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My digestive health issues

My digestive health issues

 

Something I haven’t shared on this blog much before is the journey I have had into digestive health.  More and more and more people are asking me, “How did you get well?”

 

They want to know because their doctors are giving them prescription lists as long as their arms,  offering stoma bags and surgery or generally asking them to accept a less than normal life.

 

Do you suffer with any of these things?

IBS

IBD

Crohns

Colitis

Coeliac

 

There is a long, long list but these are just a few.  If you do,  or know someone who does,  read on.

 

My personal story starts years ago and is long enough to write in a book but I will give you the shortened version.  It may make your tummy flip.  

 

After a long spell of struggling with my weight (despite following many diets to the letter) I began to get very poorly.  To the point of being admitted to hospital for many tests.  

Drinking this fluid to empty out my entire digestive system was more than unpleasant to say the least.  Have you ever had that done?  Sit on the loo for about 5 hours.  Not nice. 

 

Well I was loosing blood constantly like a slow dripping tap and also (though I didn’t realise what it was) my intenstinal wall was coming away and passing out through my body.  That actually looked kind of like chicken fat.  So things were looking bleak.

 

After photos were taken of the intestines from an inside camera called a Colonoscopy (plus biopsies to check for any malignant cancer cells – scary) there was a diagnosis.

I had Ulcerative Colitis.  My colon was covered in Ulcers.  The photos were not pretty.

 

In a crazy way,  I was pleased to have a diagnosis.  You know when something really bugs you and you think, “I know something isn’t right with me.” Even though nothing is found.  When something is found it’s a huge sigh of relief.

Getting onto the medication the Dr gave me was scary.  I would be on these for life I had been told.  

 

When the test results from the biopsies came back I felt so nervous as who knows what they could be telling me.  As it turns out, there were no nasty cells in there which was  good news.  I think they would have taken part of the intestine away if there was.  That would have left me with a bag on my tummy and no more bikinis for me.

So,  I made a decision to say “sod it!” to my stretch marks that my pregnancy proudly gave me and start wearing bikinis again in the hope that I could show off my intact stomach.  Stretch marks and all.  

The biopsies also showed that it wasn’t Colitis but in fact Crohn’s disease instead.  The treatment was similar but it did mean I needed another camera down my throat.  Crohns isn’t always limited to affecting the intestines,  it can be anywhere from the mouth downwards.

 

That camera showed I had flattened villi.  These are the little finger type ‘bits’ that help absorb nutrients from the food.  As mine were damaged and broken off this meant that although I was overweight,  I was also under nourished. I couldn’t break down the food in the normal way either  so the undigested food would sit in the gut area and basically just feed the bad bacteria (including Candida but that’s for another post) and eventually these bacteria would turn into pathogens.  Which could lead to nasty cells. 

 

Onto the internet I went.   Reading and studying.  Reading and studying.

 

Reading and studying.  

 

One of my best friends had done the same unbeknown to me and despite her being one of the strongest women I know,  she broke down in tears and hugged me tightly when she saw me.

 

“What’s wrong?” I asked,  really concerned.

“It’s just all so so horrible.” She answered. 

 

By educating herself she had learned that this was a disease which could take over your life and it’s important to give it the respect it deserves.

 

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My research took me to a place of hope.

 

I had always believed that I was a person who couldn’t eat the same as everybody else.  I remember at work one day I was watching the manageress lady eat one thing after the other all day long.  She was stick thin,  she had a lovely figure.

“I couldn’t eat all that food I’d be like an elephant.” I said with envy.

“If you ate the right foods you could.”  She replied ignorantly.  What she had actually said was right.  But she hadn’t known that.

 

My research showed me that in fact you could massively control your health with the right diet.  I get right on my soap box here.

 

WHY?  Why doesn’t everyone know this?

 

Everyone should know this,  hence my new website has been born http://www.motiv-weight.co.uk to pass on the messages.

 

I have been on a big journey the past 6 years and my knowledge has grown massively.  When I now see somebody suffering like I did I have the links to send them to.  The books to suggest they read,  the DIETS I suggest they adapt to.

 

Yes,  that’s right,  you want to know how I got well and also lost 3 stone in weight?  It was all through correcting my health through diet.  I really want to help others by passing this information on,  in one place without having to search the internet as much as I did.

 

I also believe that if you are struggling with extra weight it will have a negative impact on your health regardless.  However,  it’s not always so straight forward to shift it.  Different things work for different people. 

 

Different things work for different people.

 

My website will encourage whatever diet works for you.  If you want to lose weight or if you want to get well again.  

I’m here to assure you this is definitely possible and honestly,  it’s the best thing I have ever done in my life.

 

My lovely Doctor and me used to argue.  To the point of tears.  He said,  “This illness needs medication,  you can’t change it by what you eat.”

“But it’s a digestive issue,  surely it will be affected by food.”

“No,  i’ve never seen that.”  He protested. 

 

After I used my new knowledge,  I followed everything to the letter and dropped 3 stone in weight in 4 months and also my health went through the roof.  I stopped bleeding within 3 DAYS.  I couldn’t believe my energy levels after just a few short weeks.  I had never realised that people were supposed to feel like this.  I had been born again in my 30s.  

 

Just a year later,  my doctor respectfully shook my hand and said

“I’ve never seen anyone turn this disease around to this level without using drugs or surgery.”

 

That speaks volumes.  

 

Help me on my quest to help others and please pass this on.  Follow my blogs and websites and facebook page.  I will share exactly how I have done it and point you to small investment books so you can save your own life too.Imagecrohns, colitis 

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Does food really affect your health?

Does Food really affect your health?

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Who out there is getting confused?

Are you always tired?

Stressed?

Tummy rumbling?

Upset stomach?

Indigestion?

 

We hear about so many different types of diet for weight loss that it almost drives you to lose weight in itself with the brain power you use trying to figure out what is the best thing to do.

 

So,  how on earth are we supposed to figure out in amongst all this if a said ‘diet’ is actually going to benefit our health too?

Worry not,  you are not alone.  There are many folks asking exactly the same question.  So weight loss aside (along with its confusion) let’s talk about health and nutrition.

 

My story is quite a miracle.  It’s for another blog which I very much expect has a high chance of being published really soon.  However,  I do speak from experience when I tell you that

·      without Question

·      With total conviction

·      With passion

Food affects our health.

 

Food AFFECTS our health.

 

Why is this such a mystery to our doctors?  I do get a little on my soap box even though I have total respect for our doctors and I know we need them.  Without them we sure would be in big trouble.  However, I have been avidly researching food and nutrition and its effects on our health for the past 7 years.  Actually,  it was my biggest scoring exam I left school with.  Shall I tell you a brief story?

 

During my school years,  I was so confused about which options to take.  My lovely Aunt told me gently,

“You really need to do a job you will enjoy and also be good at.”

Enjoy?  I thought?  Enjoy work?

 

Now at this age enjoying work was a new concept to me as I had watched my hard working factory parents have a terrible time at work.

 

Hmm, enjoy work.  Well,  I went on to take Biology and also Food and Nutrition with the hope of going on to become a Nutritionist.  However,  school advised me I would never get a job like that as there are only 4000 opportunities within the country.  So instead I went on to cook for a living and progressed to management.  All the time keeping my interest in Nutrition.

 

More recently,  7 years ago in fact I was diagnosed with a big issue to do with my digestion.  I will tell that story in another blog.

 

Having a big problem with my health at the time,  I got very sick.  It was a worrying time for me and my family and I decided to get back onto the research wagon again.

 

Fighting with my Dr who wanted to either perform surgery or put me onto steroids with blood infusions,  I was determined there was another way.

 

I’m so happy that I found a diet which was something I certainly needed to focus hard on.  This diet I will detail further another time but my point is that just 2 short years later my lovely Dr who we now carry a mutual respect,  sat in his office and said,

“I have to be honest,  I never saw someone make such a huge recovery without drugs or surgery.”

 

How did I do it?  Eating the right foods.  Now I see a list as long as your arm of different diets out there for all types of ailments.

 

We have:

ME

Adrenal Fatigue

IBS

Fibromyalgia

Acidosis

Crohns disease

Ulcerative Colitis

Excema

Asthma

 

and the list goes on…

 

So think if IBS for example.  That’s not actually a diagnosis.  It’s a symptom.  It’s like the Dr saying “You have a headache” when you need the reason for the headache.

 

I know so many dozens and dozens of people who personally changed diet to realize  they could relieve symptoms.

We all seem to feel tired or lethargic at times.  We often get stomach gurgles or wind….this can all be changed with a change in diet.  Did you already know that?

 

However,  let’s dig deeper into the minefield of what/where/how in this blog…

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