Those of you who have been following this blog for a while now know I’ve been struggling with stomach problems for ages. When I was younger I had huge problems with gastritis, too much gastric acid due to poor diet, stress and chewing too much chewing gum (it causes you to produce gastric acid as it tricks your stomach into thinking it’s getting food).
At university I started to care more about my health and changed my diet and started training more. My diet has been evolving since to now mainly eating vegan food at home. Right now it’s healthier than it’s ever been and my gastritis has with time disappeared too.
However, I started getting a new problem, an irritated stomach and stomach pains. My stomach would start aching and bloating because of the most random things. I went to the doctor after struggling with this for I don’t even know how long. He thought I had IBS and suggested trying to try excludw different foods from my diet to see how I would feel but when I started reading about it, it didn’t feel like what I was experiencing.
It said garlic and onion are two of the main things which causes irritability but I didn’t get a sore stomach after every meal I had (we like most people use garlic and onion in the majority of our cooking) and a dish could sometimes trigger the pains and other times I didn’t feel anything at all. I did notice a relation when I left too long between my meals, when I then did eat my stomach would hurt and swell up like a balloon (I eat regularly most of the time to avoid this). This made sense since I would stuff my face and not chew my food properly. I also would get a sore stomach eating out. I thought this again was logical since my body’s not used to that kind of cooking as I cook very differently at home.
Sometimes my stomach would get so sore I could barely move and I just had to lie down in bed and my upper part of my stomach would look like a balloon. It was really intense.
What I really felt was that my stomach was out of balance. It would get annoyed with me for the tiniest things. I felt like I was being punished by it whenever something wasn’t quite up to scratch. Sometimes even punished for eating. It made eating horrible at times.
I started doing some research last summer and Swedish health and fitness blogger Ida Warg was talking about this powder called MSM in one of Youtube videos she posted around then. It sounded like a miracle powder. MSM is sulphur and we used to get it naturally though our food but don’t as much anymore due to less nutrients in our soil. People who have used this regularly have gotten rid of severe joint pains they’ve suffered from for years in a matter of weeks. It also helps with your skin, your nails, your hair, it can help you get rid off allergies, with asthma, psoriasis, it energises and it can help your stomach and digestion. Any Swedish people reading this should watch her Youtube video about it here.
I still wasn’t quite convinced to try it and it wasn’t until I was home in Sweden this January at my parents’ and speaking about these problems with them my dad suggested MSM. He also struggles with stomach pains at times so I think my easily irritated stomach could maybe have been partially inherited from him, thanks dad 😛
He had been taking MSM and said it’s meant to help. I started taking it when I was there but a week isn’t enough to feel any real results so before I left I bought a small tub of it.
It’s super important to gradually increase the dosage (have a look on the powder you decide to get). The reason why is because you can very easily feel nauseous, get really bad headaches and other side effects due to how MSM cleanses your system.
MSM doesn’t taste good so take it with as little water as possible and just shot it and have loads of water afterwards. You do get used to the flavour sort of but it’s not great.
So how has this helped me with my stomach? It’s been a very gradual change and I wasn’t actually sure for a while whether it was working. I can now say after using it for a couple of months that it’s helped me so much. I now rarely get as bad stomach pains. It feels like it has helped balance my stomach and I can’t really remember the last time I had really severe pains. I haven’t changed my diet so it really must be because of MSM. Any other effects? I can’t really say if it’s helped me anything else. My skin is worse than ever but I think that’s due to stress and searching for jobs which is causing me to break out plus using skincare which didn’t agree with me (that’s now sorted and already getting better).
I’m going to continue using it and see where this takes me and will keep you posted! I’ve had a quick look and it seems to be a bit difficult to get a hold of here in the UK or a lot of the things I found seemed strangely cheap, which makes me question the quality. It’s important that you invest in something, which is high in quality and pure. I actually have to get more as my little tub has been all used up so if you want I’ll let you know when I end up getting.
If you’re trying it out please share in the comments. I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with it ❤