February 24, 2009 8:43 PM Subscribe
How can I get my digestion back in functioning order?
posted by iurodivii to health & fitness (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For the previous 13 months I drank an enormous quantity of alcohol which I calculated out to averaging seven or eight drinks a day; and not going more than a handful of days alcohol-free. It was quite the bender. It served its purpose. I had my fun. Now its time for the next thing. I have thus far taken February off from drinking.
The problem is that my digestion, which degraded during the bender, became much worse when I stopped drinking - a proliferation of gases escaping out both ends and cramps when I eat anything of modest substance. My appetite is basically non-existent even when I work out. It is quite the struggle to eat in the first six hours I am awake.
I know I brought this upon myself, but I would now like to bring upon myself the appetite to eat two, maybe even three meals each day without feeling sick to my stomach. There isn't much difference between a simple rice soup or beef with cheese and garlic all over it...it all feels wrong inside me. For example the salad I forced down for dinner feels like a ball of needles in my intestines.
My attempts thus far:
I eat yogurt daily.
I have upped the probiotics by taking it in pill form as well.
I drink a quart of fresh ginger root tea (not the dried teabag stuff) a week.
I have also kicked in a liver and gall bladder herbal tincture recently.
I would love to hear suggestions I have not thought of; and if any of them help me sleep through the night, all the better.