So, I have been taking L-Glutamine powder (20g/day) to help heal my gut. Long story short, pretty sure I had Covid-19, symptoms were mild but it tore through my gastrointestinal tract. I knew it had progressed to a leaky gut when I suddenly had pyritiasis alba pop up on my face. I haven’t had that since childhood.
I’ve been taking it for 3 weeks and it seems to be working on healing the gut. Skin has cleared up. However, I can’t stay in ketosis to save my life while taking L glutamine. I have been using urine test strips by the way…I know they aren’t accurate but they do give me a good indication of being in ketosis.
My diet hasn’t changed much and I am usually less than 20g carbs a day…but its like the glutamine is doing something to counter the ketosis. I did some research and it seems glutamine really puts gluconeogenesis into overdrive which would explain a lot. I have to be almost zero carb and minimal protein to remain in a decent amount of ketosis.
Also, I have gained like 5 pounds which I am not sure if it’s because I am struggling to remain in ketosis or if my glycogen stores have increased significantly. I had to stop intermittent fasting during the infection and can only handle 18:6 for now, but even that doesn’t help.
Not sure what to do at this point. Healing my gut is priority and I want to complete the course which is like 2 weeks to go. I want to keep any secondary GI issues at bay which the glutamine is handling brilliantly . However, I am tired of the in-and-out of ketosis rollercoaster
Any advice? Perhaps I’ll just have to bear with it for another two weeks