So as I mentioned before, the early days of my illness were quite strange and confusing. For years I had suffered from the occasional attacks of fatigue. I figured it was something I inherited from my mother, because she had suffered from it for many years. Then one day, my sandwiches began to irritate my stomach. I thought it was a bug or something. But it didn’t go away. It got worse. It was most breads and then milk. But as my mother pointed out, I always drank milk and it had never effected me before, so I ignored it. Or I should say I tried to ignore it.
About the same time, my aunt was introduced to Tasca Reno’s Whole Foods Diet. It sounded good. And it wasn’t truly “dieting”, it was a healthy eating lifestyle. That sounded like the diet for me. Well for a while, it helped. I cut out most junk food, was eating mostly whole foods, and was losing weight. But I was still including whole wheat bread and skim milk because they are considered healthy foods.
When I finally had enough of the stomach pain, I gave up my beloved bread and milk, but the hardest to give up… the cheese. I love cheese. But the enzymes in all dairy products is what had been causing so many of my issues; not the lactose, but the casein. Now things were beginning to get better.
I was still in the early days of my new lifestyle diet, so as most of us do, I tried different suggestions.
Eat fermented foods: sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, pickles. Well believe it or not, I was born with a sugar intolerance. (Yes that means all sugars, natural and artificial. I’ve heard every suggestion. But I’ve been this way my whole life, so I’m fine.) Well I tried the unsweetened yogurt and kefir, but that’s just buttermilk. Yuck. The kombucha produces a sugar during process, so that was out. I was left with saurkraut and pickles. I tried to make a good go of it, but a person can only take so much of sour foods. So I gave that up.
I tried an Indian herbal treatment that included teas, curry, and detox remedies. I really don’t know how much I benefited physically, but it put me on to thinking about what detoxing really does. It is supposed to remove toxins from all parts of the body, starting with the gut. But more importantly, thanks to this Indian doctor and her story of disabling migraines, I learned that almost all illness and disease starts in the gut. Now I was onto something.
So as I studied this “Leaky Gut” I found that sure enough, everything we put in our mouth will affect us in one way or another, positive or negative. And almost all Americans are effected by Leaky Gut due to the Standard American Diet or SAD diet. (I know it’s a little redundant.) The majority of foods we eat have been processed and changed to make them more tasty. Read the ingredients label. How many of the ingredients do you recognize? How many of those ingredients are actually “food” and how many are actually chemicals? Something to think about, huh?
On top of that, I learned about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). They change the DNA of certain foods in the seed, grow it, and feed it to us. There is a lot of study on how GMO foods are making people sick.
I also learned more about preservatives. These are supposed to lengthen the shelf life of our foods. The problem? Well when I walked into a certain shop and saw a hamburger and fries that had been sitting there for over a year, I got the point. When we eat these preservatives, we are eating toxins that were never meant to be food. But as I said earlier, science learned how to make foods tasty. So now the question for me is: how hungry am I? Enough to eat all those toxins? I’ll wait.
So how do you fix Leaky Gut? You literally transform the way you eat, for the rest of your life. Thus it becomes a lifestyle diet. It is a green, clean, and whole foods diet, free of all processed food and not food items such as the preservatives mentioned above. It can be difficult and costly to make your kitchen over to suit this new lifestyle change, but not as costly as the medical treatments that turned up empty.
So its worth all the effort put in to lengthen your life, but in a natural and safe way. And once the adjustment is made, new recipes are learned, it too can be quite tasty. I wish I had learned it many years ago.
Make the choice for yourself. It’s a choice you’ll never regret.