The ocean is pristine right now. The weekend mini-storm here at the tip of Baja really pushed the reset button and we’re back to more of a seasonal dessert weather pattern (cool, breezy evenings matched by hot days) and seas coming more from the south than west (Pacific).
I went and played around in the light surf for a long time. Just felt to good to get out. Got back and checked in on comments.
“Keto User,” on a post that is 14 and 1/2 months old:
Angry idiot. No amount of carbs will get rid of the hate you cultivate in your mind as an attempt to hide from your guilt.
Some useless nonsense from David:
Everything on FreeTheAnimal is just some guy spouting off unproven shit. The whole potato starch fad is an example of how over the top he takes things to build his brand.
…And finally, the stuff that’s always better than money, from Julie:
I thought it would be worth sharing my experience with Elixa here because I can’t seem to find any amazon listing to write a review or any other place to discuss it. I also am very thankful to Richard for posting the article on prebiotics and hosting such a productive comment section.
For several years I have been battling a deep fatigue. It came about after I had a long period of emotional stress in my life. To finish it off I got seriously ill and required antibiotics. Doctors said the illness was due to my stress and depression being so chronic.
After this all passed I was left in a mental state of lethargy. It felt so different to the stress I was experiencing before but everyone told me it was just the same thing but getting better. I knew that I was no longer stressed and that this low motivation and unwell feeling had started after the antibiotics.
After 2 years passed almost all my friends and family thought of me as a hypochondriac. This was deeply upsetting. The doctors didn’t say as much but I knew that was what they thought, since they bounced me from one doctor to another. All of them said it was just ongoing stress.
I searched the internet as my last resource and found hundreds of other people suffering from this type of conditon and it no doubt affects thousands or tens of thousands. I am sure there are many different causes but many people talked about the gut flora.
By this time I was very desperate. I was even starting to doubt myself and think that maybe people were right about me being a hypochondriac. But the fatigue was so bad that even doing simple things like getting my laptop charger from another room were such an effort that I’d end up procrastinating even little things like that.
I tried every supplement recommended. I felt a mug by the end of it and lost a lot of faith in the supplement industry. I was sick of the promises and the months and months I needed to wait to see some benefit, which never came..
I heard about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and that started me on my research about GAPS diet and eventually to fodmaps. I came across Richard and Karl’s article about fodmaps in the African diet and it deciphered a lot of the concepts I was struggling to understand. Thank you Richard!
I went on to try Elixa just because the article was so informative and it was a short course so I didn’t feel I had weeks of misplaced hope to lose.
From the second day of the course I woke up with a much clearer head than usual. I put this down to chance. I felt much less grogginess and it took me a shorter time to fully wake up. The rest of the second day was my normal unwell self. I noticed some slightly loose stools on both the first and second day I did feel an urgency to use the bathroom on occasion. This did not bother me too much because I also had constipation and it’s not a bad thing for me to be able to use the bathroom more than once a day! The rest of the day was as normal (usual yoyo-ing of mood and energy levels). From the third day onwards I felt much better during the day. My mood was improved and I had less fatigue in the late afternoon and early evening. Some people commented that I seemed more upbeat which I put down to being hopeful that it was working more than the actual improvement in mood.
I also had a coworker comment on my skin looking better, although I personally have not noticed a difference because I feel my skin has always been good. It looks slightly brighter, shall we say. By the end of the 12 days (I had bought 12 days of Elixa) I felt like a new person. The best way to describe it is that I used to feel ‘OK’ for a very brief period during the day. Maybe two or three 20 minute spans. Now this has extended to the entire day and the fluctuations have gone. My constipation has improved also but I am not sure how much of that is going to be permanent because I am starting to understand from Richard’s previous post that it may have been something to do with the capsule coating that triggers the bowel movements. I don’t know but I will know soon enough.
I don’t usually post on public forums but I felt like I have been vindicated by this experience. I’m not sure what was worse, suffering from this mental and physical fatigue or having my family and doctors think I am imagining it all. It still upsets me but maybe I would have thought the same in their position.
My coworkers and family are amazed by the difference. I feel somewhat bitter still about the whole thing. But I always have a smile on my face because I had proved people wrong.
I’m sure many people out there may be in that position. I’m not sure if Elixa or other probiotics are going to be your solution but if I help one person then it was worth writing this comment. I think that the gut flora are responsible for a lot of things.
So unless anyone really minds, I think I’ll just ignore the worthless shit above that, amiright? And, hey, if you think Elixa might help you too, or improve your state, here’s the link.