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Trying to heal gut after gastric bypass - is it possible?

Commented on April 03, 2013
Created March 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

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!

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Thanks! I'm trying to fit in as many sources of probiotics as I can, even though anything fizzy is hard for me to handle (tiny stomach pouch) I think there WILL be an answer... I love beets, btw!

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Yogurt doesn't have enough probiotics to do much good, and if you make your own (you should) it should be fermented 24 hours to get rid of the milk sugars. You may want to supplement with probiotic capsules. I make beet kvass (it's very easy! Google it) which is another probiotic drink. It's a little salty and beet flavored--I happen to like beets--but it's a thin, non-fizzy liquid. If you like beets, or at least don't hate them, see if that might be another source of dietary probiotics for you.

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on March 14, 2013
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(Cont) His doc/nurse saw, and immediately told him he'd need a pace-maker, or he could possibly die. THEY TOTALLY IGNORED THAT HE WAS CHOKING ON FOOD. I'm almost positive the food pressed on the nerve and affected his heart in those few seconds. Ugh, so now my dad's got a pace-maker. *face-palm*.

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on March 14, 2013
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Glad to hear I can help. With whatever you do, always take caution. You never know what could get you sick (although I'm pretty sure these tips won't make you more sick). And I agree. I'm and very opposed to certain procedures that "cut-out" or "modify" certain organ-systems, especially when there are many alternatives. My father had an angioplasty performed one time, no big deal. He stayed overnight just cause, and next day he choked on his meal. From what I have read, there is a nerve that runs along the trachea, and if pressed/damaged, could cause heart tremors or skip heart-beats....

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on March 12, 2013
at 11:35 PM

I have to add that it is CRIMINAL of the medical industry to promote these surgical interventions without adequately warning people about the inevitable negative outcomes of them. I am a SUCCESS story - lost all of my weight and have kept it off after 5 years, but I am in the extreme minority, and I am not healthy. I am not thriving, but I will. Thank the gods for the internet and the healthy living pioneers that make important info available to people like me. I benefit so much as I lurk - hopefully more now as I participate! Thanks again to you you all...

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on March 12, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Thank you for these tips! I have been looking into enzymes and am going to take the plunge. I'm a HUGE fan of bone broth - I can literally feel my intestines healing while drinking it! (okay that might be a tiny bit hyperbolic, but it seems true!) I will up my intake - right now I'm at about 2 cups daily. For some strange reason I am less enthused about probiotics even though I KNOW they are one of the keys for my well-being. I'm not a fan of yogurt or kefir,& the fizziness of the fermented veg and kombucha isn't tolerated in my tiny neo-stomach. But I'm serious about this - so yogurt it is!

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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.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on March 12, 2013
at 11:35 PM

I have to add that it is CRIMINAL of the medical industry to promote these surgical interventions without adequately warning people about the inevitable negative outcomes of them. I am a SUCCESS story - lost all of my weight and have kept it off after 5 years, but I am in the extreme minority, and I am not healthy. I am not thriving, but I will. Thank the gods for the internet and the healthy living pioneers that make important info available to people like me. I benefit so much as I lurk - hopefully more now as I participate! Thanks again to you you all...

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on March 12, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Thank you for these tips! I have been looking into enzymes and am going to take the plunge. I'm a HUGE fan of bone broth - I can literally feel my intestines healing while drinking it! (okay that might be a tiny bit hyperbolic, but it seems true!) I will up my intake - right now I'm at about 2 cups daily. For some strange reason I am less enthused about probiotics even though I KNOW they are one of the keys for my well-being. I'm not a fan of yogurt or kefir,& the fizziness of the fermented veg and kombucha isn't tolerated in my tiny neo-stomach. But I'm serious about this - so yogurt it is!

8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

(743)

on March 14, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Glad to hear I can help. With whatever you do, always take caution. You never know what could get you sick (although I'm pretty sure these tips won't make you more sick). And I agree. I'm and very opposed to certain procedures that "cut-out" or "modify" certain organ-systems, especially when there are many alternatives. My father had an angioplasty performed one time, no big deal. He stayed overnight just cause, and next day he choked on his meal. From what I have read, there is a nerve that runs along the trachea, and if pressed/damaged, could cause heart tremors or skip heart-beats....

8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

(743)

on March 14, 2013
at 02:32 PM

(Cont) His doc/nurse saw, and immediately told him he'd need a pace-maker, or he could possibly die. THEY TOTALLY IGNORED THAT HE WAS CHOKING ON FOOD. I'm almost positive the food pressed on the nerve and affected his heart in those few seconds. Ugh, so now my dad's got a pace-maker. *face-palm*.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 26, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Yogurt doesn't have enough probiotics to do much good, and if you make your own (you should) it should be fermented 24 hours to get rid of the milk sugars. You may want to supplement with probiotic capsules. I make beet kvass (it's very easy! Google it) which is another probiotic drink. It's a little salty and beet flavored--I happen to like beets--but it's a thin, non-fizzy liquid. If you like beets, or at least don't hate them, see if that might be another source of dietary probiotics for you.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on April 03, 2013
at 04:02 AM

Thanks! I'm trying to fit in as many sources of probiotics as I can, even though anything fizzy is hard for me to handle (tiny stomach pouch) I think there WILL be an answer... I love beets, btw!

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