Omeprazole Update

Today is the beginning of week 7 of weaning myself off Omeprazole.  I have to say that it really hasn’t been bad at all.  I believe the L-Glutamine and digestive enzymes have helped it go smoothly.  After reading the book Eat Dirt by Dr. Axe I have self diagnosed myself with leaky gut syndrome.

Here is a little information on leaky direct from Dr. Axe’s book Eat Dirt:

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system. 

When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to.

Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.

Leaky Gut Symptoms and Progression

This leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X

Dr. Axe also states in his book that leaky gut can be attributed to long term usage of medicines such as Nexium, Prilosec, Omeprazole (generic Prilosec).  Well hello, I’ve been taking Prilosec or Omeprazole for over 20 years.

A few things I’ve learned while weaning off of the Omeprazole are:

  • Daily stomach pain, cramping and bloating is not normal.
  • Portion control of every meal is important in eliminating acid reflux.  This was especially hard for me because I’ve never specifically portioned food, I just filled the imaginary sections of the plate.  I also ate untill I was full, which by that time was too late, I had already overeaten.
  • Drinking a good amount of water through out the day, but limit beverages during meals.
  • Allow plenty of time for digestion before bedtime and try to prop yourself up a bit when sleeping.  I start out that way but end up always sliding down in the bed during the night.

So this is where I am in the process.  Last week I did experience some discomfort but it was directly related to some foods that I ate.  I can add white pasta to the list of things that are difficult for me to digest.    I did fine with the honey wheat bread I made, and honestly I didn’t have any issue with the buns I bought for our hamburgers, so I don’t believe it’s a gluten intolerance.  But something about boxed white pastas causes me discomfort.  Looks like I’m going to need the pasta attachment for my kitchen aid. 😉

I’ve been putting some probiotic fermented whey lemonade in my morning water.  I got my recipe for fermented whey lemonade from http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/ I love her website as it is filled with a lot of great information and videos.

This is going to be a long, well actually it’s going to be a lifetime process for me.  Changing my diet from where it was to where it needs to be with organic real foods, quality over quantity and eliminating the chemicals from our lives as much as possible.

Today I started the lower dosage of removing 175 of the 200 little balls in the 40mg Omeprazole capsule, which means in next week I’ll start the every other day process for a week and then hopefully I’ll have completed the weaning process ( I hope, I hope, I hope).

Have A Great Day!

Till Next Time,

Lori

 

 

April Goals and Little Balls

It’s time to start thinking about April’s goals.  As I mentioned in a previous post a group of friends and I set goals for ourselves each month.  Monthly goals for me are easier to focus on rather than 3 or 4 or 12 goals for the entire year all made on January 1st, which are usually forgotten about and / or given up on by the end of March.

My big goal or resolution if you will for 2016 was to quit smoking.  I had also set a smaller goal to get some exercise in to try and offset the 20# “quit” gain.  So far so good with those goals.  And on a side note, I have to admit that the smell of cigarette smoke disgust me so much now that it’s hard for me to believe that I ever smoked.  How cool is that?

My April challenge / goal is to kick the Omeprazole.  If you’ve been reading my blog then you know I started my April challenge in March.  But I’ll be refining it in April to include daily exercise, keeping a food journal of what I can and can’t eat, when I can and can’t eat, and slowly lowering the dose of the medicine.

All the research that I’ve done so far indicates that there really isn’t one diet that fits all, especially in this area of trying to heal the gut and prevent GERD.  There are many different opinions out there about what foods to eat and what foods not to eat.   But one thing that does seem consistent in the research is eating habits that will help.  Such as smaller portions, eat less but a little more frequent, drink plenty of water, but don’t drink beverages with your meals, go for a little walk after your meals if you can, and don’t eat 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.  Also there is a consensus that there are specific triggers for GERD and should be avoided.  Chocolate, Alcohol, Mint, Coffee, Caffeine and Smoking.

There is a lot of information out there on different ways of lowering the Omeprazole dosage.  This is what I’ve done.  Each of my capsules is 40mg which has approximately 190 to 200 microscopic little pain in the ass to count balls in them.

Yes, I did that, I opened a capsule and counted the little microscopic balls of one pill and decided that it would be a fair assumption that every pill would have the same number of balls in them.  Think about that for a minute.    You probably have the same look on your face that the Z Man was giving me.  That side eye look like “what the hell is she doing now”

Anyway… I removed 50 of the little microscopic little balls and closed the capsule back up.  Then I repeated this process for 6 more pills.   See where I’m going with this?  This is what I have in mind….

  • 3/27 – 4/2  capsule with 150 little balls
  • 4/3 – 4/9  capsule with 125 little balls
  • 4/10 – 4/16  capsule with 100 little balls
  • 4/17 – 4/23  capsule with 75 little balls
  • 4/24 – 4/30 capsule with 50 little balls
  • 5/1 – 5/7  I will take a capsule with 50 little balls in it every other day.  Then DONE!

And I am fully aware that after I’ve counted out all these microscopic little balls for a month that I will probably be in need of some other form of medication for my insanity, but hey, we’ll cross that bridge then.

So, that’s my challenge for April.  I’m going to be playing with a lot of little balls all month.  WOW, did I really just type that?

What’s you April challenge going to be?

Till Next Time,

Lori

 

 

 

Medicinal Supplements and New Eating Habits

Caution:  This post is going to contain some graphic content.  You may or may not want to continue reading.  I mean it’s not gross and graphic like the HORRIBLY AWFUL movie that we watched on Netflix the other night that literally gave me nightmares for 2 nights, leaving me in a very bad mood and feeling as if I had done something wrong and needing to visit a Priest for confession and I’m not even Catholic.  Yes, It WAS that BAD!  It was like a really bad car accident where you hate everything about it but you can’t stop looking at it.  I’m not going to share the name of the movie because just in case Nicole Kidman, Mathew McConaughey or John Cusack are reading my blog, I would hate to offend them, uh because “it’s their job” and / or because “it’s art”  Bullshit!  Everybody has choices and they chose to make that trash, even for their kids to possibly see some day, which is beyond messed up.  It’s just my little opinion which means nothing and actually has nothing to do with medicinal supplements or new eating habits.  Sorry, moving on now….

This is the situation.  Right now at this very moment I have a 5 alarm fire burning in my chest with the occasional reflux of sour disgusting mucus surging up into my throat, causing coughing and sometimes my throat to close up.  It’s as if I have a cauldron of billion degree lava in my stomach and chest just waiting to blow like a volcano.   Now, before I continue I should tell you that I went to the doctor about this very thing and I was going to be scheduled for an upper GI scope with another doctor, but as it turns out the “specialist” can’t see me for about 6 months.  Fine…. whatever….

I have been taking Ompralzone for about 25 years now.  Along with the reflux and heartburn there are also other digestive issues I deal with that really are T.M.I to talk about.  Look , I am not a doctor and I do not play one on tv.  But since I can’t get an appointment for almost 6 months to see a specialist, I figure that gives me a little time to try other alternatives to hopefully give me some relief from all this discomfort.

I went to my local health food store and met a very pleasant gentleman who seemed to be very knowledgeable in his business.  (I actually think the store is his business)  He was very intuitive and honestly took the time to listen to my story and what I was hoping to accomplish.  We discussed the process of weaning off of the Ompralzone while healing my digestive system as it begins to start working again in producing the natural acids it’s supposed to.   Yes, I have discussed with my doctor the desire to stop taking ompralzone and his response was “if it isn’t broke, why fix it”  That’s fine and good except that my body has become used to the 40mg I’m currently taking and seems to be wanting more.  I don’t want to do that.   So, this is what I’m going to do…

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  • Stay away from carbohydrates and sugars (except the naturals such as fruits and veggies)
  • Eat (homemade from raw milk) yogurt daily for the probiotic
  • Stay away from caffeine (decaffeinated tea only – I am not a coffee drinker)
  • 1 tsp of extra virgin organic coconut oil mixed in my hot tea every morning (it sounds weird, but it really is good)
  • 1 chewable tablet of Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice before every meal
  • 2 tablets of Superzymes after each meal
  • 1 tablet of coconut & aloe daily supplement in the morning and before bed
  • 2 ounces twice daily of aloe vera juice
  • 1 turmeric gel tab daily
  • 1 tablespoon organic AC vinegar daily
  • Slowly wean myself off of the Ompralzone over the next 90 days.

My second trip to the health food store I picked up a few more things and returned the turmeric gel tabs because I can add ground turmeric to the L-Glutamine in a glass of aloe juice each morning, which cost a lot less than the turmeric gel tabs.  I also picked up a second aloe juice and the DGL Ultra to keep at work.  The Slippery Elm I’ll carry in my purse to use as needed for acid heartburn flair ups.  The L-Glutamine will help heal my digestive system, which after 25 years of abuse I’m sure needs it.

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Some habits I need to change are:

  • Chew my food well
  • Don’t eat fast, slow down
  • Stop eating before I’m full, eat smaller portions
  • Don’t eat or drink anything 2 hours before bed.
  • No white wine…  so sad, so very very sad.

Can you tell I’m anxious / nervous about this?  This process of weaning off of Ompralzone is going to need to be a long patient process, and I am not a patient person at all.  But if I don’t take my time with it, it could cause me even more discomfort and damage to my digestive system.

Keep in mind, I am doing this for personal reasons, and I did check with my doctor.  I’ve also been tested for specific food allergies, and I have none.  I’ve just not treated my body very well in the past 25 years with the not eating well, smoking and wine and now my body is paying for it.  I’m doing this in an effort to get away from the proton pump inhibitors such as Ompralzone (generic for Prilosec).  Look them up, you’ll see why I want to get away from them, it’s not good!  But more importantly I want to start treating my body better.  I am certainly not suggesting this for anyone else.  But if this interest you and sounds like something you may want to do also, certainly talk to your doctor before you try any of these things because I am not an expert.

If you have any suggestions for me I’d love to hear them too.

Till Next Time

Lori