Warning: I talk about my guts and gut health here. if you’re squeamish, don’t continue.
The abdominal pain continues. It’s been many months and I’m still dealing with some abdominal pain. The good thing is that it’s lessened. At the beginning of May, I saw a gastroenterologist because I had reached my mental limit and had been pooping multiple times a day. Not good poop, but icky stuff. I have had to cancel my plans because I couldn’t stop going to the bathroom. I made an appointment with a doctor that was recommended to me but I couldn’t get in to see that doctor for 4 weeks. No biggie, I’d wait. BUT WHY WAIT? Thanks to my boss I didn’t. Her husband is a doctor and she called the clinic where he works. I ended up, BY PURE LUCK, getting an appointment the same day – just 45 minutes after we made the call. May 5, I saw the doctor and started a beefy probiotic and a high fiber diet. I’m also back on gluten. While I thought that would help my guts, it clearly didn’t. I think that toward the end of my gluten free phase, it actually made it worse. I do know that it helps with other things so maybe once I’m well again, I will give it another shot.
Let’s talk for a moment about fiber. The doctor recommended 30 grams of fiber per day. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what the hell a gram is. That makes this a bit difficult but I started using My Fitness Pal to help keep track of how I’m doing and it’s been extremely helpful. Most of of the food I eat, I can easily find and there’s a fancy nutrition button that I can see how many grams of fiber I’ve had for the day. Some days it’s really a HUGE pain to eat 30 grams. Six out of seven days of the week, I start my day with a smoothie. My smoothie has been averaging eight to ten grams per day. The rest of the day has been hit or miss. Some days I rock it and some days I’m eating raisin bran at 9pm. I’d also like to point out that the average American only takes in 15 grams per day but needs between 25 and 30 grams.
This week, I also started adding one drop of digestive blend to my diet. This is a very strong oil that maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract and should always be dilluted. Since I just started adding this oil to my diet, I don’t know if it will help but based on the results I’ve seen with other essential oils, I believe it will. This blend is also offered in a softgel which may need to be on my next order.
If you or someone you know are interested in essential oils, let me know. I’m happy to help you start your essential oil journey.
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