I feel pretty good again today. I was able to sleep a little better last night and didn’t wake up at 2:00. I think my body is adjusting to the LDN. My poop is also improving. I haven’t had diarrhea for a few weeks which is a definite improvement. Although the poops are not perfect according to the Bristol stool chart they are way more formed and the GI pain is overall down. I’m feeling very encouraged on this 49th day of the diet.
The red kuri squash is sitting well and the bites I’m making are great snacks. I used to think that the winter squashes were causing a lot of my gas and bloating but the gas hasn’t been a problem and the bloating is a constant thing so don’t think it’s related to food.
I went to the gynecologist today for my annual exam and almost fell off the table when the medical assistant told me that my blood pressure was 130/80. What???!!! I have never had blood pressure that high and was always battling low blood pressure. The doctor wrote it off to maybe being nervous about the exam. I’m not nervous, I’m still shocked.
My blood pressure has definitely improved over the last few visits with other doctors and has been running around 110/70. Previously it had been 88/60 which some docs have told me was good but it isn’t. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness, especially when going from laying down or sitting to standing, fatigue, brain fog and circulation issues just to name a few. For me this was caused by stage 3 adrenal fatigue.
My body was under chronic stress. You might think that stress drives blood pressure up but when it’s chronic stress the adrenal glands get exhausted and can no longer manufacture enough cortisol to deal with stress. As a result of the adrenals becoming fatigued they no longer make a lot of hormones, including sex hormones and aldosterone which is involved in blood pressure regulation. The result is chronic low blood pressure.
I can remember a time over 20 years ago having a nurse check my blood pressure several times because she didn’t think the reading was right at 85/55. Instead of it being a red flag I was told, “Wow! You’re so healthy”. Ha! Now I know how wrong that was.
Now that my blood pressure is more normal I don’t get light headed or dizzy when standing up quickly and generally feel better. I will keep an eye on the blood pressure though because I don’t want it going the other way either but for now I’ll take the positive effects.
Pre breakfast-2 tbsp collagen and colstrum
Breakfast-turkey, butternut squash and spinach
Lunch-turkey/liver muffin, red kuri squash and spinach
Snack-roast beef and avocado
Dinner-rock fish filet, red kuri squash, pureed artichoke and applesauce