Hello Ladies, I concenrated on the frequent requests of how to manage diarrhea. Below are the top foods to help settle your tummy.
1) Banana's Bland and easily digested, bananas are a good choice to settle an upset digestive system. The high level of potassium in bananas helps to replace electrolytes that may be lost by severe bouts of diarrhea. Bananas are also rich in pectin, a soluable fiber that helps to absorb liquid in the intestines and thus move stool along smoothly. Bananas also contain a good amount of inulin, another soluble fiber. Inulin is a prebiotic - a substance that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal system.
2) White Rice and Mashtater's Due to their low-fiber content, these starches are easily digested way up high in the GI tract. Eat your rice and potatoes plain; butter has a high fat content which could be irritating to your system and contribute to intestinal cramping.
3) Applesauce Like bananas, apples are a good source of pectin. However, the high fiber in raw apples makes them too rough for a dicey intestinal system. Cooking the apples makes them easier on your system to digest, allowing you to benefit from the pectin, sugar and other nutrients that lie within.
4) White Toast & Cracker's When your intestines are acting normally, it is important to eat whole grain products. When you are experiencing diarrhea, it is better to turn to processed wheat foods. The removal of the outer husk of the grains in these foods results in easier digestion. As an added bonus, the salt in crackers will be beneficial in terms of restoring the electrolyte balance.
5) Yogurt It is generally recommended that dairy products should be avoided during diarrhea episodes. Yogurt is a major exception to this rule. Look for yogurt that contains live or active cultures, or more specifically Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. These active cultures are probiotic's and they appear to help to establish a healthier balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.
6) Steamed Chicken Due to its bland nature, steamed white meat chicken is an easily digested source of protein, providing a fairly safe way to get some nutrients into your body. Butter and oils are very hard on a delicate system, so avoid deep-fried or sautéed preparations.
7) Blueberry's Reportedly dried blueberries have a long history of use in Sweden as a treatment for diarrhea. Either chewing dried blueberries or making a tea by boiling crushed dried blueberries for about 10 minutes. The helpfulness of blueberries for diarrhea appears to be due to the fact that they contain tannins which act as an astringent, contracting tissue and reducing inflammation and secretion of liquids and mucous. Blueberries also contain substances called anthocyanosides, which have antibacterial properties, as well as being a good source of antioxidants. Lastly, blueberries are another source of the soluble fiber pectin.
Coconut Most experts believe that if this remedy does work, it's because of the lauric acid coconut contains. The lauric acid in coconut is converted by the body into monolaurin — a compound which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties which somehow soothes irritated intestines and reduces inflammation. Coconut oil is the very best source of lauric acid, although most people prefer to get their coconut in the form of coconut macaroons. Yes...cookies. But try for sugar free!!!
9) Journal It! Keep a food journal. Write down what you eat daily, at what times and then record your BM's. Then begin to omit certain foods to see if you feel relief. Also eating 6 small meals in place of 3 larger meals a day, seems to help soothe an upset tummy.
This is a Tip about how to cope with work, and what you are entitled to by law for your medical conditions.
First, if you find that you are no longer or on occasion able to function to your normal capacity at work. You need to have your FMLA form filled out.
Second, when you fill out the form (if you're not getting one at work, email me and I will send you the Federal FMLA form, it's the same as they would give you at work) ask your doctor to put intermittent leave on the form.
Intermittent leave allows you to leave early for appointment, treatments, not feeling well, etc. A tip is to always show up to work on time...it's better to leave early then to come in late. Don't know why that is..but for some reason most HR departments prefer that.
Third, if your company employees more 15 or more full time employee's you are entitled to 9 weeks of FMLA time. (This is per calendar year, it renews itself on January 1st.) Now, most companies who employ more than 15 employee's also have short term and long term disability. When you invoke your FMLA rights, you need to make sure that your short term disability is running along with it. This will allow you to miss work, but still receive full pay. Most short term disability is for 6 full months.
Fourth, you are not obligated to inform your supervisor about your medical condition, they are allowed to only know that you are on FMLA and short term disability. So if your boss says "what is wrong with you" you do not need to answer this question, and I recommend that you do not...it will lead to people saying..oh it's not tha bad, why is she out of work. The only people who need to know about your medical condition is your HR department. This falls under Federal HIPPA laws.
Fifth, keep a journal of your experience at work, if you are getting slick remarks from co-workers or your boss or anyone, write down exactly what was said, the time the place everything. You will need this incase you would get terminated. The only way you can lose your job on FMLA is if they eliminate your position. But even if they do that, you can still sue them under state and federal laws for retaliation, discrimination for invoking your FMLA rights.
Note: Most of use don't want to sue anyone, but I can tell you that 2/3's of the people who do file suit, the company will settle with you...because by law they can not fire you..even if they eliminate the position, they are supposed to offer you any other available positions within the company. They don't want to be in the newspaper, they don't want to pay attorney's fee's, so normally they will settle with you.
Always feel free to email me with questions about FMLA/Short Term Disability, or if you just want to know the laws and how to protect your job while trying to heal yourself.
This is a Tip to help you understand if you are having a period or abnormal bleeding.
A period should only come once a month...28-31days..some women are different. Your period should not exceed 7 days. Most women report having heavy bleeding during the first couple days of their period. A very important rule of thumb regarding heavy bleeding, is if you are filling a pad or tampon within 1-3 hours, you are experiencing abnormal bleeding. If you are having excessive bleeding, you should seek medical attention immediately. Excessive bleeding may cause you to become anemic.
Some sign to know if you are losing too much blood, are light headedness, lethargy (becoming very tired during normal activities), fainting, memory loss. If you experience any of these, you should seek meidcal attention immediately.
Now, regarding Abnormal Bleeding, say you had a period the first of the month and it ended on the 7th of the same month. Now it's the 15th of the same month, and you have began bleeding again. This is NOT a period...this is abnormal/breakthrough/spotting. This should be reported to your doctor. They may recommend a birthcontrol to help regulate your periods, if you are already on bcp's they may switch to a different brand to help regulate your cycles.
Many women have to try different bcp's until they find the right one..some women have reactions to low estrogen, some have reactions to high estrogen. It is important to keep your doctor informed about your cycles.View Thread
This is a tip on how to control your pain with the pain medications that have been given to you.
A general rule of thumb is when you feel your pain around a five or six..you need to take your pain meds, if you wait until your pain passes a 6, normally you will not be able to get your pain level back down with your normal pain medications.
Listen to your body..and always inform your doctor if you are having to exceed your recommended dosage, if you have a good doc who understands Endo, they should know that it can be exasperated by certain things.
Keeping a Log about what seems to make your pain worse can also help your doctor track your pain and control it better!!View Thread