Saying I’m ecstatic right about now, is an understatement! I’ve just been given some amazing results from a specialist… I’ve healed myself using ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
I’ve had chronic heartburn for more than half of my life. I was 18 when the doctor prescribed a tablet to stop the reflux. I didn’t know any better back then, so I followed my doctor’s advice and took said tablet. I don’t remember receiving any information about diet or lifestyle from him, and to be honest, I’m not sure I would have followed most of it if I had as it meant making quite a few changes. I wanted to fit in, not miss out.
At the time, I remember thinking how good it was that when I experienced the excruciating pain, I could pop this magic little pill and it would dull the symptoms and fire I felt in my chest. I could continue masking the pain and doing the things that made it worse without ramifications, well, that’s what I thought. Man was I wrong!
When I started experiencing IBS symptoms, fatigue, low energy levels, and vitamin deficiencies in my early 30’s, I spoke to a doctor and was told they couldn’t explain it and that there was nothing wrong with me. I knew it wasn’t normal and started doing some of my own research and seeing a naturopath.
For every action, there is a reaction and the problem with taking these sorts of tablets is that it stops the pain but also dulls the digestive fire (agni). My digestive fire had become so dampened that it wasn’t breaking food down the way my body was meant to. Hence the reason for the issues I mentioned above.
After a scope I had about 12 years ago came back showing Barrett’s oesophagus and a hiatus hernia I knew I had to make some changes. Barrett’s is where the cells on the lining of the oesophagus change and turn pre-cancerous. For me, this was due to constant reflux, from non-ideal diet and lifestyle choices and the hernia (stress). I was told by the specialist, and others that I had seen, that I would have to stay on these tablets for the rest of my life.
I had seen something prior to that appointment saying that all of the cells in our bodies change every year and I knew that if the body was given the right conditions, it could heal itself. And I so wanted to prove the specialist wrong!
I started seeing naturopaths and doing drastic diets. Their answer to combat the heartburn was to take things like apple cider vinegar or some sort of enzymes to ignite the fire, but it only made the heartburn worse and didn’t have any effect on my next scope a few years later. I felt like I was stuck in between a rock and a hard place, wanting to do things naturally but what was recommended to me, didn’t work for me. Then I heard about ayurveda.
In 2015 I stated studying ayurveda so that I could heal myself. What appealed to me most is that it was a science based on the laws of nature that was thousands of years old and is individualised to the person, not a one size fits all approach. I loved the way that it sees each person as a unique combination of the elements and it’s about getting someone back into their own true nature, so they are balanced and living at their optimal health. It really spoke to me, and I’ve seen first-hand how this approach works.
Which brings me to where I am today… I have just from a specialist appointment with results showing that I no longer have Barrett’s or a hernia! Part of me is in disbelief, and the other part of me is doing a happy dance! I know that ayurveda is the reason for this amazing transformation. And although I am still taking the tablet for now, I know I won’t be taking it forever. All of the work I’ve put into it, the study, the things I’ve said no to when I really wanted to say yes, the painful ordering at restaurants, the eating at home before going out, or bringing my own food along, the tears, the feeling, and the healing have all been worth it! Thank you, nature. Thank you, to my body. And thank you, for reading this far!