Thursday, April 12, 2012

Project Get Healthy: Phase 2

Just a quick catch-up: I've opted to try to treat some of my health issues naturally at a holistic treatment center with supplements and diet changes, and I am now done with my first week.

Last week the doctor just had me take some supplements and increase my water intake.  I was so enthusiastic about the whole thing that I decided to drink nothing but water in the past week, and drank between 60 and 70 ounces each day, which is about 3 or 4 times what I had been drinking before, and even a little more than I need for my weight.  

So how did it go?

The first few days were horrendous.  I am used to drinking a cup of coffee every morning, plus a lot of iced tea during the day (sweet iced tea is my favorite thing ever).  So for two days, I walked around in a total fog of fatigue with the worst headache imaginable.  I just wanted a cup of coffee!  But I knew to drink one would only prolong the symptoms, so I stuck to my guns and didn't cave.  By Saturday, I woke up and my headache and fatigue were gone, and I felt great!

I am taking one supplement that is supposed to help regulate all kinds of things, including nerves/stress.  I was to take 5 of those before bed, plus my allergy pill.  Those things made me so tired I not only fell asleep instantly, I also slept like the dead every night.  It was great!  I never really have trouble sleeping, but lately with my breathing problems, I hadn't been sleeping very deeply, and I'd been waking up multiple times each night.  Perhaps this kind of treatment would be great for someone who suffers from insomnia!

I don't want to get into too many details, but let's just say that I've been having major stomach problems for two and a half years.  They involve a lot of pain and cramping, and it had just been something that I sort of thought I was going to have to live with.  By the 2nd day...let me repeat that for emphasis: the 2nd stomach was back to normal!!!  To where it hadn't been in 2.5 years!  I had no cramping at all, and only some bloating on the days I ate really badly.  A big part of me thinks this is mostly because of all the water I was drinking, because I feel like the supplements wouldn't have even really been working that much by the second day.  It seemed like a miracle!  Seriously people, I'm a believer now.  Drink more water!!

Now, I wish I could say the same for my allergy problems.  The truth is, I didn't see much improvement in that area.  I think maybe my breathing is a bit better, and the past few days I haven't been coughing in between coughing fits.  But I'm still having violent coughing fits about 4 or 5 times a day.  Maybe this one will just take a little longer to clear up?  I'm still holding onto hope, because I've heard so many other people say that this kind of treatment completely cleared up their allergies and Asthma symptoms.  

So where do I go from here?

My normal doctor wasn't there today as she is on vacation, and I  had to see a different one.  I think it was hard for her since she didn't know much about me or my case, except what she scanned on my chart right before seeing me, so I felt like it wasn't quite the same as if I had seen the normal doctor.  She just told me to continue drinking lots of water, and to eat eggs for breakfast 5-7 days per week because it looks like I'm not getting quite enough protein.  Good thing I like eggs!

My next appointment is next Monday, and I'm anxious to see my regular doctor that day. 


  1. This is terrific! I agree on the water drinking, only recently have I noticed I don't drink enough and am always tired because of that.

    I hear local honey helps allergies as well!

  2. Yay! That sounds like an overall great week! Did the Dr think that all of that caffeine from the coffee and sweet tea was messing your stomach up? Whenever I drink even 8 oz of coffee I have some severe issues, so I have to avoid caffeine as much as possible. That's great that you could drink so much water- I aspire to do better with that!

  3. I'm just catching up on my blog reading, so I'm way behind on commenting, but I'm so glad things are already going better with this new diet and health plan! hopefully the allergies will start to improve soon too.


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