Case Study: Gut Health Journey #9
Blog Post by Coach Julie
NCI Certified Nutrition Coach L1 & Certified Mindset Coach
I began Phase 4, the reintroduction phase, on July 7th. With this phase I started 2 new supplements Flora Protect and a supplement called PepZin GI. These two supplements are to repopulate the gut with good bacteria and to protect the gut barrier and gut immunity. I will maintain the S. Boulardii with these two supplements and I have continued the peppermint oil. I am reintroducing foods on a 3 day cycle. The first day, I will consume half a serving of a certain food. If I don’t have symptoms, I will continue to day two where I will consume a half serving twice per day. Assuming there are still no symptoms, I will eat a normal serving on day 3. Day 4 is a rest day, to make sure that I don’t experience any delayed symptoms. Sometimes delayed symptoms can occur if you’re experiencing constipation so we’ve built in a rest day to allow any symptoms to subside before we start a new 3 day cycle with a different food. After the end of the cycle, if there were no symptoms, I have been waiting a week or so and then reincorporating those foods back into my normal diet.
Since the last update, I have reintroduced: ranch dressing, granola, avocado, ice cream, pears, beets, onion and garlic. All have been a successful introduction. The only noticeable symptoms I have had occurred during the garlic reintroduction. I had minimal stomach upset and a little bit of a bloated feeling. Not enough that I will completely exclude garlic, but I will keep it to a minimum.
I am still working through a list of foods that I had eliminated and this will continue until I have tried all the foods that I eliminated so that I am either back to a normal diet or have identified some trigger foods. I am getting very close to wrapping this phase up, I have 3 more foods that I would like to add. I am taking this phase very slowly to be sure that I can clearly identify if there are some trigger foods. My coach has said that I can probably wrap it up, but I feel more comfortable maintaining this cadence until everything I used to eat is included.
I have discontinued all the supplements, including S. Boulardii, with the exception of the PepZin GI and Peppermint Oil. I will be continuing those through the Nexium cessation phase.
After this phase, we will move on to Phase 5 where we will eliminate Nexium and work on increasing my stomach acid levels. I have the protocol and I know what I will be adding, however I am not going to start this until I have completed the current supplementation and the reintroduction phase. With my forecasting, it looks like I will be starting that phase on December 3rd.
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