As I read that title, I am amazed.
We have made so much progress in our health journey over the past years and months.
Are we completely healed of everything that ails us?
But come read about how we have improved–and see how you can join us on this amazing journey.
I shared over the weekend that I've been super busy and just haven't had the time I've wanted to write posts, but this course is such a big deal that I knew I needed to get this info out to you. I'd been working on this Easy Homemade Ketchup post, but just had to put that on hold to get this crucial information out to you.
Eczema, Autism, Hypoglycemia, Candida and More
Before Gut Work
1. Eczema– My oldest was covered with eczema as a baby. So much so that he would stick to my arm while he nursed. You can read more about Eczema and Food Allergies–From Despair to Healing to get the full newborn story.
About 4 years ago, the eczema resurfaced. My son was itching so badly that he was lifting his shirt in public constantly to scratch himself. It was embarrassing.
His skin is now almost perfect (if you don't look at the mosquito bites he got while camping this weekend :)!)
2. Autism— My oldest was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome about 5 years ago. At that time, he wouldn't leave our side, never made eye contact, talked only about things that interested him, and had no friends.
Our son isn't completely healed, but many friends tell us that they don't notice any difference between him and other boys his age. He just got back from a Scout campout and my husband reports that he interacted very well with the other boys.
3. Hypoglycemia-– 2 years ago, which I was in the midst of a horrid health crisis, part of my diagnosis (I figured this out myself–my physicians missed it) was hypoglycemia.
My fasting blood sugar was 55 (A blood sugar reading below 60 is recognized as being hypoglycemic.)
I just got my latest lab work back.
My fasting blood sugar? — 90!
4. Lactose Intolerance-– When my husband and I were dating, I figured out from his dietary habits and the physical effects of them (I am using clandestine language here) that he was lactose intolerant. Let's just say that you wouldn't want to be around him after he had a cheese pizza :).
Today, he eats cheese within moderation and has no digestive problems.
5. Candida-– At about the same time that I was hypoglycemic, I had candida. Badly. You can read more about it starting at What is Candida? – and The Beginning of My Sugar-Free Life. I had an itchy scalp, bloated belly, itching privates, brain fog, and mood swings.
Today, I am free from all of that.
6. Varicose Veins-– Ever since before my youngest was born, I had a painful vein in my right leg. Not horrible, but enough that I wore a stocking year round. Believe me–trying to figure out how to wear a stocking in the heat of summer isn't fun.
I would take it off occasionally for a few hours or a half-day if I really felt I needed to for an event, but the pain in my leg would appear pretty quickly.
About 3 weeks ago, I decided to take my stocking off.
It hasn't been back on since.
I've had about 2-3 slight tinges of pain during that time, but nothing more. And I stand a lot at my computer and in the home doing–you know–home stuff.
Are we completely better? No. We still have a ways to go. More on that later.
But where we are today is much better than where we were.
Our Guts Got Healthier
It happened at different times, and each person was a little different, but these are the basics:
1. Probiotics (Check out The “Straight Poop” about Probiotics for more information.
2. Digestive enzymes (my son and I took these).
3. HCl (hydrochloric acid — stomach acid). See how stomach acid helped my skin in Just a Red Face–or Something More?
4. Diet change – We removed almost all sugars and high-glycemic foods from our diet, and almost all refined foods, with the exception of an occasional sample at Costco or something at a potluck or gathering–and even then we are super careful–and we don't shop that often :)!) We also really limit grains for my son and me.
5. Detox work. Read Could You Have Heavy Metal Poisoning and Not Know It? for starters. I hope to share more soon.
So–what do these all have in common?
Gut Health Is Crucial to Overall Health
All of the changes we made are related to the gut. Even the detox, because toxins affect your whole person. I shared some of this in 5 Causes of Gut Dysbiosis.
Going back over the list of our healing accomplishments, I am just amazed.
I still have bad days (I have adrenal fatigue), but the good days are getting more frequent and the bad days aren't as bad as they used to be. Some day I hope to share more of my path with adrenal fatigue with you. For now, you can read Just Tired, or Something More? Take This Quick Test.
Anyway, I am more and more convinced that gut health is crucial to life and good health.
How Crucial is Gut Health?
If any of you joined in on the probiotics teleseminar, you heard a lot of claims about how important gut health is:
– most of our immune system resides in the gut
– almost all disease originates in the gut
– our digestive systems have been wrecked by toxins, poor diet, antibiotics, and stress
If my family's experiences aren't enough for you, consider this:
1. Remember the H1N1 flu scare? It was folks with underlying health conditions who were the ones most likely to suffer greatly and die.
2. Two friends of ours contracted West Nile Virus this past year. One weathered the illness moderately well. The other already had digestive disease and almost lost his life to the virus.
Yes, gut health is a big deal.
– Build up your gut and you build up your immune system.
– Build up your immune system and you are less likely to get sick and more likely to weather challenges to your body.
How Can You Support Your Gut?
1. Eat More Vegetables
2. Consume More Fiber
3. Eat Prebiotics
4. Eat Probiotics
5. Watch What You Drink
6. Limit Processed Foods
7. Eat Healthy Fats
I sure hope you will join me in doing all of these things to have better gut health, and therefore better overall health.
And a better life.
What do you think? Ready to join me for deep healing?
Top Image Credit: Michaela Leeper