Well it’s been a long time since I have posted to this blog, really looking back over the last 6 months I haven’t had a huge amount to tell you. My supplements are fairly similar, although I have just updated my supplements list as it looks like I forgot to list calcium and magnesium that I take as separate supplements. Over the 6 months I also started taking taurine again as Dr Klinghardt mentioned it in his youtube video. I have also found chromium to be a useful supplement as well.
That said, the strange thing is I can be going along fine for a couple of weeks ie good energy and focus, then I have a miss-step in my diet (mainly moving away from low FODMAPS) and downhill I go again for weeks at a time. This led me to think that there is something else going on in relation to my gut health. In the past I have tried various different types of fiber (soluble and insoluble), probiotics, glutamine and other such supplements to improve my gut health without much success…until now.
I have been reading up on and experimenting with ‘resistant starch’. I’m still focused on the low FODMAP’s but also on increasing the amount of resistant starch in my diet. I’m currently a week into this new diet and it really seems to be making an improvement…time will tell though. I’m quite excited about it because whereas other forms of fiber and to a certain extent probiotics make me feel worse, ‘resistant starch’ makes me feel better.
The main supplemental resistant starch I consume is potato starch, I just stir spoonfuls in a glass of water. It tastes fine, so it goes down pretty easily. I found an organic potato starch with no additives after initially trying a generic potato starch brand from a supermaket which also had a preservative added to it. I can’t tell the difference between the generic and the organic but its pretty cheap so I thought I would pay the extra for organic.
I’m only slowly building up my dose to let my gut adjust to it, I started out with only 1 teaspoon a day and I’m currently up to 3 teaspoons a day. Apparently from what I have read I should be aiming for 4 tablespoons a day.
I also get starch from the following foods:
- Low GI Gluten Free Bread – extra starch is added to the gluten free bread I eat to make it lower GI
- Sushi and rice paper rolls – rice that has been cooked and cooled has more resistant starch
- Potato chips – potatoes that have been cooked and cooled also have more resistant starch. I tend to eat a lot of potato chips anyway as it is one of the few junk food items I can eat.
- I also eat a lot of normal cooked rice and potato’s, they are pretty common parts of my diet.
- Occasionally I will eat beans but I wouldn’t say they are a staple part of my diet
I should mention that there is one interesting side effect of a high resistant starch diet…flatulence. Fair warning to you, it is pretty bad initially but it does seem to be tapering off now that my body is getting used to it. For this reason I have been mainly taking the potato starch at night, as the flatulence normally clears itself overnight hence making my work mates safe the next day….
I hope everyone reading this blog is getting closer to their optimal health…I will endeavor to perhaps do a tad more entries on this blog, rather than one every six months…