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To cut a long story short I've been testing out my ibs by playing around with my diet and think either Gluten or Wheat is the culprit. Just have a few questions...
1) how do you know when the gut is fully repaired when gluten / wheat is eliminated?
2) if gluten or wheat is damaging / inflaming my guts when I consume it... Would it be fair to say that other foods and drink may cause me issues?
3) say I eliminate wheat / gluten for 2 months and my ibs symptoms disappear, would it be fair to say that I'm less likely to have an ibs attack if I was to consume say a baguette?
I guess from the above 2 questions I'm wanting to know whether eating a small amount of wheat / gluten daily would make me less tolerable than if I quit gluten / wheat from my diet then on the odd occasion eat something containing gluten / wheat how I would feel?
3) is the cause of suddenly becoming intolerant to gluten / wheat known? 5 years ago I could eat whatever I wanted and had no problems.
For those of u interested in what I've been doing to try and find my ibs problem...
I started taking a probiotic VSL a few months ago. After 2 months I noticed improvement. I then started to heavily analyse my diet. In a controlled condition (same work, sleep, rest, meal...etc) pattern (when I was feeling pretty good) I started to eat food that used to previously irritate and flare up my ibs... This proving whether I have a bacterial issue or a tolerance problem. So I started eating baguettes for lunch... Became slightly bloated... Bought 2 12" pizza and eat them over 2 nights. Well I felt awful. My stomach went crazy. Woke up in the middle of the night with sweats, had a headache, bloating, aching, foul smelling loose stools. I felt like this for the next 24 hours, so from then on I eliminated all wheat and gluten... Have improved hugely and 4 days later I'm nearing normality. So... My next (and hopefully) final test is to introduce pastas, sauces, breads etc gluten free and see what happens. The main part of this experiment and the final proof of my problem (I'm hoping) will be when I buy exactly the same 2 pizzas this week with the exact toppings, eating them on the exact days I did last week however I'm going to order gluten free pizza bases and see how it goes.
Hopefully if this works... I've found it after nearly 6 years of searching!
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