Digestion was a major problem for me. It started with in-frequent indigestion which I’m sure we’ve all felt at some point, that really full feeling and bloating of the tummy and ended up with not being able to have a coffee without feeling like I was going to be sick or being sick.
I suffered severe chronic reflux which looked like this, vomiting at 1 am in the morning, a minimum of 3 times per week, (always when I had to go to work, never on a Saturday) and having that sick feeling all the time. I would feel like I was going to vomit at least 100 times per day, those of you who have suffered with this know how awful it is.
This was me for over 2 years, severe and on prescription strength medication for approximately 1 year. Sitting in meetings in a corporate job, the whole time not sure if I was going to run out to vomit. This would also make my eyes water, it was a struggle, one I’m glad I no longer have.
In the beginning most things I tried worked, Apple Cider Vinegar, Slippery Elm Powder, Bicarb Soda, Mylanta & all the over the counter chemist drugs ( I’ve had them all) but they were all short lived. Why? My digestion was getting worse & they no longer worked. Then it was prescription ant-acids.
I remember nights in bed when I thought I was going to die from choking. I couldn’t lie flat as that would make my reflux even worse. This was really hard when trying to sleep, propping pillows up (then I’d get a sore neck), bricks under the front of the bed to raise it up, it was a nightmare.
I also couldn’t bend over without feeling like I was going to be sick, making my bed was now impossible, I even struggled to dry myself out of the shower and would constantly have to re-adjust my bra as the pressure sitting on my rib cage was squashing me and that would also make me feel sick – a n i g h t m a r e.
At a last resort, I ended up on prescription strength antacids to give me some relief. It did lessen the symptoms but it didn’t get rid of the reflux. It did ease the vomiting but only IF I was able to take the tablet in time ie: just before my stomach turned, many times I would run to take a tablet, I’d have about 10 seconds or I wouldn’t make it.
I still vomited numerous times whilst on prescription antacids and was taking between 4-6 a day, every day, this was in addition to all of my other tablets.
If you know about digestion or are like me and have done your research, you’ll know there is huge controversy around ant-acid medications for numerous reasons, the biggest one – what’s in them & how harmful they are long term, but I’ll focus on something different today, how they work.
Ant-acids neutralise acid in the stomach – this helps to stop that sick feeling. Yay! – well possibly if you only need to take them once or twice a year but the downside of this is crucial & is weighing very heavily on my mind.
We know our bodies are clever, fine-tuned machines. Stomach acid is produced for a good reason, it assists with the breakdown of the food we eat. Maceration from chewing paired with the acid produced in the stomach ie: gastric juices. Guess what happens when you eat and then take antacid medication? Which is when you have to take them just before, during or just after eating.
The acid in your stomach is neutralised, stops you feeling sick but is unable to break down food you’ve just eaten. Which also means your body can’t extract all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the food as they are released during the breaking down process.
Over time, you’ll have Impaired Digestion, which leads to other things, constipation is just one of them, feeling sick all the time is another. This is a problem & it was a big problem for me, I’d been taking prescription strength antacids for 12 months. The more medication I took the worse I was getting as the problem wasn’t being fixed. Long term this won’t work.
With this in mind, what was I going to do? I knew my gut health was greatly impaired, this was also partly due to the low activity of my thyroid. You need thyroid hormone at the correct levels in your body for good digestion. I couldn’t see how I was ever going to fully recover whilst I was taking 4-6 antacids per day. I had to find a solution and stop taking the antacids but I couldn’t be sick every day either, I found a solution 🙂
I was looking for Essential Oils for mood – I had no idea they were medicinal and that they could treat other ailments. I won’t go into all the details here about how I found & chose dōTERRA (see below) but let’s just say, I did a lot of research & ended up with a pure Essential Oil specifically blended to support the digestive system.
I had nothing to lose & potentially everything to gain. Can you guess how the story ends?
I stopped taking the ant-acids and started using the oil & guess what happened? It worked 🙂 This was my first oil win with many more to follow!
Was I surprised – YES, but it didn’t end there for me. I kept having improvements, I just kept getting better and better, the frequency in which I was applying the oils was getting less and less, I wasn’t feeling sick as often. 10-12 weeks later – I haven’t had 1 ant-acid pill and I’m also hardly using the oil – I don’t feel sick very often anymore & if I do it’s slight and usually related to a Histamine Intolerance.
I truly believe this was the turning point in my return to health. This one improvement allowed my body to start getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it so desperately needed and it wasn’t in an acidic state 24/7. Down the track, I also added a digestive enzyme into the mix to support things even more.
The information on this site is not intended to replace a Medical Practitioner, they are true accounts of what I learnt & implemented in my Health Journey. I worked with my gut instinct & Functional Medical Practitioners throughout this process, including Holistic GP, Chiropractor, Naturopath, Kinesiologist, Nutritionist, Dietician & Holistic Dentist.