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21 Apr 2004

Colon problems
Please advise on what I can do for the bloatedness due to what doctors say is due to a spastic colon. I eat very healthy, drink allot of water and do regular exercise.

Could it be possible to weigh more while being so bloated? I have gained 2kg in the last week and did not really ate more that usual but feel more bloated than usual.


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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Lies
Your gain in mass, is probably due to water retention which is usually caused by fluctuations in female hormone levels. If your spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was diagnosed by a medical dr then I trust that you are receiving the necessary antispasmodic medication. Basically IBS is caused by a lack of fibre in the diet and stress. I would strongly recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to sscharf@nhcltd.com or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will ascertain what you are eating at present and then work out a diet to address your problem. You may even be sensitive to certain foods, which needs to be established. Probiotics can help a great deal and it may be a good idea to take Bifidoflora or Bifidoforte (buy at health shop). IBS is also associated with stress so if you are exposed to a great deal of stress then it may help to do relaxing and deep breathing exercises (ask a clinical psychologist - find them in the Yellow Pages or ask your gp to refer you) and yoga. Keep up the good work with the exercise as this not only helps for weight loss/maintenance, but also relaxes you.
Best regards
DietDoc
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