In part treatment of this disorder involves minimizing Zinc and overall nutrient loss. In this article im going to talk about some of the common factors which cause Zinc loss.
Stress is a major factor in depletion of nutrients, let alone in someone who suffers from Pyrrole disorder. Research shows that stress significantly raises levels of Pyrroles in the blood, which in turn causes more loss of these nutrients such as Zinc and Vitamin B6.
Reducing stress is an integral part to managing Pyrrole disorder, examples of helpful techniques include meditation, deep breathing exercises, partaking in activities you enjoy, laughing and any activity which stimulates the para-sympathetic branch of the nervous system.
Alcohol & Recreational Drugs
Secondary to stress, alcohol and recreational drug use are two of the most common factors in further depleting zinc and other nutrients. Alcoholism and recreational drug use is very common in those who suffer from Pyroluria and is a self-medication response.
However alcohol use in particular causes a severe loss of Zinc and other nutrients heavily involved in the function of the nervous system and adrenal glands such as Magnesium and the B Complex Vitamins. Which is why many with Pyroluria typically feel a worsening of symptoms 24-48 hours after alcohol and/or recreational drug use.
As such both of the above should be completely avoided with Pyrrole disorder. Alcoholics and drug users with Pyroluria should seek professional assistance to ensure a safe detox.
Masturbation & Sexual Fluid Loss
Excessive masturbation can cause severe nutrient deficiencies from sexual fluid loss. Studies have shown that males can lose up to 3mg of zinc in semen loss.
Men typically lose more Zinc in there sexual fluid than females, which is often why males with Pyroluria are often first to exhibit symptoms, such as during puberty when the body requires more Zinc. Reduce masturbation, sex and sexual fluid loss to help retain Zinc, Selenium and other vital nutrients which are hard to replace via diet.
Excessive sexual activity, fantasy and viewing pornography should be reduced and/or eliminated from lifestyle.
Vegan & Vegetarian Diets
Vegetarian and in particular Vegan diets, typically tend to be low in dietary Zinc. The problem can be further exacerbated by an excessive Copper intake, which many plant foods are rich in. Many individuals with Pyroluria tend to naturally gravitate towards a Vegetarian or Vegan diet, due to low stomach acid and an inability to tolerate and digest protein rich animal foods.
The answer however is not to eliminate animal foods as this only further worsens the issue here. Pyrolurics need significantly more Zinc than the average individual does. Raw vegan diets which have become popular in the past few years are even worse, because they typically tend to be even lower in Zinc due to elimination of beans, legumes and grains.
Long term Vegetarians and Vegans with Pyrrole disorder may find that they are completely intolerant to animal foods due to the rich Zinc content displacing Copper. In such case it is best to increase your intake of animal foods slowly.
Increase Stomach Acid
Individuals with pyroluria often suffer from digestive issues and a common problem in particular is low stomach acid levels. This is another factor which significantly worsens the issue with Pyrrole disorder, because vital minerals such as Zinc are highly acid dependent for absorption. Its a catch 22 situation because Zinc and nutrients such as the B Vitamins are involved in the production of hydrochloric acid themselves.
Symptoms of low stomach acid include inability to digest protein/animal foods, burping, belching, acid reflux/feeling of acidity, gas and indigestion.
One of the best methods for increasing stomach acid and supporting digestion overall is with the use of digestive bitters. Bitters are any food or herb with a bitter taste, this stimulates the back of the tongue(where the bitter receptors are located), which in turn stimulates the vagus nerve to release stomach acid, pancreatic digestive enzymes and bile, all of which aid the overall digestive process.
Supporting digestion is vital in those with Pyroluria, so another area of focus should be healthy gut flora balance, which can be aided by a diet rich prebiotic fibers to stimulate the activity and feed the good bacteria. Probiotics are also helpful to repopulate the gut flora.
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