Little Things, Big Effects!

Onions

I thought I might peel back the layers of my health onion in the past few months. I wanted to take a look at how each piece of my health puzzle has weighed in on making me so sick. After all, things DON’T just happen over-night, and they don’t fix themselves with one magic pill either.

So where did I go wrong?

I was eating healthy. I was exercising 4-6 days a week. I had taken out gluten and dairy – as my body couldn’t process either one. How did my body continue to take such a hit each time I was cross contaminated and why was it missed?

COFFEE:

Remember how I had taken out coffee (which I dearly loved, but recognized something about it made me sick – like gluten?) Well, it seemed anything from that roasting type process was an inflammatory to me – personally, but it causes problems in many people with auto immune disease. Normally it’s a fabulous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory… but for me, it just isn’t safe. After 6 months off of coffee… I decided I would try some again at the end of September.

Within a week. I had uveitis.

On steroid eye drops and dilation drops, and realizing coffee could have played a part… I gave up coffee right away. Within 3-4 weeks my uveitis improved. By the time I met with the uveitis specialist, he said it couldn’t be uveitis, because it went away too quickly… he claimed it was scleritis. My eye doctor said it wasn’t. You see where this got me.

“People have it for months, sometimes years,” the specialist said.

“But I’m fairly certain of what triggered mine, couldn’t that make it go away more quickly?” I questioned.

“There have been no studies tying it to diet,” he touted.

Now of course there are no studies that would tied coffee specifically TO uveitis… because for some, it’s probably not an inflammatory. I also predict MOST people with uveitis and auto immune disease in general aren’t making the gluten/gut permeability connection – to know that other foods could potentially be seeping into their blood stream and causing more symptoms.

BUT, if you’re as in tune with what is setting off your body as much as I have had to be …. you just might.

As well – YOU should. YOU are an expert of you. No one else.

Personally, I was shocked to realize how many foods I consumed on a regular basis, were making me sick – but I call that being aware, and taking responsibility for my health by avoiding those foods, vs. continuing to make my auto immune disease issues worsen, and broaden.

When I had my food cytotoxin report done, it confirmed that same thing – coffee was highly inflammatory to my body – and was breaking down my white blood cells. Tea was also in the category. I didn’t notice the SAME effects from tea as I did from coffee. Other things like rice, and almonds were in there – which most know that even gluten-free grains are usually loaded with rice flour.

REMOVED ALL GRAINS, STARBUCKS TEA….

However…

As I removed those foods recommended from that blood test… I saw an improvement in my health. The only two things I had changed that first month, while doing my other homework of tests… was removing foods on the list and changing to a higher quality fish oil. Both things contributed to an improvement – but I was still … so tired. Clearly my immune system and thyroid were just not making progress on their own.

THYROID ENERGY SUPPLEMENT

So after that, I added in Thyroid Energy, and was making more progress… I was hopeful. The systemic pain had gone down significantly – but was still random. The energy was improved, but I didn’t feel “like myself” yet.

As I’ve made more changes I kept coming back to my Starbucks tea, and knowing I just didn’t feel that super after having it. Usually not immediate – I just felt… foggy, and more tired. Not the effect I was looking for from caffeine.

“I wonder what else can help me improve?” I considered. I started taking that CoQ10 enzyme and L-Glutathione, as well as Milk Thistle for liver support as more toxins left my body.

CoQ10 and L-Glutathione ADDED IN

After my second meeting with my naturopath – and going over most of my results… I started on a half of a grain of natural Armour and a few other vitamin supplements. It took about a week, and I really started feeling – more and more improvements.

ARMOUR THYROID ADDED & A LOADED PROBIOTIC at 256 billion (yes, even more powerful than my daily dose of 50 billion!)

Because I have eliminated so much from my diet – it’s pretty easy to figure out when something doesn’t agree with me. While seemingly strange to most – it’s my reality – and the reality of most people with auto immune disease issues.

A week later a thoughtful friend brought me some organic white tea leaves to try making her favorite tea, since I had success with an organic green/ginger tea. I read everything I could about their brand of tea, the leaves, etc. I had two cups one night – smooth, delicious.

The next day I regretted it. I hurt all over, and was so foggy all day…

It just shows me that once you have gut permeability issues from gluten or yeast damage… it can be completely random what sets your system off – things that SEEM like they should be good for you.

The damage may be the unthinkable, or unimaginable – but it’s very real and sometimes crazy frustrating.

So now I’m on the auto immune disease protocol diet. While I hate “labels” – it’s the best way to explain partly how I eat “works”… It’s a modified Paleo diet. No grains, dairy, yeast or soy. Some organic meat, eggs, organic fruits and veggies, juices, and supplements.

When people say, “What CAN you eat?” The answer is – plenty. I eat LIVE premium foods and am making efforts each day to remove toxins from our house and our family’s lives. When you know better, you do better. I just didn’t realize how each “little” decision I made impacted my health so GREATLY.

I’m feeling strong and wonderful right now and I’m so thankful for my health! I used to take my health for granted. It’s true that you don’t often know what you have, until it’s gone! Now I protect my health, and I work at it every day as I try to live not as a patient, but as a person!

My husband I were counting our blessings this weekend and I stated, “I really thought I was dying.” He said, “You were dying.” and agreed he thought I was going to continue to worsen. What a helpless feeling, as a spouse. Thanks be to God, the Restorer of my health. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to make the best choices and choose health.

“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.”

Psalm 41:3

Posted on February 13, 2013, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles, Truth and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great Post! Even though I don’t have the auto-immune disease, I have been eating the foods on the diet you are eating now and I feel much better! I have less pain in my neck, which for me leads to migraines. I was interested in your finding that rice is a source of trouble for you. I have found that I can’t eat anything that has rice flour, rice cakes, rice cereal, etc. But I can eat cooked brown rice with no problems. I’ve been thinking all along that the rice flour, as well as the rice cakes and cereal were broken down to more of a form of starch which turns to sugar. My husband and I are neither one diabetic, but are very sensitive to sugar which causes inflammation in our bodies. Is there a particular part of the rice that makes people sensitive to it besides the fact that it can contain starch? Just curious as to what you have found on that.

  2. I believe that all grains have a gluten (protein). Because of GMOs – Rice proteins would be much larger than they were intended to be through the process, and therefore cause digestive issues for many people. They are difficult to breakdown. Then you have issues (like you mentioned) with yeast overgrowth (bloating) from the stomach not being able to break it down or an auto immune response due to gut permability issues. Because cooked rice is softer, and easier to digest – you might not notice it as much. A quick relatively easy way to figure it which foods are trouble for your body is go to http://www.labtestingdirect.com and order a stool test. They would give you a read out for foods your body is allergic to. Because there are 5 different types of antibodies, it’s not always an immediate reaction in your body (where you can’t breathe, or a rash), sometimes it’s systemic (like migraines) or inflammation that shows up later. Thanks for sharing your symptoms!

    • Thank you for your information. I didn’t realize that all grains can have some gluten. Is this true for organic brown rice (because it shouldn’t contain any GMO’s)?

      I’ll check out the website, also. I really do appreciate you sharing your knowledge, it really does help to hear what you are going through. We can learn together, Amen! I’m very glad you are feeling better.

      I forgot to mention that I too have recently decided to eliminate eggs from my diet, at least for a while. I also recently eliminated the de-caf organic green tea I was drinking for breakfast and lunch and I’m now making my own organic ginger tea. It’s amazing how my body changes and reacts to foods that I had no problem with before.

      • Yes, it will still have a protein. Any grain will.

        That is so true – I’ve read that as your body heals it can change too… because of my damage the list of offending foods just kept growing, because it was going into my blood and causing adverse reactions. I’m grateful I could feel it, to know something was wrong – so many people don’t, until it’s too late.

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