The Road To Health
Yesterday I travelled the 100 kilometres to meet with the naturopath who has been monitoring my health for the past 2 months, since a bout of hospitalization and surgery. I started consulting her to help complement and perhaps counteract the effects of the medical interventions that I had recently undergone.
There are several issues that have recently become noticeable as affecting my health, including high blood pressure, kidney stones and possible digestive system problems. Some of these have been long-standing and ignored by me, but reached the stage where they could no longer be dismissed as unimportant.
The medical approach has been to medicate for the hypertension, and surgery for the kidney stones. There was also a recommendation that some weight loss would also be beneficial, but there was no real guidelines as to how to do that.
After consulting with the naturopath it was decided, with my agreement, that we try a change of diet, excluding gluten and dairy products, as they may have been putting stress on my digestive system in particular, with some possible effect on other systems causing the increased blood pressure and contributing to the formation of the kidney stones. In addition to the dietary changes, I started a course of supplements to help relieve the stress on my system.
The results of the medication for blood pressure showed a small drop in the average BP readings, but little other noticeable effect.
Very soon after starting the diet change and supplements my BP came down to the target level on a regular basis and I noticed that there had been a small weight loss. As these continued the weight loss continued, BP basically has stabilised and I have a greater sense of general well-being.
This last visit has confirmed that the approach taken appears to be working well. I even passed the Zinc test, allowing the Zinc supplement to be decreased. The other supplements will be continued and MSM added as an aid to minimise inflammation of the system, to help maintain general well-being.
As the supplements are quite expensive and a drain on the finances, I am looking at ways to get the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that they provide from foods that I eat, especially if they can be grown in my backyard.
I will continue to research how this can be done and report my findings here and at the Nutrfitional Health blog.