Hi Guys! Nice to hear some good updates. I totes second what sierra said about getting a lab report. Strangely I never felt all freaked out around doctors until I had significant health problems. I actually like stole my lab report before my naturopath got a copy of it ha ha. I went and got a copy as soon as the results were in and went a little nuts seeing the testosterone etc.
I have had some big pieces of the health puzzle align for me recently. My acne is getting better because of the stuff I’ve been putting on externely (afb and recently, jojoba oil) which means that its purging quite a bit like I’ve mentioned. But for the last week I STILL feel/felt like my body was not working correctly. So basically still felt like I was treating the symptoms (acne, I also have eczema ) and not the actual problem. So so frustrating. It finally dawned on me that everyday when I wake up, I feel like crap. I am tired as f*, even if I sleep 9-10 hours, and usually the brightness of the daylight gives me a headache for the first hour. I feel like a vampire, not in a good way. My skin looks grey and greasy and I look sickly. Then I have stomach issues for the first like 2+ hours I’m awake. I guess I was attributing a lot of this to pcos, but I have started to get smarter in the last little bit and realize that I have MULTIPLE ISSUES GOING ON. So yeah, pcos, but also digestive issues. But I didn’t know what digestive issues; I don’t feel like I have IBS, I just know my digestive health is like basically a piece of crap and it used to be so good that I literally did not even think of the concept of digestion until I started having these problems. And it has been going on awhile. I guess I thought birth control, antidepressants would help this along but it seems there is an isolated stomach issue.
Anyway I remembered the naturopath said she thinks I definitely have low stomach acid. I didn’t think that much about this, because there was multiple things happening, mainly pcos, which I was focusing more on. Then I googled the symptoms of low stomach acid (cuz I have to google qualify everything a doctor says) and I had a lot of the symptoms and it started coming together. I have: adult acne, eczema, poor digestion, food feels like lead slowly moving through my stomach and digestive system, feeling like I’m not properly breaking down food, not feeling good despite eating a really healthy diet, only craving food that is really easy to digest, not absorbing nutrients, multiple food allergies, fatigue etc. Suffice it to say that I started taking acid supplements (apple cider vinegar and digestive herbs) and I can feel a huge difference. You can also take straight up stomach acid but I’m gonna try the other stuff first cuz those stimulate stomach acid rather than replace it. Also I read that 75% of women w/pcos are vitamin d deficient, often severely so, and I think that has helped things as well. Apparently if your levels are below 50 your body has trouble performing basic metabolic functions….even tho 50 is w/in “normal”. Mine was like 30.
Here is a really, really, really creepy picture of my forehead acne. It's not that bad here, I spared u. But u can see the trend. I took this to track black soap progress, but thought it would be nice to put a forehead to a name.
ps Stacy i'm really excited you got black soap!!! It can help sooo much externally. I actually realized I wasnt using the right black soap, mine has a bunch of castille soap in it, wish is kind of a harsh soap, esp for the face. Its in a weird liquid form and I think is supposed to be for the body. So I ordered some new PURE black soap with no "soap" and am so excited. Let me know if you have q's, if you use it just once a day it shouldn't do anything intense and you can see how it feels
Edited by kelseylee, 20 March 2013 - 06:47 PM.