Why Birds Love Papayas | National Papaya Month & Body Confidence

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September is National Papaya Awareness Month and in case you’re thinking this is just another blog about the health benefits of a fruit, it’s not. 

Get ready to expand your mind about this tropical fruit that looks like a squash but has a bright internal orange color that just screams out beta carotene! (That same stuff you get in orange carrots) and seeds that look like slimy alien fish eggs, but have benefits that are, dare I say it, out of this world!!

Stay tuned for that goodness, but this is also going to give you a whole new perspective on a movement having to do with @thebirdspapaya that I am loving and want to help support.  Her movement is changing how you, me and we see the world. 

Honor the papaya, like the birds do, read ‘till the end and share with all of your sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers!

Papayas Are For The Birds

Some people don’t like papayas and believe that they are solely for the birds.  As they blossom in tropical trees much as the banana does, these fruits of the tropics are well known to get pecked as they’re one of the favorite foods of parrots. 

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Bird love papayas because they are a superfood.  They provide the body with ample nutrients with a taste so divine – kind of like a mix between that fatty feeling you get in your mouth with avocados and sweet juiciness like a watermelon. 

With high levels of healthy fats, protein, magnesium, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, they pack a nutritional punch unrivaled by other fruits. 

Do The Health Benefits Translate To Humans? 

Birds even eat the seeds because, in nature, the seeds are a well-known anti-parasitic and have been studied for reducing intestinal parasitosis in humans.  In fact, they have been studied in Africa as an effective tool for mass de-worming programs for children, by adding the seeds to porridge in schools.  They are also an excellent source of the digestive enzyme, papain.

Learn about nutrition with Doctor Marisol ND, Queen of The Thrones®All of this makes the papaya a perfect partner to help you poo too!  You all know how much I talk about the importance of pooping so this is just another reason the birds and I are so in love with the papaya!

Of course, papaya is great for humans too, and there are a few ways that I encourage people to eat them that help not only with pooping but also with your digestion. 

How Do You Like Your Papayas? 

Most people eat papaya on its own, in a papaya salad, smoothies or simply cut up with tart lime juice and salt to smooth it all down.  They are so delicious this way.  I like to add the seeds into my smoothies to help with digestion as well. 

But there is another way I like them because when speaking of improving digestion we first must understand exactly what digestion is. 

Defining Our Digestion

Digestion is the most important physiological function that goes on in our body.  We must take in nourishment, utilize it, then get rid of what no longer is needed.  However, it isn’t only the ability to digest, absorb and eliminate food.  There is also a very emotional energy connected to digestion. 

Whether or not you digest well, depends not only on the types of foods you are eating.  Whether they are “healthy” I put this in quotations because healthy food choices depend on the individual.  Remember, a superfood for one can be a poison for another.  The way foods are combined, and the time of day they are eaten are also big factors.  These aspects all matter, but what matters more than anything is this simple fact that isn’t often talked about. 

How we digest our food is symbolic of how we are digesting life. 

How we are digesting the world. 

Say these powerful words one more time with me – Digestion is how you are digesting your LIFE!!!!

How We Digest Life

Digestion is about taking something from the outside world, like food, and processing it so that it works for us.  But if what we intake, whether food or something else (stimulus like violent tv shows, judgments of other people, social images that make you feel less-than), goes against our true nature and our soul’s purpose, these external stimuli does our body no good and it will resist.  The sequelae is we will have problems with our digestion.  Acid reflux, gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea to name just a few. 

So many of us have an internal struggle going on within where we don’t accept ourselves for how we are naturally.  We work to constantly fix how we digest by taking digestive enzymes (like papain), supplements that coat the gut, and fiber to help us poo.  

The Little Known Cause of Digestive Problems

But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, your digestion problems are caused by elevated stress levels due to your inability to accept yourself, in the constant pursuit of achieving other people’s ideals of you?  Do you not think that inherently this is going to affect your digestion?

Of course, it does, no different than when you can’t poo (which symbolizes an inability to let go of emotions).  Or if you have diarrhea, it’s a sign of excess burden and stress in your life, and the need to force-quit out of situations.  It’s about being conscious of the messages that our body is telling us.  Getting in touch with our gut feelings, being conscious and confident in our bodies is the key!

Another Kind of Papaya

So where am I going with this?  Well, papayas are an excellent natural source of good stuff for our bodies.  I usually like my papayas with freshly squeezed lime juice and salt!

But beyond this, is another kind of papaya that I feel is so good for our heart, body, mind, and souls.  This special papaya can be found on Instagram at @thebirdspapaya.  I love her posts, her podcast @thepapayapodcast and her blog www.thebirdspapaya because she is starting a movement to LOVE our bodies, to be confident, understanding and accepting of them wherever we are in our healing journeys.

Her story is real, it’s raw (like a papaya) and it is ripe and ready for picking!  I highly encourage you to follow her, because she is a leader in this amazing movement that I am literally addicted to.  Just like papayas! 

She became a leader by accident, as she began by simply sharing her story of her 111 lbs of weight loss, relationship struggles, financial struggles and every other struggle of human experience in a totally honest and incredibly relatable way.  What truly struck a chord with me was her stories of being judged by others and judged by herself for not fitting the societal mold of ‘perfection’.  She generously shares her life experience as she paves the way for us all to think differently.  I’ve been following her for over a year and I have to say I think differently than I did before I met her.  She preaches how to show up in your life, and I’ve learned a lot about showing up in mine in my true skin. 

So she, just like my hot yoga, hot pilates, healthy diet, mindset molding, soul meditation, castor oil pack practice, gratitude practices and sleep hygiene, are all part of my daily practices that keep me expanding and inspired to do the work that I do. 

What she has helped me to realize and connect to is that her, like my patients and like myself, have all experienced judgments (oftentimes from ourselves) to live up to the status quo.  To roll with the Jones’s, whoever they are.  To be part of the ‘cool people’, the ‘in-crowd’ or the popular clique, ugh feels just like high school and I’m so over that, finally.

 Body Confidence Through Understanding

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Her food for thought is all about a movement known as the body confidence or body positivity movement.  I really prefer confidence because the energy of that simply feels less judgemental.   I am vibing to her message because I feel what I do is so similar.  I want to empower people to be body confident by being conscious of what their body is telling them.  This can start with your poo, getting to understand the clues that it gives you about the state of your health.  (If you haven’t downloaded the 50 Shades of Poo yet this is a great place to start)  And later we will delve deeper and deeper so that you have a vast understanding and love for yourself that allows you to own your throne, as I say.

The understanding that you are gifted by the divine with conscious thought, we are the only mammal with this ability!  This beautiful tool/gift that we have been given works for us only when we are focused on the present and in our hearts, taking all the signs and symptoms as blessings.  Yes, even the beautiful cellulite on your things.  I love that cottage cheese look so much.  Or your wrinkles, or how you go to the bathroom.  These are all signs to acknowledge and address in a way that is healthy and life-promoting for us so that we can live each moment showing up for ourselves and our loved ones, with the ability to digest our lives with ease and grace.

Inspiration Feeds the Soul

I feel it’s important for me to share who is inspiring me, because like I share what food is good for my body, A.K.A. papayas, more importantly, I want you to know what is feeding my soul. 

So my dear friends as you dive into your journey of enjoying some lime-bathed, salt-sprinkled papaya, leave some for the birds too.  Join these movements with us.  You can do so by following on Instagram, subscribing to her podcast and sharing us with all those you love (wouldn’t it be nice if you loved everyone you know? You can – it’s simply a choice)! 

You Have a Choice 

Speaking of choice, don’t you think it’s high time you choose confidence and consciousness in who you are, why you are here, and bring on the gifts that we have been given so we can serve the whole world? 

It’s time and it goes like this.  You either decide to be the designer of your destiny, by allowing stimulus that enlightens you, entertains you, helps you grow, helps you fall deeper and deeper in love with yourself every day no matter what type of package you come in, OR you choose to fall into the proverbial rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, falling into your fate, losing who you really are and feeling like there is no hope. 

Stop the digestive upset with food and how you are digesting the world. It’s papaya time!  Love and share this now! 

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Bruno Levecke,1 David J Buttle,2 Jerzy M Behnke,3 Ian R Duce,3 and Jozef Vercruysse Cysteine proteinases from papaya (Carica papaya) in the treatment of experimental Trichuris suis infection in pigs: two randomized controlled trials. Parasit Vectors. 2014; 7: 255. Published online 2014 May 30. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-255 PMCID: PMC4049439

Okeniyi JA1, Ogunlesi TAOyelami OAAdeyemi LA. Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis: a pilot study. J Med Food. 2007 Mar;10(1):194-6.

M. KugoL. KeterA. MaiyoJ. KinyuaP. NdemwaG. MainaP. Otieno, and E. M. Songok Fortification of Carica papaya fruit seeds to school meal snacks may aid Africa mass deworming programs: a preliminary survey. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018; 18: 327. Published online 2018 Dec 7. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2379-2 PMCID: PMC6286506

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the Microbiome | Part 2 | Dr. Marisol

Last week in my blog post,  Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the Microbiome | Part 1, we learned about the theories of Pasteur and Bernard, germ theory vs. terrain theory. And, contrary to popular belief in western medicine, it seems that the terrain is the most important aspect when managing the bug.

Probiotic Supplements – Do they Make Sense?

Let me put it in two clear examples for you. You’re told to take probiotics. One pill a day that has 50 billion bacteria. Does it really make sense that this is going to compensate for the 100 trillion bacteria that you have in your intestine? One pill. Wow, must be some kind of magical mystical pill.

What happens when you stop taking it or change your diet or lifestyle? You’re going to have to take way more probiotics if your lifestyle and environment becomes sicker, or way less if your lifestyle and environment becomes healthier. Capiche? Do you see why addressing the body as a whole makes way more sense?

Fecal Transplants – Do they Make Sense?

 What about the big buzz word these days, fecal transplants. They are probably more of a buzz because of their inherent shock factor.

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They make sense for the moment if you’re willing to be a candidate to put someone else’s poo into your body. In lab studies, transplanting an IBS patient’s stools into healthy mice actually gave the mice unhealthy metabolic profiles, different from the healthy stools1.

However, I caution… again, you can transplant the stools, but if your lifestyle and environment, your millieu changes, due to stress or the other factors, what happens is your microbiome will change too. Back to the beginning, no further ahead, only a little bit more full of shit (LOL!).

It’s so simple it hurts my head. I hope it’s hurting yours (not because I want to inflict pain, but I want your eyes to open!)

IBS as a Functional Disorder

In addition to all of this, irritable bowel syndrome is a FUNCTIONAL disturbance of the digestive tract. Does it not then beg for treatment that is functional in form, hence a SYSTEMS biology approach, and not one that reduces it down simply to the microbiome2?

The point of this whole blog is this….

IT’S ABOUT LOOKING AT THE BIG AND THE SMALL, SIMULTANEOUSLY.

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Because this is the natural logic in our living system. Some systems are grand and complex, like our hormonal regulatory system, and others are less complex and small, like a bacterium. But the reality is that because they all exist together, they must all work together.

The issue for Bernard was that his workings appreciated that we lived as a whole of our systems, and that physiological phenomena always seemed to find balance with highly defined set points. So now I’m encouraging you to think of the whole and not the parts in isolation when you’re considering what to do about your irritable bowel.

What would a systems/whole approach entail?

1. Get the Junk Out – Don’t Let It Pile Up

Terrain is, in effect, how we keep our bodies clean from the waste that perturbs its natural function. Think of it like this. If you kept the garbage piling up in your house, instead of packaging it and taking it to the curb, eventually you wouldn’t be able to get into your house to do the things that you need to. The body is no different. Whether the garbage comes from the byproducts of the microbiome, your own metabolism or the food that you eat, at the end of the day it’s all garbage.

Another analogy that I just love is thinking of the fish tank. A fish, in essence, swims in its own filth unless you clean out the tank. Think of the fish like one of your cells. It spits out, pisses and poops out what it doesn’t need into the water. If your body, or the fish tank, is never cleaned, you get scum build up. The scum that makes the glass cloudy and eventually makes it difficult for the fish, a.k.a. the cell, to survive. This is a good way to understand “le millieu liquide” as Bernard understood it.

The focus has shifted from keeping up on housekeeping rather than having a war on the virus. The premise is a strong system that is free of debris. Its “vital force” is intact and it is able to keep the balance between the good and the bad3.

2. Nurture It Like you Would a Garden

I look at it as if our body is a garden. We must feed it, give it water and light, sing to it, make it joyous, reduce the stress, try to avoid natural disasters and natural prey.

As any farmer will tell you, and I have had this conversation with many of my patients that are farmers… “You reap what you sow. If you put in good, you get out good, and more importantly, good takes time.”

We are not looking at dropping a nuke and killing off all the bugs, rather we are willing to put in the time day to day, to get good results. Farmers very much resonate with natural medicine and systems biology because they live it on a daily basis in their work, so it’s so very easy to extend it into their lives.

Our #1 Product to Help with Understanding what our Body is Saying

To help you figure out what the problem is, you fortunately have something very close at your disposable, a totally free assessment. Your stools are one of the best ways to understand what is going on inside your body.

Poop is classically known in our language as #2, but I firmly believe that it was mislabeled and should be called #1, as it is the most important product we produce. It gives us real-time knowledge about what is going on in our bodies. As long as we learn to poop, peek and then assess, we’ve got it all covered.

Our stools are the window into our digestion, absorption, and elimination. They show vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal, immune, and nervous system problems. They suggest inflammation, food sensitivities, excess mucus in the body. They are basically the owner’s manual to your health… If you know how to read them.

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Poo comes in all shapes and forms and sizes, and that is exactly how we like it because that’s how it is used as a guide to your body’s health. Whether it’s a cow plop or an Oktoberfest sausage… whether it sinks or floats… whether or not it smells like rotten eggs… They’re all key indications to the state of our health.

Start your gut health journey now and grab your complimentary check list to find out what the colour of your poo says about you in my gut health guide; 50 Shades of Poo!

Environments Have Timing, So Does your Poo

Another majorly important factor is timing. All systems have timing. With your stools, it’s incredibly important for them to work well and for you to track how often and when you go. The ideal is a 24-hour cycle. A longer stool timing is linked to increased allergy and food sensitivity4, as one example, but there is much more it is linked to.

Timing is everything. Even your microbiome is doing different things depending on the clues in your environment5, following the day and night cycle, or circadian rhythm. So it makes sense that when you’re working on your systems, or your terrain, to start with the most important cycle to optimize.

Change your Terrain – Fix your Irritable Bowel

So now, what are you thinking? Do you still want to target the microbiome? I doubt it! I think now you understand that you must fix the environment and the rest will follow (there are a few exceptions to this rule, so always make sure that you check with your health care provider for what is right for you).

Night Practice for Irritable Bowel Terrain Treatment

My most important medicines for the terrain are the oldest therapies of them all. Likely because they had their roots long ago when people were in tune with these vitalistic principles.

Nightly Restorative Sleep Practice

Sleep is the most important part of our day. So like I do with all of my patients, we start here. We do the majority of our house-work while we’re sleeping, unbeknownst to you… As long as you get a deep and regenerative sleep. Even the microbiome potentially follows the natural day and night cycles6!

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ help you to cope with Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

If you were like me, when I was in the stormy season of my irritable bowel, I couldn’t sleep for the life of me. Because of this, I was a mess emotionally and my WHOLE life felt like a mess, a hot mess. One of the top complaints made by irritable bowel syndrome sufferers is fatigue. And this is no surprise because if your body is confused with its hormones, nutrient deficiencies and microbiome mayhem, how can you get a good night sleep?

 

These are the most important tips:

  • Cool your room
  • Complete darkness
  • Your bed is for sex and sleep only – try having sex before sleep that’ll help you doze off into never, never land
  • Don’t eat for at least 2 hours before bed
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages past 3 pm (coffee, tea, green tea, pop, energy drinks)
  • Alcohol – don’t over do it, it’ll wake you
  • Create a routine every night, the same thing
  • Journal for one page, write down what you need to do tomorrow and 3 things that you are grateful for
  • Wear an eye mask like the one in the Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ – this helps to naturally promote melatonin7 which does wonders for your sleep!
  • Use your castor oil pack!

Castor Oil Packs – A Legendary Terrain Treatment

Castor Oil Packs deserve special mention. So many of us go to bed stressed out and worried about the next day. So we tumble, toss and turn, and do nothing but hyper worry about the day we just had and what’s to come.

When you place a castor oil pack on your body it immediately switches your system into the relaxed state. Ah, zen time for me. So you can sleep and heal and reap the benefits. Get your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack Pack™ and 500ml Castor Oil Bundle!

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On top of it, there are so many wonderful actions of the pack that help your body to do the clean up during the night. They help to:

  1. Reduce inflammation and improve the alkalinity of your body8 9
  2. Enhance antioxidants like glutathione that help your body to cleanse10
  3. Move the bowels – typically the next morning you’re happy to let go of a load!11 12
  4. Breakdown biofilm – a barrier created by the bad bugs of the microbiome. Getting rid of this gunk allows you to heal your gut 13 14
  5. Don’t forget they help you to relax15 16 so you can sleep!

Your sleep will be regenerative, healthy, fulfilling, and satisfying. You’ll be ready to take on your day. Most importantly, you will have done the important step of helping to reset your terrain while you sleep.

NEXT STEPS

My hope is that you start by looking at what your poo is saying about you and that you begin to address the ever-important sleep function of your body. I love the saying, “cleanliness is next to godliness”, and starting these practices are the very first steps to getting your body in a better, healthier, and cleaner state. 

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Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

References:

1 De Palma G1, Lynch MD2, Lu J1, Dang VT3, Deng Y1, Jury J1, Umeh G1, Miranda PM1, Pigrau Pastor M1, Sidani S1, Pinto-Sanchez MI1, Philip V1, McLean PG4, Hagelsieb MG5, Surette MG1, Bergonzelli GE4, Verdu EF1, Britz-McKibbin P3, Neufeld JD2, Collins SM1, Bercik P6. Transplantation of fecal microbiota from patients with irritable bowel syndrome alters gut function and behavior in recipient mice. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Mar 1;9(379). pii: eaaf6397. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf6397.

2 Şimşek I1. Irritable bowel syndrome and other functional gastrointestinal disorders. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2011 Aug;45 Suppl:S86-8. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31821fbd6f.

3 Normandin S1. Claude Bernard and an introduction to the study of experimental medicine: “physical vitalism,” dialectic, and epistemology.  J Hist Med Allied Sci. 2007 Oct;62(4):495-528. Epub 2007 Jun 18.

4 Pali-Schöll I1,2, Untersmayr E3, Klems M4, Jensen-Jarolim E5,6. The Effect of Digestion and Digestibility on Allergenicity of Food. Nutrients. 2018 Aug 21;10(9). pii: E1129. doi: 10.3390/nu10091129.

5 Nobs SP1, Tuganbaev T1, Elinav E2,3. Microbiome diurnal rhythmicity and its impact on host physiology and disease risk.EMBO Rep. 2019 Mar 15. pii: e47129. doi: 10.15252/embr.201847129. [Epub ahead of print]

6 Liang X1, FitzGerald GA2. Timing the Microbes: The Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Microbiome. J Biol Rhythms. 2017 Dec;32(6):505-515. doi: 10.1177/0748730417729066. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

7 Hu RF1, Jiang XY, Chen J, Zeng Z, Chen XY, Li Y, Huining X, Evans DJ. Non-pharmacological interventions for sleep promotion in the intensive care unit. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Oct 6;(10):CD008808. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008808.pub2.

8 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8.

9  Grady H. Immunomodulation through castor oil packs. The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. Volume 7 Jan 1 1998; 7(1): 84-9

10  Holm T1, Brøgger-Jensen MR, Johnson L, Kessel L. Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013.

11  Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18.

12  Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptorsProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184.Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109PMID: 22615395

13  Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1. Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.

14  Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334.

15  Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19.

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How Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances are Messing With Your IBS

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Food is foundational to our lives. What do we do when our food is causing us problems? With my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I was always trying to follow my diet and figure out what was triggering my symptoms. The thing was, I wasn’t like others and that was one of the bottlenecks that was keeping me stuck. Also the fact that I had to stay on a specific diet, which as you know is very difficult when you’re in pain and just want to eat your comfort food. From clinical practice and personal experience this is what I found to be the best way to modify your food choices when you are living with IBS.

Food as a Fixation when you have IBS 

I know I know, I too was super obsessed with my diet. I definitely googled it a variety of times, ‘what should I eat, what should I do?’

When you wake up in the morning with a flat stomach, put something in your mouth and BOOM!, you are 4 months pregnant, this does not make for a happy life. It’s proven that the quality of life for people dealing with irritable bowel syndrome is truly in the gutter1.

Food – Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Friend

Food should be our friend. It is supposed to nourish us, help us live well, and give us life. We get protein, fats and carbohydrates from our foods. These give us the building blocks to create the communication messengers of our bodies, like hormones, neurotransmitters, digestive enzymes and immune messengers. These are all created from the proteins, fats and carbohydrates that we ingest. Food is a messenger and it commands and tells our body what to do. 

How Communication Works in the Gut

The gut is so genius, that it can function completely on its own if it needed to. It has its own nervous system known as the enteric nervous system that responds to stimulus, like the food you are eating and pressure from volume of the food. It understands the messages because it has endocrine receptors2, yes that’s right, endocrine is another word for HORMONES. These receptors take in the stimulus from what you are eating to help you go about your day in a healthy way.

The only problem is that in irritable bowel syndrome, there is likely an issue with these receptors not working so well and this causes issues.

Why Food Irritates your Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

If you’ve been dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, you are one of the 14-20% of the world’s population that may blame it on the following foods:

  • Spicy Foods
  • Caffeine
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Wheat and Gluten Products
  • Meats (but not all meats)
  • Cabbage and Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Onion Family Vegetables
  • Peas and Beans
  • Fried Foods
  • Smoked Food

This is just to name a few. But there has been some kind of correlation to food3.

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Why should Food be One of the First Things you Address in IBS? 

Believe it or not, food is a strong messenger. It commands what our body should and shouldn’t do. It also provides antioxidants, nutrients and everything that we need to have our system working well and being protected. When you’re dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, part of how you’re feeling, (the fatigue, the stress) is because your body isn’t being nourished properly. You are feeling the backlash of that.

Food – Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Foe

As much as food is the ultimate giver of life, it is also the ultimate stressor. If there are foods that you don’t do well with, then instead of giving you life they take it away. They are like a poison. If you haven’t been able to figure out what your aggravators and irritants are, I hope that in this blog you’ll get a good idea of your next steps.

Why your IBS Food Triggers Might be Different than what they Say in the Studies 

Your food foe is unique to you. In tummy trials, there is a significant different between scientific validity for foods that cause problems and the patient’s lived experience4. Which means that patients seem to experience food triggers differently than what it says in the studies. I know that for me this was absolutely the truth.

Gluten and Wheat Products Weren’t my Problems? What???!!

Gluten and wheat weren’t my triggers. Ironically, a food that was being highly recommended at the time for cleansing and healthy diets was rice. However, for me being of Spanish origin and genetic background, the over consumption of rice in my family throughout my life had created a sensitivity in my body. I had been over exposed to this “health” food and because of this it was a ‘food foe’ and not a ‘food friend’.

Wheat, on the other hand, the villain of all diets, was well tolerated and I could eat it without experiencing symptoms.

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So How Do you Know what your Food Triggers Are? 

There are a few ways to figure this out. They include diet diaries, elimination diets or testing of food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

It’s incredible that 70% of irritable bowel syndrome patients correlate their symptoms to foods5. Ironically, the most common foods that people avoid, which may be the case for you, are the likely villains of wheat, dairy, citrus fruit, caffeine and alcohol. But removing these often show little to no improvement or change6.

Do Diet Diaries Work?

Food elimination diets and diet diaries are actually the gold standard to help figure out what foods may be bothering your system. The biggest problem is that they are super hard to follow through on. I have seen this time and time again in clinical practice and in all honesty in myself as well. I attempt to do it, because it makes sense to do it, but you lose track, you get confused, and you’re unsure what caused what and then it’s just frustrating and a total disaster. Been there, done that, saw too many patients do it too. Plus it’s supported by the literature that it is an ineffective way to do things.

Why? Because you are not a scientist, and you can’t do a scientifically rigorous experiment to actually get it right. Plus there are too many uncertainties in life and this is what the research discloses7. Touché, I’m a naturopathic doctor and neither can I. I’m human, just like you. So why guess? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve counselled patients to invest in knowing.

This is why for me, when it came to food, I opted to get food sensitivity and allergy testing done. Intolerances you know because it is pretty immediate. Let’s find out the difference and why it’s important to know.

The Difference Between Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities and Food Intolerances

I commonly notice that my patients and I (until I learned better, which took time) really don’t have a solid understanding of the differences between food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

What does this have to do with IBS? Well, everything. You see, because food is affecting us in a certain way, the reaction could be immediate, within 72 hours. Or maybe the reaction is so far removed from your gut you don’t even know that you have a problem with it. So we need to figure out the mechanism of action to help improve what is happening.

Food Allergies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

These typically react immediately. I always explain it as being just like a peanut allergy. These are common in children these days, they can get exposure by touch, air and through food, depending on how sensitive you are to them. Then BOOM, throat closes, hives appear, swelling all around the face, eyes and throat.

This is an outright medical emergency, requiring immediate epinephrine and a trip to the hospital. To a lesser degree, these allergies could manifest within 24 hours with mild to moderate swelling and are less worrisome. Food allergy is commonly tested by the skin scratch test and are an IgE mediated reaction8.

Food Sensitivities and Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

This is my jam, I love food sensitivity testing! I was sick and struggling with food for a long time and this testing was my saving grace. I had visited countless naturopaths and doctors and no one had tested me. I spent thousands, not hundreds, of dollars on supplements and treatments and none were working because I wasn’t doing my due diligence. I was eliminating what everyone else was sensitive to.

However, sensitivities are extremely personal. They have to do with exposure over time as well as cultural and genetic factors. It’s very hard to deduce them until you see them on paper.

Healthy Foods can be Sensitivities

As I mentioned above, rice was my villain, yet it was what I was consuming daily. It’s funny when things are brought to light and they make a lot of sense. I’m Spanish, so rice is a staple in  the cultural dishes, such as paella. Needless to say I’m confident that my entire life I likely ate rice with most of my meals, including refried at breakfast. Oy! So when I finally asked a naturopathic doctor that I was shadowing to test me, it all made perfect sense. I was doing these cleansing diets, all laden with rice and feeling like my world was ending. I thought I was never ever going to beat IBS or get better, only worse.

So to prevent this, in my practice find it beneficial for all of my patients to get this testing, especially those with IBS. It not only serves to demonstrate overexposure and your immune system’s overreaction to foods (as it tests IgG) but if those foods are eliminated as compared to not, symptoms in IBS may improve9.

Queen of the Thrones® Dr. Marisol ND. explains the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

Sensitivities are REALLY hard to pinpoint. Very difficult because they are sneaky. They don’t always create symptoms in your gut, they can show up on your skin as eczema or rashes, in your mind as depression or anxiety, or manifest as fatigue or hormone and metabolic derangement. They can create low grade chronic inflammation and directly affect your gut and be accompanied by loose stools, constipation, nausea and even vomiting.

The biggest issue is that the reaction can manifest up to 72 hours after eating a food, which you can imagine makes it quite difficult to deduce which food could be your personal villain.

Is Food Sensitivity Testing Valid? 

Many critics of food sensitivity testing argue its validity10. They say that yes, you can measure your body’s reaction to these sensitivities, but they discuss that an IgG response for food sensitivities is a naturally occuring phenomena and over time creates tolerance and desensitization11 12.

The way I look at it is this, you can be tolerant to something, but that sure doesn’t mean that you are happy with it or that it isn’t doing you any harm. So if you’re tolerant with your husband who is cheating on you, or coworker that is constantly putting you down, or your mother in law that criticizes your every move, is this not causing some level of stress in your system? I do believe so.

Food Sensitivity Testing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

With irritable bowel syndrome being so complicated and multifactorial, it’s important to reduce and remove as many things as possible so that you can find out what is causing your system stress. Otherwise you’re just gangbusters and in the wild west of craziness.

Your ability to manage stress is like a fine glass of wine, you can fill it up only so much. If you keep on adding wine (or adding stress), guess what? It is going to overflow into a whole bunch of other systems and your gut is the one that feels it the most, as we clearly know the link between stress and irritable bowel syndrome13.

I believe that the validity of critics or those that take food sensitivities as the end all be all of your treatment may be what is causing this uncomfortable reputation for food sensitivities. But I urge you to look at the whole picture, and food sensitivities are part of YOUR picture and your reaction to food. Also, there are some labs that perform tests to help you discover certain food sensitivities.

Do you Have to Retest your Food Sensitivities? 

Oh and by the way, everyone thinks that you test this once in your life and never again. This is not the case at all. As with all testing, it’s not perfect. It’s not a one time thing either. You will need to retest, usually in about 1-2 years. If you have been avoiding those foods that marked from medium to high immune reactivity, my experience and others14 has been that it will help a great deal.

**Please note that this is not a replacement test for IgE or food allergy testing. If you suspect that you or your child may have severe, life threatening allergies, please always make sure to consult your doctor for all your health care needs**.

Food Intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

As compared to food allergies and food sensitivities, food intolerances tend to be a breeze to deal with. As both food allergies and sensitivities are mediated by your immune system and based more specifically on a reaction to protein in your foods, food intolerances are an inability to absorb carbohydrates. As an example, lactose intolerance is when your body is missing the ability to digest the carbohydrate lactose, found in milk15. You are more than likely familiar with dairy intolerance.

Fructose intolerance is also common. The popular Fodmaps diet, which up to now has shown evidence of improvement in short term for irritable bowel syndrome16, is based on an intolerance or avoidance of carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that aggravate digestive symptoms.

The issue with intolerance is if it can’t be broken down and absorbed, then it stays in the intestine and becomes fermented by bacteria and yeasts as a source of food. What should be feeding you, feeds the dysbiosis in your intestine. This is a major aggravating factor for pain and bloating in irritable bowel syndrome.

Where to Go From Here? What Would be the Best Strategy to Take?

The number one strategy that is the most important is to try reducing as much stress as possible that is occurring in your gut and in your life.

1. Skip Breakfast! Intermittent Fasting

Yes, that’s right! Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact for those with irritable bowel syndrome, since they already have a high level of cortisol in the a.m., higher than healthy subjects, it could be very beneficial to fast. This is a practice known as intermittent fasting that I have used both in my clinical practice and personally.

Firstly, skipping breakfast avoids many common supposed irritants of the digestive tract because most breakfasts are a combination of dairy/wheat/egg.

With intermittent fasting you eat less times per day, and only eat within an 8 hour period. Eating less frequently equals less reactivity when you do eat. So this is one way to reduce the irritation on the gut mucosal membrane.

2. Drink Green Tea Instead of Coffee 

During the morning fasting period, it’s ideal if you ditch your coffee. Coffee promotes the stress response, which is a no-no for those with irritable bowel syndrome. Switch it for green tea! Green tea heals the gut lining, improves the microbiome and stimulates you like a coffee, but relaxes you at the same time, negating the cortisol spike that may occur. Highest quality Organic Loose Leaf Estate Green Tea is now available on the Queen of the Thrones® Canadian shop and Pique Tea also carries a delicious organic green tea!

3. Castor oil Packs For Stress Reduction, Absorption, Reduced Inflammation and Better Bowel Movements 

This practices not only calms the nervous system so that you can see improvement17 18, but also helps with reduction of inflammation19 in the intestine. Castor Oil Packs help with improving your microbiome20 and regulation of your bowels21, so if anything is irritating them, it helps them to come out. More importantly, it helps to improve how you digest and absorb. In terms of food, this helps to reduce the irritability of the foods you may be eating that can affect you negatively. Get your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack and 500 ml Castor Oil™ and start to improve your gut health.

4. Fix your Sleep Patterns

Your natural rhythm is extremely important to your healing and to the health of your gut. The first step is to get your body to produce its own factors for sleep. It’s so easy to do! Wear an eye mask to bed that supports an increase in melatonin22 in the body and better hormonal, immune and nervous system balance. Castor Oil Packs help to also promote great sleep so get into a pattern of putting your pack and eye mask on before bed! Get your Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ now for a better sleep.

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4. Start Investigating Diets Beneficial for IBS 

Fodmaps, my Dysbiotic Diet (otherwise known as the Fermentation-Free Diet and Bloat Be Gone Diet) are all excellent ways to address your food dilemma. I would personally investigate what you feel would be best for you. Each of these work significantly better if you know what you are allergic, sensitive and intolerant to because then you can pick that which is suited best to you. Later on you can get into other more specific diets, after you have your food sensitivities tested.

5. Before You Eat, Be Grateful

Be grateful, like saying grace. Use the Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet as a way to learn how to relax before you eat. Just relaxing your system and having a calm body before you accept food will significantly improve your digestion and the amount of stress that food causes to your body.

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6. Find Out what your Poo Says About you

Download the first step to understanding the weaknesses in your body, the 50 Shades of Poo. Getting to know how to analyze our stools for signs of nutrient deficiencies, digestive issues and hormonal imbalances is one of the easiest ways to figure out what’s going on inside our bodies.

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