Gut: I'm done with the DE for now. From the ~2 weeks I took it consistently (maybe it was only a week, I have no idea anymore), I noticed more nail growth (had to trim my toe nails, which rarely happens). I have also had more pimples on my face, scalp, chest, and back lately. It could be from sweating more, but I wonder if it might have been detox. Regardless, my gut is completely backed up right now. I haven't had a BM in 3 days. Today, I brought Vit C to work to take every 4 hrs to try and get things moving.
I'm messaging with tatertot for advice. (Tomi, you should read this bit!) He suggested starting bentonite clay, which seems overall safer and possibly more effective than DE, as well as activated charcoal. The last time I took activated charcoal was when I OD'd on Tylenol 10 years ago (the suicide attempt). Both BC and charcoal are supposed to be effective for IBS-C and IBS-D. I have no idea how that works...but it seems worth a shot! They are supposed to help clear out toxins and overgrowth. As soon as I get things going well enough post-DE, I will start incorporating those. Tatertot also recommended to try several different probiotics, esp./including s. boulardii, but taken intermittently. I'll get an S. boulardii bottle, a NOW foods Probiotic Defense bottle, and alternate those along with the Primal Defense I already have. The expense for all of this will come out of my personal savings. Hulky and I have talked about it many times, but I feel too guilty taking money from our joint account for these things.
Bentonite Clay: Health Benefits and Uses
The American Gut testing apparently takes about 6 months to get results back and isn't as comprehensive as tests done in labs through doctor's offices, so I guess I'll just keep looking for a lab that takes my insurance.
I need to work on drinking more water for the new supplements.
Body: Of course, I didn't do my 3 x 3 chin-up workout yesterday. I only got in one set this morning so I'll do a whole workout tonight. My arms are still sore when I go to hang on the bar, but aside from feeling like stretching today, nothing is really sore just moving around normally. The bike ride home yesterday was very windy, but I still made good time! Due to the chance of rain, I didn't bike today and probably won't tomorrow.