Firstly, eggs are awesome. I used to love eggs and eat them every day. Not anymore…
I’m going to start out by saying that eggs are one of the most allergenic foods out there, but if you’re not allergic, there is another reason to eliminate them for a period of time if you suspect you have dysbiosis or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
Lysozyme is an enzyme found in egg whites. The enzyme helps protect the egg yolk from bacteria by breaking them apart. Lysozyme is really good at this, which is great for the eggs, and for people without dysbiosis.
However, if someone has bacterial overgrowth, lysozyme can break apart the bacteria in our small intestines. Since we normally don’t have a ton of bacteria in our small intestines (relative to the microbiome throughout the digestive tract), this normally isn’t a problem. But with an overgrowth, the breakdown of bacteria in our small intestines can release endotoxins, specifically lipopolysaccharides, from the bacteria and that can be transported across the intestinal membrane.
This is even more likely in those with leaky gut since there’s already opened tight junctions (tight junctions are the spaces between intestinal cells. They should be closed the majority of the time but are open more often in those with leaky gut). This activates our immune system and increases inflammation.
Along with bringing in unwanted bacterial toxins, lysozyme can also carry proteins from the egg that are hard for our body to digest into our body. These protein complexes can also activate the immune system, circulate throughout our body, and cause inflammation in susceptible individuals.
So how do you know if eggs affect you?
The best way is to remove them from your diet for at least 30 days and then to reintroduce them for 3 days and note any changes to your mood, physical health, psychological health, sleep patterns, cognitive ability and any other variable you want. You should know if they’re tolerable for you or not. If you’re suffering from a disease, then you might want to wait until you’re in remission before adding them back in, or at least get the following test to see if it’s even a good idea.
IgG and MRT
The IgG test will tell you if your body is creating antibodies to eggs. If you are, then I would remove them for at least 3 months before reintroducing them. If you aren’t, I’d still do the elimination diet.
The MRT test can test to see if any chemical mediators (signals of inflammation) are released by your cells when they come in contact with the substances in eggs.
I personally did all three of these things and this is what I learned.
I did an elimination diet and experienced fatigue and brain fog when I reintroduced eggs back into my diet.
I did the IgG test and saw that egg white and egg yolk were off the charts reactive for me, which means that I have a ton of antibodies against them.
I did the MRT and didn’t see any mediators being released from my cells when they came in contact with eggs.
The result? I stopped eating eggs because they didn’t work for me! Within 3 weeks of stopping eggs cold turkey my acne cysts went down drastically.
Maybe down the road I’ll try reintroducing them, but probably not for a while.
*edit – I tried reintroducing them and it just did not work. I had more fatigue and could tell a difference in my mental clarity.
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