Is everyone having a sunny Sunday!? We are over here in WNY! Fiiiiiinally. Nothing but blue skies and (semi) warm temps.
Does anyone else feel like its ten times harder to study and do work when its nice out? I do! All I want to do is spend time outside and its so easy to come up with other things to do besides what you actually should be doing…like studying for the 50 hours of exams you have coming up in the next 3 weeks. Oh wait…you don’t have 50 hours of exams? My mistake, that must just be ME! (or at least that’s how it feels )
Darn IB’s and AP’s! But seriously, I know a lot of you are in the same boat as me right now…so we will suffer together
Exam/study rant over. Just had to get a little senioritis rage out before moving on to more important topics!
My past struggles with some health problems.
I am actually surprised I never thought of sharing this stuff on the blog before! But after Katie put out a tweet today about possibly giving up dairy because of her reflux…I got inspired!
(note: I am in no way a health professional…the thoughts below are completely based on my own personal experiences and before you make any changes to your lifestyle or diet you should definitely consult a medical professional)
Believe it or not, when I was younger I suffered from chronic sinus infections and acid reflux starting from around 7 to age 10. I went to numerous doctors appointments, specialists, and the like as well as had MANY tests done. (Upper GI test are NO JOKE! They make you chug this awful sludge that tastes like tar! YUCK.)
None of them could really figure out what was wrong with me and most just started diagnosing me with a ton of different things in an attempt to make it seem like they were at least attempting to do their jobs. I was told I had everything from asthma to gastrointestinal problems and everything in between. One of the doctors that said I had acid reflux told me that I would be on antacid medication my whole life!
Being a nurse, as well as someone who believes in more holistic treatments rather than relying on medications all the time, my mom would not stand for this! So in addition to changing my diet a bit and lots of research, she stumbled upon a (miracle) product called digestive enzymes! I was a little skeptical at first…I mean what could a completely vegetarian based enzyme supplement do for my supposed acid reflux? Even my doctors turned up their noses when we told them about the more natural approach we planned on taking. Almost like we were criticizing them by trying to find an alternative to their pill pushing ways.
[this is the brand I used!]
Well, these little capsules certainly proved me wrong! I started taking them three times a day with breakfast, lunch, and dinner and after a few weeks my symptoms completely subsided. No more heart burn, upset stomachs, chest pressure, bloating, and even my sinus infections cleared up!
Not only that, but I was able to go off of my medication completely. I continued using the enzymes for about a year and now I don’t use them at all! I attribute the healing of my digestive system to these great little supplements. They help with the absorption of your food and work with your digestive system to make the whole digestive process easier on your system.
Even though I don’t need them anymore, my mom and I always keep some in the house. They are a great alternative to something like Tums after a big meal or when you’re feeling a bit bloated.
So basically what I took away from all of this is that our bodies really can be healed without the aid of chemicals and harsh drugs. Hearing that you’re going to be on a certain medication for the rest of your life is pretty worrisome for a 10 year old. Especially when the drug isn’t even approved for children and comes with side effects like esophageal cancer (Robert Kardashian-Kim Kardashian’s father of course-is a famous case of antacid use causing esophageal cancer).
As far as my health goes, I think trying to resolve things in the most natural, holistic way possible is best! Of course there are situations where medications is of necessity…but for many cases small lifestyle changes can make all the difference!
Sorry for the wordiness of this post! But I figured if one of my experiences could help someone else…than its worth sharing!
Do you prefer natural cures or prescribed ones?
Have you ever used digestive enzymes?
What are your favorite holistic health tips?
Remember to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already! I will be back tomorrow with a lovely Summer drink recipe!