My son was recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance. He is a young adult and had been having symptoms for about the past year - acid reflux, stomach discomfort diarrhea and occasional nausea.
He has been off gluten for almost two weeks and is feeling much worse than he has since his illness began. Some days he is okay but most of the time he feels weak and extremely tired. After reading a lot of posts on this forum, we understand that feeling worse after starting a gluten free diet is normal. I really appreciate the information here as it has helped to answer a lot of newbie questions. However, I still have a few more.
In order to choose a good diet book so I can prepare the right foods for my son. I've read about the various diets designed to help heal the small intestine GAPS, SCD, BED, Paleo. I'm suffering from information overload. Different people seem to do better on different diets. I was leaning toward the BED diet because it targets yeast overgrowth which might be the cause of Celiac disease. Then I read that the grains are too hard for many people to digest. Some people reported healing much better on the GAPS diet. Others said that it depends on blood type. We don't know my son's blood type. His doctor is willing to order a blood test but says that the insurance may not cover it. Is it important to choose a diet according to blood type?
My plan is to order the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book (GAPS) along with the Internal Bliss recipe book to begin with. Our income is limited so I can't buy every book but I'm open to suggestions. My son has been eating homemade chicken soup, sauerkraut, and cooked vegetables but says that he feels best when he eats nothing at all. He doesn't have any trouble tolerating dairy, eggs or corn but doesn't want to eat them for fear of developing more allergies.
I bought some delicious strawberry kefir from Trader Joe's. Is this a safe food or would it be considered dairy? Would water kefir be better to start with than milk kefir? I've seen a lot of kefir grains for sale on Amazon. Any recommendations on which brand to try? Is it safe to eat plain yogurt with active cultures while healing? Are bananas, apples or oranges safe to eat or too high in sugar?
We have aloe vera juice. Is this a good thing to take to promote gut healing? Sorry for the multiple questions and thanks in advance for any advice.