What You Eat Matters
Friday, August 24, 2018
I have had a number of medical problems since I was in my thirties (I'm 59 now) and no matter what doctor I saw, they just weren't being helped. I was on several medications to try and control the problems. I also couldn't lose weight no matter what I tried. It was so difficult and I was getting hopeless. My doctor suggested that I see one of the NP's that were from his office who was starting a functional medicine office, or holistic medicine (basically). She did hormone testing on me as well as a blood test. I was vitamin D deficient, well below the norm (most doctors don't check for this.) I was also low in my female hormones and my sleep hormones were backwards, low during the day and high at night.
How we helped me. I was started on supplements to help to regulate my cortisol (sleep hormone) as well as hormones to raise my estrogen and progesterone, and a supplement to help raise the DHEA which regulates those hormones. We also found that going on Lipo B injections helped me to sleep at night (go figure, something to give me energy helped me to sleep). But the thing that helped the most was going on an Elimination Diet. I ate only what was on the list for a month. There were several things I wasn't allowed to eat (sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, etc...) The only sweeteners I could use were honey and organic Stevia. It wasn't easy, but the longer I was on it the better I felt. My chronic headaches all but disappeared (except for the ones that come because of weather changes); my fatigue (a weightiness and tiredness that wouldn't go away. I couldn't even exercise because of the exhausted feeling shortly after I started) also disappeared; my stomach, which had been a problem for at least 16 years improved so that I was able to go off of the Nexium that I had been taking for that long. I have been able to go off of three of my medications. I feel a whole lot better, although there are still allergies and some genetic diseases that I contend with that keep me on some of my medication. I was amazed at how much eating a natural healthy diet could help me.
I write this post because I know there are others out there like me. If I hadn't been so desperate I probably never would have gone to someone like my NP - but, by God's grace, she's helped me more in the past four months than all the doctors I've seen in the past 30 years. I still go to my PCP because he's the one who found one of my genetic diseases that no doctor before him and seen, and he has helped me in never giving up - he just goes by the standards set by the AMA and the pharmacies. My NP has done her own research in seeking answers for her own problems. The diet helped her get rid of her severe eczema as well.
Sucralose was one thing I found that caused a number of my symptoms. After I had a drink with sucralose in it after being on the diet for that month, my fatigue, stomach problems and headaches came back. It took three days to get rid of the symptoms again. Needless to say sucralose is out of my diet. I don't eat processed sugar, but I will eat cane sugar if it is in the ingredients of a product that I use - but I limit that use! I use coconut milk now rather than cow's milk. I found a delicious goat cheese gouda to eat because I love cheese, but dairy was one of those things that caused a problem. I don't eat wheat either, again, stomach discomfort from it, as well as it causes insomnia in me. It's not necessarily the gluten (which I do try to eat as gluten free as I can) but just the wheat itself. I found out all of these things after being on the Elimination Diet for a month and gradually adding in foods again to see what my system could tolerate.
It hasn't been easy, but because it has helped me so much it hasn't been hard to stick to either. After a very short while I stopped craving sweets and look forward to that rare treat (like a slice of cheesecake for my birthday in August, and I won't have anything else until Thanksgiving). You shouldn't try this on your own. Find an establishment with an NP or doctor that you can trust who does hormone testing and uses natural means to help with your problems. I found that in Precision Wellness in my area. It might be something different in yours. What you eat makes a huge difference in how you feel.