I’m not following the Solving Leaky Gut program after all. It’s a good program and probably helps the majority of the people who invest in it, but I found that it was not shaping up to be very helpful for me. I couldn’t eat the recommended diet (too much fiber) or take many of the recommended supplements (side effects). I will say their customer service is very good.
It’s really disappointing to spend $30 or $40 dollars on a supplement only to find it gives you headaches and makes you feel like crap. I’m having to add the NuMedica Gluten Support PRP Balance to that category. I’ve never had such a bad reaction to a supplement before. I tried taking only a very very small amount of it (1/2 of a spray, as opposed to 8 sprays per day as recommended), but still I feel awful. I stuck with it for about 2 weeks, unwilling to give up. Finally last night I gave up on it. I’m just not someone who gets headaches and I’ve had them every day. Add it to the mountainous supplement graveyard. Anyone want some supplements?
I think everything I’ve done in the last year has managed to make things worse for my gut. I think low-carb may have negative effects on the gut – both by starving beneficial bacteria and by depriving the microbes of nutrients needed to rebuild the gut wall. I think my repeated courses of antimicrobials and my course of antifungals have created a space for pathogenic bacteria to flourish. I think it’s possible The Beast in my gut has become immune to some of the antimicrobials – I’m probably creating a new superbug as we speak.
I think if I had unlimited money I’d be spending some of it on testing of my adrenal function right now, and I’d be finding that my cortisol is really really low. I’ve decided to take the hydrocortisone that was prescribed to me – for just a little while, as I get back on my feet. I’m unable to cope with life right now. I’m in pain every day – my muscles and joints are sore and achy, headaches, I have no energy at the end of the day to make dinner or tell my daughter bedtime stories. I’m in the worst health of my life right now. Thanks low carb, and the stress-hormone burnout that you’ve brought with you. I’m done with you.
So what am I doing to fix this?
- DIET – I’m eating a diet that includes protein, fat, and monosaccharides (simple carbohydrates) because that’s the only carbohydrate I can tolerate right now. Di- and poly-saccharides feed The Beast. Fermented foods are largely out. I can’t tolerate the histamine produced. I’ve been using DAO supplements, and that does help, but it seems to me I should be avoiding everything that disables me right now.
- EXERCISE – None, because I feel like crap. Maybe soon.
- SUPPLEMENTS – It occurred to me that the cellulose that is in a lot of supplements is an indigestible fiber and thus is probably fermented by bacteria….meaning it could be a problem for me. So I’ve been limiting supplements to lessen my cellulose intake. Supplements include colostrum, which I haven’t used before. More details to come.
Oh crap, I have to go to work.