL has that removed, so is safe to take.
I have given you all that information so that you can find a digestive aid for you.
What do you have the most difficulty with? Dairy? Carbs? Fats? Take a digestive enzyme with your food. Get to know the different
(nnn)-ase's and find what works for you.
Digest Gold is expensive. I buy the local product, when I can find it on special. But I use the Digest Gold, too. I mentioned it first, because it covers most of the bases.
Re: Himalayan Salt
Ok, I'll drink more water. I have been bad about that. Do I just put the salt in the water and drink it? How much salt and how often? I have been drinking mint tea.
You can do that - I just use the pink salt whenever I want salt. Please do not use Morton or regular "kitchen salt." It is
an industrial product. Use natural Pink Himalayan Salt or Celtic Sea Salt.
If I have had a dehydrating attack of IBS, or feel that my kidneys are "dry," I will have a little - a few twists of the salt-grinder - in a 16 oz beverage. I suffered kidney dysfunction on the lithium, so I'm sensitive to when my kidneys aren't working well.
Because of this sensitivity, I must caution you against Coca-cola. It is dehydrating, and not just from the caffeine. If you are dehydrated, it is the last thing you should have. It's probably not good for nausea, either. After all, you can use it to clean your car engine - what would that do for the delicate balance of your gastro intestinal tract?
I love a good Coke - the ones in Atlanta are the best. But if it is aggravating your symptoms - it's worth a try to see if you can eliminate the symptoms by eliminating the Coke! What if it is as simple as that?
I have been taking a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or lemon juice in my water, especially overnight for sipping. That is good for the tummy, and may heal some of the damage the PPI's gave you.
LOL Ali telling you so succinctly: the drugs cause rebound of the very effect they are meant to treat. Yep! She's right! It may be awhile before you are normal after quitting the PPI's.
I'm keeping my eyes out for natural nausea remedies. The ACV water and lemon water come highly recommended. It was hard to drink the ACV water at first, but now that I've gotten used to it, I like it. The trick is to make it not too strong. Very good for the gut, if you can drink it!
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My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.
A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia. CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013. Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine). Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 - Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years on Lithium). Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.
Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only. I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.
I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!