I really enjoy stories of people taking their power back and finding ways to heal themselves. Especially when they’ve been through the medical system and it has failed them. We know the western medical system is very allopathic, and only looks at us as a sum of parts, and they don’t even recognize most of the parts! I love it even more when these amazing people turn around and give a hand up to others going through the same thing, oh so good! From over on the Refresh Natural Health blog comes this article giving tips for on how she naturally conquered IBS, and gained more energy.
How I Naturally Conquered IBS (and have more energy than ever before)
After years of struggling with digestive issues I finally came to a breaking point.
Not only was I experiencing excruciating pain after every meal I was also stuck with constant gas, bloating, fatigue, headaches, a compromised immune system and brain fog.
So I did what anyone in this situation would do… I went and saw my doctor for answers. I was then put through a series of tests, blood work and abdominal ultra sounds just to make sure there wasn’t anything serious happening in my body. But guess what? Everything came back NORMAL.
This ultimately led to a diagnoses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or as I like to call it “I have no idea how to help you” syndrome. I was put on a waitlist for a gastrointestinal specialist and I was told it could take up to a year to see him.
So there I was feeling like garbage and supposed to wait a year to get some kind of answers?! I don’t think so! This is where my journey of self healing began and four years later I can happily say I no longer consider myself to have IBS.
Let me start by saying there is no quick fix to heal from IBS and it can’t be done with a two week cleanse. It is a change of lifestyle and learning what your body needs to heal and thrive. But the way you feel on the other side is undeniably worth it and every step you take to get better it becomes less work and more fun!
Here are a few of my top starting points for your healing journey:
1. Find a practitioner you trust
This was a huge part of my healing journey as I remember feeling totally lost at the beginning and couldn’t figure out why I had these symptoms! I thought I ate healthy and was an active person so why was my digestion so horrible? Once I found a Naturopath that I really connected with and felt I could trust with my health I knew I could start to heal, get better and that this wasn’t going to be my life forever.
Do you need a natural health practitioner? Check out Linda Easthouse at EasthouseCentre.com. She will help you get your body to function optimally and reduce your pain!
2. Self-education is power
While trusting a practitioner is important no one knows your body like you do! So start to become your biggest health advocate and trust that you intuitively know when things are right or wrong for your body. A health practitioner can give you all the information in the world but if you don’t make a commitment to putting the work in you will never get better. Always remember how many years it took to get to this place… Then allow your body the same time to heal.
3. Eliminate, rebuild and strengthen
It is likely that you will need a period of elimination where you remove the top allergy provoking foods from your diet. For me it became very obvious that candida and leaky gut were causing a number of my symptoms (after years of serious antibiotic abuse). So I supported my body to eliminate this excess candida by taking out sugar, dairy, gluten and alcohol. In addition to this I used herbal remedies that I knew could assist my body in eliminating candida. Remember this is not a forever thing! But it is necessary so the body can start to heal from the inside out. Oh and yes you will probably feel like crap during this time. But then you start to heal…. And rebuild…. And strengthen! You use things like bone broth to repair your intestinal lining and the wonderful world of fermented foods to repopulate that healthy gut flora.
Do you have any inspiring stories? Share them in the comments!