Anxiety, IBS, and Insights

The whole point of this blog to try to help others through my own distressing experiences. If just one person can benefit or learn something, it makes it all so worth it. Today’s topic is anxiety and IBS (surprise!).

I recently started doing EFT again. I forgot how incredibly wonderful this technique is. This is the video I watched:

The reason I picked this video was from an observation I had about myself. As you know, I used to suffer from debilitating, horrible, almost daily IBS (with diarrhea). It was dreadful and quite traumatizing. Well, I’m virtually cured from it, but it reared its ugly head again last week. I don’t know if anyone else does, but I get extremely emotional when I get IBS. I cry a lot, I feel like a weak person, get very anxious, and wonder if I will ever be normal. So I sat (the best I could) with the uncomfortable physical and mental sensations this time, and asked myself why am I so afraid of IBS? I suddenly remembered my fiance had a bout of norovirius about five or six years ago. (For anyone who doesn’t know what it is, it is one of the scariest things to witness I have ever seen in my whole life). It started as diarrhea, with throwing up and within an hour and a half, my fiance was out cold on the toilet from being dehydrated and I had to call 911. We had to take him to the hospital, where it took over 25 minutes to find a vein (for an IV of fluids), since his veins were totally collapsed from dehydration. It all happened so quickly. It was horrible. The good news is, some fluids and anti-nauseous medication, and you heal 100% within a few days. Now, this doesn’t happen all the time, it is not too common. But what I realized was, I was traumatized from this. Every time I got diarrhea I was constantly monitoring myself, and terrified I was going to get norovirius. I did not realize that until now. I remembered EFT was great for releasing trauma, so I did the EFT video above. I cried a little and felt some great relief.

It is so totally normal to be traumatized from a situation like that. Which brings me to my next point. The next observation I made about myself was, deep down somewhere, I never gave myself permission to be scared, anxious, or stressed. Somewhere buried inside me, I thought I was not allowed to acknowledge stress in my life. Whether it was from my childhood or my own self-conditioning I do not know. But reading that last sentence sounds so ridiculous to me now. Why would you not be allowed to recognize stress? Well, I have spent may years learning about the law of attraction, or the power of our thoughts, and somewhere along my travels I thought if I acknowledged the stress in my life, it would magnify it and also prove that I was ungrateful. For instance, even when things are tough, plenty of people would love to be in my shoes so I should be grateful and not stressed or anxious. What I am learning now is I can be grateful AND allow myself to be anxious or stressed at the same time (you’re not magnifying the stress, just allowing the acknowledgement, we must validate our own emotions). So in this instance, I allowed myself to acknowledge that norovirius was a horrendous thing to go through and anyone would have been effected by it! So if I get IBS again, I will remind myself that norovirius is not common, its normal to be afraid after seeing what I saw, and even if I did get it, I will be okay. (I find running through a mental fact check of my current situation, during anxiety helps ground me).

To further the topic of me realizing I never allowed myself to be stressed, I thought back to when I opened my first business in 2014, by myself (this is when my IBS appeared) and I constantly thought something was wrong with me and I was broken. Where did this IBS come from? WTF is wrong with me? (And I actually remember saying to myself, ‘many people would kill for the opportunity to own their own business, I should not be so anxious). After these new realizations, I can’t even believe I talked to myself like that. And I had that business for a year and a half. It was successful and I even sold it. Of course it was stressful! It was a brand new business, and I have never started my own business before! What a huge relief that feels like to say that…wow. And I personally think my IBS was just manifested emotions that were stuck. Since I wasn’t allowing myself to be anxious or stressed, IBS manifested itself as a cleansing. (bottled up emotional energy can do amazing things to us). This was a big step for me. And I feel lighter as a result of this realization. But this is only part one.

So to recap, I thought I wasn’t allowed to acknowledge stress. Not only that but I wasn’t allowed to express stress. I remember growing up, I was not allowed to be anxious (although I remember my first attack when I was five) because there were always more important things going on, or I was told whatever I was anxious about was “completely ridiculous”. (No validation from my parent of feelings at all). So I learned, I better stuff those emotions or whatever, away because that’s not allowed. So now, I acknowledge my stress, and allow myself to feel anxious! My life is not perfect right now, and anxiety does pop up, but knowing I am not insane or broken, and anyone would be anxious in my shoes is like the biggest weight off my chest.

I have told friends and relatives about this (my brother in particular has been so supportive and I am so grateful) and they all say, ‘well of course you’re anxious over this or that!’ What a relief.

The point of this post if you’re reading this, is maybe your IBS is fear rooted somewhere; or maybe you are not acknowledging your own feelings or validating them. Or your anxiety. But please be kind to yourself. Do not ‘should’ on yourself ever. We are not broken people. EFT, self love, acceptance and allowing work wonders. Sometimes I wonder if all that shit like: IBS, Anxiety, Panic, fear etc, are all just pent up emotions or experiences trying to tell us something. It’s all fear based. Trying to protect us from something (real or in our mind). So during EFT, I thank my anxiety, thank you for trying to protect me. Then, while tapping, I tell it I/we are safe now, and we can handle this and do not need protecting. I am not perfect, but I will never stop trying to learn, improve myself or love myself more than I do now.

 

Thanks for reading!

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IBS: Some ideas

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects thousands of people in North America. As a result of this condition, they experience frequent gastric discomfort and irregular bowel movements. They are either constipated or suffering from diarrhea much of the time, even nauseated, but their pain and suffering could be mitigated by consuming certain natural products. If symptoms involve dizziness, severe cramping, or blood in the stools, talk to a doctor. In the meantime, you could ease symptoms by trying these supplements and/or foods because a doctor probably doesn’t have medicine for what ails you.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Eat foods in these categories and maybe you won’t need anything else. Prebiotics prepare the gastrointestinal tract to receive probiotics or beneficial live bacteria. Before you cringe, bacteria are already inside your body in their billions, often the bad kinds which love a diet rich in refined carbs. Prepare with prebiotics such as chicory (coffee replacement) or garlic. Drop some of the sugar from your diet and replace refined foods with a bowl of plain yogurt and berries plus a dollop of honey. Honey is a healing, natural sugar. Yogurt with 4% or 5% fat is thick and creamy and honey cuts down the acidity. Meanwhile, berries provide immune-supporting antioxidants plus fiber to help keep you regular, not to mention wonderful flavors. Plain yogurt contains live bacteria which will thrive in their new environment.

If you are allergic to dairy products, consider trying soy or almond-milk yogurt containing live active bacteria. Try plain varieties in favor of flavored, sugary ones. Yogurt is simply disgusting to some consumers, so other foods to try include miso soup and fermented vegetables. Another option is to take probiotic supplements. Conduct your own research to determine which of these is the most effective as they tend to be expensive and you will need to take them every day.

Fiber

There is a strong chance you aren’t eating fiber. Most North Americans are undisciplined this way and they make things worse by eating baked, sugary foods which contribute to bloating and loose stools. If you are going to eat a muffin for breakfast, at least make it yourself using bran, whole wheat flour, and oats unless you have discovered that wheat is causing some of your problems. Then make sure it’s a wheat-free muffin and choose oat bran, flax meal, plus molasses, honey, and brown sugar for sweetness. Throw in nuts, seeds, and fruit like grated apple.

A better meal is a bowl of oatmeal with nuts, berries, seeds, honey, and/or flax meal or even nutritional yeast. The flavor of nutritional yeast is strong, so add a little at a time until you can handle about one to two teaspoons in your bowl with the oats. Choose thick oats or, better yet, steel cut oats. These will provide fiber, protein, and other nutrients but it’s the fiber that should matter to you. The oats, yeast, and fruit are packed with soluble fibers which help your body to get into a regular gastric rhythm. In other words, you will poop more regularly and stools will be fully formed. Be sure to drink enough water too: fiber requires water in order to do its thing.Consider taking a fiber supplement as an alternative.

My Favorite Supplements

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I just wanted to do an update post on which supplements I now take regularly, and why they are so helpful.
I have talked about what I have tried, but here’s what I faithfully take now:

  1. Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes
  2. Olive leaf extract
  3. Niacin
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Complete Omegas
  6. Multi-vitamin & Mineral
  7. Fiber
  8. Moringa
  9. Colloidal Silver
  10. Green Superfood
  11. Manuka Honey
  12. Probiotics

I have suffered from intense anxiety & panic attacks for most of my life, impending doom-worry, and Chronic IBS-D (irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea). So for me, I wanted and needed to approach all aspects of my health from all angles.
Let me explain the reason behind each one.

Papaya & Pineapple enzymes: Papaya enzymes contain several proteolytic enzymes (they help breakdown and digest proteins), with anti-microbial and anti-ulcerative properties. (So if you have IBS, gut flora is important, and this helps).

Olive leaf extract: Olive leaf extract is good for blood pressure, your heart, diabetes, it can help reduce carbohydrate absorption, an antioxidant, and immune system support.  (perfect if you’re under stress or not feeling well).

Niacin: Niacin can lower cholesterol, help digestion, and even help with depression.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great for your immune system and also aids with healing sore muscles from working out.

Complete Omegas: Omegas are great for joints, skin, and cognitive functions. There are many different supplement options, (omega 3, 6, 9) which is why I chose to take a complete omega.

Multi-Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a must on a daily basis. I look for one that has all B vitamins, minerals and Iron. (The one above is my favorite from trader joes does).

Fiber: There are many different fiber supplement options. I went with Heather’s Tummy fiber formula because its soluble fiber (fiber is either insoluble or soluble. Most supplements are insoluble, and if you have IBS, insoluble fiber is intolerated).

Moringa: Moringa is not a well known supplement, but it’s incredible. It has 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, 25 times the iron of spinach. Its also an antioxidant, can lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation, maintain healthy cholesterol, protect against arsenic toxicity, and an antibacterial. WOAH. Need I say more?

Colloidal Silver: Colloidal silver is great for immune system support. I also sometimes use it if I get a toothache, or a scratch, it works phenomenally.

Green Superfood: This is great if you aren’t eating enough vegetables every day. I usually take this daily with a teaspoon of agave syrup & a tablespoon of moringa.

Manuka Honey: Manuka Honey has antiviral, antibiotic, and antiseptic properties. Some people put it on their skin or in tea. I eat a teaspoon a few times a week.

Probiotics: Probiotics are vital, not just for people with IBS but for everyone. When looking for a good probiotic it can be tough to know where to start. I ONLY take Dr. Mercola probiotics. His are some of the purest I’ve ever seen (70 billion CFUs). They are also good for: growing healthy gut bacteria, immune system support, aids in breakdown of toxins, helps maintain blood pressure levels.

So there you have it. My list of supplements and why I love each one 🙂

I have put countless hours, and probably years into research to discover the best combination that works for me. My goal is to be able to help anyone else who has suffered like I have!

 

Thanks for reading,

Kait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IBS: Supplements

Lets talk about IBS. (Irritable Bowl Syndrome).

This condition affects way too many people today, and way too many people suffer endlessly and find no relief. IBS is a condition that can be triggered by a number of things including: stress, or a poor diet, and the bacteria (flora) in our stomach changes. The bacteria in our stomach is in fact very important and helps with eliminating toxins. So if our gut is out of whack, other things will be too.

This is probably the biggest reason I started this blog. I want to help as many other people as I can, who suffer from IBS.

A little background on me, I have had anxiety/panic attacks as long as I can remember (the earliest I can remember, I was five years old).

I have never had IBS until about a year ago, when I started my first business. I would have anxiety attacks, and a little nausea, or a ‘knot’ in my stomach, but now I was experiencing urgent, uncontrollable diarrhea. It seemed it did not matter what I ate. I read and read and read some more about treatments, and ‘trigger’ foods. There seemed no end in sight. There are forums dedicated to IBS and  many people just live with it and assume there is no cure.

That is a heart wrenching way to be. It is an absolutely emotional and debilitating condition, and I know I could not live like that for the rest of my life. Through hours on the internet, talking with therapists and reading, I devised my own plan of supplements that I have found to work for me:

I know what you’re thinking. OMG! I have to take all those every day? No. These are all the supplements I have taken while dealing with IBS and I do not take them all every day anymore, just a few. Let me explain.

I have numbered them so it will be easier to explain what each one is.

  1. Colloidal Silver: This stuff is great. There is plenty of info on the web about Colloidal Silver. Its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory,  and good for immune system support. (I take this if I am not feeling well, or once a week if I remember just because it’s so good for you).
  2. Green Superfood: I love this stuff. I take it with 8oz of water, & 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar. There are many days that I don’t eat enough vegetables.
  3. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar: Ok. This stuff is from God. I drink 1 tablespoon of this after lunch every day. I will also take a shot of it if my stomach starts to ‘cramp’ after a rich meal and I feel diarrhea coming on. I can’t live without this stuff. The pectin in it from the apples actually binds you up too. (I Actually grew to love this stuff, its refreshing! If you find it sour, you can add it to hot water with a little honey).
  4. Manuka Honey: This stuff is similar to Colloidal Silver. It is also antibacterial & antiviral. I usually swish a teaspoon of this in my mouth and hold it for about 30 seconds. Its great for your gums & immune support too!
  5. Probiotics: These I believe are absolutely vital for healing IBS. Probiotics help reset the bacteria in your gut. I take these every day after dinner.
  6. L-Glutamine: Glutamine is an amino acid found in our muscles. It is a nutrient that can help rebuild & repair intestines. It also helps balance mucus production (for more solid bowel movements). I did take 1 teaspoon of this in water every day for about 6 months.
  7. Serra Enzyme: This was recommended to me by a doctor, and is also an enzyme that is anti-inflammatory. It helps with waste and toxin removal, as well as heals the body. I did take this every day for about three months.
  8. Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil: I probably don’t even need to explain this one. From hair, to skin, to teeth, this stuff is Gold. I mostly use this orally if I have a toothache or a cut on my skin.
  9. Aloe Vera Juice: Aloe Vera Juice is soothing for your stomach. It helps prevent spasms. There are two types of aloe juice; whole leaf and inner fillet. I went with inner fillet as it has less fiber in it. IBS sufferers can be very sensitive to fiber, (insoluble fiber to be specific) so I limited that in my diet too.

So you may be thinking, some of this doesn’t seem relevant to IBS but for me, I wanted to just do everything I could. I love to learn and love to improve in any aspect, so I figured I would strike my health from all angles. I also take a multivitamin I get from Trader Joes daily too. But really, my top of the list would be probiotics and apple cider vinegar. I linked each item to amazon because there are a lot of different brands of products, and after all my countless hours of research and trial/error, I have found these brands to be the best of the best for me.

In short, about a year later, I hardly have ANY IBS episodes anymore. And I used to have them daily. I for one don’t believe when a condition like this appears, that we cannot make it disappear. I like to think I am an example of that.

I am also going to write about what behaviors I had to change when I had IBS as well. Mind and body are one.

Thanks for reading,

Kait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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