Hey guys! Just wanted to log a brief update on my health journey here.
I think I’m finally seeing a new wave of improvements!!
The past few days, I’ve generally had a little more energy and better balance (less dizziness). I’m sometimes feeling hot/overheated (rather than cold most of the time, though I am still sensitive to cold if I’m in a cold place). It also seems that I’m generally requiring a little less sleep.
My gut health and adrenal strength seem to be gradually improving.
So what’s working? What’s making the difference?
Turkey bone broth (instead of chicken broth)
I recently made this change (around Thanksgiving), and I’ve gotta say, turkey broth is working waaaay better than chicken broth ever did for me. It doesn’t give me the weird feeling in my head (pressure, tension) that I got with chicken broth.
Turkey broth doesn’t have the lectins that can be so harmful to those with type B blood (my blood type). I think chicken broth was causing about as many problems as it was solving (damaging the gut with lectins as fast as it was healing it with amino acids).
Some other foods I’ve introduced recently:
Cacao butter (But not cacao powder, as I am sensitive to the stimulants and intolerant of the sulfur in the cacao bean. But cacao fat [butter] – which is from the same plant, but chemically a “different animal” – works for me.)
Sprouted quinoa (I was eating quinoa, but not in sprouted form). Sprouting makes the nutrients of grains and pseudograins (like quinoa) more bioavailable. Quinoa is the only “grainy” thing I’m eating (I stopped eating amaranth because it was beginning to make me feel tired/sick. Again, probably because of the lectins. I am very lectin-sensitive, and this may be due to my homozygous (double, or from both parents) mutation on the CNR1 gene [rs1049353]).
Tiger nuts aren’t actually nuts, and tend to be safe for most people with nut allergies.
Tiger nuts (at least dried ones) look like mini, shriveled-up potatoes. Like potatoes, they are tubers, but the tiger nut boasts a much richer supply of healthy fats, with a fatty acid composition similar to that of olive oil.
Tiger nuts are rich in antioxidants and fiber, possess antibacterial properties, work as a prebiotic, help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and may be beneficial for those suffering from diabetes.
For more info on tiger nuts, check out Tiger Nuts: Facts, Nutrition, Benefits, and Healthy Recipes from doctorshealthpress.com.
They also appear to be a fairly decent source of magnesium! I’ve been able to get away with taking a little less magnesium lately (doing so would normally cause me to feel pretty crappy – muscle cramps, aches, fatigue), but I think tiger nuts (and possibly cacao butter, but I have yet to verify this) might be the reason for the decreased supplementation requirements.
Technically, the tiger nut probably counts as a vegetable, but other than that, I’m not eating any veggies.
As far as meat goes, I am eating turkey (in moderation) and occasionally some fish.
I am still avoiding or limiting high-sulfur foods.
Some vitamins that have been helping (besides B6, zinc, and magnesium):
Silver (for gut infection)
A supplement for candida (yeast) infection (containing undecylenic acid, caprylic acid, Cat’s Claw, Uva Ursi, and Pau D’Arco).
An essential oil combination (BFB-1), which I apply to my thumbs and big toes – to combat the biofilm in the gut (this was at my doctor’s recommendation, and it seems to be helping! He also recommended applying it to the earlobes, but I got the OK to avoid that because the smell is so strong).
Charcoal (from bamboo, not coconut) – this is an excellent binder, helping to flush ammonia and other toxins from the system. However, it is important to try to take it apart from food or other supplements, because it will also bind to those things, removing beneficial nutrients from the body!
Takesumi is the charcoal I use.
Additionally, I’ve noticed I generally feel better when I consume more:
- salt (sodium)
- olive oil*
- cherries (within reason 🙂 )
I am so excited, you guys! 😀
We’ll see if these improvements continue. Stay tuned!
For previous logs on #myjourneytorecovery, check out these articles:
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates
Food is medicine. We can actually change our gene expressions with the foods we eat. – David Perlmutter
Food Choices Change Our Gene Expression – David Perlmutter, MD
* I drink olive oil, which bothers my stomach temporarily, but also tends to give me more energy and help with digestion. Olive oil can also be an effective natural pain reliever for some.
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