Updated: Dec 10, 2020
I'm often asked "What did I do to put IC in remission?" My answer is always the same. It wasn't one thing. I had bladder issues for 4 decades. It was the accumulation of environmental factors, crap foods, stress and gut disturbances that contributed to my bodies attack on my bladder. It took close to a year to undo 40+ years of bodily damage. Living healthy is an ongoing process. I continue to make health promoting decisions daily.
I've been symptom free from IC for 4 years now. If I were to return to my old habits regularly, there's no doubt in my mind that I would have bladder issues again. Yes, I'm able to drink a glass of wine and enjoy tomatoes, salad dressings, and sugar now. However, these are not habits I want to repeat.
My list of bladder offenders was long. Years of antibiotics, an avid wine consumer, anti-histamines and ibuprofen eater (ate like candy daily) sugar addict, potato chip lover, poor stress manager, type A personality, IBS struggles, seasonal allergies and the stress from raising a special needs child. Add in the hundreds of chemical exposures from toxic products, chemicals, and makeup.
Your childhood experiences, food preferences, sleeping and lifestyle habits, your toxin exposures are unique to you. Your story won't be like mine. You healing process will be different. I can shorten your journey and guide you step-by-step.
Please use my story as a checklist of things to consider.
Action step - Make a health timeline. What got you to this point, feeling sick? Write out events in your life and see if you can associate a decline in health with specific events.
1. HEALTHY MINDSET - How you think, talk to yourself and what you believe matters to your body. It took me time to rewire and retrain my thinking after years of Doctors telling me I would never get better. I worked thru some past childhood experiences and emotions. You may need professional counseling or an emotion coder. I benefitted from both.
Believe your body is designed to heal and you will after you address the root causes.
2. OPTIMAL NUTRITION - Do you know what a healthy plate is? Most people aren't taught how to properly fuel their body. Are you afraid to eat because it causes pain? Restricting food groups leads to malnutrition. Also, you can be eating healthy and yet not absorbing your nutrients. I was malnourished and had malabsorption issues.
Your gut bacteria depends on nutrients from the foods you eat. I educate my clients on specific nutrients needed to run body functions and what foods they can be found in. I make sure you have proper digestion. Both are key to optimal health.
3. BALANCED LIFESTYLE - My lifestyle habits weren't good. Things to consider and ask yourself when it comes to living healthy are -
Are you hydrated? Can’t fall or stay asleep? Constantly stressed? Eating on-the-run? Do you think your body can stay healthy or get well with these habits? How you eat and when you eat matters. Keeping your body in circadian rhythm is important.
4. PROPER STRESS MANAGEMENT- I lived a big part of my life feeling stressed. If you're feeling stressed, so is your body. How do you perceive stress in your life? If you're chronically stressed and living in a state of “flight or fight” you're living in a sympathetic state. Your body thinks it's in survival mode. Your body needs to be in a state of "rest and repair" the parasympathetic state. Your bladder won't be able to heal if you're living in chronic stress. Your digestion will be impaired, your gut microbes will get imbalanced, inflammation, insulin levels and sugar cravings will all increase. I teach natural ways to reset your nervous system and impro