Catching up? Check out my first post “Healing My Gut: Part I”
I ended the first post with a mention of a food desensitization test so I’m going to dive right into that. Remember, I ask that you take these leaky gut healing practices with both a grain of salt (I’m not your doctor) and an open mind (this is not a traditional practice and I sometimes have a hard time believing everything).
What is a food desensitization test?
According to my doctor: “Food sensitivity detection and correction is an essential part of resolving your leaky gut syndrome. Otherwise, your immune system will continue to react to these foods (whether you feel symptoms or not) and will cause ongoing inflammation that allows the leaky gut conditions to persist.”
What does it entail?
The goal is to screen as many of the foods, spices, condiments and beverages that you consume. Therefore, you need to save 25-30 samples of food (about a quarter-size), label and freeze them. You need to save each food individually. For example, instead of saving just a muffin you need to separate it into the eggs, milk, flour, etc.
Then at your appointment, those foods will be screened using the muscle testing I mentioned in the previous post. Problem foods will be identified and corrected using tapping. Very simply put: tapping “taps” into the body’s energy and restores balance. Energy flows throughout the body along a network of channels. You can tap into the energy at certain points of the body.
A little crazy, a little “this makes sense.” Right?
After all of that, you will be asked to avoid the problematic foods for one week. Then, you will bring them back and get retested to see if the tapping restored the energy balance. Usually one week is enough to fix the issue.
What did this look like for me?
I went to the appointment with my little cooler in hand filled with frozen samples of food. I saved 30 of the foods I eat most often, along with some I don’t (dairy, for example) to see how I reacted. Long story short, I was sensitive to most of the foods. Oddly enough, sweet potatoes and zucchini were in the clear!
The exact foods are insignificant because they will vary from person to person, but let’s just say I had to get very creative with how I ate. Most of my staples were eliminated. I don’t like the idea of unnecessary elimination (especially of my favorite foods) but it was only for one week. I can do anything for one week, right?
How did I feel after?
Honestly, great. I slowly reintroduced the foods over the next week (not all 30 foods in one day) and have felt good since. I went back for the follow-up and tested a few additional foods (more like 15 this time) and repeated the process for a week. There are certain foods I am still sensitive to, such as dairy and gluten (duh).
HOW oh HOW is one week enough to do the trick? That, I don’t fully understand…no matter how many times I ask them to explain it. But, I do understand that everything has an energy/emotion and we each react differently depending on circumstances or our natural inclinations. I suppose that tapping into those emotions, pun intended, helps to release any weaknesses.
Another healing and holistic technique I tried is acupuncture. I went once a week for five weeks and, while I can’t specifically say if it’s helped or not (too many things at once), I don’t feel worse. I was also interested in fully getting all the “negative energy” out of my foot post-stress fracture.
In fact, I just have to mention this: when I told the acupuncturist about my stress fracture she asked me if I was under stress at that time. I responded saying that I was training for a marathon so, yeah, my foot was under stress. She then said, “no, were you stressed in your REAL life at that time?” Um…yes, yes I was. My stomach ulcer, pre-graduation stress, etc. I never ever thought my life stress would have caused my stress-fracture, but it’s CRAZY how everything is/could be connected. (I’m not 100% sold on that being the cause but it’s interesting to note).
I read a lot about how it’s beneficial for athletes so why not kill two birds with one prick? It’s not painful AT ALL. In fact, it’s actually kind of relaxing. After the needles are in place you just sit there (and nap, if you’re me) for 25-30 minutes.
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In a few more weeks I will follow-up with a post concluding my thoughts on the holistic healing. I’m almost done with my supplements and going back for a final check-up next week. This process has been interesting and time-consuming but I’ve seen great results! I’m also learning A LOT, which can never hurt.
That’s enough for today. Moral of the story: I’m feeling good and I hope anyone else who is in pain takes the steps toward feeling their best too :)