In order to maximise our healing efficiency, and hence speed up our healing period, we have to give our body every chance to heal.
To describe this, in engineering terms, is to treat your body as a system. Inputs (or factors you can control) to this system include: diet, environment, your mind and thoughts. Outputs are your elimination systems: breathe, bowel removal, sweat, inflammation responses like mucus/pus production.
To some extent, outputs are determined by inputs and cannot be controlled. You may do stuff like enemas to stimulate bowel removal, or exercise more to work out a sweat. However, since going the natural route, I don’t recommend forced methods of elimination especially enemas to help your case. There are plenty of interesting research and articles online on colon cleansing that may have helped certain people in their symptoms. Do your own due diligence!
The focus of this post is on the inputs. While my tips may not be wholly inclusive, here are the things I try to do:
– Reduce taking excess carbohydrates and processed sugars. Sugars and excess carbohydrates induce inflammation. This is a fact, backed by research. Inflammation is bad for normal people, worse for TSW sufferers. When you are flaring due to the physical dilation of your blood vessels, you don’t want additional bout of inflammation markers triggered to further your pain.
– Eat more fat. WHAT? Do yourself a favor and research Low Carb, High Fat diets. As an Asian, carbs (rice) is a staple of our diet. Until I tried going without it. First you transit from a sugar/carb energy burning mode to a fat burning mode (YES you will experience a withdrawal!) to sustain your daily activities. The benefits are that you gain sustained energy (no more sugar crashes), lose weight (carbs retain alot of water weight) by first losing water weight, then burning your excess fats for energy; reduce inflammation due to less sugars, improved insulin sensitivity. Today, I try to minimize my carbs intake as much as I can. Vegetables are great, eat alot of them. Fruits too.
– Drink alot of water. Think you are hungry? You are usually dehydrated instead. TSW sufferers lose alot of water through heat too. Drink more to remain hydrated. Keep going to the toilet, it is good. Don’t over-drink though. Gauge your urine color to see if you are properly hydrated.
– Do a food journal. Food allergies are big for TSW sufferers. I know I am highly sensitive to nightshades – tomatoes, certain breed of potatoes. Damn I love potato rostis, they taste so good but I can’t eat them. I’m also sensitive to diary, milk, barley and most seafood.. Record what you eat and how you feel 15-30 minutes after the meal. If you find yourself unconsciously scratching, then you could be allergic to them. If you find yourself super uncomfortable, make a mental note. Keep testing. Avoidance is good to stop you from causing additional damage.
– Supplements. Take what you think will help you. I myself sometimes question the efficacy of such supplements. Experiment with them to see if they make you feel better. I remembered having allergies when taking certain brands of multivitamins. Investigate the ingredients and record them in your food journal too!
– Don’t be too strict on your diet. I was, and it always failed. Do things in moderation. Indulge sometimes, but be aware of the consequences. While suffering the pain, we also need to live and enjoy. I used to think that the cause of my symptoms was my poor diet. I’d feel so guilty every time I had a bad flare after eating something that is not so healthy. Upon further research that people had healed with a varying degree of diet, I let myself go. No more guilt feelings. Feels great. I can channel my energy elsewhere.
– Breathe quality fresh air. Use an air-filter, air-ionizer if you need.
– Have a clean, dust free environment. Hard for TSW flakers, do your best.
– Sleep on quality bedsheets. Invest in high quality cotton, high thread count bed sheets. Reduce the friction on your body. Helps with your sleep.
– No external products on your skin. Yes, I belong to the NO MOISTURIZER Camp. Why have an external stimulus input while you are healing? We have already screwed ourselves with TS, why screw ourselves up again with moisturizers? The only difference I feel with moisturizers is that they are less invasive, drug content wise when compared to TS. We know every input will result in a response. We do not know if they are good or bad responses. Even if you do want to moisturize, do yourself a favor and use natural products. Even if they are natural products, we have no idea on what effects they truly have on your skin. Do yourself a favor, test it personally.
– Get sunshine when you can. Vit D is the money. The trick is to balance the heat affecting our broken skin vs the rate of Vit D generation. I can’t give you the exact answer on how to balance. Try.
– Positive mindset. I was on anti-depressants (escitalopram) for a period of time during my TSW and they didn’t help my healing. I went off them on my own accord. There was a bad withdrawal period, seriously bad. Then I was fine after. I’m not recommending all to quit taking your anti-depressants cold turkey based on this post. At times of despair, some really need these in order to just cope with living. I quit taking them because intuitively I felt I did not need them. They seriously screwed up my mind and thought processes. I wanted to quit feeling miserable for myself and felt I could do without them. Talk to your psychiatrist. On why your mind is so important: “You are the master of the universe when you are the master of your mind”. Many start this TSW journey due to the self-awareness and realization that this TS shit isn’t working, and the shit that doctor’s tell you isn’t working. And common sense prevailed.
– Induce the Placebo effect. The placebo effect is a well researched, well documented phenomenon. If you think you are healing, you probably are. It requires a positive mindset and an ability to fool yourself. Remember, give your body every chance you need to heal.
– Listen to zen music. This stuff seriously works. When an argument with my GF gets heated, I play this. She becomes more docile, and I win the arguments. Calm music has the ability to regulate your state of mind.
– Try acupressure. Search some simple tips over at youtube. Tap your thymus gland to stimulate immune function. Press some other points on your body to make yourself relax. Why does a full body massage feels soothing? Because they really work in helping you to relax. DIY. I tried this during my worse flares on my armpits and neck. I’m not sure if they worked, but I’m sure I did everything I could to ease myself. There is nothing else I can do for the natural itching, flaking and oozing that just happens.
– Keep yourself busy. So you keep your hands away from scratching. Write a blog. Research.
– Exercise when you can. Stimulate your lymphatic system to sweep the stagnated toxins in your body.
– Surround yourself with good support. Reduce negative influence. When you are angry, blood pressure rises. Blood pressure rises, more oozing. More oozing, more discomfort. More discomfort, more sadness and feeling bad. More bad feelings, slower healing. It is a dynamic feedback system.
Well, that’s all from me now. Care to share your methods?