For the past few years I have been plagued with chronic immune based symptoms (fatigue, rashes, swollen lip, congestion & more). I finally figured out the cause was a sensitivity to wheat. So cut out all gluten, and I felt much better initially, but than I began to grow "allergies" to new foods. Eventually I realized that any high protein food I was eating often, I became allergic to.
I now know this is typical of a leaky gut, as you have protein particles from the food slipping into the bloodstream, which causes the immune system to make anti-bodies against those foods.
So I now have an allergy to all meats, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, and legumes, sweet potato. I realize I need to heal my leaky gut to stop further allergies, and end the inflammation.
My plan as of now, is to eat a diet consisting of:
- low glycemic fruits
- low protein veggies
- yams (perhaps)
- olive oil
- healing supplements (glutamine, zinc, probiotic, fish oil)
I would love to hear some thoughts, and any advice you guys may have. My main concern is not getting enough calories. I was eating lots of high glycemic fruits before for calories, but Im reading now thats no good and may have been exasperating my leaky gut.
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on December 27, 2012
at 12:07 PM
Hi Levi, Have you considered adding ghee from grass fed cattle and/or coconut oil to your regimen? Fermented Cod Liver Oil has been known to aid the body to heal and repair intestinal damage. Note use the best quality fish oil that fits your budget. All fish oils are not created equally. I used all three to recover from years of damage; along with the Repairvite Regimen, recommended by my Chiropractor. Of course, you might tailor the plan with an eye toward your protein sensitivities. The added oils could increase your overall caloric intake.
Useful references pertaining to healing a leaky gut:
How To Restore Digestive Health, Jordan S. Rubin (Weston A. Price Foundation web site) http://preview.tinyurl.com/czmqj3v
Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil: http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/CodLiverOil/index.cfm
Repairvite Menu: http://preview.tinyurl.com/afrdcoo
on December 26, 2012
at 11:46 PM
This isn't an answer, but I am eagerly waiting for one with you. I'm in the same situation, except there is one protein food I can tolerate: fish. My symptoms when I eat non-fish protein is rheumatoid arthritis, and many of the same symptoms as you, such as congestion and swollen lower lip.
Unfortunately, I have tried others' recommendations with little success. Grass fed bone broth aggravated my joints, and glutamine did nothing.
Right now I'm trying Great Lakes Gelatin, but I'm not sure it's doing anything.
One thing you can do to improve protein digestion is to eat 2-4 tablespoons of unpasteurized fermented vegetables with each meal that has protein in it. I was experiencing pretty heavy fatigue before starting that, and the fermented foods cleared the fatigue right up.
on December 26, 2012
at 10:11 PM
Make bone broth and drink 1???2C daily for the first month to help your gut heal and 1C/day thereafter. You may also benefit from following the autoimmune protocol in Practical Paleo (no, I don't get a commission for the recommendation) or the GAPS diet. Also, follow some of the links in the right sidebar related to your topic.
I wish you success with healing yourself.
on December 26, 2012
at 10:06 PM
Have you tried L-glutamine?
It's supposed to be very good for the gut...
"Glutamine-enriched diets have been linked with maintenance of gut barrier function and cell differentiation, suggesting glutamine may help to protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract or mucosa. People who have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn' s disease) may not have enough glutamine, but two clinical trials found taking glutamine supplements did not improve symptoms of Crohn' s disease."
Still this should be tried with the approval of your primary doc!