*** This blog is not to be prescriptive nor give you advice, merely to show you my way of navigating true health in a jungle of advice and pharmaceutical pressure. Please do your own research, ask your own specialists or contact those I have used if you wish to find out more about your personal condition and symptoms. To your very best health. ***
Looking back on week 9 and it feels like it was calmer in some ways and that there was some progress in others. However it was also the week that I started the first phase of the new regime for my digestive system after getting my bloods analysed a few weeks ago and this has been less than fun.
Phase one has been a 7 day bowel cleanse. This has been with a magnesium based product that oxygenates your digestive system to help remove the residue and build up of a sluggish system. This isn’t a laxative and is a product that can be used all the time to keep you regular without the unwanted side effects of daily laxative use. (Using laxatives all the time stops your body from using peristalsis to move food through your system for digestion, absorption and processing. It just forces stuff through. I don’t want that).
The website and accompanying leaflet about this product detailed the types of doses necessary to either promote a healthy daily habit or for a full bowel cleanse. Following my first days dosage of 1 teaspoon morning and night with a lemon juice chaser (yes really) nothing happened at all, apart from a lot of bloat.
The second day I increased the dosage to 2 teaspoons morning and night with my lemon juice chaser (it activates it) and was left looking like a blimp and not sure how this was going to end.
At the risk of putting you off your Cornflakes, I’ll say that it worked rather well.
The problem was that despite the obvious effects of bowel emptying my belly was permanently distended. So I was never really sure if it was working or not as I never felt empty.
The website describes it as breaking down any debris, impacted foods and the surrounding mucus that the body produces when a system is sluggish to stop toxins from the undigested foods from leaching back into your system. I described it as liquefying your insides and you pass this most times you need to go for a wee. I am only telling you this in case you think you wanted to do it and you weren’t prepared. Working from home certainly had it’s advantages this week.
I seemed to have gone from someone who never went to the loo to someone who was always in there in a blink of an eye. If my stomach had felt less bloated I’d have felt happier with it, but the discomfort from that was not pleasant. It was like I’d eaten a full on plate of pasta with garlic bread and been gluten inflated. Permanently. Even my Rev5 coach Debbie made comment on it! I looked pregnant.
During the week I got bored with all the toilet visits and wondered if I was taking too much of this powder and considered that the build up of days may mean that I could ease back to the prescribed 1 teaspoon a day. I did this and immediately everything stopped, so back to 2 teaspoons I went.
On Saturday night, some 6 days after taking the potion, I was sitting in the lounge with my daughter and my stomach went through a series of major, obnoxiously loud, drain unclogging noises that she could hear too. They were gurgling and burbling noises that I’d not heard from my guts before! That was all just noise, no sudden loo visits, but after that my stomach started to flatten out and come back down to a normal size so that by Sunday evening, as I took my last dose for this phase, I could see that it was working as the website suggested. It was keeping me regular and my stomach flatter. I must have had some serious blockages and obstructions in there for the air to have been so unable to move about in 6 days. Unfortunately one of the other benefits mentioned was a surge of energy as the body was cleared of all the toxins. I didn’t get this, I am still waiting for any improvement to my energy and brain clarity, whether it comes from a very delayed reaction to me giving up coffee, changing my diet or clearing me out. Watch out!
I have to pause for a few days before I move into phase 2 of this protocol and, given that I am away for a few days to Ireland, that’s worked out perfectly. I don’t fancy being caught short on a hillside.
Throughout all the toilet visits this week I’ve had pause to think a lot about what’s working and improving my situation and what isn’t or what I can’t measure.
This whole Hashimoto’s thyroiditis came about unexpectedly and by accident.
- I wasn’t ill.
- I wasn’t symptomatic (that I thought)
- I wasn’t struggling with issues that were out of the ordinary to me
- I felt fine, normal. I felt like me.
When I read about others with the condition they seem to be really struggling with life and have been to the GP countless times to get tested and diagnosed. It’s not that I feel a fraud but I can’t measure how I’m improving because I still feel the same. In fact I guess if anything I’ve felt worse as I’ve had the digestive and sleep issues to manage.
I’m doing all the stuff I’ve been advised to do or read about or been prescribed and I still feel like I did a year ago when I was first diagnosed. Weird.
I’m either unaware of these slight changes as they occur or have no concept of what feeling well or ill feels like…time will tell.
One of the symptoms that I’ve always had but hadn’t considered until now, is my cold hands and feet. Despite some rather nice sunny days this week I’ve had very cold hands and feet again. It’s fine once I’ve been in the sun and got a bit of a sunbathing fix, but even if the ambient temperature is 20C plus, I am still cold with socks and shoes on. Even at Fit Camp in the evenings, I’ve had clients in shorts and vests and I am in a vest, tee-shirt, thin fleece and coat…not normal at all. When this changes I’ll know that something is working.
Sleep hasn’t been much improved really, merely changed. I am still waking up early, but seem to be able to go back to sleep more easily before waking at 5am again when I get up. I am not ridiculously tired, but have an underlying sense that I am not firing fully. I am getting better at maximising my morning work time so that if necessary I can ease back in the afternoons before heading out again to Fit Camp in the evenings.
I decided to investigate what this means again, feeling that there’s something I’m missing.
When I looked into Chinese medicine I read that the liver is the body part driving the 01:00-03:00 time slot in the day. This isn’t a complete surprise now that I’ve seen Janie and had the blood analysis done (read that blog post here) and so knowing that she’s got me working towards a liver cleanse means that I feel happier that there is a very likely reason that I can work with and wait for. (Looking at the chart below I like the idea of a nap between 13:00-15:00!)
Other things of note this week…
- I got another outbreak of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). I get these when I am glutened. I can’t see how I was unless it came from cross contamination from a meal Dale and I had out last week, it’s possible, but iffy. Or I wondered if it could be from the release of this gunk from in my system? I don’t know, but something got me. The DH is described as being symmetrical, on buttocks, elbows, or knees mainly, but can show anywhere. It’s incredibly itchy and you scratch your skin raw when you’ve got an outbreak. Anyway, mine is almost always on my left bum cheek, always has been. When I mentioned this to Kelly the chiropractor she said that my initial tests suggested very strong left dominance, so maybe there’s something in that too.
- Another symptom of hypothyroid is low blood pressure. I have already talked about how I am trying to get my blood pressure into a more normal range, however this week it’s been especially low. I’m keeping an eye on this.
- Although a lot of this blog has so far been about nutritional changes I am making the Hashimoto’s condition is triggered by several other lifestyle issues such as stress, environmental toxins, food choices, genetics, nutrient deficiencies, gut issues. I reminded myself that looking at these issues too will make this a more rounded process.
- I notice that when I eat an apple or fruit after a meal I get bloated. I’ve got a bit of a taste for the fruit now, but will see if I notice a difference when I don’t.
- Not done my sprints for a few weeks now. I think the tiredness and lack of oomph from sorting the digestion out has set in, walking and Rev5 are my two regular exercise commitments at the moment.
- Off to Ireland for 4 days next week. It’s B&B and dining out in the evening. I have no idea how this will go, I need to think about where to compromise even though I really don’t want to. However I can see it will be more stressful if I don’t.
A week of lots of thinking and toilet visits. It’s been all or nothing!