It’s been a little while since my last update on how my journey on the GAPS Diet is going. I thought it was high time to share a few details that I’ve been discovering lately.
Getting to the Root of Things
The last few months have had me looking deeper and deeper at the root of my gut issues. I feel like I’m finally getting to the bottom of what has contributed to so many of my health issues over the years. It would have been really nice to have discovered some of these problems earlier on GAPS, but I’m glad to at least be figuring it out now!
Not Enough Stomach Acid
I’ve been working recently with my friend and terrific chiropractor, Dr. Rachel Yan. She’s really helped me find some lingering issues. Just a few days before I first went to see her, I was looking in Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I read the section on stomach acid more closely than I had previously and started wondering if that was an issue for me, too.
At my initial visit with Dr. Rachel, one of the first things she wanted to look at was whether I was producing enough stomach acid. There was a test we could do to find out very quickly how much stomach acid I was making. Unfortunately, it involved swallowing a string. I was too much of a chicken to do that!
Instead we did the test where you keep increasing supplements that contain hydrochloric acid until you develop heartburn. Then you know to back it off and stay at that dose. Well, let’s just say, I kept increasing…and increasing…and increasing! Many pills later I finally managed to have some heartburn. Apparently I wasn’t really making any stomach acid. Not helpful for digesting your food!
Difficulty Digesting Fats
Another focus of ours very recently has been my ability to digest fats, or lack thereof, as I found out. I’ve been trying to reintroduce dairy slowly and thought everything was going well. But then, I started developing my rash a bit again and was feeling more congestion and tightness in my chest, which I had been free of for a while, and didn’t enjoy feeling it again. I mentioned this to Dr. Rachel and she wanted to do some muscle testing of those foods with me.
We tried a bunch and it was showing that I was having trouble with the fat in those dairy products. When we tried them all again later with a supplement to help me with fat digestion, the results were great! I’m back to reintroducing dairy and I think my symptoms are finally improving again.
My energy levels over the last few months have been rather varied and I think that’s been from all of the changes I’ve been going through. I think my energy is starting to increase again and I feel like I’m moving forward once more.
It can be a challenge to get to the root cause of everything that’s going on in our guts with so many possible variables. I feel like I’m finally starting to get to the bottom of some of the reasons I needed to start doing the GAPS diet in the first place. I’m looking forward to seeing some improvements in the near future as I continue to help my body digest the nutrients it needs to heal.
What’s been going on in your real food journey lately? I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments!
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