Detoxing to Cure Acne, Depression, Anxiety and Low T...Holistic Health Journal
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I started a 30 day detox program on October 11th. It's a diet and supplement program designed to assist your organs of elimination in ridding your body of toxins. In the video I am 18 days into it. My skin started getting better on day 11, but my depression and fatigue has gotten worse. I'm hoping those are detox symptoms. I'll update again when the detox is over.
EDIT: Yes, the negative symptoms I was having were all detox symptoms. Detoxing is hard on your body, but it's good for your body in the long run.
My full story:
My name is PJ, I'm 24, and I've been struggling with acne, anxiety and depression for ten years (since I was 14). I found out later (Aug. 2013) that I have low testosterone (80 year old man level), low thyroid, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, scoliosis, and low vitamin D. Now I am applying the functional medicine approach to heal and balance my body's systems. I'm documenting my journey here and on youtube.
But that's jumping ahead quite a bit. Here's my full story:
As a kid I was always quite shy, anxious, and cautions of people. I had a good childhood though, and this didn't take over my life until puberty. In high school I started to get acne and increased social anxiety. It started mild, but got worse. I was covered in cystic acne by age 16. Being a shy person to begin with, this pushed me into isolation. I was extremely fearful of social situations and talking to people. People noticing my existence made my heart rate skyrocket. I was put on antidepressants and various acne medications (antibiotics, Proactive, retin-a). Nothing helped. Nothing actually got to the root of what was causing my symptoms. I tried my best to function and got through school while working a part time job. After school I continued to work random jobs, and my symptoms continued.
My anxiety and depression continued to get worse. My only option was to get better. I was either going to get better, keep suffering, or kill myself. I chose to get better. In November 2012 I started trying to heal my body naturally and holistically on my own through diet, supplements, and exercise. I was motivated by other people who cleared their skin this way. I stopped eating all processed foods and cut out the common food allergies. By December I added raw vegan to that list, and was only eating green smoothies. I switched my skin care routine to honey and natural oils. I started taking tons of supplements. February came and my skin only got a little better. I lost 15 pounds.
At this point I knew I needed professional help, but I went to the wrong person. This mistake wasted a lot of time and money, which added to my suffering. I decided to go to a naturopathic doctor, which is exactly what I needed, but I went to one who didn't practice functional medicine. He wanted to guess and experiment with me rather than run tests to find out what was truly wrong. So I spent a the next 6 months of my life mostly paleo, and using supplements he thought might work. My skin got a little bit better. I was still getting cystic acne, just not as much. I still felt really terrible.
That brings me to August 2013 when I saw a new naturopathic doctor. But this doctor was different in that he practices functional medicine. I got a bunch of tests done which revealed 20 food allergies, low testosterone (80 year old man level), low thyroid, leaky gut syndrome, scoliosis, and low vitamin D. Basically revealing the actual causes of my suffering. He explained how food allergies and inflammation causes hormonal imbalances and tons of other problems. I cut out all my food allergies from my diet, and started taking supplements to heal my gut. In October I detoxed my body with powerful supplements and a strict diet.
And now I continue to update on my situation, what I'm doing, and the results. Please like me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolisticHealthJournal
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