Georgia Hunter said...
Georgia Hunter said...
GeorgiaHunter, if i remember one of your informative previous posts, you believe that less protein is better, correct?
and high fiber, low carb is the direction our diets should take? (most of us probably are doing this anyways, though with my recent mcas diagnosis, nuts and avocados are now out ;/ )
in terms of probiotics, ive been taking vsl....should we be more diligent to find specific probiotiocs to take?
thank you for all you contribute to this board...we are lucky to have you
I think for people with Lyme, the more alkaline the food the better. We can overdo it, but the increased acid load caused by chronic inflammation alters our GI flora and that must change. I prefer low protein because I feel lower nitrogen intake is better long term, but I am not ready to say "no protein" even if the research shows it. Animal protein contains high levels of methionine and phenylalanine which can be problematic for Lyme patients.
High fiber is good to improve immune function but improved immune function can increase oxidative stress in some people. That would be a problem. I don't like low carb diets. Plants are carbs and we need all of the plants we can eat. They are usually lower in contaminants than animal protein and help our immune function by increasing our deficient nutrients. I ate organ meat twice a week for a year even though I knew it was higher in cadmium and other heavy metals compared to other meat. I don't eat meat now but once, sometimes twice a week.
Probiotics are helpful but without the proper GI pH, they won't stay and thrive. VSL-3 has probably been studied more than most probiotics and it is a good formulation, I just have a hard time paying that much for it on a consistent basis. I usually recommend Florajen3 because of the cost and viability of the organisms.
I eat a lot of fat, which probably isn't the best thing, but I'm trying to draw a line between reducing oxidative stress and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. One in 4 people has NAFLD, we can bet being sick that we have the onset of it as well. I can't kill all of my pathogens and eating high fat meals increases our symbiotic relationship. It keeps them alive. I can reduce my fat intake and they start to die, but they never go away. The increase in oxidative stress from eating low fat is pure heck on the body. Some of Dr Fry's patients have gone through this as well. Very difficult to eradicate.
Now that i have finally gotten most of my nutrient levels back on par, fasting seems to be the best thing for me.Is phenylacetate similar to phenylanine? I was high on OAT test and was researching. I recently have been eating less protein and seem to feel better. I was a little worried about
PKU when I read about
phenylacetate but I think I would know if I had that from birth. I’m guessing it is off due to microbiome issues. I may do a stool test (like Thryve) to figure out which good bacteria need increased. I’m guessing though that it’s probably the two you mention above (lacto & bifido).
Actually, what got me looking back at my OAT test was because I recently saw a chiro who performed electrodermal scan and one of my top issues came back as protein metabolism. Which seems in line with OAT test.
Phenylacetate is formed from the breakdown of phenylalanine. If your levels are too high, you have too much phenylalanine or a condition called hyperphenylalaninemia. When you read about
this, you will read about
a genetic condition that happens at birth. That is not what we have when we have this. Ours is induced by our physiological conditions and following the PKU diet would be beneficial. Candida and metals are often a problem for people who have this.Are you aware of any supplements that can help lower phenylalanine? I’m trying to research. From what I have read bh4 may lower phenylalanine. So does that mean supplementing with something like methylfolate (which increases bh4) may lower phenylalanine? I am still eating some protein.