This post is sponsored by Thryve. All opinions are my own. The following post should not be taken as medical advice. These are simply things that have worked for Jake.
I’ve discussed Jake’s many autoimmune issues on the blog a few times. It’s been quite the journey over the last three years between his diagnosis and treatments, as well as lifestyle changes. What Jake has is technically called Generalized Autoimmune Disease. This means his disease attacks many systems in his body. Over the years though, his gut has taken most of the hard hits. Autoimmune diseases cause inflammation and inflammation can make a person’s body do crazy things.
Over the years we tried different things including injections and chemo infusions. These treatments helped over a short amount of time, but there were always side effects. One of the scarier ones is the threat of cancer. One of Jake’s treatments had a tendency to cause a percentage it’s users to develop lymphoma, which is one of the scariest cancers there are. Chances are higher in men. So Jake and I started discussing alternative therapies. We started looking into things we could do to help him at home. Those are the things I wanted to share today.
- Cut the crap. Seriously- when you eat like crap, you feel like crap. One of Jake’s biggest problems is pop. He would consume an insane amount of Mountain Dew each day and once he brought his intake down substantially, not only did he feel better- his stomach was much happier. Jake also is lactose and yeast intolerant. So keeping those things to a minimum makes a big difference too. It’s best for people like Jake to stick to veggies and protein. It doesn’t have to be a boring diet either!
- Probiotics. This is something I’ve wanted to try with Jake for a long time. So when we were given the opportunity to try Thryve, I was excited. If you weren’t around when I first posted about Thryve, you can read that post here. The beauty of a good probiotic is that it doesn’t just help your tummy troubles. Fixing the balance of your gut can affect your mood, energy, behavior in children, your ability to focus and get good sleep. Literally your life flows from what is happening in your gut. Thryve makes it super simple to adapt a better and more healthy lifestyle. You simply send your sample in, and they will send you the probiotic your particular body needs. Jake has noticed a huge decrease in his swelling system-wide, he has seen more focus and he is not catching sickness like he used to. Obviously this isn’t to be used in place of medical treatment, but it conjunction with your doctors plans, it can be a huge help.
- Count your Spoons. If you are unfamiliar, check out The Spoon Theory. A tired person generally is not a lot of good to themselves, or those around them. Their work suffers, family life can suffer and more. Take normal fatigue and add it to a sick person whose body is trying to attack itself and you have a disaster waiting to happen. A person with autoimmune diseases, or invisible illness, needs to make sure they are using their energy in the most productive way possible. That means Jake cannot do the same kind of crazy cleaning Saturdays that I can, or Sunday and Monday he will be zonked. If you are new to your diagnosis, try to manage your energy in a smart and healthy way. Know that you will pay dearly with your next days spoons if you are trying to cram too much into one day.
I could talk about Jake’s autoimmune issues. We have learned so much about this disease over the last few years and I enjoy sharing our successes and even our failures. Finally giving a company like Thryve a shot has been a great experience for us. I was so excited when Jake saw results, as both of us were skeptical. Thryve makes is easy to care for your gut- whether you are like Jake or you are just an average person. They will walk you through the steps and make sure you are taken care of. It’s a great company that we will continue supporting for years to come.