Heavy Metal (Toxicity)

I was listening to the ketogenic girl podcast a few days ago.  fast keto podcast  Check it out, BTW, the is lovely and has interesting content.  Anyhoos, I was listening to episode 50 which was all about breast implant sickness.  Now, I don’t have breast implants.  But I do like learning just for the sake of it.  As the lady described her symptoms my interest was increasingly peaked.  Aches, pains, chronic fatigue.  She mentioned that any implant in the body could cause a debilitating autoimmune response.

Lightbulbs started going on over my head.  I had a bunionectomy done when I was only 11 or so.  Years of dance and genetics meant I was the unfortunate kid with horrible feet that were flat and deformed with big bunions.  Cry a little tear for me, please.  Well, it was in vain because that bunion grew back.  Oh yes.  So now I was left with a big, unsightly bunion with a gnarly scar and two steel/nickel screws embedded in my bone.

All this time I have struggled with chronic fatigue and a weird array of symptoms.  I’ve developed celiac’s disease.  I’ve had issues with my thyroid.  I’ve been anemic.  I’ve had random bouts of hair loss.  All this time I was trying to detox my body and I have been quite possibly being poisoned from the inside out.  Lovely.

I started googling and learned that most metal implants at the time were stainless steel bonded with nickel and other metals.  Nickel is carcinogenic.  Nickel is proven to cause inflammation and auto-immune issues.  Another dot that I connected is the fact that I have a contact allergy with most metals.  I can’t wear jewelry without my skin burning and even things like metal buttons on my clothes bother me.  That’s a major sign of toxicity.  ://thesmartchoice.com/autoimmune-diseases-metal-implants-devices/

I visited a podiatrist as a woman on a mission.  He x-rayed my foot and suggested a far more complicated procedure than I wanted.  Titanium plates and screws.  Image result for hell no gif

I politely asked to skip any more metal.  Please and thank you.  He agreed to go in, shave down the bone, and remove those blasted screws.  It won’t fix the root of my foot (teehee) problem but it will a. Make my foot less hideous and b. get the metal the heeellll out of there.

Will it improve my health?  I am cautiously optimistic.  I am reasonably hopeful.  I believe it enough to go under the knife.

My surgery is scheduled for the 19th of December.  I actually pretty excited.  I’ll be out of commission and unable to HIIT my workouts (I’m so punny, I know) for about 6 weeks but I’ll find a way to manage. 😉

 

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Cautionary Tale

In my research I saw that a lot of people use MCT coconut oil because of it’s energizing properties.  Of course I had to buy some!

This morning I put about a tablespoon in my coffee (and blended it, because fat bubbles=gross).  It was actually really good and frothed up like a bulletproof latte.  I sucked most of it down then realized…uh-oh.  Not feeling good at all.  So I sit here feeling light headed and nauseous.  Apparently it’s something you want to slowly ease into. 🤦115

From what I understand, this stuff is like coconut oil on crack.  It’s powerful so you have to proceed with caution (not a strong suit for me!) and start with a teaspoon, max.  Don’t throw caution to the wind and dump it into your coffee with a gusto like me.

It is good stuff though.  https://draxe.com/mct-oil/  I’m guessing one reason why it can make people feel sick is the die-off result.  When ingested, especially on an empty stomach, it can have a very strong natural antibacterial and antifungal effect.  It kills off yucky stuff in our guts, basically.  When those nasty little buggers die, they release some toxin crap and don’t go down without a fight.  That’s why you want to make sure you are eating fiber and drinking lots of water to help your body target and then flush out candida and parasites.  While it can have a profoundly positive effect when those nasty hitchhikers are gone, the actual process of getting rid of them can be quite unpleasant.  But coconut oil and MCT are very effective even if not for the faint of heart.  https://coconutoil.com/study-candida-infections-can-be-controlled-with-coconut-oil/

Aside from accidentally over- doing it on the MCT, I’m doing pretty well!  I’m already down a couple pounds and looking less “puffy”.  While I know that is probably due to losing excess water, I’ll take it!

Aside from dealing with decreased energy and a slight headache that comes and goes, I’ve already noticed a lot of positive effects.  My mood has been much more stable.  Before my mood would go through fairly extreme high and lows, no doubt coinciding with my wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels.

This is really huge for me because I do struggle (and always have) with depression and anxiety.  I’d liken it to being bipolar but going through the entire cycle of elation to crash every.single.day.  If this diet can help regulate my emotions it will be more than worth it!!

Another thing I’ve noticed is generally less aches and pains.  I have a minor scoliosis which leads to daily back pain for me.  It’s hard to measure in any scientific way but my back pain seems to have been less these past few days.

Another great feature of the keto diet is that when you cut out sugar, you eliminate a huge source of inflammation in your body.  So if you struggle with chronic pain, it could potentially greatly improve your quality of life and reduce dependence on medication.  https://www.furtherfood.com/how-to-reduce-chronic-inflammation-by-limiting-sugar-intake/

When it comes to cutting out sugar you may (like me) want to find a worthy substitute.  I’ve been using xylitol, which I do really like… but it is not carb free and can impact blood sugar levels.  One sweetener (of course natural, artificial aint even an option, people!) that is popular in the keto community is erythritol.  You can get it by itself or mixed with stevia.  I’m going to track some down today and start experimenting.