Richard, I took your advice, and am impressed at the dramatic results in such a short time period.
We didn’t have any scotch in the house, so I substituted tequila. Wow, sipping on straight tequila was a bit much, so I made a pitcher of NorCal margaritas. I figured more fluids via the club soda could only help, and the lime and salt would provide much needed micronutrients and electrolytes.
Now, this was the very first time I have intentionally skipped dinner. My intermittent fasts have always involved skipping breakfast. I know, not very intermittent, right? Anyway, the effects were astounding!
Sometimes I feel a slight boost in mental clarity or energy levels when I skip breakfast; this afternoon/evening fast was entirely different. After several hours of nothing but NorCal margaritas, I felt euphoric. I wouldn’t say I gained mental clarity (kind of the opposite, actually), but I felt super upbeat, and – weird – my sense of humor was enhanced. I think this must have been the ketones kicking in.
The euphoria didn’t last very long, unfortunately – is it possible I burned through my ketones too quickly? I then started feeling some gastric distress. Different from the heartburn/pressure/dyspepsia feeling I’ve been having, though, so I think that’s a positive sign. I ended up vomiting copious amounts. I suspect the fructose in the lime juice gave the bacteria in my small intestine too much fuel, and that’s what caused the nausea. I will definitely leave the lime out next time; even though it’s a sour fruit, there must have been enough carbs and fructose to feed the bugs. I’m sure I wouldn’t have puked if it wasn’t for the lime. Lesson learned.
Everyone has been bragging about great sleep on PS – well, my tequila fast accomplished the same thing, I’m happy to report! After the vomiting, I experienced a profound calmness. I was so relaxed I actually fell over a couple of times! Then I fell asleep right on the bathroom floor, and slept soundly and deeply without even the comfort of a bed. Usually I need a certain kind of pillow to sleep well, but last night my head was just wedged behind the toilet, and I felt too comfortable to even move.
Until this morning, anyway. I feel simply awful this morning, which can only mean that there there has been a massive die-off of the unwelcome bacteria in my small bowel. I was hoping to starve them out, but I had no idea it could happen so quickly!
I think we may have stumbled across the perfect treatment for folks who can’t tolerate PS due to SIBO. After I clean up the vomit and broken glass, I’ll go post my experience at Dr. BG’s blog. Who needs 7 steps to heal SIBO now? What a waste of time. Tequila fast is the way to go!