Hi, I just wanted to share something with you – and would love your comments if you are already aware of this or wish to try it.
For years I have suffered various niggling problems, mainly fatigue and IBS. 12 months ago I had two slightly high blood tests which led the consultant to suspect I had a mild version (if there is one) of APS. I have been tested for everything these past 4 years both blood, MRI and a variety of other tests and was finally prescribed a baby asprin per day.
This didn’t help with the tiredness, however and in June this year I opted for a gluten free diet. Previously my GP has put my symptoms down to stress but for the past 5 years or so I have been monitoring what I eat that triggers the symptoms. Nailed it down to anything to do with Barley, Malt (fish and chips always crippled me and guess it was the vinegar), anything with modified maize starch in it (you would be surprised what they put that in) and within days of cutting out gluten altogether I noticed a vast difference with my IBS symptoms, well, I don’t have them anymore unless I slip up and think I’m ok and eat a biscuit or something. (I always knew it wasn’t stress related)!
The other issue I wanted to mention to you was fatigue. It’s a long story that runs over the last five years so I won’t go into it but after much research, trial and error, monitoring what I had used etc, I have now come to the conclusion that I have a reaction to Geraniol. This is extracted from certain plants, is not a true essential oil (chemical based) and is in the majority of skin care, shower gels, soaps, hairspray, suncream, perfume, you name it its in it. (google for more info)
I can honestly say I had one good day out of 5 where I felt alive, like my old self then I was back to dragging myself through the day. The fatigue was crippling. I wondered how I got through the day - you know whats its like. Not normal tiredness at all.
So I cut geraniol out of my life too. Takes a lot of reading labels with magnifying glass in most cases but it works. Sometimes I slip up and I know within 2 hours that I have used something that I shouldn’t as I just droop. I feel so tired and have to drag myself round till I can go to bed I (that’s after finding out the item that caused this). For example in summer out with friends my son needed sun cream. I didn’t have mine with me so borrowed my friends Clarins suncream. Within 2 hours I wondered what was wrong with me, we were on hols, relaxed happy etc, but I dragged myself round our day out and only realised when we returned to camp that I had used a different product. Guess what it contained?
You may think this is just slightly wacky, I have no scientific proof to support this only what my body tells me in the way it reacts to both gluten and geraniol.
I know many of us suffer with this crippling fatigue and I would love it if you would just consider what you are using on your body, monitor your tiredness if you cut these products out – how do you feel.
Please let me know what happens, if some similar product is affecting you etc. Please don’t go all natural and buy organic etc products, this can make it worse. Just cut them out, try something simpler, with less chemicals and essential oils and see how you go.
Sorry for the long blurb but I wanted to share this with you.