I’ve decided to try something bananas & veer away from my original plan [the one I outlined in this post]. I had a revelation about halfway into the Gut Balance Protocol, & that’s this: I’ve been on a gut-healing diet for nearly a year now. The fact is, my gut can’t heal until the pathogenic bacteria & yeast have been cleared. I can’t afford to keep dilly-dallying around [both health-wise & financially]. So, I’m ordering my antifungals & antibacterials & getting started on them ASAP.
Like I’ve said before, I’ve been experiencing gastrointestinal issues for years [at least nearly a decade, perhaps longer]. I’ve also been experiencing symptoms of what I believe to be histamine intolerance. [Unfortunately, having OCD means I’m likely more susceptible to being labeled as a hypochondriac than your average person, but histamine intolerance makes sense in my case.] My nose runs when I eat most of the time & I have sinus pressure that worsens when I eat certain foods. Histamine intolerance can also cause chronic pain as well as insomnia. [I will say that the mucus production & sinus pressure have improved somewhat since I’ve been supplementing with HCl.] What makes me especially suspicious of histamine intolerance is the fact that it can be caused by SIBO [which I have] & can be influenced by certain medications [sertraline being one of them]. Theoretically, the intolerances should disappear once the SIBO is gone. If not, I’d have to eliminate even more foods for symptom relief & I do not want to do that.
I’m not going to see any improvement until a few things happen: 1. The pathogens in my gut have been eradicated & 2. I’m able to get enough sleep.
Here’s what I’m planning on doing in terms of the gut pathogens:
- Take oil of oregano, saccharomyces boulardii, & activated charcoal as outlined in Hashimoto’s Protocol [for Candida overgrowth].
- Take Candibactin-BR & allicillin as outlined in Hashimoto’s Protocol [for SIBO].
- Remove starchy vegetables [except rutabaga as it’s an antifungal] & fruit while I’m taking the antifungals & antimicrobials, possibly longer.
I’d be lying if I said I was excited about this. As a compromise with myself, I’ve decided to add in some stage one & two reintroductions [the main things I want are almond & sunflower butters], barring they don’t cause an intense reaction. [Side note: I bought almond butter two days ago & may have accidentally eaten half the jar already. Oops. Also, anytime I type the word “eaten” I accidentally type “eated” instead, & I secretly kind of like it.] For whatever reason, I feel like these additions will help me cope with having no starchy veggies & no fruit. Almonds are high in FODMAPs, which can aggravate SIBO because the bacteria feed on FODMAPs, but I’m thinking I’m not going to go low-FODMAP unless it’s absolutely necessary [read: I fail miserably at eradicating my SIBO with only antimicrobials]. Low-FODMAP seems to be more for symptom relief anyway, not annihilation. Besides, I want those jerk bacteria out in the open for when I rain my antimicrobial bombs down upon them. [I may try low-FODMAP for a brief period of time AFTER the antimicrobials are done, just to be sure it doesn’t come back]. I’ll be attending the SIBO Summit over the next few days, so if there’s any information there that causes me to change my mind about FODMAPs, I’ll voice it here. However, I can’t do everything. I can’t be AIP & anti-Candida & low-FODMAP & low-histamine. That would leave a scant amount of foods left for me to eat, & while my brain tells me that I have the willpower to do it, I don’t think it’d be a good choice nutritionally. I can always return to AIP as a baseline once the bad gut bugs are gone.
If this plan doesn’t work, I honestly have no idea what I’ll do, because I can’t afford to keep buying supplements. I have absolutely no qualms about spending money on quality products, but the problem is that I don’t have the money to spend on them. At this point, I’m thinking the SIBO might be more important to get rid of than the Candida, since SIBO can be a root cause of Candida [I want to get rid of both, obvs].
Despite the risk of sounding whiney, I just want to feel normal. I honestly don’t remember what it’s like to live without pain. I’m not looking for sympathy, but damn it gets old sometimes. I also want to get my gut healed & sealed so I can get on with reintroducing some foods, because I had a serious ketchup craving the other day & no way to satisfy it [nightshade-free ketchup just doesn’t do it for me].
Can I just say that this gut-healing stuff is serious business? Sometimes the Paleo world makes it seem so easy: just remove these foods, add these ones, & you’re good! I’m sure that happens for some, but that has not been my experience at all. I’m sure it’s because there are so many factors influencing my gut health. I do believe healing the gut is the key to better health, & I know I’ll get there. I have seen improvements in the last year of eating Paleo. At least I know now that pooping once or twice a week isn’t normal [& at least it’s not the norm for me anymore!].
Anyway, I’m hoping that these antifungals & antimicrobials are going to do the SIBO & Candida in, mainly because I want to be done with the bloating & done with chronic pain. Also because I want ketchup.