Friday, August 19, 2011

Breaking the Vicious Cycle

I recently picked up the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet to read. It has been very interesting in understanding exactly what sort of intestinal disorders I've been dealing with.

It discusses many different types of intestinal disorders, including Diverticulitis, Chron's Disease, and, of course the one I'm most interested in, Celiac Disease.

I've been discovering more and more that beans (and most all legumes) are difficult for me to digest. I can eat them, but they sit in my stomach for hours and the next day, I still feel like I haven't digested them. It's a bit like how my stomach used to feel when I began realizing my body couldn't tolerate wheat.

The book provides little tips and information, such as the fact that lactose is considered a starch (it's a sugar, after all), which explains why I have a hard time digesting it. And according to the book, starch-filled beans and legumes can really only be tolerated if they are soaked (and drained) at least 10 hours prior to consuming.

I really enjoyed the book, and found it very informative as I went through it. I recommend it to anyone who has already been diagnosed with a stomach issue or is considering going to the doctor because of serious symptoms.

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