raster wrote: I would consider doing some testing for h. pylori and see if you have it in high amounts. I would check out the symptoms to see if they match yours. 80% of people who have it are symptom free.
There’s some evidence to suggest H. pylori may actually be symbiotic. I’d say overgrowth is more evidence of bacterial imbalances. For example, there’s a common pathogen called Klebsiella that feeds on starch and excretes hydrogen, which is rocket fuel for H. pylori.
raster wrote: I’ve been recommending an anti-inflammatory diet for months but no one seems to listen. Broccoli, salmon, (fermented) cod liver oil are all foods good for this diet. Fruit is also anti-inflammatory and if you are not allergic to fruit, it could benefit you’re healing potentially.
I noticed your posts but didn’t think much of the idea, because I’d already tried an anti-inflammatory diet before. Except, as I now realise, it was only anti-inflammatory by name.
Omega-6s have a half-life of about 2-years, so reducing high levels is a long-term process. Raising omega-3s can bring benefits quickly, but the dose needs to be high enough. Cod liver oil is too low in DHA/EPA (~80mg/capsule) for somebody suffering from auto-immune disease. 1tsp of fish oil has almost 600mg. You might need to take 5g or more in the early stages. Taken without saturated fat, they’ll end up peroxidised and unabsorbed too.
Then there’s the interactions between EFAs. The more omega-6 you ingest, the more you’ll have to compensate with fish oil. Healthy foods like brans (rice, oat etc) and nuts can be big sources of omega-6s. Oxidative stress is another thing that needs to be addressed, so heating olive oil, broken egg yolks etc is best avoided. Supplementing vitamin C and NAC boosts your body’s two most powerful antioxidants.
As for fruit, it’s given a free ride when it comes to health. Too many are high in sugar. A banana has enough to give you a blood sugar spike, which is something you want to avoid at all costs – it’s inflammatory and it sends you straight back on the carb-craving wagon. High fructose intake is also bad for your liver and can lead to metabolic syndrome. There are good choices like berries, apples etc.
I didn’t know any of this before, and it seems really easy to believe you’re on an anti-inflammatory diet when you’re not. In fact, if you were taking fish oil on an empty stomach and eating almonds, you’d be on an inflammatory diet! I really recommend anyone who’s interested read the Cooling Inflammation blog to avoid pitfalls like these.