I set up this blog 1 and half years ago after suffering from bloating and IBS symptoms for 13 years. I also took the step to develop my interest in health and wellbeing and study naturopathic nutrition, to then make a career of it.
Actually writing down ’13 years’ shocks me a little as it’s surprising to see that I put up with this for that long. But when you have no clue what it’s about and for the most part aesthetic disturbances it’s easy to let time pass by.
That is until I started to learn that the body’s problems start with a whisper. Our bodies are pretty amazing and they will deal with quite a lot, but only until a certain point. And now after all of this time, I’m both sad and relieved that I have a diagnosis. Why did it have to take so long? It all happened unexpectedly too. A series of seemingly unrelated and vague symptoms taken to the CNM clinic (that made me look like a hypochondriac in front of the GP) began the lengthy process of tests and a confirmation.
In reality, my symptoms were due to a series of complex and systemic imbalances that were pretty much beginning to slow me down.
I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. An autoimmune disease connected to the thyroid, which produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance.
Some of the symptoms that I experienced were:
- Bloating, gas & constipation
- Muscle aches, pains and tension
- Cold extremities
- Brain fog, low concentration
- Anxiety & irritability
My most important imbalances so far tested are:
- Low iron
- Low Lymphocytes (immune cells)
- Low progesterone (fertility hormone)
- Anti TPO antibodies (that attack and destroy my thyroid)
Horrible and embarrassing symptoms, that on the whole could often be concealed well, but that also made them harder to understand and even take notice of. I didn’t even notice if I had them all at once, it’s only now when I look back that I know I had them at some point.
So what now? A complex journey to find the root cause (as there can be so many) and begin healing and reversing the condition. My doctor said that the only thing that I can do is take medication for the rest of my life, but I know from my studies that I simply need to rectify my diet and lifestyle, realign my immune system and bring my body back into balance.
My blog will still be about optimal health and lifestyle changes and gluten and dairy-free recipes. However, I will also be doing a special autoimmune protocol diet and I will feature recipes for this too. I’m excited to share with you a more focused challenge with measurable results. Focusing on optimising the digestive system, immune system and adrenals is highly relevant to general health and many other conditions, including over 100 now recognised autoimmune conditions, so I hope you will join me on this journey.