If you didn’t already know, Ankylosing Spondylitis has a lot of stomach related implications. I was diagnosed with A.S. after years of back pain and stiffness, but also after years of diarrhea and stomach problems. Despite all the physical symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis sucking so bad, the one I found to be the most frustrating was fatigue. Inflammation causes fatigue in general, which is why a few NSAIDS or a TNF-a blocker can feel like a shot of energy. Guess what though? Once I got my inflammation under control, I found most of my fatigue related symptoms to be related to my stomach and my eating habits.
Specifically, I was always exhausted after I ate a meal. I ended up fixing this problem, almost completely, through changes in diet and supplementation. I’m no scientist though, and I’m certainly no doctor. I’m just telling you, this is what worked to help me stop experiencing after meal fatigue with my Ankylosing Spondylitis.
These three steps will help get your after meal fatigue under control, and out of your life forever.
Number One: Stop eating dairy and wheat.
Yeah, this sucks almost as bad as Ankylosing Spondylitis itself. I don’t know why or how this is the way it is, but if you want to avoid years of unnecessary anguish, just stop eating dairy and wheat. Doctors told me it wouldn’t help to stop. Google told me it wouldn’t help to stop. Friends told me it wouldn’t help to stop. In the end, I decided to stop anyway and tried the dairy-free / wheat-free life. It turns out everyone was wrong after-all. Getting my Ankylosing Spondylitis under control meant giving up dairy and wheat. Just trust me on this. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end.
Number Two: Eat meals that are seventy percent vegetables.
My meals are basically seventy percent vegetables, five percent carbs (like rice), and twenty percent meat. I can’t tell you why this is the way it is, but it works awesome for me. I guess our parents were right; we should be eating a bunch of vegetables all the time. I will talk more about these first two points when I start working on my A.S. diet guide.
Number Three: Take digestive enzymes after you eat. Especially after meat, wheat, or dairy.
If you’re feeling fatigue after you eat, this is the supplement for you. I know for a fact that this works for all sorts of people, even without Ankylosing Spondylitis. It’s normal to feel some amount of tiredness after a big meal, but if you’re reading this right now you probably know what kind of fatigue I’m talking about. I’m talking about a fatigue so deep that you can barely keep your eyes open after you eat.
I want to recommend two supplements here. They are both similar, but not entirely the same. Let’s start with what’s the same. These are both digestive enzymes. It is not uncommon for someone with Ankylosing Spondylitis to have a major lack of stomach acid; or at-least a major lack of the appropriate enzymes to efficiently break down food. This seems to be due in part to an overgrowth of klebsiella. If you eat food, and lack the required enzymes to break down that food, you are going to have a huge host of stomach issues in addition to fatigue. Before I started taking these after each meal, I was tired and had diarrhea on the regular. So both of these supplements supply you with enzymes to help you break down your food after you eat. I’m not a scientist, so I can’t tell you all the little details about why these work. I can only tell you that they do.
The Hydro-Zyme provides digestive support via supplemental Betaine hydrochloride, Pepsin, Pancreatin, along with other known synergists. I take two of these after each meal when I’m eating a healthy non dairy, no wheat, food. Some people will tell you take four of these after each meal. The general, albeit non-scientific, rule is this; if you start to feel a burning sensation after you take these you are taking too much. So work your way backwards at that point.
The Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes is basically a buffet of digestive enzymes to help you break down every kind of food you can imagine from ice cream to bread. I don’t think you should be eating wheat or dairy if you have Ankylosing Spondylitis, because these foods make everything suck worse for me. However, we’re all human, and even I enjoy these kinds of foods from time to time. That’s where this supplement comes in. If I ate a “cheat” meal that I know is going to make me feel bad, I will take these specific capsules to help alleviate some of the symptoms and avoid the crash.
This pill didn’t give me any negative side effects. If you experience a burning sensation in your stomach, you need to be taking less of this stuff, or you may not need it at all. That’s the tell!