Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gut Reaction Part 1

I am still doing great and still eating SCD and in recovery from ulcerative colitis, caused by an antibiotic for a sinus infection.

I just make my first batch of kombucha and I am excited to see how it turns out. Kombucha a fermented tea that is full of microbes that is good for your gut.

Here is another helpful link on how antibiotics can affect our health down the road:
http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/08/taking-antibiotics-early-life-leaves-mice-prone-obesity

I watched this awesome video, shown in Australia called Gut Reaction (part 1). You can watch it using this link below:

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4067184.htm

Part 2 should be aired August 21, so I will post that link as soon as it is posted on the web.

I hope I have inspired at least a few of you to change your diet and start eating SCD so you too can recover from these horrible gut issues.

Teri.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On the road to healing from UC

I am still doing great. No symptoms, taking no drugs, just a few supplements. I am back up to my usual weight of 107 lbs, up from 95 lbs.

All I can say is FMT works, combined with staying away from any processed foods, grains and sugar and adding fermented foods.

I am still eating the same - SCD - and eating feremented foods every day. I am eating fresh lettuce out of the garden, barely rinsed to get all the natural bacteria from the garden to my gut. Growing cucumbers, dill and garlic and planning to make fermented pickles as soon as the cucumbers are ready.

If you don't know how to make fermented foods, here is one place you can order them from:

Agri - Cultured, Sycamore St, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 - (319) 400-2465

Their Facebook page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/Agricultured.Iowa

Making your own fermented foods is very easy. You can search on Google and find LOTS of information on fermenting foods at home.

One thing I have learned is that even though my mouth would love to eat some nuts, my gut is not ready for them yet.

Teri

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ulcerative Colitis - healing and moving forward

I haven't posted in a while... I had a slight setback in December after eating too many nuts, but a few FMTs and it got me right back to normal.

Since we had met our out-of-pocket maximum for our insurance last year, I had asked my doctor for a prescription for a three-month supply of VSL#3-DS.

VSL#3 high-potency probiotic medical food contains 8 different strains of live lactic acid bacteria that were specially selected to produce an optimal synergistic composition of bacteria. The 8 strains are:

    Bifidobacterium breve
    Bifidobacterium longum
    Bifidobacterium infantis
    Lactobacillus acidophilus
    Lactobacillus plantarum
    Lactobacillus paracasei
    Lactobacillus bulgaricus
    Streptococcus thermophilus

I don't want to keep having setbacks. I want to do all I can to completely heal the lining of my colon so I can go forward in life, leaving these symptoms behind forever.

I used VSL#3-DS every day for about a month, then about twice a week. Now I am down to once a week or so and doing amazingly great. It feels so good to have energy again and casually stroll to the bathroom once or twice a day instead of having to know where every bathroom was, everywhere I went.

I am still drinking homemade kefir, eating homemade yogurt and homemade sauerkraut regularly. In January I started taking an over the counter L-Glutamine, which may help heal the lining of the gut. This is in addition to the other supplements I take every day - fish oil, vitamins B, C and D and a few others.

I have also been drinking a lot of gelatin, with a bit of 100% natural grape juice added for flavor. This is beef gelatin that I buy in powder form with no sugar added - just the powdered gelatin.

I am still eating SCD although I have added greenish-yellow bananas, which contain resistant starch to feed the good bacteria. I started slowly but can now eat 2 green bananas a day with no problems.

I hope anyone who read this will find home for recovering from Ulcerative Colitis, using food and FMT, instead of expensive drugs to repress their immune system or surgery. Doctors are not yet promoting FMT as a way to replace the bacteria that was killed off when they gave you an antibiotic. Maybe someday... until then, you and I have the Internet to help us learn how to do a FMT at home and how to make homemade kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt as well as how to eat healthy and heal from UC,

Teri

Monday, November 11, 2013

DIY Fecal Transplants to cure yourself

It is hard not to get angry at doctors - even specialists - who look right at you and say "It has nothing to do with what you eat." and "No one knows what causes UC."

Really, it has a lot to do with what we eat - or don't eat. What we eat either starves our microbiome or feeds it - the good bacteria or the bad bacterial.

Over the last year and a half I have learned SO much about how we need our microbes in our environment and how antibiotics are killing off our microbes. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary but we should be told to be consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods especially while on antibiotics.

Fermented vegetables, homemade yogurt, kefir, etc, all help feed our microbiome.

For those of you who suffering with UC, Crohns, or IBS and want to find a solution to end your suffering, a home fecal transplant may be the answer.

This video by Michael Hurst from www.fecaltransplant.org will show you the steps to doing a home FMT:
http://youtu.be/WEMnRC22oOs

I recommend this site as well as http://thepowerofpoop.com to read how others have been cured by doing a home FMT by restoring the bacteria in their microbiome that antibiotics had killed off, creating dreadful colitis symptoms.

Just think how nice it will be to leave your house again and not have to know where every bathroom is!

Teri