Have to catch my breath sometimes, especially when talking

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 4:15 AM

OK so I have two problems that seem related.

First of all for the past few years I've had this problem where I have a lot of trouble getting satiated. It would not be uncommon for me to eat a full meal including bone broth with veggies, a big salad with olive oil etc., a 10 oz piece of salmon, and kimchi, only to feel not full at all, and e.g. eat the other 14 oz of salmon sitting there because I cooked a large fillet to have leftovers, and then 30 mins later I'm still hungry and I eat a half or even a whole jar of peanut butter with apple slices or something like that.

This satiation problem seems like a massive red flag, and I've been working on it for months, including trying supplements like cod liver oil, multi-vitamins, etc., and also making sure to have nutrient dense foods like liver, bone broth, etc. Basically the only thing that stands any chance of making me full is eating on a consistent schedule, and use a ton of oil. I mean like 2 tablespoons of olive oil on my salad, and cook chicken breast for the salad in a tablespoon of coconut oil, and cook the fish in another tablespoon of coconut oil, and try to get a lot of that oil to absorb into the chicken and fish. If I do that along with having a cup or more of broth broth (very filling and nutrient dense), etc., I may--and I mean MAY--end up satiated for a few hours.

But this is where the second problem comes in, or the second and a bunch of others. If I eat enough fat to feel satiated after a meal, I'll have very mild trouble breathing, where for example if I were talking I'd have to stop to catch my breath kind of often. This seems like a big red flag. Also I feel hot, and my (mild) acne gets worse, and my energy levels aren't as good, etc. These are all exacerbated by doing anything else wrong with my lifestyle, such as poor sleep.

Any ideas on any of these problems? I'm 23 year old male, 6'1'' 190 lbs. I look athletic but at the same time I don't look particularly healthy. Other problems include one I already mentioned on the side (mild acne), along with chronic chapped lips, dark circles under my eyes, etc.

Thanks in advance for any clues or answers for what could be going on here. Feel free to ask for any further info that may be needed.



on December 08, 2012
at 10:18 AM

Are you having a lot of stress?



on December 08, 2012
at 08:45 AM

are you putting on body fat? It sounds like you are eating a lot of calories, but if you are not gaining any body fat, then you may either not be eating enough, or you are not absorbing all the nutrients you are eating, both would explain your feelings of hunger

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:11 AM

The only thing that comes to mind with regards to the breathing (a bit of a long shot);
when your breathing issues happen, do you think you may have overeaten to the point where your stomach is 'over' full?
ie. you have eaten so much that your stomach fluids are being forced up out of your stomach in to your esophagus and then splashing in to your layrnx.
If so, you may be suffering from laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) (silent reflux).

Some common symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux are; Asthma or asthma-like symptoms, blockage of the breathing passage, laryngospasm (feeling like one can???t catch one???s breath), cough, weak/cracking/horse voice,...

wiki ref for LPR

If it is LPR, this could easily be affecting your sleep as well, google; lpr sleep apnea

And a couple more possibilities;
...Excess stomach acid mimics hunger, source, google for more refs
...A hiatal hernia can cause shortness of breath, source, google for more refs

they can all be intertwined; lpr, high stomach acidity, hiatal hernia, so you may have one or more (or none)


on December 08, 2012
at 12:05 PM

hmmm not sure about the satiation problem but the breathing sounds like you could be chronically hyperventilating. i recommend checking out the buteyko method which is the elimination of hyperventilation, it pretty much saved my life after a couple of years of chronic fatigue.



on December 09, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Your diet seems very fat-focused. Is it possible that your carbohydrate intake is too low for your activity level? Or just too low for you in general? Have you tried increasing it?


on February 25, 2013
at 04:31 PM

In case this information may help anyone on this site, I should mention that I solved the problem summarized in the title by using GAPS-style protocols and other basic things to start the process of healing my gut and allowing myself to absorb nutrients better, allowing myself to eat less for the same nutrition, along with using systemic enzymes (these in particular: http://www.baselinenutritionals.com/products/phi-zymes-450.php).

Seems the issue was caused by overeating, which was directly addressed by improving my gut's ability to absorb nutrients, allowing myself to feel satiated with much less food. The systemic enzymes (along with digestive enzymes and probiotics) were the basic damage mitigate protocol (these seem to really speed up the process of going from 'feel like I just ate a lot' to 'feel light and energetic').

The basic causal connection seemed to be that getting overfull caused these sensations and made me have to constantly catch my breath while talking, thus the two approaches were (1) to stop overeating (this was a matter of solving certain gut-dysbiosis-related malabsorption issues and thus allowing for feeling satiated with less food), and (2) to mitigate any damage from overeating with enzymes and probiotics.


on December 09, 2012
at 04:34 PM

Sounds like you're HYPERthyroid. Go see a doc and get some thyroid tests to confirm.

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