If you found your interest peaked by my previous post about leaky gut and removing lectins from your diet, this will be an update to that.
If you are new to the leaky gut idea, please see my previous post. I have a link there to a website run by a former world-class cardiac surgeon who now focuses his practice on healing instead of surgery. He explains, far better than I can, what this is all about. Just realize that, according to him, symptoms of leaky gut can include brain fog, arthritis, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, obesity . . . .
Now, to the update.
It has been just over 2 weeks since my wife and I started taking the daily supplements recommended for this program. My wife saw almost instant benefits – she told me on day 3 that she’d already noticed that her nearly-constant craving for refined sugar was almost gone. After a week she told me that when she wakes in the mornings it isn’t a struggle to get out of bed anymore, she wakes with more energy and mental sharpness. The two together have her convinced that this was a definite move in the right direction, for her.
My results would best fall into the category of “proof that one-size definitely does not fit all in health care”. I’m not saying this has failed to work for me, just that at the 2 week mark my results are far less spectacular. If anything, my mental fog has worsened. I’m constantly tired, and get confused if I have more than one thing going on at a time.
So, what makes that a positive result? Let me regress – to the results of my doing the paleo diet. When I started the paleo diet, I weighed 248 pounds, at 5’8″ tall. I was just short of 100 pounds more than what I weighed when I got discharged from the US Army in 1982. Without exercising, using the paleo diet my weight dropped to 190 pounds. However, with all of that weight loss – my abdominal girth did not decrease AT ALL. I’m now convinced that this is, perhaps, the greatest proof of my having leaky gut – and that all that girth is due to toxic waste that had built up around my intestines.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as proof, but one thing that has changed is the smell of my waste when I go to the bathroom. Of course, I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t smell bad before, but now it is so offensive that I wait until the last possible minute and hold my breath as much as possible until the event is over. Passing gas can clear the living room – of our cats!
I’m choosing to take this as an indication that my body IS trying to process that toxic waste, and flush it from my body as quickly as possible. It is just overwhelmed by the scope of the job at this point, but continuing should eventually get me over the hump.
At least that is what I’m thinking right now.