It has been a while since I have posted, hiding a wee bit, not really hiding as just full on enjoying the holiday season. Christmas is my favorite time of year and for the first time in 7 years I got to spend it with my Mom and I honestly could not have asked for a better holiday season. In that time frame I was also processing a lot of information health wise. I apologize for the longness of this post and will do my best to explain!
As most of you know over the last 2 years I have been dealing with Alopecia. I was receiving injections into my scalp, had a biopsy done and looking for answers. I wasn’t getting any concrete answers from my medical doctors so I went a different route. For the first time I visited a Naturopath, Dr. Akehurst (who, for the record, is amazing).
Visiting a Naturopath has been a bit of an expensive route, but one that has provided more answers and results in the last 60 days than 2 years of visiting traditional medical doctors. After a series of appointments and several attempts to draw blood and tests run on that blood, the big one being food allergy/sensitivity test here are the results. Years of unhealthy eating finally caught up with the permeability of my stomach and I have “leaky gut.” This happen when over a period of time you eat unhealthy foods and foods you are sensitive too. They begin to breakdown the stomach lining and everything seeps into your blood stream. Normally your stomach lining only allows the small “good” molecules which you want absorbed into your system. When you have “leaky gut” everything gets dumped into your system good and bad and your body can only compensate for so long before it gets overloaded. All of these “bad” molecules floating through my system attached to my autoimmune system presenting as Alopecia. It was so bad that my body was barely absorbing water. The allergy test revealed that I am sensitive to eggs, dairy, almonds, pineapple, flaxseed, ginger, oysters, and mustard. Dairy was not new for me, but I had switched to all things almond milk and eggs were my favorite protein source and I tested off the charts for both. What does this all mean?
I have begun taking a series of supplements from my Naturopath to heal my stomach. I have removed everything that I tested sensitive too from my eating habits. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever under taken. Eggs is proving challenging because they are in EVERYTHING, all the alternatives to almond milk that aren’t dairy are taking some getting used too. Over the last 60 days my stomach has begun to heal because when I have any of those things I am sensitive to now, a few hours later I am doubled over in pain. It has called for a complete re-evaluation of what I thought was healthy eating. I have had to pretty much go Vegan, but with chicken and fish. I have also noticed a reduction in the amount of hair loss which has started to give me piece of mind and taking a series of stress off of my plate. I am sleeping better, have more energy and have noticed a shift in my moods, less mood swings.
For the next 12 weeks I will be following a specific eating plan and will then re-introduce the items I tested sensitive for and any hint of a reaction will mean that item is removed from my life altogether. I can’t begin to describe the piece of mind having some answers and proven results has given me. I was a bit skeptical going into the Naturopath, but the results speak for themselves. For the first time, in a long time I am looking forward to the road ahead. Information is power.
If you have an ailment that traditional medicine has not been able to cure, I invite you to consider a non-traditional route, whatever that looks like for you J