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Q&A:Stomach Flu? Healing From Bloating, IBS, Constipation, Chemical Sensitivity, How? Animal Fats?

November 4, 2019

Hello, hello, and welcome to your weekly
Thursday Q&A. I’m Kendra Perry. I am your resident functional diagnostic
nutritionist. Expert in hormones, gut health, minerals, and detox. So if you want
to learn more about me just head to my website and I’m very
very excited to do today’s Q&A is because we actually have some really
really interesting questions some that are a little bit different than what
we’ve had before so I’m very excited about this, and if you want to submit
questions for next Thursday’s Q&A you can do so by commenting on this video.
You can send me a message to my facebook page or you can email us at support at Ok, so super excited for today’s Q&A! Thanks to everyone who
submitted questions. If you’re joining me live make sure to let me know you’re
here say hi, and if you’re watching the replay just ask any questions you might
have in the questions box. So, I’m gonna jump right into it and if you’re on with
me live and you have something you want to ask me go for it I will be happy to
answer it live right now here on air. Okay, so first question: “what can be done
to help diarrhea and stomach pains? I don’t know if I ate something bad this
weekend or my gallbladder is unhappy, I’m sick but I feel awful, I can’t eat, I feel
super fatigued in weak. I’m drinking salt water is there anything I can do?” So,
there’s actually a lot of things you can do if you get sick. So, I think first
thing I wanted to address is, I think a lot of people associated when they get
sick to their stomach they think that it’s food poisoning or they think that
they’re getting exposed to a bug, but that’s actually not always the case and
I think more often than not it’s not the case. So there are a lot of bad bacteria
in our gut all the time very few of us have a hundred percent healthy
microbiomes with a hundred percent healthy bacteria. So, a lot of us already
have these negative bad guys or bugs inside of us but generally when we’re
feeling good, our healthy bacteria are keeping them in check and making sure
they’re not over growing but sometimes that can shift right, because the bad
guys they totally want to take over they want to dominate they want to just
totally maintain and dominate the space and so they’re always fighting against
the good guys and sometimes the bad guys they start to win and when that happens
we can actually get sick where we get a lot of those food poisoning type symptoms, where we get like diarrhea or bloating or gas or abdominal pain or
vomiting that sort of thing and a lot of times that’s actually because
something’s just shifted in our microbiome and we’re getting sick from
something that’s already inside us. It’s not always because of external things,
and you know it always makes me feel bad for restaurants because I feel like a
lot of people they’ll eat at a restaurant and then they’ll get sick the
next day and they’ll associate it was something they’d eat at that restaurant
and say that that restaurant made them sick or gave them food poisoning, but it
may not always be the case sometimes it actually might be just a coincidence.
Okay, so to answer this question my biggest recommendation would to be take
activated charcoal. So, activated charcoal is a very powerful binder and it’ll rip
toxins out of your system. So when people are having drug or alcohol overdoses
they tend to pump them when they people go to the hospital, they pump them full
of charcoal because that pulls the poison or the alcohol or the drug poison
out of their system and prevents them from overdosing and dying. So you can
actually utilize activated charcoal if you do get sick and I recommend always
having some on hand and always having someone you go travel because sometimes
I’m gonna go travel that’s when we actually do get exposed to some of those
external bugs that make us sick. So, I would recommend doing 2 to 3 grams, 3
times a day you want to take it on an empty stomach you don’t want to combine
it with food you don’t want to take it with supplements or any other medication,
but I would just take that until you feel better. It can be a really good
strategy to just pull those toxins through your system. You can also do
other binders especially if you’re having a lot of diarrhea, I would
recommend doing some psyllium husks this is just an insoluble fiber that can help
bulk up the stool, but keeping in mind that like if there is, you know if you
did get exposed to something from food poisoning or maybe, you know, because of
something over growing you’ve gut, your diarrhea it’s actually a way that the
body moves toxins out of the system it’s the way that the body dumps toxins. So
diarrhea is sometimes a good thing, to actually help us get rid of toxins, but of course, it does make us really dehydrated and it
does really deplete our electrolytes, so if you do get food poisoning and you
have a lot of diarrhea make sure to take the activated charcoal but I would make
sure to drink lots of salt water, lots of sea salt water, and I would even do like
some electrolyte replacement. So I like like a
mineral salt solution, vitamin C is a good thing to be taking and just lots of
unrefined sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. You can also do other binders like
PactaSol C, you can up your dosage of PactaSol C, that’s a binder that I
have a lot of my clients using. The typical dose is 5 grams a day but you
could take 15 to 20 grams a day. Chitosan, is another good binder. It’s
not as easy to find, but the the charcoal the activated charcoal, you can typically
find it anywhere in any like natural food stores or even pharmacy. So I do
recommend having that on hand and you can take a lot of it. The other thing of
course is to get lots of rest right. Take lots of time for yourself and rest and
it should pass. Obviously, you know, if you’re getting so sick that you feel
like you’re getting really dehydrated and it’s not shifting then that’s
probably the time where you do need to go to the hospital and you need to get
external help. If we just have a bad case of of you know traveler’s diarrhea or a
stomach bug or just you know nasty diarrhea that’s fine but if it continues
on beyond like 24 hours or even 48 hours that’s definitely time where we need to
seek medical advice and go to a hospital. Ok. so really good question. And if you
guys who are with me live right now if you have any questions you can just drop
them in the comments box. I know last time, I had, I was unable to see the chat
box so I think I’ve resolved this for this time but definitely if you want to
ask me something just throw it in the comments box. Ok, so another really good
question: “can you get the flu more easily when you have gut issues?” And yes, that’s
definitely a possibility. So, the majority of your gut or of your immune system
actually resides in your gut. And that’s because that’s actually your digestive
system is actually how the majority of things are coming into our bodies right,
so, we need that first line of defense and a really big proportion of our
immune system is actually in our gut fighting off things that we ingest and
come in through the oral fecal route ok. So, if you have got issues, especially if
you have infections these things do tax the immune system and that means that
you’re gonna have lower immunity and when you have lower immunity it’s way
more likely that you’re going to pick other types of infections. So, I would say
having gut infections makes it way more likely that you’re going to be sick all
the time although that’s not always the experience that everyone has but just
because anything that disrupts the gut, disrupts the microbiome, anything that
you know messes with what’s going on in the gut, can really mess up your immune
system and then if you don’t have good immunity then it’s way more likely that
you are going to pick up some of those infections that we do tend to get
exposed to on a regular basis okay. Good questions. So, next question: “could
you discuss animal fats and how conventional meat fats may not be as
healthy for us?” So, yeah that’s a really good question. So, I’m definitely not
someone I know there’s a lot of bad and research about meat products and how
they can be unhealthy for you. I definitely don’t buy into a lot of
that research because I think there’s a big difference between meat that comes
from a factory farm where animals are you know raised in stress and given
chemicals and antibiotics and raised in really unsanitary environments versus
you know healthy free-range meat that was raised by a farmer who loved his
animals and took really good care of them. I think there’s a really big
difference in that and yeah and that comes down to a lot of times
conventional meat is factory farmed and I mean you can go on Netflix or whatever
and watch documentaries on factory farming and be totally disgusted, right?
Because you have animals being raised in really unsanitary environment. So they typically need to be fed antibiotics or some sort of antifungal
antibiotic because you know they’re they’re living and yeah just really
unsanitary conditions, they don’t have space to to move they don’t
have space to you know do what animals normally do, so they tend to be really
sick they tend to be very overweight and they also tend to put some pretty weird
things in the feed of animals. Because I know, and this is interesting
because in in British Columbia and I think in the rest of Canada, I’m not a
hundred percent sure but I know within British Columbia, for chickens you’re not
allowed to give chickens antibiotics or hormones, so a lot of people think well
you can just buy any chicken because they’re not given antibiotics or
hormones, but what do you do when you have factory for meat that are getting
sick all the time because they’re being raised in unsanitary conditions. And I actually talked about this in a video I think
that I did last week, they will actually give them things like arsenic. So arsenic
is a very toxic metal that arsenic is actually an antimicrobial and anti mold, anti fungal. So, they will give other things to these animals to prevent them
from getting sick and that might be something that is just as bad or even
more toxic than something like antibiotics, okay.
I think there’s a lot to be said to animals that are raised naturally that
have you know, the range to roam and do their thing and eat grass and eat their
very normal diet. So there is a big difference between the fat that comes
from a conventional animal versus a naturally raised animal raised by a
local farmer right, and the thing with the fat in the meat is that toxins do
tend to concentrate in the fat, so if you’re eating an animal that came from a
really unhealthy environment then a lot of those toxins and chemicals are going
to be in the fat component of that meat. So, for people who have a hard time
accessing organic food, I would say that you would want to go with the leaner
cuts of meat because when you go with the leaner cuts of meat it’s way more
likely less likely to have toxins. Obviously, organic free-range local is
the best thing, but with the with the with the conventional meat if you just
don’t have access or you can’t afford it go with the leaner cuts of meat don’t go
with the fatty cuts of meat because those will tend to be more toxins okay.
All right, “so I have IBS” this is the next question, so that was a good question,
thank you very much. “I have IBS bloating and severe
constipation is this curable, if so how?” So yes, you can reverse this and you can
get rid of these symptoms but it completely depends on the reason why
you’re having severe constipation, IBS and bloating and there could be a ton of
different things going on but this is if this has gotten to a chronic state, if
it’s something that is just for a really long time, you’re probably
going to need to do some testing. Obviously you do want to start with your
diet, we need to be eating a healthy Whole Foods diet. You have a lot of gut
issues I typically recommend a paleo diet and you’ve got to get rid of those
processed and refined foods. So go low on the sugar, low on packaged and processed
foods and try to eat organic! Try to eat farm-fresh produce, try to shop at the
farmers market, try to eat you know real whole naturally organic foods. I think
that’s really important but if you’re doing a lot of those things, you need to
start looking at your stress right. Like how stressed are you? Are you getting
exercise? Are you sleeping? All these things are
very important health and if you’re doing a lot of these things well there
might be something a little bit deeper going on I would say with severe
constipation, I would definitely be looking at food sensitivities. So you
might want to be doing an elimination diet for at least three months like
pulling out a lot of those inflammatory foods things like dairy and gluten and
grains and legumes and maybe even nuts and seeds, maybe you want to follow an
autoimmune Paleo protocol for about three months and then start challenging
some of those foods. I’d also be wondering with severe constipation, I
would also be wondering but your water in tank like are you hydrated, that sort
of thing are you getting enough fiber you may want to experiment with psyllium
husk sometimes that can help with constipation. I would say from a
symptomatic standpoint, supplement wise, I would be high-dose in magnesium
citrate or scorebook acid and doing lots of unrefined sea salt, something to
stimulate a bowel movement because, even though that’s not going to fix it for
the long term you want to make sure you’re eliminating every single day or
you’re just gonna be reabsorbing toxins. And so, in terms of reversing something
like that you really got to determine what’s causing it and it could be a wide
like a wide number of things right it could be small intestine bacterial
overgrowth the methane type of SIBO does tend to cause the constipation. There
could be a parasite, there could be bacteria, that could be yeast, it could be
a virus. There could be a lot of these things. It could be mineral
imbalances so certain and mineral balances will make it really hard for
the body to produce stomach acid and when you can’t produce stomach I said
you don’t break down your food properly. So, if it is chronic and it’s been going
on for a long time and you have your diet dialed in you
have your lifestyle dialed in and you’re you know working on taking some good
supplements to support digestion so I would be looking at biters, digestive
enzymes, you know maybe something like Saccharomyces boulardii, which is a
really good strain of probiotic that can help support the gut. I would also be
considering a gut rebuilder, something like colostrum or slippery elm or
marshmallow root and if you you know if you’re doing all those things and you
still have these issues well you’re you’re gonna have to find a practitioner
who can help you with testing. I always recommend a GIMAP and a mineral test.
That seems to be the best combination for helping people with gut issues. It’s
a really good place to start but you know if you’re just kind of spinning
your wheels not being able to figure it out on your own, then yeah, unfortunately
you probably gonna have to spend some money and do some tests if you want to
heal it. Okay, so that was a really good question too and I have I know there’s a
couple questions in the comments and then you get through those at the end.
The last question I have on my list is: “can you get chemical sensitivity from
having had chronic fatigue in the past?” Okay, so this is an interesting question.
So chronic fatigue, chronic fatigue is basically just a diagnosis that
practitioner will check off boxes and once you kind of get a certain number of
boxes checked off they will diagnose you with chronic fatigue. So it’s not really
like a condition that implies a mechanism it’s basically just a
collection of symptoms, but basically it just means like you’re really tired all
the time, you’re chronically fatigued. And then chemical sensitivity tends to be
when you are really reactive to chemicals in your environment. So say, you
know in the past it wasn’t a big deal but now it’s like a woman walks in with
strong perfume like that really affects you or you know you can’t tolerate the
smell of gasoline or even things like caffeine and alcohol things that you
know you used to maybe consume on a regular basis like even a little bit
just throws you over the edge, there’s actually a name for this, it’s called
‘toxicant induced loss of tolerance’ okay. And basically, it’s kind of like a
two-stage process, but it usually is initiated by either a major exposure to
chemicals or a series of low exposures over time. And so the second part of that
is way more relevant to us because a lot of us don’t get these really
major exposures of course if like you know you worked in some industry where
there was some big major accident at work and it was like a bunch of mercury
or whatever that kind of you know got into the air and everyone got highly
exposed like yes that can definitely be a part of that. But for most of us it’s a
series of these low-level exposures and over time it wears down our system to
the point where now we get triggered or we get certain symptoms that are
triggered by everyday chemicals, foods, drugs or things that never bothered us
before. And so that’s actually a really good sign if you’re experiencing
chemical sensitivity, it’s a really good sign that you’re toxic and you need to
detox okay. So I actually did a video I think it was called “detox as a dirty
word” you can find that in the video section of my Facebook page, but that’s a
good video to kind of to watch to learn what you can do to detox. I definitely
recommend mineral testing but you know getting in a sauna, doing some binders,
maybe doing it a little bit of intermittent fasting, and taking some
things to support those detox pathways, because if you are chemically sensitive
it means that you’re getting this low-grade chronic exposure to chemicals
which unfortunately a lot of us are getting and those are starting to get
stored in your body. So, now even a little bit amount of this chemical, things that
didn’t bother you before are now causing massive issues okay. So really good
questions okay. So I know, I see Alicia has a couple questions here, so, okay, “I
was looking up the arsenic thing and I read that they haven’t been giving it
since a while ago” so I don’t think that’s fully true I think it probably
depends on the farmers because, it’s not banned it’s not a law. And I actually
was just reading an article recently on how someone was getting arsenic
toxic from eating it. So I know farmers are still doing it they think there’s
certain levels they’re allowed to give and not allowed to give but it is
something that they do still do it’s not everywhere but it is in some places and
it depends on where you get your chickens. So again it depends on the
country you live in, I’m sure it’s banned in Europe because
they tend to be way more advanced than us and you’re in North America but it is
definitely something to watch out for and even if there’s not earth stick in
your conventional chicken there may be hormones, there may be antibiotics,
and there may be a number of other other chemicals that are being given to these animals okay. So,
if you guys have any questions throw them in the the comments box,
Alicia says “boo” yeah I know it sucks. I would just
you know try to buy good chicken. Like, I think Alicia you live on the
west coast? I know where you live, there are lots of farmers. I know there are
organic farms, so you may just need to do some research and determine like where
are those organic farms and how do you get access to them. And I know there’s
also I think when we were on the phone we were doing some research on like
delivery services so there might be that as well. I would just find you know what
is the easiest meat for you to get that is organic, naturally raised and
free-range okay. So really good questions everyone! I hope that was helpful. If
you’ve got questions for next week’s Q&A you can comment on this video. if you’re
watching the replay send a message to my facebook page or just send an email to
[email protected] i would be happy to answer them. And on tuesday, for
next week’s live stream, I’m gonna be talking about the copper IUD, and pretty
much everything you need to know about it, because there’s a lot of
misinformation about it, a lot of women think it’s a safe form of birth control
but unfortunately it is not and a lot of doctors will tell you it’s not hormonal
but it actually has a massive hormonal effect. So we’re gonna be talking about
that on tuesday, so stay tuned for that! And i hope you guys have a wonderful
Thursday and we will talk to you very soon!

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