What to eat after appendicitis

High fat and high protein diet affects the gut microbiome

Within one month of going on a Keto diet, I developed appendicitis.  After the appendectomy, the surgeon said the appendicitis was probably caused by a sudden change to a high fat high protein diet.

It was unfortunate for me too, that I suffered for a month afterwards with Peritonitis cramps. I was trusting doctors and dieticians, to give me good advice on how to recover from my operation after I went home.

They didn’t advise correct diet, considering that I now had a sensitive gut; and after presenting myself back to my GP, all he offered was tests, ultrasound, painkillers, anti-spasmodics, and immodium and the like. Drugs! They just didn’t know the right things to advise.

At no time did anyone medical say: “Ok you have Peritonitis. Your gut is really sensitive right now, so eat like a baby, pure food, like what you would eat after a bout of gastroenteritis”.
Really, how removed from medicine, would it have been, to say something like this?

Medical professionals are only allowed to offer drugs. And we patients are getting a raw deal, when we could have been helped,  but they are too restricted in their profession to say anything outside of drugs could be used as medicine. What about Food as Medicine?

It took me a few weeks to realise I had to help myself. Start reading my body signals, what it was saying to me…

Cut out normal adult food. If you bring it back you will get stomach cramps and diarrhea. Therefore I changed to watery soups and mashed fresh veges, boiled chicken, NO spices, herbs or rice or bread or tea or coffee, and most definitely gluten free.  No sugar or flour. Like a Coeliac, eat no gluten or anything out of a tin, bottle or packet. Herbal Tea allowed.

The moment I ate pure and fresh – my pains went away with the very next meal time. Go figure.

So I would advise any readers, to pass on this info if you hear of anyone with the same issue. I searched on the internet but nobody knew why they were getting cramps after an appendectomy. That is astounding!

An Alternative Health Consultant advised me this:

“Get some good naturopathic medicine as your gut microbiome will be compromised with all the antibiotics from the operation so your immune system will be “vulnerable”. Your body is also getting used to having no appendix which is the storehouse of the master set of your good bugs for your microbiome. So your body needs some help.”

So now I finally found out that the peritonitis was caused by losing the appendix which was the storehouse for the good bugs for my microbiome.

Correct treatment: Pure – boiled or mashed vege food, and Probiotics.

After a few weeks, gradually reintroduce normal food again.

What is a Microbiome?

According to Merriam-webster.com Dictionary a Microbiome is:

  • a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the human body
  • The intestinal microbiome consists of the microorganisms that inhabit the gut.—Clara Abraham et al.,  The New England Journal of Medicine,  19 Nov. 2009
  • Collectively known as the microbiome, this community may play a role in regulating one’s risk of obesity, asthma and allergies. —Carrie Arnold,  Scientific American,  March 2012

Read this latest:

Latest research shows Keto diet a high risk. If you are considering Keto then read this first: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-02-20/high-fat-diets-do-no-favors-for-your-gut-bacteria

On this page linked above, Nutritionist Heller said “Fad diets rich in animal fats — such as ‘Keto’ or ‘Paleo’ — over time, are likely to be deleterious to the gut microbiome and subsequently increase the risk of inflammation and chronic diseases,” Heller said.

To keep your microbiome happy and healthy, Heller recommended eating more vegetables, legumes, fruits, grains and nuts, while avoiding processed meats, limiting red meat and cheese, and balancing your intake of fats, carbohydrates and protein.

Results of the study were published online Feb. 2019 in the journal Gut.

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