At the very beginning of my IBD diagnosis Tom’s mum Caroline recommended I went to see one of her best friends who is a homeopath. Homeopathy is something I have never explored before and something I was fairly naive about. However, we are now in October and I have been seeing her more or less once a month since April – this is definitely something I will go into more detail about in another blog post, the holistic approach to my IBD. But today I want to talk to you about a supplement she prescribed me called ‘L-Glutamine’… (this was not prescribed to me straight away, I think it was around session 2/3, after other healing had been addressed).
L-Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids that are essential for the healthy functioning of your body and brain. Some of its functions are:
- The promotion of muscle growth
- The assistance of brain and digestive health
- Ability to lower blood sugar levels (can be helpful in Type 2 diabetes cases)
- Decrease fat
- Reduce symptoms related to anxiety – moodiness, depression, sleeplessness and irritability
- And improving athletic performance
Compared to the other 20 amino acids L-Glutamine is found at higher rates in the bloodstream and contributes to around 30% of the “amino acid” nitrogen in the blood.
In terms of directly ‘healing the gut’ L-Glutamine is naturally within the body, it can help improve the gut lining and the ability to keep out pathogens, toxins from food and particles which are too large. When someone is suffering from a chronic illness, such as an autoimmune disease like Inflammatory Bowel Disease their Glutamine levels can be lowered. Which is one of the main reasons that my homeopath prescribed it to me, but also there has been positive research with the link to taking L-Glutamine and digestive health problems such as IBD, IBS and Leaky Gut. (All information has come from this article, I have rewritten and condensed it for the purposes of this blog and IBD). There are also many other health benefits and information which can be found in the article linked above.
The brand I am using is the one pictured above – Lamberts – since May/June I have bought 2 lots of the 500mg capsules. Although I think in the very near future I am going to switch to the powder form as it is cheaper, and easily mixed with drinks/food and you can get a higher dose which is considered to be more effective. However, it is worth nothing that it is important to build yourself up from a lower dosage to a higher one. I started off taking 1.5g a day (3 tablets) and I am now up to 6 tablets a day (3g). I often take them first thing in the morning, after lunch and right before bed – this fits in nicely with my other supplements and medication.
So – I have been taking it now for 6 months, and whether it is directly linked to L-Glutamine or other supplements/medication/change of diet, I am well on the road to recovery. Since starting my course of Prednisilone in April I haven’t had a single loose bowel movement, – impressive no? I sleep incredibly well, could again be the L-Glutamine or the fact that I love sleep 😊 I would honestly recommend this product, however not without consulting your doctor/homeopath first.
Please ask any more questions below and I will reply and hopefully be able to answer 😊