I thought I should do another health update since my last one where I talked about being diagnosed with Mercury toxicity, how it relates to my histamine intolerance issues, Hashimoto’s and candida overgrowth here.
So I have just recently come off a gentle mercury detox under the supervision of my Integrative doctor. My mercury levels were off the charts on my test results and given my ongoing health issues it was something I had to detox out of my system. Currently, my histamine intolerance issues have bated down quite a bit that I have been able to introduce most of the high histamine foods back into my life and most importantly I am able to eat left over food for breakfast or lunch without having to cook 3 times a day! Eating foods that are low histamine is one of the most restrictive way of eating out there and the most time consuming for sure as all leftover foods are high in histamine so everything has to be prepared very fresh. If you want to know about histamine intolerance then have a read here.
Although I don’t react to simple sugars anymore, a recent introduction of probiotics exacerbated my digestive issues immensely and these symptoms tend to get better on a low fodmap food plan although they have not gone away completely. Any of you who are wondering about the type of probiotics I took – it is a allergen friendly, low d-lactate (less histamine producing) Bifido and Lacti multi strain 30 billion bacteria.
This reaction to probiotics has caused my doctor to suspect that I have SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and perhaps I have had this all along together with Candida Overgrowth. They cause me bloating, constipation, inflammation and discomfort all around after I take them but I have always been advised by other health practitioners (not by my current Integrative doctor) that probiotics ARE essential to heal a leaky gut and to build a strong balanced immune system. Once again as I always say one man’s food is another man’s poison and the same applies to supplements. Listen to your body always and if something doesn’t work then move on.
Doing a breath test for SIBO is the gold standard and the treatment consists of going on a gut specific antibiotic that does not get absorbed into the body and only works in the intestines or natural antimicrobials. I will do a proper post on this further down the track. If you would like to find out more about SIBO in the meantime, have a read here.
I saved the best one for last. My mercury detox lasted for 2.5 months. Generally I feel so much better than before I started the detox overall despite my digestive issues. The only thing is that the mercury detox brought my thyroid antibodies levels up, something that I have managed to bring down and keep in the low range since my diagnosis. During a heavy metal detox, toxins come out from your cells into the blood plasma to be detoxed out of the body through the body’s detoxification system. I knew going into the mercury detox, I might encounter some issues with my already affected thyroid.
Towards the tail end of my mercury detox though I started to feel really exhausted, I started to have joint pains and I was not sleeping very well at all so I knew something was up. Now that I have stopped my mercury detox, I sleep like a baby most nights even better than before my mercury detox, most of my joint pains are gone and my energy is back. I trust in the body’s ability to heal itself when you take away the cause and I know my antibodies will go down now that I have hopefully detoxed some of the mercury, have stopped the mercury detox and as I continue to give the love and care my thyroid needs.
I will have all my tests redone again in few weeks. In the meantime, I am going to love myself, my thyroid and my body till the cows come home 🙂
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