Alright. It’s been a long day. Here’s the cliff notes version.
Based on the results of my blood work, stool test, and nutrition panel, I’m currently dealing with the following…
- High levels of candida (we knew this)
- High levels of mycoplasma (think: pneumonia)
- Vitamin D levels suck
- My gut is “on fire” and very inflamed
- My body is struggling to breakdown protein properly
- The bacteria in my body is off (11 out of 22 types are either too low or way too high)
- My gut bacteria is not diversified at all
- I have a MTHFR (no, it doesn’t stand for mother fucker) gene mutation
All of these issues have consequences / treatment plans including going on an anti-fungal for 30 days (take that candida!), completing a 14 day antibiotic course of treatment, and taking a bunch of supplements, some for now, some forever.
So, there’s that. I’m still trying to process all of the information I received today and will do a post about each issue and treatment plan over the next week or so.
But, in terms of good news:
- I can stop drinking MediClear Plus! You could not possibly understand my excitement. Instead, I get to switch to tasteless, texture-less collagen protein powder.
- Egg day is now EVERY OTHER DAY! Wahoo!
- I can have one cup of coffee per day, but I cannot have it on an empty stomach, and I must add either grass-fed ghee or coconut oil to it.
- I can follow a food reintroduction plan for both lentils and chickpeas, and if successful, I can have up to four servings per week.
- I can add in pears in place of apples if I feel like switching it up.
- After completing the 30 day anti-fungal treatment, I can reintroduce sweet potatoes and butternut squash. If tolerated, I can add them in twice per week.
- AND! I can switch to tracking my diet differently, with the use of an app called My Symptoms. I only have to complete the comprehensive (and time consuming) food diaries for a week or so before my next visit.
I cannot believe how comprehensive this process is, or how much I’m learning about my personal health and well-being. I don’t think this process will end with a precise “and this is why you developed cystic acne” reason. Instead, I am thankful that my skin was my body’s signal that something (or, many things) were wrong. And now, we switch from detoxing to healing. Can’t wait to see what happens.
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