Recently, I began to feel nausea, lack of appetite and intermittent trips to the bathroom. I thought that I had a stomach bug, but then it went on for 7+ days. I went to get a full blood test, stool sample and urine test. All of those tests came out completely normal including my white blood cell count. I was so scared that my WBC would be high again which would indicate inflammation (crohn’s) in the body. I then got an x-ray and was shocked to see that I was severely constipated in the large intestine. I believe that this all started when I began taking more digestive enzymes because the symptoms lined up in time with it. That combined with avoiding fiber like the plague, caused these problems. The only fiber that I do take is 1 single tsp of Metamucil fiber. My juice has fiber, but I try to strain it out really well.
I have always been afraid of fiber in any form, but now I am realizing that it might be time to include it to balance my meals out and to balance out my gut. I am now going to venture out into the land of blending/smoothies in addition to juicing.
If you know of a great smoothie recipe website, please leave a comment below and I can share that out to everyone who might be interested.
I am going to do the beet transit test today to see how clear things are. Directions – Drink a juice that is high in beet juice and track how fast it comes through to your stool.
Beet track juice:
- 1 large beet
- 1 medium apple
- 3-4 carrots
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 thumb ginger
I also had a great smoothie mixture at Earthfare yesterday to give it a try. By how green it was, it did not look like it would taste very good at all! It was quite good!
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- spiralina powder
This experience might have been a blessing because it shows me that I cannot just eat a few types of meals and no fiber. I need to expand my options and create a balanced meal plan.
Please send any website finds or recipe ideas in the comment section. Thank you!!