Updated: Mar 10, 2021
So often i am asked ‘what should I take to reverse my low energy or autoimmune disease?’. The truth is, not all protocols will work for everyone, nor will one diet fit every person.
What I am about to share with you is the protocol I personally undertook to reverse my fatigue and autoimmune disease, but this does not mean my personal protocol is right for you. This is the basis of personalised medicine, exactly what Naturopaths practice, we treat the individual person, NOT the disease so, I advise you to please consider your own condition or speak to your Naturopath before implementing any protocol.
If you haven't read about my story before, I was suffering from numerous issues, chronic fatigue, grave’s disease (over functioning thyroid autoimmune) and fibromyalgia, these where all triggered by something called Breast Implant Illness. To read more about Breast Implant Illness, click here.
When I talk about autoimmune disease, I refer to an imbalance of the immune system. Autoimmune disease can be anything from Hashimotos, Graves, Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus. The primary goal of a healthy immune system is to kill pathogens, bacteria, viruses, or any other intruder in the body, including parasites. Autoimmune disease, however, is the result of an immune system that has begun attacking the body itself. A particular organ may be under attack, or it might be several bodily systems.
The good news is that fatigue and autoimmune disease can be reversed. This is because while there may be many different bodily expressions of chronic fatigue or autoimmune disease, it is caused by very specific triggers. Anything that causes an inflammatory response can trigger these conditions. In order to find healing, it is of utmost importance to discover your trigger of inflammation—the source of the issue. In my case, it was my breast implants, that have now been removed!
So what protocol did i personally undertake?
Well, first i had to remove my breast implants, whilst supplements and herbs allowed me to function, no matter what i did before my explant surgery, nothing got me back to feeling like i had abundant energy because my source of inflammation had to be removed.
I went on an anti-inflammatory diet. This meant no processed food, no dairy, eggs, sugar, trans fats and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, fried foods, refined carbohydrates, foods with gluten (wheat, rye, barley, etc.), vegetable oils such safflower, corn, sunflower, or mixed vegetable oils, MSG, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, processed/cold deli meats or coffee. Certain foods can cause an inflammatory response in the body, many of these are listed above and can wreak havoc on the body and can contribute to autoimmune disease.
This elimination Sounds kind of brutal right? All the good stuff gone? Well i wanted to eat as close to nature as possible. This meant lots of fresh fruit and vegetables!
I also eat organic as much as possible and if you have chronic fatigue or an autoimmune disease, the food you eat should be fresh and preferably organic. By seeking to comprise your diet of organic foods, you can avoid dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides which can trigger many autoimmune disorders when consumed over time. Also, products labeled “organic” are required to be free of any kind of genetic modification. This way you are getting products as close to the natural state as possible.
I eat the rainbow! Colour, such as what makes a purple grape purple, can indicate the presence of certain types of phytonutrients. There are literally thousands of phytonutrients that naturally occur only in plants. Some of them provide health benefits beyond those provided by essential vitamins and minerals. Some phytonutrients help our cells communicate better with each other, others help prevent mutations at a cellular level, some are anti-inflammatory, others are potent antioxidants and many have functions we are only beginning to understand. What we do know is they work to deactivate cancer-causing substances, help protect against heart disease and most chronic diseases in general, are anti-aging, boost the immune system and generally promote health.
The most important thing, however, is to eat more types and quantities of vegetables and fruits and prepare them in a variety of ways so you’ll always be enjoying them.
I already knew from genetic testing that I have issues with detoxification, my phase I and phase II liver detoxification process are both impaired.
Genetic testing also told me that I have a susceptibility to low vitamin D levels (backed up by blood tests), low vitamin C levels, poor hormonal clearance in particular Oestrogen, low iron and I was aware that i had copper toxicity from a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis test.
Because I had already invested in testing that allowed me to find out what my body actually needs, I was able to supplement accordingly, without guessing! Some of the supplements I took included:
Supplements to assist liver function that included curcumin, L-methionine, taurine, choline, inositol and N-acetylcysteine.
Broccoli sprouts and DIM to improve my hormonal clearance.
B vitamins, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium to reduce my high copper levels and balance my thyroid.
Herbs like rehmannia, echinacea, calendula and withania to assist my thyroid, adrenals, regulate my dysfunctional immune system and get my lymphatic system moving.
Probiotics and glutamine to restore my gut health, especially post explant surgery this was really important.
I underwent a fungal and bacteria cleanse as fungus is linked to breast implant illness and all autoimmune disease. I took herbs such as clove, berberine, thyme and garlic.
In order to absorb toxins my body was flushing out I took a purified clay that also reduced my detox symptoms like headaches.
So there you have it, my supplement regime. As I mentioned above, it is so important to invest in testing to determine what YOU as an individual actually require or you may end up prolonging your condition and spending more money in the long run.
I should also mention that this is not the only way I healed my body, a HUGE part of my healing was through working on my mindset and trauma by energetically reprogramming negative belief patterns. I always combine this work with the physical, as THIS is what produces long term results, you really can't treat one without the other.
If you would like to know how you can also find the underlying cause and correct treatment for your fatigue, autoimmune disease or breast implant illness then book in for a consultation here.