Help me choose my next step?
I’m looking for where to go from here. I’m currently in my 4th week of a gluten and dairy-free diet, trying to determine if leaky gut is causing my severe acne. (Also supplementing with Glutamine, zinc, fish oil, evening primrose, probiotics, kombucha and aloe vera juice). I’m seeing absolutely no improvement, so I’m trying to decide how to proceed.
1)Stick with this current regime, give it a few more weeks before I decide if it’s working – I’m a little reluctant to do, since I’m really not seeing even the slightest improvement and would like to move forward
2)Eliminate all grains, in addition to dairy – this I’m very reluctant to do, as the frustration and depression regarding my diet limitations is starting to rival my frustration and depression regarding the acne. I can’t imagine going even more restrictive.
3)Slowly start adding in raw, probiotic dairy, and eliminate all grains. This is the option that, with the help of all of the info you ladies have provided, seems like the best next step. It seems as though the 4 weeks without dairy have really shown me that that isn’t the issue. If I’m going to go more restrictive on grains, I’d really like to have dairy back!
I guess my last question is, given that healing a leaky gut is about getting rid of the offending food while supplementing to heal, is it possible that in option #3 I could only eliminate grains that haven’t been properly-prepared (NT-style)? As much as I really like this option, it seems like I should first see if getting rid of them entirely helps, and then start adding back the properly-prepared ones.
Haven’t gone down the enzyme path yet…..That may be the next step after this one – I’m trying first to figure out what the offending food group is….
Thanks so much in advance - I'm still in such disbelief of how frustrating this is