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Hey folks, I know many of you know more about dietary stuff than I do, so I'm asking the lazyweb:

My guts haven't been the same since my run-in with Norwalk. Other than yoghurt, are there other things I can eat to improve my digestion and re-stumulate my appetite? (I've barely eaten since being sick)

on 2010-01-15 04:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tornattheelbo.livejournal.com
stick to clear broths and light soups, i would tend to think.

on 2010-01-15 05:14 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mightydoll.livejournal.com
thanks!

on 2010-01-15 04:48 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com
rice, bread (start with white, increase to brown slowly - white rice and white bread are simple carbs easy to digest.

chicken - no spices or sauce.

broths

introduce cooked vegetables slowly, before raw

avoid dairy, juice, anything acidic for a while, then introduce in very small amounts to allow your digestive system to adjust.

on 2010-01-15 05:15 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mightydoll.livejournal.com
thanks!

I've actually been guzzling milk like a woman possessed (I don't typically drink much milk, but I've been craving it). I'll see if I can't scale back on that. ;)

on 2010-01-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com
If the milk isn't bothering you, don't scale back.

My information comes from two sources - Telehealth's advice for the three days following gastro, and what the vet had me feed my cat (rice & minced chicken) when she had digestive upset.

on 2010-01-15 05:02 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rbowspryte.livejournal.com
My hope is not to scare you but my own Norvolk related virus encounter four years ago had drastic effects on my diet that have only cleared up in last few months.

Pro and Prebiotics are helpful (particularly the "real" kind) and are also found in certain soy products, Yogurts and grains (particularly cereals)

There are supplements that have them and some naturopaths may prescribe a certain kind of enzyme treatment that can help (the name escapes me)

Depending on your case you may find you have problems with the following to some degree or another: Yeasts, Dairy, Chocolate, Foods with Inulin, Fish and possibly Shellfish. Some have an issue with soy or fermented products some not. It seems highly variable.

Be warned a few people out there look at the science of pre and probiotics as quackery make sure to be prepared for ignorant MD doctors and armchair scientists.

on 2010-01-15 05:14 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mightydoll.livejournal.com
yeesh! I hope I can get my guts back to normal faster than that. I'm already bad at sleeping, being bad at eating, too, would kinda suck.

on 2010-01-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rbowspryte.livejournal.com
Go to a homeopathic doctor or naturopath they seem to get intenstinal health far better than regular doctors. Nutritionists are also a good bet and are usually open to the probiotic science stuff.

on 2010-01-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tormenta.livejournal.com
[Unknown site tag] once posted that after a horrible intestine thing that she got from contaminated parsely (of all things) sprouts of all kinds were one of the only things she could eat, esp. proteiny things.

The explanation was that they are enzyme rich; the proteins are simple since they are breaking down to make more plant; and they are light (no fat).

Worth trying anyway.

on 2010-01-15 08:47 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] the-moogie.livejournal.com
Let me be the freak who suggests you try marijuana. Making people hungry is one of its first tools out of the box.

on 2010-01-15 09:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kettunainen.livejournal.com
If it's digestive problems you're having, then I second the pre/probiotics. The most assimilable is (according to my naturopath) HMF Forte by Genestra: http://www.rockwellnutrition.net/HMF-Probiotics_c_100.html (also available at most health food stores locally). But any probiotic that is in capsule form that comes refrigerated should be fine. They run about $18-$30/bottle.

If it's appetite, then I second the notion of you smoking a bowl. If you're doing it for therapy, then there's no need to actually get high -- a few tokes every couple of days should be plenty. Saves pot that way, too, if you're using a bong or a pipe. But, dude, if you want to get totally wasted, go for it! ;)

As far as specific types of foods -- everybody's digestive system is different. What works well for some may not work well for others.

on 2010-01-19 05:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] saoilsinn.livejournal.com
Let me know if you hear of anything that is working for you. I've been using acidophilus and omegas and will be going to a naturopath tonight as my guts are frightening right now and eating isn't working very well. I've been eating a lot of rice, chicken, bananas and apples. Good luck, hold tight :) I'll let you know if i get new insight.
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