It is official, I am on the road to healing my gut for good! The more I learned about gut health, the more I realized by gut was seriously off. However, I wanted to give a little back story on what even caused these issues in the first place.
As a kid up until high school, my mom would say, “I am a German Sheppard”. As in I had no problem pooping whatsoever. At the time my nutrition was the opposite from what I eat now. Then at some point my digestion changed.
I went from being fairly regular to alternating with constipation and diarrhea, bloating, cramping, and gas.
At the same time, my mom and grandmother had similar issues. That’s when I learned about IBS. Therefore, I assumed that if they have it then I have it too. I didn’t seek out any remedies besides taking Gas-X, Pepto, and even laxatives to go.
Now that I think about it, a lot of this stemmed after having a severe stomach bug. It wasn’t even like constant vomiting and running to the bathroom. What I experienced was severe stomach pains no matter what I ate.
Eventually I went on a “bland diet” which was literally only toast and saltines. Then one day I had some yogurt, and boom no more pain.
Up until my Junior/Senior year of college, things took a turn for the worst. I still had the same alternating bowel movements, but not I had awful bloating.
I am talking “I look six-months pregnant bloating”. Not long after I started having food sensitivities to foods I loved.
This is when I decided to seek out help and get a health coach.
I honestly, got no answers from my western medicine doctors, but through the help of my health coach I started to get answers. She had me do the uBiome SmartGut test.
It wasn’t the best test, but it at least showed me that my microbiome was off! At this point, I was gluten-free for a year and from there I decided to cut out dairy, soy, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and so on.
At this point, we began to also get more bacteria into my gut as well. I switched to a spore based probiotic and looked for probiotic foods.
I was beginning to feel better, but a lot of things were still off. This is when I decided to seek out a GI Specialist to hopefully get more tests done. Look out for Part Two!
Thank you loads for reading!
**This information is not meant as medical or nutritional advice and should not be taken as such. Always check with your qualified healthcare professional before incorporating new supplements or nutritional changes into your routine. A Primal Health Coach (PHC) is trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations of dietary changes and nutritional supplements. A PHC is unable to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. I cannot guarantee any specific result from recommendations as we are all bio-individually different. If you are under the care of a healthcare provider, it is important that you contact them and alert them to any changes in your lifestyle in regards to nutrition and supplements. A health coach may be a beneficial addition to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.