By the time we hit July most individuals have forgotten their goals for the year. What was your top goal for this year? Are you working towards at least one goal? If not, it’s not too late to go back to reaching for your goal.
My biggest goal is to become healthier and be able to function more. Daily I am taking steps towards this goal. Once I knew my doctor was ready to resume my Prednisone taper I knew I had to do a lot of research and to add something to assist me in the process. Regardless of what one does it is a difficult process.
One day I had seen a post on my Facebook from a dear friend who has Lupus along with a multitude of other illnesses. I can recall many times her going into the hospital and literally fighting for her life. But this post was different, she was greatly improving. Of course, I messaged her, because I had to know what was helping her so much.I have to say honestly, when she told me she had begun plant based supplements I was a bit skeptical. I have tried so many things like most individuals with a chronic illness. Supplements always sounded nice but most times I did not tolerate them. Her progress was undeniable so I knew I had to at the very least do some research.
I begun learning how much gut health affects ones body especially in an autoimmune disease. I knew probitoics are fundamental but never found an excellent one. Additionally, I learned that it takes Microbiome (good gut bacteria) one year to fully regenerate after ONE course of antibiotics. Which shocked me yet made perfect sense at least personally. My freshmen year of college I was on antibiotics for four months straight for a kidney infection. Gut health is key to feeling good and functioning better for those of us with a chronic illness.
So many things we do regularly kill the good gut bacteria leading to unpleasant symptoms. Some examples include Excessive sugar intake, Drinking tap water (chlorine and fluoride), GMO foods, Eating too many whole grains (plus gluten),Emotional stress, Exposure to toxins and pesticides. Some symptoms people encounter include but are not limited to blood sugar spikes, depression, weight gain, joint pain, and making chronic illnesses worse.
After much research, discussions, and prayer I decided I needed to take a leap of faith and gives these supplements a try. Sometimes God calls us to take a leap of faith and to trust Him even when things don’t make sense. I was extremely hesitant and nervous to try the supplements that I am on now.I see God using them to enable me to get my life back and to function much better. I am celebrating every small victory.
I am able to tolerate the sun for a bit now. Before getting my picc line I went swimming for the first time in six years. My moon face has went down and I have lost a lot of water weight. I have had to give up many things that normal people my age have or are able to do. One of those things was high heels. Due to being so unsteady, intense pain, and swelling I couldn’t even imagine putting a pair on. Most things do not fit right with eds. For the first time last Sunday I was able to wear a pair of low heels successfully and comfortably. I am still amazed and excited.
The Lord crafted plants with specific purposes in mind some for food and others for medication. I believe using a combination of western medication and natural opens the door for the best possible health when living with a chronic illness. Genesis 1:29-30 says, “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” Could these planted based supplements be the key to your health improving and having a better quality of life? It is something I believe whole heart everyone with a chronic illness should pray about. Let me know in the comments if you would like more information.