No, I didn’t create a monster. (Blücher!)
Here are the series of articles I read that led me to start taking probiotics.
I stopped taking tetracycline around February because Kaiser wouldn’t renew my prescription unless I went back to the dermatologist. I was too busy, so I just stopped taking them.
So this article, How to get rid of acne, pimples and other skin problems by Mark Hyman, M.D. on Huffington Post caught my eye.
Then in August, I read Is your body burning up with hidden inflammation?. I had become interested in inflammation. My doctor asked me if I was stressed. I said no, but later I looked it up. There are many types of stress your body can be under. One of which is….inflammation. So I looked up inflammation. Now my answer is yes, I think my body has been under stress. But what kind? I know I have high cholesterol. And that could be a cause of hidden inflammation. So this article caught my eye. Notice #6 is Heal your gut.
But I think the article that caused me to actually start taking probiotics was this one: Is your digestive track making you sick? Why? Because I think my gut was thrown out of whack from the years I took tetracycline. Acid blocking medication? You mean like for acid reflux? And did I mention I was having problems with a patch of eczema? I was already doing a lot of the healthy eating things for other reasons. So…I added probiotics.
Now, I don’t believe I have food allergies. I’ve taken the test of a thousand needles and am not allergic to any foods. And don’t even score for cat hair or rag weed. However I still found this article interesting: Are your food allergies making you fat? Why? Because I had gained 60 lbs in 6 y ears. All the doctor could say was I had bad genes. You must be joking. There is something else going on. Well, seems for Dr. Hyman the same 7 dietary steps will cure anything. But there’s nothing he’s suggesting that will hurt me. It’s healthy. So why not?
I’m not sure I’m going to go this far. I don’t have any of the symptoms for being lactose or gluten intolerant.
3 Steps to Eliminate Food Allergens and Rebalance Your Gut Ecology
1. Try an elimination diet for 3 weeks. Cut out the most common food allergens, including gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts. Some people are sensitive to soy, so you can also cut that out.
2. Eat a whole-foods, plant-based, high-fiber diet. This is essential to feed the good bugs in your gut and to provide the nutrients you need to functional optimally.
3. Take probiotics daily to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut. Look for those that contain 10 billion CFU of bifidobacteria species and lactobacillus species. Choose from reputable brands.
Now I realize that as I get older I’ll need to supplement my diet. Doctors never talk about this stuff because they’re pretty clueless when it comes to diet. They only give you stuff when a test comes back really low. I’m supposed to take Potassium. (It’s hard because you have to take it with a meal and I’m almost never home when I eat and don’t remember to take the pills if I carry them around with me.) I’m thinking of adding Vit. D and maybe magnesium. I can’t take every single supplement listed in every single article. But I’m sure I don’t get enough Vit. D. I’m indoors all of the time.
We shall see. But I think I’m at a turning point.
Next stop: Stopping the Synthroid madness and getting on natural dessicated thyroid.