Hello everybody. I'll get right to it. I've been having issues with anxiety/depression/mind fog/stomach issues/intestine issues for about 4 years now. At first I thought I was gluten intolerant so I eliminated that (about 2-3 years ago). It helped but not enough. Then I eliminated dairy (about 6 months after), and it helped but not enough. Even after strictly adhering to that diet for at least 2 years (and being worried about cross-contamination to the point of paranoia) my mind fog is still very prevalent. That's the worst symptom by far, although I also have achy joints, anxiety, depression, sensitive eyes (they feel painful sometimes, lots of residue of bright light "auras", water a lot), and probably a half dozen other things wrong. I also am down to 135 pounds from 170 (I'm a 6' male, that is uncomfortably thin in my eyes, and it is causing me problems).
I was tested for pretty much everything. By my regular doctor we did the blood test for Celiac which was negative. I had a colonosocopy that didn't show Celiacs as well. I recently went to a naturopath doctor and we did the (Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned) food sensitivity test. I thought I would have a lot of severe sensitivities but it came back with very few sensitivities (including no to gluten/gliadin, casein, and other foods that I thought were really awful to me). I had severe allergies to pork and green beans, and mild sensitivities to about 10 other foods.
We ended up doing a reagent test with my urine and found out that I have a severe bacterial dysbiosis, or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
This would seem to explain a lot (all) of my symptoms. My doctor gave me two different types of probiotics to take and told me to avoid sugar. I feel like there's more to it than that though. While I was on the gluten free/dairy free diet my diet consisted almost entirely of fruit (and some eggs and nuts). I've been doing that (avoiding sugar and taking probiotics) for a couple of weeks now and my mind fog is still as bad as ever and is making it very hard to participate and be active in life.
I was doing a little research here and this is what one poster said:
The diet is all about eliminating additives, grains and highly processed food that feed the bad bacteria rather than our bodies. Thus, it's simply back to basics: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and nuts, a few very specific dairy products as well as honey (the last two I don't eat myself). If you buy whatever is in season locally, it doesn't have to be expensive. And if you eat sufficient amounts of nuts and good olive and coconut oils, you shouldn't worry about loosing weight. Because you're building strength by feeding your body properly.
Ever since getting the news from my doctor my diet has consisted of:
A lot (and I mean a lot) of olive oil
Bell peppers and hot peppers
Sugar snap peas
A lot of rice/qunioa (it sounds like this is a big no-no)
Fruit/nut bars (such as Larabars)
Some ground beef (1lb per week)
That's pretty much what I was eating for the last 2/3 years and am still eating now. I was vegetarian at the start but I needed to gain weight any way possible so I added meat back (not that it did anything).
I used to make juice with apples, kale and ginger but I'm scared of all the sugar from the apples. I did make some kale/spinach/ginger/lettuce juice the other day but it wasn't nearly as good. I miss the sweets (that's why I have to have those Larabars, I just crave them). Do I need to get rid of those as well? I shop exclusively at a co-op and buy organic and additive free. If there is one blessing of having all these things wrong with me for years is that I am hyper-conscious of what I eat and of what I am putting into my body.
I cut out dates and apples which were two of my favorite foods. I also read that coffee and alcohol were a big no-no so I cut those out as well (and now I don't have anything to wake me up and help me concentrate, I would also drink to subdue my anxiety, no healthy I know but I was trying to deal with what I had). I only cut out the coffee and alcohol a couple of days ago.
My question is this, how do I get better? I can't keep going like I'm going. I really miss being able to think clearly. I would appreciate any advice or tips from people who have been there or know anything about what's going on. I hate being scared to eat. I haven't gone out to eat in years. I hate eating because I know it is going to make me feel awful and not going to be able to think but at the same time I crave food and need to eat a lot of it (and am still losing weight).