I recently found that I am zinc and calcium deficient and have sensitivity to gluten and dairy. But why? Apparently mineral deficiencies could be a sign of leaky gut as well as food sensitivities. I have a theory that this could be caused by the candida outbreak I had for a good year or so, which likely punctured my gut. Now things like gluten and dairy have been targeted by my immune system, while I never had issues with those foods before. The systemic inflammation that leaky gut causes could also explain why every doctor I go to says my heart is having problems and now my adrenals are too. I have an appointment this Saturday and I'm going to bring this up. I'm fucking tired of missing the entire picture.What kind of heart problems are the docs seeing in you? Let us know what you find out with the leaky gut angle. Some people are able to eliminate gluten or dairy and get miraculous results. Others eliminate just about every kind of food and never do get better. Hope yours is an easy case.
I never get a clear diagnosis. Just "yeah your heart is having some trouble". If I go to a conventional MD, he's going to want to put me on blood pressure meds - no thanks. If I got to holistic, here in NY they're not allowed to make a diagnosis "you have XX syndrome/disease/disorder", they can only tell me what they see wrong and help treat it. It is entirely frustrating.
For the gluten part, I started an order for paleo food from a place that caters to athletes and people obviously interested in optimal nutrition, and they guarantee their food to be gluten, soy, dairy, and corn free, and hormone free chicken and wild caught seafood only. They deliver to my crossfit gym where people are clearly interested in clean food. I don't cook so I try to get healthy takeout but I still have no idea if there are shitty oils used or gluten, etc. I'm at least hopefully making a start here by eliminating those inflammatory foods with this place, and the monthly cost is approx. the same for what I'm paying for takeout everyday anyway so at least it won't break the bank anymore than I already was.
Regarding leaky gut, I asked the doctor and based on my stool test I did back in March, it included a total secretory IgA in there, and it came back normal. He said this test was more geared towards parasites instead of inflammatory markers, but a normal sIgA is enough to rule out leaky gut. I did some research and it seems that could be the case. I might want to just do a blood zonulin test though to double check and ease my mind.
Something interesting I found about zinc deficiency was poor wound healing. Over the last few instances where I did cut myself or injure myself, I definitely noticed that exorbitant length of time it took to heal. For instance, I scraped the top of my foot on a rock on the beach while swimming to shore. It took about 2 weeks to heal from it (what would normally take 1 week for me) and be able to take the scabs off, and there is still a leftover blood spot on it, like it didn't complete the healing. And several times in crossfit when I drop the barbell, it bounces up and scrapes my shins. Those tiny cuts take forever to heal too!