From my own perspective, I figured that my stomach was so inflamed and irritated from eating gluten, that it could not function well and digest my food. Or (2) I actually had Celiac Disease.
When people with Celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi—the tiny, finger-like protrusions lining the small intestine. Villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much "good" food one eats.Yet, all the doctors stated that I didn't have Celiac Disease.
- My Submandibular Gland Issues -
It was April 2015 and my ears had been hurting for a while and my submandibular gland on the left side REALLY started giving me trouble. (The submandibular glands are salivary glands located beneath the floor of the mouth.) So, I had doctor take a look at them again (first time was in 2012 and then again in 2013. The first doctor 2012 said that my ears were fine and that the salivary glands just swell up some times and he added that I was probably just suffering from allergies. But this time my submandibular gland was so swollen that I could not eat for many days! I was surviving by drinking bland juices and bland smoothies. I didn’t need this…I was already weighing less than I should. These glands had been blocked before (on and off for about 3 - 5 years) but they were never blocked for this length of time. Finally I had a CAT scan and it was confirmed that my submandibular gland was blocked by salivary stones that required surgical removal!
On June 12, 2015 I had the surgery performed during which the doctor made one small incision under my tongue and in another spot directly on top of the largest stone. My recovery time was 1 full week...and then my energy levels shot through the ROOF! The pain and discomfort from were causing inflammation and I guess you might say - suppression of my immune system to the point that I was just coping. But after I finally detoxed from the surgical medications and my mouth healed...I was supercharged.
- I found REAL Water -
So at this point, I had been experiencing different levels of healing. In 2011/2012 my brain fog was just about gone...as long as I stuck to a "grain-free" diet. Then in 2014/2015 I had all of my dental amalgams removed. Then by the middle of this year in 2015, after surgery, my submandibular gland was back in working order.
Now, I could pay attention to other issues that were ailing me, yet ones I had pushed aside. These are the ones that many don't talk about, but I believe that I need to tell the "whole story" here so that others can find the help they need and know exactly what I have been going through and most importantly here is when and most noticeable miracle happened.
You see, I had been suffering for at least 3 years with bladder urgency. I had to run to the restroom (and I do mean run) almost every hour and on the hour. This condition interrupted my Yoga classes, so I stopped Yoga in 2013. Also, I usually had to get up and "go" once in the night in the middle of my sleep. This condition was so extreme that my children were steadily asking "you gotta go again?"
In the summer of 2015, I began testing with a urogynecologist. After all tests were completed, she explained to me that everything looked normal inside of my bladder and the only diagnosis she could give me for the urgency issue was that I must have Bladder Interstitial Cystitis. Which is really just inflammation of the bladder.
I also had been complaining to another doctor about being chronically constipated. (Here is a definition that explains the type of constipation I was experiencing.) Yet, I made sure to take actions to clean my colon regularly because I knew that if I did not, I would be allowing conditions for major colon issues - and my greatest fear was colon cancer. The actions I took were: drinking teas (which sometimes worked), professional colon hydrotherapy and enemas.
Finally on October 1, 2015 I decided that there must be a blockage/kink somewhere in my digestive system, so I scheduled an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Through the endoscopy the GI doctor confirmed that I did not have Celiac Disease. WHEW! Instead, the main findings that concerned me the most were a hiatal hernia and stomach gastritis. (You can read more info about hiatal hernia about mid-way on this page.) So the doctor suggested that I eat more fiber and she prescribed something similar to Zantac. NOTE: I didn't pay her much attention because I eat A LOT OF FIBER and I mean A LOT - have your looked at my recipes here? AND I had already found relief from ALL of these symptoms. And acid reflux? What? I had no idea that one of the symptoms I was suffering from was actually reflux because I didn't have the major pain of heartburn and indigestion.
I had found REAL water! By drinking REAL water I was no longer dehydrated because I was no longer drinking acidic water.
Dehydration had played a huge factor in the formation of stones in my submandibular gland. ALSO, you guessed it...I was no longer constipated. And my stomach pains and bloating disappeared - thus, the reflux condition was being soothed. And, one more thing, although I still suffer from slight bladder urgency here and there...these moments are no way near what they were like before. On a normal day, I can hold "it" for 2 - 3 hours at a time (compared to only about one hour before).
I can only find a few natural occurring pH waters. Many others high pH waters are purified through processes like reverse osmosis and then minerals are added back (not natural/not real).
The water that solved these issues for me is Evamor water which has a natural pH of 8.8 - 9.1. By natural I mean that the water is alkaline because of the natural occurring minerals that are in the water.
Previously, I was drinking REVERSE OSMOSIS water either from our home's reverse osmosis water system or sometimes store-bought purified water (reverse osmosis). Also I discovered during my research that many spring waters barely have a pH or 7 (neutral)...and most are still acidic.