7 years ago, I had a gastric bypass. I've lost a significant amount of weight, which is fantastic, but I underestimated the devastating effects this surgery would have on my digestive system. (I know - DUH) I lost a portion of my small intestine, and permanent malabsorbtion is a consequence I will have to live with. Food ferments in my intestines- I have gas, bloating, pain ... it is obvious to me that the surgery creates an extreme case of leaky gut. Almost all gastric bypass patients report the exact same problems.
Do the great minds of the paleo world think it would be possible to heal from this self inflicted intestinal "cock-block" using the primal/paleo techniques?
Against medical advice, I don't supplement with protein shakes. I eat meat, ample fats (although digesting them is hard sometimes, I do well with coconut oils and pastured butter as well as occasional cream), and low carb (rice, sweet potatoes, and yucca). I drink bone broths. I avoid sugar and anything processed. I am hypothyroid, so I try and eat iodine-rich foods. My temperature is steadily improving. Despite eating more fat and meat than recommended for weight loss by dietitians, I am at a good maintenance weight. I FEEL GREAT!!!! ... but gas and bloating continues and I wonder if it is even possible to heal from this surgery or if I am "good enough".
Thanks in advance for any input or suggestions. I know this kind of surgery is overdone - but I was desperate and didn't have the info that I have now. I hope nobody makes me feel like a dork, because I already do!
asked byivymcivy (1217)
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on March 12, 2013
at 10:00 PM
Lipase - a digestive enzyme for fats.
Bromelein - a digestive enzyme for protein.
Gelatin (or broth) - supposedly helps heal the GI tract.
Probiotics - help break down food and fight off infection.
I'd take the enzymes with each meal.
I think the gelatin/broth should be consumed on an empty stomach (think, having a cup of broth alone between meals, or having a cup of tea with gelatin powder mixed in).
I'm not sure when to take probiotics. Could someone clarify?
Also, eat your veggies cooked and keep them portioned to avoid further gastric stress.