When food is not the only contributor to your digestive distress and anxiety.
Food is by far the major reason for digestive distress, but sometimes there are other contributing factors, factors such as pyroluria.
What is Pyroluria?
When the body forms haemoglobin waste products are formed called kryptopyrroles, most people excrete them via the urine, however in approximately ten per cent of the population the kryptopyrroles do not get excreted, and build up in the body. When this happens it is considered that you have a condition that is called pyroluria.
The kryptopyrroles bind strongly with vitamin B6, and zinc, making them unavailable for use by the body. This can then cause major toxicity problems with copper, as zinc and copper compete in the body for the same receptor space, which then causes a major mineral imbalance. Zinc and B6 are critical for the functioning of your entire body including digestion, immunity, cognitive function, and emotional health.
Pyroluria is a genetic metabolic condition, with as many as 50% of those with autism, 40% of alcoholics, 70% of schizophrenics, 70% of people with depression and 30% of people struggling with ADD having an underlying pyroluria problem.
What are the symptoms?
In general, the symptoms of pyroluria can be quite clear if you know what to look for, and unfortunately may lead to lifelong issues with severe inner tension, ongoing anxiety, poor stress tolerance, digestive issues, difficulty digesting protein, frequent colds and infections, joint pain or stiffness, acne, scoliosis, eczema or psoriasis, mood swings and reactivity, poor short term memory, and a tendency in many to lean towards being a loner…among many other potential symptoms. Over time deficiencies can really take their toll on the way you feel and function and have serious consequences. Often people will go for years suffering the effects of undiagnosed pyroluria.
Take the pyroluria quiz now, if you answer yes to more than fifteen of the following questions, I would strongly recommend that you get tested for pyroluria.
Do you have little or no dream recall?
Are there white spots on your fingernails?
Do you have a poor appetite in the morning?
Do you feel nauseous in the morning?
Is your skin pale/you do not tan well/burn easily in the sun?
Are you sensitive to bright light?
Are you hypersensitive to loud noises?
Do you have reading difficulties/dyslexia?
Do you have a poor ability to deal with stress?
Do you have mood swings or temper outbursts?
Do you tend to be dramatic?
Are you argumentative or enjoy an argument?
Do you find changes in routine e.g travelling particularly stressful?
Are you more alert and have a higher capability in the evening than the morning?
Do you have a poor short term memory?
Do you have abnormal body fat distribution?
Do you belong to an all-girl family with sisters who look similar?
Do you have dry skin?
Are you anxious?
Did you reach puberty later than normal?
Do you have difficulty digesting food, a dislike of protein, or a history of vegetarianism?
Do you tend to be a loner and or avoid large groups of people?
Do you have stretch marks on your skin?
Do you have a poor sense of smell or taste?
Do you feel uncomfortable with strangers?
Do you frequently experience fatigue?
Do you have a tendency to overreact to pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol or recreational drugs, e.g a little produces a powerful response?
Do you have a tendency towards anaemia?
Do you have a history of mental illness or alcoholism in the family?
Are you easily upset by criticism?
Do you notice a sweet smell or fruity odour on your breath when ill or stressed?
Are you prone to acne, eczema or psoriasis?
Eeek sounds like I have pyroluria, what can I do about it?
The first step is to get tested, I can supply you with a referral for a urinary kryptopyrrole test, once we have the results, we may then run a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis to check for mineral imbalance and copper toxicity, as well as a blood test for copper and zinc levels. As soon as we have all of the results we can then supplement you with the correct forms of zinc and vitamin B6, and as well often those that have pyroluria have a greater need for omega 6 fatty acids such as evening primrose oil.
With appropriate supplementation and stress management mild cases of pyroluria tend to respond quickly. More severe cases tend to experience gradual improvement over a period of several months. The fortunate part of pyroluria is that supplementation helps dramatically, the unfortunate part is that supplementation is a life long necessity.