It can be so confusing with all the information out there floating around most of it so contradicting in terms of what is good or bad for best possible nutrition that it can become frustrating and some are left feeling uncertain about what’s best for their health. I think it is most important to do what is best for you as an individual, considering what works and what is reactive to your body to have a better understanding of how your body works. I like to have resources and being under Homeopathic care I am supplied with resources to help me live a healthy life. I have found natural nutritional tools a huge asset and I want to share them with you!
Tools for healing your gut
The first tool is listening to your body. I believe in being a person rather than a patient for the importance of the person to advocate on their own behalf and to do the leg work in learning everything they can to make the best choices for what their body can tolerate and avoid triggers and unnecessary prescription medication and surgery. Only you know your body better than anyone else and I believe that it is up to you to do the research to find what works for your body. It depends on what route you choose to take as well, for instance, I know more about how natural medicine and diet change can heal because this is the path I have chosen.
Some may scoff, ignore or turn a blind eye to my method of finding remission naturally, yet they fail to see that in the western medicine route patients struggle more because prescription drugs are only masking the symptoms not healing the disease and ultimately the drugs are creating different symptoms. More often than not the patients last resort is surgery because the prescription drugs are not working or the symptoms from them are worse than the symptoms from IBD and they can no longer tolerate the drugs or the drugs no longer work so the only thing left to do is surgery which is so unfortunate as I see it unnecessary. It’s unfortunate that people have to go through all this when they don’t have to. In healing naturally I haven’t had any adverse reactions from holistic medication and when I don’t need the homeopathy medicine anymore it’s because my CD & UC will be healed, my autoimmune diseases will be completely in remission!
I’m finally to the point I only have mild IBD symptoms now because of the disease itself or when I eat something that my gut doesn’t like only because I am still healing and I am still going through the process and learning about my food intolerance. The homeopathy medicines I am taking and have been since November 2015 are Curcuma and Red Clover Plus. Red Clover Plus is for inflammation and Curcuma is to stop the leaking from my bladder that is causing my CD to flare. I have Red Clover Plus as a future resource when I have another flare, I want you to know that I have no side effects from any of the natural medicines I take or have taken in the last 16 months. The only reason I chose natural healing is because I react to everything in the western medicine world.
Keeping a food journal is something I heard about a lot in the IBD world so I started this method of tracking my food intake and it is a big help and I hope it will keep me on track so that I can heal quicker. In my efforts to heal as quickly as I can I drink 3-3.5 liters of water per day, I have read about conflicting amounts of water a person should consume but the most popular seems to be eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day which works out to be almost 2 liters of water a day for an adult but I’m healing so I’m thinking it should be slightly more. Another key element to healing is to keep moving! Even if its only walking outside or on a treadmill or even moving around your home, anything as long as your moving!
Nutritional Therapy can consist of a combo of different foods to consume and the many types of diets there are for optimal health. I will start with macro-nutrients which are nutrients that provide calories and energy. These are needed for growth, metabolism and for the body to function. Macro-nutrients are carbohydrates, protein and fats; these are needed in large amounts. Micro-nutrients are trace amounts of vitamins and minerals which are organic compounds found in food.
The mind set “diet”
Taking a look at the different types of “diets” I have tried. In my younger years I was always able to eat what I wanted when I wanted, food didn’t affect me in the sense that I had never been on a diet to lose weight or maintain weight, I weighed between 110 – 124 pounds through high school and college until I was pregnant with my first baby at the age 21. After I was diagnosed with Graves disease my weight fluctuated a bit but then it was between 120 – 129 pounds most always 124 lbs. I have never been overweight but I have been underweight at times all due to health problems. When diagnosed with Graves disease I started to eat gluten free and I ate this way from March 2001 to January 2015 I also tried the Blood Type Diet during that time but neither were what I needed, I still had symptoms although I was unaware of what was wrong as doctors were unable to help me or dismissed me.
FOOD is a the biggest part of health and crucial in healing when living with IBD or any autoimmune disease, I have tried many ways of eating trying to find what works best for me. I’m not quite there but I’m getting closer I can feel it! You can find the other types of diets I’ve tried since being diagnosed last November with IBD at the links below.