Yesterday I visited a naturopath for the first time over some digestive issues I have been suffering from for a long while. I have been waking up bloated every single morning for as long as I can remember which not only is uncomfortable but it also makes it hard to get an accurate reading on the scales. In a couple of experiments on myself, I could weigh in at one weight then go back at night before dinner and be lighter; which after a day of eating and drinking seems crazy. As you all know I’m pretty strict about my food and know what goes into my body and I just could not pinpoint what it was that was making me bloated, so a trip to the naturopath was LONG overdue. I have been meaning to visit one for around 6 months, but with my trips away etc, I just never got around to it.
The reason I chose a naturopath instead of my GP in this case is because this issue is something I would rather fix with natural medicine as opposed to what you are normally prescribed by your GP. Natural medicine is more closely aligned with my lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong though – I have a lovely GP who I have been visiting since I was a child and believe there is most certainly a place for regular medicine.
Fast forward 6 months, I had finally made an appointment and headed off with high hopes. It was definitely an eye-opening experience. My naturopath was incredibly warm and thorough with my appointment lasting just under two hours and including all manor of questions, tests and conversation. In this meeting, her main priority was working on my digestive issues and in future we plan to also work on my hip problems. Overall I am on the right track and am healthy, with no sign of diabetes or anything incredibly serious. I even did a pee test while I was there and it came back that my gut bacteria was regular – however due to the amount of water I drink it was a tad diluted so I will be doing another on my next visit. My gut bacteria coming back fine was a bit of a spanner in the diagnostic works and we then discussed the possibility of Leaky Gut Syndrome or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I really hope I do not suffer IBS! However any conclusion we come to can only be perceived as positive and helpful in moving forward healing my body. I’m sure I will learn more about my body in my coming appointments!
We did end up having to rush through my prescription a little at the end as I was running late for my next engagement but I was prescribed with some really awesome (and expensive!) things. I have been given a digestive tea and a few other pills and potions to take aimed at improving my digestive issues, treating leaky gut (despite no diagnosis there is no harm testing the medication for it to see if it improves) and even something that is going to help with my remaining weight loss combined with helping heal my skin after my big operation (two birds, one stone!).
Naturopaths sure aren’t cheap, but despite the fact that I am definitely on a budget I think my health is my main priority at this stage and a real investment is needed. Just like my weight loss, I would rather discover and work on these things earlier before I hit the hard yards. Money well spent, I cannot wait to see a further improvement in my health.