My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Three

This is still quite a journey.

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, please go back to Part One and Two.

After the last blog, I discovered more food that I may be sensitive to while eliminating most of the food on the list I tested for positive sensitivity from Part One.

One, my acne had gotten worse. It was more cystic than anything I’ve had before. When I suffered from chronic poor sleep, I was up at 1:30 – 3 am almost every night which is the liver/gall bladder time. I had done a gallbladder flush in the process and passed a ton of stones. That process entails drinking organic apple juice for 5 days which my liver wasn’t able to digest the sugar enzymes due to how inflamed it was in the beginning. The doctor put me on a few liver supplements to help with it because the acne location was centered around my chin and nose. And that stems from the liver according to my Esthetician and Chiropractor. As a massage therapist, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine has also taught me this as well. My liver had been chronically inflamed for some time due to my leaky gut.

My blood panels would show a healthy number but it definitely showed elsewhere. My face.

Two, I also learned leaky gut is what causes this. But I was in the process of healing it but why is my skin still having volcanic eruptions?

Research has taught me a few things. Lectins are proteins in some fruits and vegetables that can cause gut inflammation but are considered healthy foods by most people. I’ve been growing most of the “nightshades vegetables” which have lectins and not knowing those “healthy foods” were causing the stomach and skin issues I’ve been having. So that’s stopped. My skin has been slowly healing since then.

Speaking of the elimination diet, I’ll be doing this a few more weeks and slowly adding some of the eliminations back in one at a time to see what reaction I have. If there’s an obvious reaction, chances are it’s not good for me. Listen to your body! What affects me may not effect you.

What I’ve eliminated so far:

Eggs, dairy, gluten and pseudo gluten, cashews, pecans, nightshades including tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, whey, casein, and any beans including soy (which I never touch).

A lot of people have been telling me “You only live once. Stop worrying about it.” Exactly. I have only one life and plan to live it to the fullest. I can’t stand watching other people suffer and at the same time ignore their health but that’s their choice. I have always enjoyed life but will be able to enjoy it better. I am not worried either. It’s really more about taking the next step to bettering your health. Functional Medicine is really going to help me in the future.

Books my dear friends have recommended:

Link to it included

                     

“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine..”

— Hippocrates.

My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Two

If you’ve read my recent blog My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part One, I’m still blown away by this process.

I’ve never even heard of “leaky gut”. I mean, I really have but I thought it was where number two was “leaky”…right?

WRONG.

“Leaky Gut” is actually a condition some doctors may or may not tell you. You can go to their office and tell them the symptoms such as chronic stress, irritable bowl, mood swings, not getting enough sleep, etc.

“Here’s a Lexapro and Xanax ‘script, you seem down and really stressed. You also should be exercising, eating healthy and getting more sleep.”

But wait?….I do ALL of that. FYI: I never picked up those ‘scripts. I feel better when I eat healthy, I work out often, and I try to sleep through the night. Deep inside something STILL wasn’t right. For years I suffered and often hid my symptoms in fear of dumb people.

In my case, it’s not a full blown Leaky Gut. Symptoms still include:

  • Chronic stress
    • I have this constantly. Because of my disability. It’s quite hard to explain because it’s like trying to walk on water.
  • Mood swings
    • This often happens if I don’t eat healthy or workout.
  • Joint pain
    • I was diagnosed with Chondromalicia of my right patella.
    • I constantly have neck issues from the way I do my job. My loupes save me from most of the work but sometimes you have to adjust the position to the needs of the patients.
    • Headaches. I get them weekly. I am so sick of taking the NSIADS.
  • Fatigue
    • I had this often. And still couldn’t sleep through the night.
  • Digestive issues
    • Again, constantly. Never normal. Even on healthy eating.
  • Skin issues
    • I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember.
    • Acne never really goes away.
  • Food sensitivity
    • I would always feel sick eating certain foods but never really knew what food was actually causing it. Was there something in my salad? Could it be that fish taco I ate?

Few weeks later, it’s all improved. And keeps improving.

  • Don’t even need that MRI for my knee
  • I sleep like a baby drunk on milk
  • I’ve eliminated a lot of the food sensitivities from my diet, including whey and casein
  • I have more energy and less brain fog.

The flush begins and to be continued… 🙂

My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part One

I’ve probably had stomach issues dating back since college. I remember having so much stomach pain, I could barely walk that I ended up in the ER. Multiple times.

Fast forward, after my trip to Mexico circa fall 2010, thinking I had travelers diarrhea sickness, which was never the case. A few months later, I lost 12 lbs in 4 weeks. I was unable to hold anything down, losing time at work and ended up in the ER again and again.

I finally had both colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time only to find out I simply had “inflammation” in my intestine. I was also ruled out Chron’s Disease, Celiac Disease, or cancer. Good news right?

But why in the world was I still feeling like crap?

I gave up sugar and cream in my coffee, began a Paleo diet, started cooking more at home, and drank a ton of water.

Fast forward to today. I decided to start seeing a chiropractor to take better care of myself since I was having upper back and neck issues from the daily demands as a Dental Hygienist. At first, he was having trouble adjusting my back since it was so tight. By the 4th or 5th visit, he noticed my joints were also soft and inflamed. He started palpating other areas and noticed my rib area under my diaphragm was so tight and it hurt by pressure. It’s where my gall bladder and liver is.

Hold on. I would work out and feel like I have a stick in my rib constantly. It’s always in the same place. Which blew my mind because I’ve had this “stick” feeling in my ribs for such a LONG time! I had so many questions. I wanted more answers.

Here’s what we did:

  • Written frequency test
    • This was to find out how often my symptoms happened
  • GI Comprehensive Stool Test
    • I’ve given a stool sample in a doctor’s office in the past. This one was a very in-depth test of your bacteria levels in your system
  • Celiac Antibody Test
    • This was to test out the food sensitivity. In-depth as well.

Not only I was free from any signs of stomach diseases but I found out I had bacteria in my intestine that was resistant to 3 different types of antibiotics. Which made every sense in the world as I looked back wondering why this or that time it wasn’t exactly working for me. I don’t have a single allergy to any antibiotics.

Also, I had several low sensitivity reaction to foods such as:

Banana, Bean sprout, Cayenne, Cod, Cow’s milk, Egg white, Gluten, Lactalbumin, Lobster, Millet, Parmesan cheese, Pecan, Pineapple, Pinto bean, Sage, Sesame, String bean, Thyme, Yogurt

He explained that when I eat the food listed above, it can cause a “delayed reaction” to it due to it being low. Not quite an allergy but “mildly sensitive”.

I’ve stopped eating these almost “moderate reaction”:

Kidney bean, Mushroom, Parsley

I was quite shocked. Most of them are part of my daily diet. Especially, eggs and yogurt. Even bananas and pineapples at this time of the year. Lacalbumin is actually whey. Good bye whey protein, hello plant-based protein.

When I found out I had a poor intestinal permeability or borderline “leaky gut” which

“is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream.”

….I had all the symptoms of headache, itching, adult acne, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, and indigestion.

Poor intestinal permeability in my case, not exactly a full blown Leaky Gut, comes from the diet. When I was eating greek yogurt and a bagel, my body went to overdrive, producing antibodies, triggering an immune response that caused bloating, diarrhea and headaches.  He immediately put me on Silver Colloidal protocol to help with ridding the body of bad bacteria in your gut. (PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT A DOCTOR.)

It’s been over a week and not only I feel so much better, the gall bladder inflammation I had under my ribs went away where I worked out for the first time without a cramp, my workout recovery improved, my Chondromalicia knee pain subsided, my mood changed drastically that I came back for a follow up and he told me I look like a completely different person.

Mind you, the week before, I was sobbing in his office. He’s not even a psychiatrist but he knew every reason why and how I’ve been feeling this way.

Elimination diet begins and the journey continues….stay tuned.