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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Day: 10 of 30
How I'm feeling today: dog tired, a bit low mood-wise and my lips are peeling.

This is my second day on Progesterone - as I'm also Estrogen Dominant (20:1 when I should be 600:1) so I have introduced this new factor in treating my continual fatigue.

I was told to take 100mg per day, however my research has shown me that 300mg per day is the amount you need to maintain the normal level for 24 hours, so I upped it to 200mg. Apparently you can't overdose on it and people with more acute situations than mine are put on much higher doses.

Furthermore if you are put on too low a dose you get stuck on the "clearing" stage of the surplus Estrogen and will feel worse, this is because when starting Progesterone you will feel worse before you feel better as it stimulates your Estrogen receptors. This should last approximately one cycle, so I'm crossing my fingers.

This article also states that the reason you should avoid synthetic Progestin is because it will cause Progesterone to drop - so that's the pill for instance.

Being 10 days on a clean diet of primarily chicken broth hasn't made a noticeable difference to my feeling of fatigue, nor my eyes, which constantly feel abraded - as if I've been swimming in chlorine. I wonder if hormones are actually what's behind these symptoms.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Kill Phase - Day 8 of 14

Day: 8 of 30
Starting weight: 73.3kg
Today's weight (one week later): 69.8kg
How I'm feeling today: my tummy feels like mine again, rather than a strapped on block of lard - I suspect this is because a lot of inflammation has reduced. Normally it hurts no matter where you touch it, but today only the small intestine below the belly button! I've lost 3.5kg also which is great! My ideal weight is 58-62kg.

After a week of fasting and hammering myself with supplements every couple of hours my tummy is feeling better. I've got no idea whether I'm being successful in killing off the overgrowth of bacteria, in particular the Enterococcus, but I'll continue the plan.

Days 1-4 were bone broth only and for days 5 - 14 my plan has been to gradually introduce items from the GAPS diet. It was between GAPS and SCD (the Specific Carbohydrate Diet). Due to my focus - which is to kill bad bacteria, not to heal a gut (I don't think I could be classified as having IBS) - I'm wondering whether I should re-look at the SCD. GAPS is telling me to gradually introduce eggs, and I know I could eat 6 of them and be fine, so maybe I should just focus on the carbohydrates that encourage each type of bacteria?

SCD allows only carbohydrates that are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure that are easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides (chain molecules) are not easily digested and therefore feed harmful bacteria in our intestines causing them to overgrow, producing by-products and inflaming the intestine wall.

What you can and can't eat on the SCD (PDF 1.2MB).

Fatigue and Estrogen Dominance

My primary motivation for doing this is continual, crushing fatigue. Sadly that remains at the same level as always, though perhaps a week is too short a time. It's possible also that it is a result of me being massively Estrogen dominant (ratio 20:1 when it should be 600:1), which is no doubt partly to do with my liver being preoccupied with dealing with the toxic overload being produced by the bad bacteria in my gut and therefore being unable to eliminate Estrogen (which is primarily via the digestive system).

Exciting things that arrived today:
  • Progestrone. The antidote to Estrogen and prescribed by my doctor. I'm excited to try this as I am wondering whether it's my hormone imbalance that's causing me to feel so flat. I'll be starting 100mg per day
  • Da Vinci Vitamins A, D, K - it's common to be low in Vitamin K and Vitamin D when you have Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and I'm especially affected by this as Vitamin D enhances the action of Progesterone - the antidote to Estrogen
And tomorrow I'm moving on with GAPS (in the meantime while I relook at SCD) and I'll be adding pancakes (gluten and sugar free) to my diet! Plus scrambled eggs, green juice (carrot, mint, celery, lettuce), kefir (coconut milk version has electrolytes and is lactose free), fermented fish (if you make this I think the whey she refers to is the whey you make with kefir) and probiotic foods (I've prepared coconut milk kefir and sauerkraut recipe (if you make this use twice the salt and add caraway seeds)).

Latest version of my protocol checklist. The greyed-out bits are because I did not take probiotics during the first 4 days of the fast to expedite die off.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Kill Phase Part One - Day 4 of 4: last day of bone broth fast

Day: 4 of 30
How I'm feeling today: feeling very fatigued but not as bad as the last two days. Woke up and felt fine, which was a relief after feeling nauseaus yesterday morning. My eyes have felt bad for year now - like they have a chemical in them - they are particularly bad today. Fatigue and sore eyes. The two things I most want to be free of (because I can't feel the bad stuff in my gut).

DNA Test Results

I mentioned earlier in my blog that one of the final things I wanted to check is whether my body is unable to methylate B vitamins. There is a common genetic mutation called MTHFR that causes this and the results can lead to all sorts of health problems because the B vitamin group are essential for reducing inflammation and chelating heavy metals from your body. Having the MTHFR genetic mutation has been linked to heart failure and Alzheimer's. My Dad died of coronary heart failure and my mother has Alzheimer's.

Plus I have a friend who suffered through years of fatigue only to solve it by discovering she had the MTHFR mutation and changing her diet while taking pre-methylated B vitamins. I'll work through them and report in a day or two.

Restore Arrived

Another exciting thing that happened today is I received my Restore in the mail. This stuff has apparently worked wonders for some of my doctor's other patients. It essentially "seals up" a leaky gut. You take a teaspoon, three times a day, between meals. I've had my first one and it seemed like such a little amount. Let's see how I feel this time tomorrow after 24 hours of taking it...

Food and Drinks Today


  • Bone broth
  • Ginger tea with other detox herbs (just detox teabags from the health food store)
I'm also making sauerkraut for the Restore phase, fermented fish for the next phase of Kill (starts tomorrow) and attempting coconut milk Kefir - which so far looks like a disaster as the coconut cream has just floated to the top and become solid. And it does not want to mix back in.


Kill Phase Part One - Day 3 of 4 - water retention!

Day: 3 of 30
How I'm feeling today: woke up feeling nauseous and extremely tired after 8 hours sleep. Got up and discovered my eyes were so swollen I had bags under them! I felt so bad I went back to bed and slept until midday. My tummy feels bloated and like it doesn't belong to me.

At least the redness has subsided. See below images of my face from day 1 to day 3. It's hard to see how swollen my eyes are in the third image.



I've no idea what exactly is making me retain fluids and feel nauseous. I'm hoping it's "die off" - the toxins released by bacteria (and yeast) when it dies, and not a reaction to one of the supplements I'm taking. I'm taking so many it would be impossible to work out which one was the problem!

One new thing I introduced yesterday was alkali water - I bought a jug to filter out chlorine, and it also alkalises the water apparently. I find it hard to believe that this little thing could have made me react as I have though.

It's now 2pm and I'm finally feeling hungry. Not great - this means I miss a big chunk of my kill regime today as I'll only have two meals.

Aim today: cancel my two appointments, make sauerkraut for later, get Progesterone to bring down my Estrogen overload (70:900+) and go to bed at 9:30pm!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Plan for Kill Phase Part Two - Days 5-7

Looking into all of the options, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and GAPS Diet look the most sensible for me to proceed with.

I'm planning on killing bacteria for two weeks. The first four days being a bone broth fast - nothing but broth and supplements (the broth has carrot in it as well as chicken, and was flavoured with onion, celery, parsley, pepper and salt).

So the next ten days need to continue to starve the bacteria, but preparing me for the Restore Phase in a few weeks. Plus I don't know if I can do an entire two weeks on bone broth only.

The GAPS diet has three phases - introduction, Full GAPS and transitioning from GAPS to what will
become your normal, ongoing diet.

The introduction phase is worrying me a bit because it says the next step after the bone broth fast is to introduce fermented foods with every cup of soup, and as far as I've been able to determine, all the fermented foods suggested are D-Lactate forming, which is not suitable for a gut full of Streptococcus.

If D-lactic acid producing bacteria, like streptococcus, only make up a small proportion of our gut bacteria, the quantity of D-lactic acid produced is manageable. However when we there is an overgrowth of these bacteria levels of D-lactic acid become excessive, as well as other troublesome substances like Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S).


I've searched the internet for any information on what fermented (probiotic foods) do not produce D-Lactic acid but haven't been able to find a list anywhere. What I did discover is that Kefir has more L-lactic acid than D-lactic acid, so I'm going to use that in Part One of the Restore phase. Then I'll move on to sauerkraut and Kombucha.

Kill Phase Part Two - 3 days

For the next 3 days of Kill I'm going to stick to bone broth and supplements, but I'll introduce things from the GAPS introduction diet, plus a probiotic that contains only Lactobacillus plantarum:
  • Probiotic (non-acidophilus)
  • Ginger tea between meals
  • Soft boiled eggs at every meal
  • Avocados
  • Stews (from the GAPS protocol)
This will mean I've been killing bacteria for a week. If I can tolerate the new foods (I think it will be no problem), then I'll move on to more from the GAPS diet.

Protocol

1. First thing in the morning
  • Antioxidant - Hydrogen Water (next phase I'll consider superoxide dismutase, Co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione peroxidase)
  • Vitamin C - sterilises upper gut
  • Chlorella (2/3 tsp) - elminates toxins
2. 30 mins before eating
  • Lemon juice (1/2 a lemon), cider vinegar (1 cap) - this is to increase the acidity in my stomach so I can digest food more easily. 
  • TriBiotics (1) - natural antibiotic that can assist good bacteria. Should not be taken with antioxidants
3. Breakfast Supplements
  • Restore - gut lining restoration. 1 teaspoon 
  • Calcium (1)
  • Methylated B vitamins - Methylguard Plus (x3)
  • Vitamin D (1) 5000 UI
  • Broccoli sprout powder - reduce estrogen overload (1 tsp twice a day)
  • Cod liver oil (3) - Vitamin D, Omega-3
  • Lysine (1) - prevents cold sores caused by immune changes
  • Magnesium 5mg - for muscle pain due to toxins in gut, and contains potassium to offset the sodium I'll be taking to alkalise my gut
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • Probiotic (1) - Lactobacillus plantarum
  • SB Floractive (1) - friendly fungus that supports friendly bacteria
4. 90 mins after eating and before bed
  • Magnesium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate (alkalise the large intestine)
  • Oregano oil (1 drop)
5. 30 mins before lunch
  • Cider vinegar in water
  • TriBiotics (1) - natural antibiotic
  • Vitamin C - sterilises upper gut
6. Lunch 
  • Garlic
  • Restore - gut lining restoration. (1 tsp
7. 90 mins after eating and before bed
  • Magnesium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate (alkalise the large intestine)
8. 30 mins before dinner
  • Cider vinegar
  • Oregano oil
9. Dinner
  • Restore - gut lining restoration. 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli sprout powder - reduce estrogen overload (1 tsp twice a day)
  • Curcumin - anti-inflammatory
  • Probiotic
  • SB Floractive
10. Before  Bed
  • Magnesium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate (alkalise the large intestine)
  • Oregano oil
  • Triphala - detoxification
  • TriBiotics (1) - natural antibiotic
All Day
  • Chewing gum with xylitol - kills Strep
  • Chrysanthemum tea, green tea, filtered water (at least nine glasses a day)
  • Ginger tea between meals

Things to Avoid During Kill Phase 2

  • D-lactic acid producing foods: Kombucha, sour milk, yogurt, and pickles as described in the All Strepped Out blog
  • D-lactic acid producing probiotics - Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. fermentum, and L. delbrueckii subsp lactis, Lactobacillus jensenii, Lactobacillus vitulinus
  • Oxalate (rhubarb, okra, leeks, spinach, beets, and Swiss chard, almonds, cashews, peanuts, soy products) 
  • Grains such as Bran Flakes, Fiber One, wheat germ, and quinoa


Kill Phase Part One - Day 2 of 4

Day: 2 of 42 (first 14 days is kill, the next 28 restore)
How I'm feeling today: surprised that I'm not hungry at all. When I see snacks I kind of feel like eating them but I can tell it's an emotional reaction rather than a body / hunger one. My face has gone pink and hot (!) and my tummy feels bloated. It's not like when you fast by not eating.

First (weird) reaction... last night my face suddenly started to heat up. A friend had done something of that made me feel stressed out. This caused my cheeks to flush and next thing my entire face went off. Once it starts heating up like that I can't stop it. Horrible!

This has happened to me before and I've been diagnosed with Rosacea, as I continually have mildly red cheeks and nose - though I don't think this is Rosacea.

The heat up effect usually comes on at a stressful time when I've been eating rich food and drinking wine. But sometimes it just happens randomly, like driving in the car. Here are some pics from last time it happened randomly.




I showed these to my doctor and he thinks it's a histamine reaction, but I've also read that Rosacea can be a result of Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth - researchers think that perhaps this is due to celiac disease that is not severe enough to cause full-blown symptoms. Celiac disease is a sensitivity to a component of gluten called gliadin, that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oat

The REALLY weird thing is I've woken up on Day Two and my face is still red! The skin feels rough also.

Here's yesterday and today compared - yesterday on the left, today on the right. I'm taking so many supplements it's impossible to know if this is a reaction to one of them, or just a generalised reaction to eating bone broth for a day along with all the herbs I'm taking.



Monday, 12 September 2016

Kill Phase Part One - Day 1 of 4

Day: 1 of 30 (first 14 days is kill, the next 14 restore)
Starting weight: 73.3kg

How I'm feeling today: a bit ill after drinking too much last night, so my tummy is not the best. Looking forward to 4 days of broth fasting, and feeling confused about what to do in regard to diet for the next 10 days once the fast is over. I'm going to see if the smoothie cleanse diet fits with GAPS and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

Starting Day!! 

This has taken a shit load of planning. Let's record some statistics so I can check how I feel at the end of this process.

Weight: 73.3kg. I've gained weight and feeling very puffy and conscious of my tummy. When I wake up in the morning and lie on my back, my tummy does not sit flat.

Energy: so tired. Went to bed too late last night (11:30) and today I feel nauseous with fatigue. I feel like going back to bed.

Eyes: feel strained and hot when I close them.

Tummy: feels acidic, and my gut is sensitive to touch on the right hand side and in the middle.

Going to the toilet feels like I've got a gastro bug - once a day, in the morning.

Day One - 42 days to go. Let's see if I look different at the end.

So far I've had one cup of broth. It was good - four days won't be a problem.