More on the Stomach Acid Connection – great post from The Paleo Mom

The Paleo Mom

Check out this post from one of my favorite bloggers, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne a/k/a the Paleo Mom, called The Stomach Acid Connection.  Sarah is a PhD in medical biophysics who began writing the blog in response to her own health problems.  She explains the science behind a lot of health dysfunction, and why certain approaches (like a Paleo-type diet) are helpful in improving health.  I like her because she is science-based and does a great job explaining highly scientific information to the average person … especially those of us who did not excel at biology (ahem!).

Taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin (an acidifier for the stomach) and digestive enzymes have helped improve my IBS-D symptoms over the last couple of months.  If you are having digestive problems, looking into the possibility that you have low stomach acid is a good idea.

How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs (America’s Test Kitchen)

Now that eggs are back on the menu at my house, we are using this technique from America’s Test Kitchen every day to make perfect soft-boiled eggs.  It’s really simple – all you need is a half-inch of water and a timer.  Find a cute egg cup or two, some sea or Himalayan salt, and have a great breakfast!  Check out the video link below to watch.

TV: Perfect Soft-Cooked (Soft-Boiled) Eggs, Christopher Kimball & Julia Collin Davison, Season 14 – YouTube.

Also, if you’re serious about soft-boiled eggs, you may want to invest in an egg topper.  I bought this one from Amazon and it’s great.  It’s even got a little salt shaker on the top.  Adorable!

Egg Topper
GEFU Egg Cracker with Salt Shaker

The Problem of Low Stomach Acid

I’ve written before that I am taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin as a digestive support supplement to address low stomach acid. This was recommended to me by my functional medicine doctor, as well as suggested in Aglaee Jacob’s book Digestive Health with Real Food.  I believe this supplement is making a real difference in my IBS-D symptoms.  I started taking it shortly after starting the elimination diet, and have noticed real improvement over the last couple of weeks.

I want to talk more about the problem that this supplement is meant to address — low stomach acid — and refer you to some good resources to help you decide if trying this supplement is right for you.

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Tips for Surviving the Elimination Diet

So how do you manage to keep your willpower strong for 4-6 weeks on a very restrictive elimination diet?  Well, if you have been continuously sick like me, that alone might provide enough motivation to get you through.  Otherwise, here are some ideas:

Remember, it’s just six weeks out of your life.  Think about things that have or might happen to you that would require a pretty substantial change to your daily routine.  An unexpected illness or surgery for example.  I knew a woman who fainted and hit her jaw on a counter while going down.  Her jaw was wired shut for two months.  Everything she ate was through a straw.  This is less hard and less painful than that.  Thoughts like that help me when I’m feeing weak and just want a milkshake.

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