GAPS – Day 52 & Blood Lab Results

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Other than low energy in the late afternoon and as I write this (eyes are heavy) I felt great today. No pain, little to no gas, and one solid BM today early in the morning.

I really think Kefir is making a difference. My gut feels so calm. I was drinking a commercial brand, but tonight I have a batch that will finish fermenting in a few hours. I’m interested in seeing if it will be more potent.

I went over my labs with my Naturopathic doctor, Dr. Justin Morse, today and it shows that my inflammation is higher than last time. It’s not sky high to the point of worry, especially since I’m not feeling bad (other than occasional late afternoon, early evening tiredness), but it does mean my body is fighting something and inflammation should be reduced.

Options we talked about are Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and anti-inflammatory supplements like cat’s claw and something else, the name escapes me, but I got it on video.

He also told me about a food allergy test might show the inflammation is coming from food I’m eating.

I’ve been intrigued to take one for awhile even though they may not be 100% accurate. As I get older I realize nothing is 100% and perfect, so I agreed to do the food allergy testing next week (Friday).

I’m looking forward to it because I’ve pretty much eaten eggs every single day since 2004 and I’ll get a laugh if it says I’m highly reactive to them. I don’t get any noticeable negative reactions to them, but who knows, maybe they are causing systemic inflammation and should be eaten less.

I talked to Ari Meisel this morning, who I posted about earlier and am inspired to try yoga, he recommended Vinyasa or Anusara. That can help reduce inflammation I think.

I’m lucky I live in Eugene, OR. There appears to be at least 10 different yoga studios. Will try to find one that offers Vinyasa or Anusara and give it a shot.

I also want to start running again, I did that last summer and really enjoyed it. I don’t run endurance races like Matt Robinson or Ari Meisel, but I enjoy doing a quick 10 minute fast run to get outside and break a sweat.

Otherwise, b12, iron, ferratin, and vitamin d levels were all normal. In fact, my vitamin d levels were close to 90 ng/mL. According to the Vitamin D Council, at least 50 ng/mL is a good target.

That’s it for now.

Stay colonized my friends. :]

  • Interesting. I’m getting my blood levels drawn in the next day or so. My D and B levels were gone a year ago. I took extra vitamins and they were level at December but I stopped the vitamins because they were doing other things to me.

    So I’m testing again. I’m fairly normal in my BMs but when I eat certain foods, it irritates. I don’t think it’s because I’m allergic to them but it’s all the foods that are hard to digest so I think they are hitting the inflammation and irritating me.

    It makes me wonder if I should be on meds (I was on Entocort but stopped after 8 weeks) and since I’m technically ‘okay’ I haven’t gone on any other ones. I really don’t want to be ‘okay’ but be inflamed inside and have problems come up later.

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  • max

    Do not tell anyone before or during taking any of these tests any specifics when they ask you a specific question. Many of those people are scam artists and ask leading questions which are meant to cover their ass and make them seem intelligent to you. Just respond by saying something like “I want the test alone to answer that question”

  • max

    They will be questions like “how much of so and so do you eat”….”do you like so and so?”……”do you feel funny after eating any specific food”….etc. If you answer any of those questions with any specifics beyond “your test should answer that if it is a legit test” you can guarantee the “results” of such tests will answer positive to allergy to those things you answered to and you know the person is a con artist as they use such questions to attempt to manipulate you into thinking they are skilled. Fortune tellers do the same techniques to deceive the simple minded.

    • Hi Max,

      The food test is done by a blood draw that’s sent to a lab. I won’t answer any questions before they give me the results. But thanks for the warning.

  • Reid,

    I know you mentioned it in a previous post, but I can’t find it now. What cod liver oil supplement are you currently taking? I would like to try it.

  • Reid,
    I just recently took the blood test you’re likely taking. ELISA. Mine came up, cabbage, apples, dates, sprouts, and nectarines.
    After removing those, I went on an elimination diet (I’m 3 weeks into it). Now, no symptoms again! We just keep peeling back the layers, brother…

    I wanted to recommend an anti-inflammatory supplement you should talk with your naturopath about: It’s called Repair Guard, by Perque. It’s mostly a bioflavanoid called quercetin. I have had good luck with it.

    I’ve also been juicing wheat grass daily, and noticing a difference in my energy levels.

    Best,
    Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      The one I’m taking is called ALCAT.

      WOW, apples?! Are you kidding me? You poor thing. I know you ate them like the air you breath!

      Way to go for being able to eliminate those foods. That’s awesome your symptoms are gone now. Your road as been so bumpy. I hope it continues to straighten out.

      I’ve heard wonderful things about wheat grass. People even do wheat grass enemas!

      I’ll check out Repair Guard.

  • Yep. Apples were a bummer. Actually, I eliminated those foods, plus dairy, eggs, nuts, tomatoes, and legumes. It’s been…well I lost 4 pounds the first 10 days, but I’ve since bounced back.

    Going to start adding those back into my diet, one by one, at the end of the month (ish).

    Here’s a study using wheatgrass for UC. It’s a strong antioxidant, and the chlorophyll is a good detoxifier.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11989836

    Best,
    Matt

  • Boswellia, tumeric, ginger and aloe vera are all good anti-inflammatory supplements.