As I’ve been researching and reading over the past month and finally settling on my plan to rebuild my microbiome using human breast milk and a fecal matter transplant, I’ve learned some interesting things about our microbe friends and what an alarming situation most of us are in. I don’t know how many species I lost, but I feel like it must be a significant number, and I would like to maintain whatever I can recapture. There’s a lot of work going on that is helping demystify what supports a healthy microbiome, and luckily I’m already doing most of it, like eating organic, eating fermented foods, no processed food, no GMO, low-carb, but I upped my game a bit over the past month by adding raw apple cider vinegar to my daily diet, and by increasing my fiber intake with chia seeds and coconut flour in my smoothies. I also lowered my dairy intake a bit… I love cheese, but I’m cutting myself back to a few servings a week, and maybe a cup of raw yogurt a week. My real weakness is adding a bit of half-and-half to my morning mocha, but it’s just a couple of tablespoons to a half-cup or so of hazelnut or hemp milk and I’m just not ready to give that up… yet.
The biggest change is probably switching my coffee out for a blend of dandelion root, burdock root and chickory root, boiled and strained. It does not taste like coffee, but does impart a nice flavor to my mochas, and most importantly gives me a daily dose of inulin to support microbiota in my lower gut. I find that I don’t actually miss coffee at all, but I’ll allow myself a cup if I go out for a gluten-free pastry.
A friend gave me the link to OnlyTheBreast.com, and I located a mama today who is lifestyle compatible: eats organic, gluten-free, antibiotic-free, and paleo, who agreed to ship her milk to me frozen, so I’ve purchased 30 ounces. That will get my started and I can assess if I need more after I get into this process for a few weeks.
As of today, a few things have already improved. The horrible fungus on my left foot, that got 100x worse after I was floxed, seems to have started to clear up. My gut is functioning a little bit better than it was when I hit a crisis point 2 weeks ago that left me feeling like I’ll never have a normal life again. I’ll take these tiny signs that I’m on the right track and keep going.