Juiced up

I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands with my gut health. Although I work at a terrific healthcare facility in the Philadelphia area, I’ve been having trouble getting an appointment to see a Gastroenterologist. I am very fortunate that I finally have an appointment at the end of September but I can’t sit around and wait, possibly making matters worse or even get sicker by continuing with my original diet. You see, I’ve been experiencing terrible acid reflux. Both over the counter antacids and prescription antacids do not work. I can’t even seem to drink a glass of water or eat a banana without experiencing major heart burn. I also have major belly bloat and I cough a lot, especially before bedtime. Prior to my diagnosis from my health care provider, I thought I had a nasty chest cold. I had no idea that coughing was a symptom of acid reflux. The first thing I did was kick coffee. Once the caffeine withdrawals subsided, this nearly made a dent so I needed to do more.

I needed to drastically change my diet. I had to cut out everything I that I eat and slowly reintroduce things back in. I must say that even before this change, my diet has been consistently healthy for the last 6 years with a few slip ups. I do not eat meat, but I ate all sorts of fish or seafood. I drank a glass of wine or beer once a month or every other. And I may have occasionally gorged on pizza or Mexican food and had a few too many cookies over the holidays. I considered myself a pescatarian, someone who eats a vegetarian diet and occasionally fish.

I’m feeling a lot better, although I’m not 100% completely healed. I will occasionally eat something that will immediately let me know that wasn’t right for my body. I learned that I needed to kick dairy, eggs, all types of breads, eat certain types of fish, nothing pickled or even oil on my salads and or for cooking. If it’s not fresh or raw I can’t eat it (I need a bigger refrigerator for all these fresh fruits and veggies). Canned, jarred or processed is a no! My condiments consist of lemon (this actually doesn’t hurt my acid reflux believe it or not), honey or maple syrup and fresh or dried spices.

I never thought I could be someone who could live without cheese or eggs. My diet is so time consuming when it comes to preparation. But I know that this is not permanent and feeling good and my health is extremely important to me. I also enjoy the time making and creating new dishes that I never made before and I love knowing what exactly is going into my body.

One thing that I started doing is making fresh juice daily. I replaced my espresso and start my day off with fresh celery juice. On the weekends my husband and I enjoy this juice concoction that we make up – see below. I took my time researching the perfect juicer. This really depends on what your needs are and what your budget allows. I purchased this one here. The lovely Kris Carr has a great break down here on the types of juicers that are out there that helped me make my decision. There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to juicing. This book, Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal by Anthony William was really informative and answered a few questions that I had.

Our favorite weekend juice recipe: All organic fruits and veggies
To prep please wash and cut. 1 lemon- peeled, 4 carrots, 1 beet, 2 green apples, 3 cups of kale, parsley, 1 cucumber, 1 inch of fresh ginger.

It is so important to pay attention to what your body is subtly telling you. Your heart, your gut your nervous system is always giving you signals. It’s important not to ignore these messages because they can fester into something bigger. Keep your options open and work with both a conventional doctor and holistic doctor to get your health back on track. Ask a million questions and find out what more can be done if something is not sitting right with you. Do not settle.

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