D deficiency knocked me flat on my back for many months. I was so exhausted I could not function, could not carry on a conversation, could not lift my finger, could not handle the stimuli overload from social events.
I was sedentary for nine months.
When I finally got my D levels up to normal, my fitness level had dropped to ZERO. I had to start from the ground up. Let me tell you, it was NOT easy.
My brain told me I could do certain things. My body said, "You are not where you used to be, physically." Trying to do my old workouts resulted in multiple-day energy crashes. I also got a lot of injuries, which knocked me out of exercise for sometimes months at a time.
I finally accepted my situation and found a path to build my fitness. I walked, on average, 2 miles a day (I built up to this very slowly). I did resistance training (bodyweight exercises) once a week, including pushups, plank, chinups, and lunges. Of course, I had to do modifications of all these exercises to build up my strength so that I could do them for real.
It took YEARS to start feeling fit again. Meanwhile, I was encountering other deficiencies. I've now had pretty much every deficiency that a person can get. With each one I addressed, I saw improvements in energy levels and the ability to live the active life I so desired.
And now fast-forward to recent weeks...
I am now thinking that the reason I have had so many nutritional deficiencies is because of the moldy (black toxic mold) apartment we were living in for our first three and a half years in Florida. (Of course we didn't know it at the time.) Fighting off mold depletes nutrient stores in the body.
And now that we are out of the moldy apartment, I am starting to see effects of the mold living inside my body. The current health problem I am dealing with is mold's attack on the gut (gut flora, stomach acid, protein synthesis).
Despite my symptoms of amino acid deficiency (I've had it before), I can't seem to take in enough protein to correct the situation, because my body doesn't seem to actually be digesting proteins. As a result, I am incredibly weak. I have been reminded of those days of Vitamin D deficiency. My hubby has been acting as my caregiver, doing the shopping, household chores, and helping me walk when I need to get somewhere.
I've been sedentary for about two weeks. My exercise has consisted of getting up from my air mattress on the floor to go to the bathroom or the kitchen. I've feared losing the fitness and muscle tone that I worked so hard to build.
Thankfully, we have discovered that taking probiotics in the morning and using digestive enzymes with my meals seems to be helping me digest protein better. I've been adding 3 tablespoons of raw hemp protein powder to a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and taking it with enzymes. My body has not had the horrible stomach pain (if it starts, taking another 1-2 enzyme capsules helps it go away) or constipation in the last couple of weeks.
And my body feels an almost immediate benefit from digesting that protein! My "legs-are-collapsing-from-underneath-me" feeling goes away. The trembliness goes away. I'm yet to hear back the results of my nutrition test to see if it says I am amino acid deficient, but...I've got some pretty darn good indications that this is my problem (and solution).
Last week, I did about five pushups and five lunges one day to try to help my muscles not totally atrophy. Not that it would do a whole lot of good, but it was better than nothing.
Last night, I was feeling so much better that I jumped on the mini trampoline, did about 10 front and back lunges, worked on chin-ups, some assisted, some not, did 5 pushups, started to do plank, then decided I felt like working on one-armed pushups. What?? I don't remember ever trying to do those before. I MUST be feeling better! :)
I will continue to work on increasing my amino acid levels, giving my body help with digesting while it heals, and hey, maybe I can even start walking again!
I am simply amazed, time and again, at the IMPORTANCE of getting the nutrition the body needs! Night and day difference between not enough amino acids and enough (or at least some)! :)
Back when I discovered my amino acid deficiency for the first time (not by testing, just by experimenting to find a solution to my trembling), I was amazed at the difference in my ability to build muscle once I started getting more aminos in. I wonder how many people who have trouble building muscle THINK they are getting enough protein and actually could benefit from getting a little more. OR...like me, giving their body a little help with digesting the protein it is already getting.
Food for thought. :)
PS- After I wrote this post, I was hit by some really bad tummy pain. I got out the apple cider vinegar, poured 2 tablespoons in a cup of water, drank it (yummy!), then swished with baking soda/water to avoid teeth problems from acid mouth. It seemed to really soothe things down there. I jumped on the rebounder a bit too, to help anything that needed help moving through. So far, so good. :)