Friday, January 18, 2013

My Story

So where do I begin..For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 21 years old and a female. Oh yes, my name is Jael Redding. Can’t forget that important fact. I’ve decided to start a blog to share my story and journey to get healthier and heal my body, naturally. Now why would I want to do that you ask? I’ve gotten diagnosed with Candida Albicans all throughout my body, mainly in my stomach and intestines. And you’re probably thinking, what in the world is that?! I’ve never heard of it! Well my friends, I’m not surprised you haven’t. I’ll try and put in simply as to what it is because there is so many descriptions of it, and I’m still learning and researching it. Have you ever heard of a yeast infection? Yeah, I know gross. But Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body, when the body’s natural yeast growth is disrupted. Doesn’t seem so bad right? Wrong. Very wrong in fact. I’ll go into more detail but I’m going to give you my story and how it led to this. 
So I grew up a pretty healthy kid. I had no food allergies, no medicine allergies. Nothing. Just basic seasonal allergies and colds here and there. In my teens, I developed a skin infection which resulted into what looked like pretty bad acne on my face. So I was prescribed very strong antibiotics and was on them for a good two years. A little while after I graduated high school, I started to get sick every time I had dairy, so I discovered I was Lactose Intolerant. It was hard to deal with, but I felt better eliminating all dairy. But just two years ago, I started to have stomach problems. They were pretty mild. But eventually became a daily struggle. I couldn’t eat without feeling terrible pain in my stomach, let alone not being able to digest food right. If I eat anything, I have to sit for literally an hour and not move, and hope everything digests okay. I then dealt with a lot of anxiety issues because I was so scared to go out in public because I never knew when my stomach would act up. Over the course of two years my stomach became worse and worse. It was hard to even want to eat. Food had become an enemy to me, and currently it still is. Then, just a year ago, I became really sick for an entire month. I then discovered I was wheat and gluten intolerant. I felt really lost at that point because I love baked goods, breads, and pastas. So how is that even possible. I went to the doctors, they would do some tests, but couldn’t find anything wrong with me. And I’m thinking to myself, this isn’t normal. Something isn’t right. But what could I do? Doctors are always right….right? Don’t get me wrong, I give major credit to all the doctors out there who save lives and help people. But where they sometimes go wrong, is handing out medication to people without telling them about ALL the side effects. Especially antibiotics. I could go on and on, but I’ll fast forward to current time. Summer of 2012, was almost miserable for me. I felt sick every single day. I would have only good moments and bad moments throughout a day. I’m only 21, I shouldn’t be feeling so unhealthy.  I knew I needed to do get help because something is wrong with me. A few years ago, an all natural cafe was opened in a little town near me, and the owner was Naturopath Doctor. Which means they are uniquely trained to specialize in natural medicine. They use the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible. They are educated in non-conventional methods of treatment and prefer to treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, exercise therapy, counseling and hydrotherapy. Naturopathic doctors perform physical examinations along with nutritional and dietary assessments. They cooperate with all other branches of the medical sciences, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. A lot of info isn’t it? So I decided I was going to take the all natural way to help my stomach issues.
As I am just beginning my journey to heal and be healthy again. I wanted to share it. Because I feel like I should inform people that there are other ways out there to help heal from illnesses, the all natural way. I know today’s society is pretty much based on going to the doctors and popping pills for every single symptom we have. But that’s where we are going wrong. That’s how we are slowly killing our bodies. If you don’t want anything to do with that “all natural crazy stuff” then you don’t have to. Simply ignore my blog and I respect your decision. If you have decided to follow me and my journey, then welcome! I’m excited to have you along.