UGH. Today makes day three of terrible bloating.
My stomach has been pretty flat since I cut back on milk, but on Thursday I had some OJ, which made my belly swell, and now everything is affecting me. I'm so bloated that I'm finding it difficult to take a proper breath. In addition, I've had the runs pretty much every day for three weeks. Bye-bye IBS-C, hello IBS-D!
I want to get to the bottom of this (no pun intended ) so I don't have to go through my life continually narrowing my range of foods. I don't want to avoid freaking milk!
1) Gut dysbiosis.
Gut dysbiosis by definition means that pathogenic bacteria and yeast are no longer being kept in check by friendly gut flora. Because of this, increased intestinal permeability or leaky gut is all but a foregone conclusion. The constant inflammation these organisms and their toxic metabolites cause at the level of the gut wall will compromise the barrier function that protects you from the contents of your intestines.
Mine is midway in the normal range, but according to Ray Peat this is still too high. Serotonin has some connection to gut health.
However, because I vacillate between no shits and THE shits, I don't think it's a serotonin issue. I doubt my levels could vacillate that widely?
Serotonin is produced in the enterochromaffin cells (EC) in the intestinal mucosa. Serotonin is produced, and then it bonds with its receptors. These receptors are known as the 5-hydroxytryptomine receptors, or as they will be referred to here on out as 5-HT receptors. Once the serotonin is released, it activates our system to increase intestinal motility. Research has shown that there is an increase in plasma 5-HT during diarrheal diseases, and a decrease in them when constipation is present (Cammilleri, 2009).
How it all began
I'm trying to think of when I first noticed the bloating, and I really think it was the year I started binging, when I was 19. I wonder if that habit damaged my stomach. When I was 20 I used to go for Italian food a lot, and whenever I would go and have pasta with a heavy creamy sauce, I would instantly be crippled with stomach pain, and get the runs. I stopped eating that kind of food, so can't say if it still happens. I spent a lot of time in India, and got pretty bad Delhi Belly.
I'm thinking I might go to a naturopath, get a stool test done, find out exactly what bacteria are present and get a herbal medication for this.
Derp gave J3nn some suggestions for her gut health: activated charcoal, cascara sagrada, and periactin. The charcoal sounds like something I could try, but the cascara sagrada is a laxative (not good when you already have the runs ). The periactin appealed to me cos' Derp said it's anti-estrogenic too, but it's a hay fever sup and seems to have a lot of side effects?
Derp, if you're reading please help me!
Interesting - I've never heard of those machines.
Originally Posted by brooke.S.
I'm not gonna lie to ya - cupping hurts like hell It's meant to be amazing for decongesting the body. It remains to be seen...
This is what happened to me when I got it done a few years ago:
The darker the marks, the more congested your blood is... Or so the theory goes.
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat