Day 5 of Elixa probiotics.
Yesterday I felt a little weepy. Too much cooked and cooled (C/C) rice. I was eating 1/4 cup 2x a day as a prebiotic for the last 2 days, and unfortunately this is what happens when I consume prebiotics – in food or supplement form – for more than a day or so. I think I’ll cut down to a tablespoon of C/C rice 2x a day. I think it’s necessary to continue taking it though. My current diet is so low in fermentable foods otherwise. I’m hoping the good guys proliferate and crowd out the ones making me weepy.
Doing well otherwise – energy is good, sleep is good, blood sugar is good – 102 fasting BG this morning, and yesterday it was 84 between meals. Prior to this it’s been about 4 months since I saw a number in the 80s. So maybe good things are happening.
I had some questions for Karl Seddon, founder of Elixa, so I emailed him this weekend. It seems to say on the Elixa site that if you’ve been eating FODMAPs you don’t have to stop – you might choose certain ones (plantains, etc) over others (white potato, etc) – but that if you haven’t, you shouldn’t start in the middle of the 6 days of probiotics. Karl confirmed that this was correct and went on to say that eating food containing prebiotics is preferable to taking prebiotic supplements “because of how our GI tracts handle liquid food versus solid food (as it pertains to transit time and retention for enzyme action, etc.).” Interesting. I also asked him about the size of the dose in Elixa – is it a half trillion CFU in each day’s dose? Or the entire 6 day course of probiotics? Karl’s answer: “The half a trillion CFUs is per dose. So that makes 3 Trillion per 6-day pack.”
That’s a lot of bugs.
I’m interested in taking a 2nd course of Elixa because I feel it’s helping me and I want to give the critters more time to do what they do. Unfortunately Elixa is sold out at the moment – I’m on the mailing list to be notified when the new batch is ready. In the meantime though I’ve found a probiotic that is similar called VSL3. Many of the same strains as Elixa, and also available in high doses (100K per capsule). I’ve ordered it and am planning on using it after completing the Elixa.