So after my epic binge, which actually ended up lasting a few weeks, I realised I need to get back on track! I have slightly plateaued again, if anything, I am slightly worse… whether this is diet related, I do not know? Dr Aron’s compound cream can take a while, so I am not losing hope… I am just fed up of being in pain! It is even in my scalp now. A lot of people have asked me to write about my diet and supplements… maybe writing will motivate me again!
I started my eating plan back in December when I consulted a nutritionist. He took such a detailed case history, that I think he knows me better than I know myself. I would never have considered dental fillings to be important information in my health journey!
Mark (My nutritionist) believes I have gut dysbiosis… which is basically a microbial imbalance in my gut.. too much bad bacteria and not enough good stuff. Hippocrates said that “All disease begins in the gut…” Makes sense really…The bacteria in your digestive system has the capability of affecting hormones, vitamin and mineral absorbency and production, immune response and your ability to eliminate toxins.
So in other words my kidneys and liver are struggling. They are overtaxed with the amount of chemicals and toxins that need to go through my system, that they are expelling toxins through other routes like my skin, for others it may be via the lungs, stools or urine. I basically had to reduce my toxic load, so I started using natural washing detergents, cleaning products and stopped putting chemicals onto my hair, skin and nails and in terms of food I needed to cut out all preservatives, food colourings, fertilisers, pesticides and foods with heavy metals (such as farmed fish)… so what was left was organic vegetables, fruits, nuts and meat as long as they aren’t farmed or processed. That’s about it… Yey.
I also had a number of tests done… as the more information you know the better! The first thing I had tested were my Vitamin D levels. Vit D is vital for regulating cell growth, neuro-muscular and immune function, mood and it also helps reduce inflammation. We naturally get vitamin D from the sun, so unfortunately a very high percentage of us in northern Europe are deficient… guess what, that’s me!
I then did a home stool test (I had to laugh when the DHL man came to pick up my parcel of poo!). The test was rather complicated, but importantly it showed I had a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis. Amazingly it is extremely common, but in some people it is not active… It is linked with Skin and Gastro-intestinal problems!
So I started the diet and went through the “healing crisis” and in January, I had a month review with Mark. He was surprised I hadn’t made huge improvements. In my opinion, I think this is because of TSW… I hadn’t just cut food out; I had cut steroids completely. We decided then to eliminate High Histamine foods out… Even less food I can eat.
Histamine foods include (some of which I had already eliminated): Alcohol, Pickled or canned foods, processed foods, cheese, smoked meats, shellfish, beans and pulses, cashew and walnuts, chocolate, vinegar, salty snacks, citric fruits, papaya, tomatoes, wheat germ and food additives. If you are considering this diet then look here: (http://www.histamineintolerance.org.uk/about/the-food-diary/the-food-list/).
I confirmed histamine intolerance with a blood test and with research it all made sense.. I had so many of the symptoms, such as; Diarrhoea, flatulence (I’ll get them out the way first), stomach cramps, headaches and migraines, dizziness, runny nose and weepy eyes, extreme tiredness, itchiness and eczema, asthma, severe period pains, chills, low blood pressure, lack of concentration and sleep disorders.
So what is histamine intolerance? It is the body’s inability to break down histamine sufficiently. Histamine is a compound which we all release in response to injury, allergic and inflammatory reactions. I therefore don’t produce enough of an enzyme called Diamine Oxidase (DAO) which breaks down histamine. Mark explained it to me like a bucket with holes. Most people have a bucket with enough holes in the bottom (representing the enzyme DAO), that when you pour water (Histamine) into the bucket, it never overflows… the enzyme is breaking histamine down efficiently so we don’t get a response. In histamine intolerance… there aren’t enough holes, so water overflows… The overflow is the allergic and inflammatory responses.
So lesson learnt… I need to get back on my diet as I can see that my symptoms have worsened. I wish I could see the future benefit of the diet more clearly, rather than the current suffering as one day I might not have any of these problems!!
For those interested… here is a list of the supplements I am taking (More to come). Please get advice first though!
- Vitamin C (Altrient C): Helps break down histamine
- Organic Turmeric (Viridian): Natural anti-inflammatory
- Milk Thistle (A Vogel): Liver and detoxification support
- Artichoke drops (A Vogel): Liver and detoxification support
- Saccharomyces Boulardii (Cytoplan): Probiotic yeast- rebalance microflora and help eradicate blastocystis hominis
- Vitamin D3 drops (Nutri Advanced): Vitamin D
- Quercetin 300 (Allergy research): Natural Antihistamine
- Multivitamin (Cytoplan): “Food state” Multivitamin and mineral supplementt
- Chromium (Bodybio): Helps reduce cravings
- Acidophilus plus (Cytoplan): Dairy, Gluten and Wheat free pro-biotic
- Berberine & Grapefruit Seed Formula (NutriAdvanced): Herbal formula to rebalance micro-flora and help eradicate blastocystis hominis
- Methyl Guard (Thorne): Active form of B12, folate and B6 and trimethylglycine to support proper methylation and reduce histamine intolerance.
- Intenzyme Forte (Biotics): Digestive enzyme to ensure proper breakdown of food.
- Parent Essential Oils (Yes): Essential as you can only source from food: Omega 3&6