Winston Churchill, prime minister of Britain during World War II, was once asked when it was time to give up.
“Never, never, never, never…”
The same could be said for healing your bowel problem. You’re never too old to get better.
Here’s an example…
I worked with a 77-year-old man who suffered from chronic diarrhea. About seven years earlier, he had been diagnosed with colitis and now he was losing control of his symptoms.
Truth is, I wasn’t sure I could help him because I mistakenly believed he might be too set in his ways to change. I was wrong. Even though he was used to eating and living a certain way—and was really not interested in natural health or nutrition—he was willing to try something new to clear up his symptoms.
So we worked on his diet, made sure he had good water to drink, and cleared smelly chemicals and laundry products out of his home environment. Chemicals, whether in fabric softener, scented laundry detergent, household cleaners or personal care products, can be toxic to the sensitive bowel.
The result? Within a few short weeks, the chronic diarrhea cleared up. We also noticed an improvement in his mental state.
Here’s how we did it:
Although he was not diagnosed as celiac, I knew there was grain-sensitivity in his family, so we substituted rice breads and gluten-free bakery products for wheat, rye, corn, oats and other typical grains and cereals. Instead of oatmeal in the morning, he ate quick-cooking quinoa flakes, a delicious gluten-free substitute. He also had to stop eating his favourite processed potato chip, which had wheat flour as an ingredient. Regular, unflavoured potato chips have no wheat in them.
This person was very thin–partly because he was naturally thin and partly because of the effects of colitis and chronic diarrhea. He liked sweets, so instead of putting sugar on his cereal, he switched to honey. Sugar is a disaccharide and is hard for people with bowel damage to process, whereas unpasteurized honey, a single sugar, is easily absorbed.
To help heal his bowel function, we added daily L-glutamine, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the form of Udo’s Choice Oil blend.
He bought a blender and learned to make a high-nutrient drink by blending fruit with whey protein powder containing L-glutamine, a quality green powder such as VitaMineral Green, some Udo’s Choice or flax oil for EFAs, and some filtered water. This was a drink he could have at any time of the day when he felt hungry, rather than snacking on cookies and chocolate bars. This drink is also good with a raw organic egg blended into it for extra protein and nutrients.
Stimulants such as chocolate and caffeine had to go, at least until the diarrhea was under control. Occasionally, this ice cream lover had vanilla ice cream, which was not a perfect choice, but better for him than eating chocolate. Dry red wine was fine, but not beer, spirits, or sweeter wines.
At the beginning there were a few bumps in the road while we figured out where he could buy new foods and ingredients and he got used to reading labels and making different eating choices. But once he got going, he had good results. His results probably could have been even better if he had been willing to use EFT tapping to clear stresses and anxieties that can affect the bowel.
Even so, he proved that age is not the most important factor in getting better from colitis. His willingness to make healing changes that improved his bowel condition showed that it’s never too late!