Five weeks ago I was referred to a gastrologist to try and sort out bile duct, liver and kidney problems and various allergies I'd developed.
I also had a low immune system.
I already knew I was allergic to lettuce, pineapple and latex and though nothing was really proven, they think I'm allergic to artificial sweetener.
The upshot is I'm now off anything containing artificial sweeteners.
One report showed that artificial sweeteners are more chemically related to DDT than sugar!!
There are various symptoms reported from the use of sweeteners including heart palpitations, headaches, aching joints, liver and kidney problems, chronic diarrhea, sleeplessness, skin conditions, immune system, numbness, nausea, vomiting, migraine, blurred vision, weight gain...and still more!
All unproven of course as the companies won't do trials on them but there nontheless.
Weight loss can be hard as the sweetener isn't converted into energy by the body so the body craves more sweet things.
I'm hoping my weight loss will improve now as it's certainly seemed harder to lose weight just lately.
They say it may take quite a while to get out of my system.
Anyway five weeks on...
I feel loads better.
I'm sleeping eight hours straight each night.
No more heart palpitations.
No more lethargy and tiredness.
No more upset stomach.
No more headaches.
My blood pressure is down.
My skin is much clearer, even though I do have psoriasis.
My liver and kidney tests are almost normal.
My immune system is higher than it's been in years and is still rising.
My arthritic knee seems easier, even though I have a broken kneecap at the moment.
I've never drank tea or coffee but I did drink a lot of flavoured water and low calorie drinking chocolate without realising just how much sweetener they had in them.
Now I just drink plain old tap water and have a proper cup of cocoa before bed.
I like mints but they are mostly made with sweeteners, though I've now found some which aren't...don't be fooled by diabetic or vegetarian products either, they use sweeteners too!
I was amazed at what artificial sweeteners were hidden in when I began label reading...it's in the toothpaste I used and my blood pressure tablet from the doctor.
I also take glucosomine and calcium tablets...it's even in them!
And almost everything which says 'no added sugar' has them!
I'm now trying to live in an artificial sweetener free zone