The body does not just revolt because it's in a state of homeostasis. When you are at your best, you do not experience chronic digestive issues, impacted bowels, migraines, dermatitis, hormonal imbalances, hair loss, or anxiety. Which begs to question, who gets to define what health is anyway. We are so wrapped up in blood work and labs that we forget to check in with how we are feeling. We forget to "routinely check" how we are feeling and the biofeedback our lifestyles are exhibiting for us. We forget to eat in accordance to that feedback. I can say that hands down the diet that I followed most of my life was a diet that not only contributed to, but exacerbated my "symptoms."
Symptoms of dermatitis or IBS or I'd go as far as to say even anxiety or emotional/mental disturbances come down to inflammation in the gut.....which is where we need to pay the most attention. I'm not talking about simply popping a pill of probiotics. Because that never really works. Not for long anyway. Just taking probiotics is like planting new seeds into a weed infested garden without changing the soil. It might grow something, but it won't outlive what's already taken over the land. It's the same thing with our gut health. If you continue to eat the way that you are eating and just take a supplement, it may help, but it won't cure. That's why doing a serious overhaul and laying new foundation for health to accrue is THE place to start.
My history with inflammation goes way back to my earlier childhood years when I had asthma. For over 20 years I lived off of bronchodilators, steroids, and antibiotics. I had a rather severe case of asthma and at any given time I was on 3-5 prescriptions to help me breathe. No amount of exercise was helpful and in fact, often made it worse. I lived with inhalers at my side my entire younger life in fear of not being able to breathe. It was the only way.....according to my pulmonary doctor. They said that eventually most kids outgrow it by the age of 13 or so....but the problem was that I didn't develop it until I was 13. So there was little wiggle room for me and it was a time where I had no internet and no understanding of how the human body was supposed to feel and function. But I also knew that it was a time that my health started to decline significantly.
After years of being a junkie on these medications, I developed significant digestive issues. IBS ruled my days. Chronic constipation, bloating, gas, and significant pain from morning til night. A person can go crazy when they don't feel well. With all the nerve endings in your digestive system, there is constant innervation and stimulation not leaving you alone. You physically feel it making it hard to have a good day at the office or a normal social life. Treating the condition became an obsession of mine---one that I failed miserably at.
I'm far from where I want / need to be, but the truth is that with all the years of high fiber diets, my system felt wrecked. And with all the years of cleansing, supplements, and micromanaging my diet, it only seemed to deplete my system even more. So taking the path of least resistance, literally, and doing something to reset the soil, is the only thing that makes sense to me. It turns out that FIBER IS NOT THE ANSWER TO IBS. If it were, I would have felt better years ago. Cleansing? Well, sure it can help, so long as you don't use it as the cure all or start filling up your tank with what is causing the IBS to begin with. But usually by the time most people start down the cleansing path, they have struggled long enough and significant damage has been done. To do a cleanse and then continue with a high fiber diet doesn't allow the gut to truly heal. I'm pretty convinced that I'm allergic to most things that I have been eating all these year and that the biggest culprit to my health issues was:
With the level of sensitivities I have had in my life and with all the allergies, physical AND emotional pain I've had to pacify, I'm simply done feeling that the my doctors and gurus have the answers. I'm only one week into my process and literally have diminished my dermatitis by at least 99.9%. No rashes. No itchies. No pain.
I am still working on the gut stuff. Wherever your weakest point in your body is, that's the last to heal. But gut and skin are one in the same. So your symptoms will diminish before the inflammation subsides entirely. For me that means not consuming anything that will aggravate the inflammation.....which is definitely in my gut. So no fiber, no veg, and no fruit/sugar. Just primal foods.....meats, broths, eggs, and organ meats. I'm definitely doing my best to eat as organic and grass fed as possible.
Clearly it's not diet alone, Stress plays a huge role in this as well. So practices of meditation, prayer, and my connection with God are critical. We cannot do these things on our own in the physical plane. We need help and support to get well. So surround yourself with positive influences in life. Walk away from toxic relationships and situations in life because they weigh heavily on your mind and your hearts which affects the choices you make and the state of your health.
Initially, supplements are not recommended because you really want to see where your body is at on its own. However, coming from an extremely depleted fat soluble vitamin state (from all the cleansing), I am taking Vitamin D3, K2 as well as cod liver oil. The liver that I'm consuming is loaded with Retinol Vitamin A so I'm not supplementing with that other than what's in the the cod liver oil. I am not doing any endurance activities and the only exercise I'm partaking in is resistance training....which i feel strangely drawn to more and more these days. Sleep is critical in the healing process so I'm literally in bed by 8:30....even if I'm not sleeping, I'm resting.
I feel really good about this decision and am really excited to see the outcome down the line.