Whether you suffer with IBS, food allergies, gluten intolerance or other digestive sensitivities, I'd like to make it clear from the start, that Heal Your Gut book is for someone who is serious about lowering inflammation in their gut and getting healing.
How Do I Know?
Although my own story is not nearly as harrowing or inspirational as
Lee’s, a few years ago I was diagnosed with IBS, food allergies and
gluten intolerance serious enough that it affected every part of my
life. You can read about Lee's body healing story here.
Intense abdominal pain, those strange sounds in my belly followed by diarrhea, feeling exhausted, anxious and frustrated with my own body had become a fact of life for me.
My IBS and food sensitivities were made worse by the slightest added stress or problem.
In addition, Candida overgrowth and recurrent yeast infections as well as pain and pressure in my lower belly accompanied by hemorrhoids had become a regular occurrence.
During this time, I didn't connect the food I ate to the way I felt at all.
Sometimes my days were so bad it felt like I would never get to enjoy a pain-free day. It also took an emotional toll on me because of being unable to take a promotion at work. I was also unable to finish my last year of my Masters in Biology program I had enrolled in while working. Even the slightest irritation or nervousness started the entire chain of unpleasant IBS (irritable bowel symptoms), so I just kept isolating myself more and more.
In addition to the pain, bloating, and other physical symptoms, I walked around like a zombie all the time – my brain was foggy and I didn’t have even an ounce of spare energy. Many times I could barely make it up the stairs in my house. It felt like my muscles had completely given up on me.
Merely cooking dinner sometimes felt like an impossible task, to say nothing of cleaning the house or going out with my friends. Only much later I connected this muscle weakness to eating something that had gluten in it such as pasta, bread, pizza, some candy, chewing gum or eating my favorite mints.
I finally dragged myself to the doctor, where I was told to either learn how to deal with my IBS or take medication with severe side effects. "Ha! Learn how to live with it?! I tried and tried! But thank you for your honesty," I replied back.
Since I had had enough of taking all the unnecessary antibiotics, which I partly blamed for my poor gut flora and gut inflammation, I decided to stay away from the drugs.
At that point, I started to really get it!
Medications are only temporary solutions and they don't address the root cause of the problem.
Pills only address the symptoms.
If I wanted to heal
completely and permanently I knew I had to do something different.
I wanted a permanent cure!
Call me naive, but deep inside I had this unwavering trust and faith that it's possible and I CAN heal.
well and healthy before, right?! I was convinced I could be healthy
again. That's just me by the way ..... stubborn, positive, and
I thanked my doctor and left. I decided to do my own research, make changes and do whatever it would take to heal my gut and eliminate IBS, food allergies and gluten intolerance for good.
I had always believed that my body could heal if I could just help it and not hinder it.
The more I heard about IBS, food allergies, wheat intolerance,and gut inflammation the more I wanted to understand these conditions.
I started to understand that all the years of eating processed /lifeless foods, drinking wine or beer, taking medications and thinking mostly fearful and negative thoughts created a perfect acidic environment in my beautiful body where dis-ease could flourish.
Knowingly or unknowingly I created a stagnant life in my body.
You know what happens when you have stagnant pool of water out on your yard... It becomes a breeding ground for insects - disease carrying mosquitoes, annoying flies and many others.
There was nothing wrong with my immune system, with my digestive system, with me or with my genetics.
I simply chose to eat processed = acidic foods and think negative = acidic thoughts.
I created conditions in my body that weakened it and attracted all disease-causing bacteria, viruses and fungi.