Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I healed my vitiligo and I am so happy that you are reaching out! Vitiligo is a difficult condition to deal with, and I am happy to act as a support for those who also suffer from it. Here is some more information on the topic that might help you.
What dosage of probiotics/glutamine/NAC did you use?
I started out with 1/4 teaspoon of probiotic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of glutamine powder in the morning and night with a tall glass of water. After a week or so, I increased the dosage to 1/2 teaspoon. I took 1 500mg capsule of NAC in the morning and 1 500 mg capsule at night.
What brands did you use?
For probiotics, I used metagenics ultra flora plus DF powder. For glutamine, I used jarrow formulas. For NAC, I either used bluebonnet, jarrow formulas, or NOW–depending on what was cheapest at the time.
Do you have any other advice for me besides what you’ve talked about in your last vitiligo post?
Yes! My first piece of advice is to JUICE YOUR GREENS. Most of us that suffer from vitiligo also are suffering from digestion. I believe that there is a connection between the two. Because we have problems digesting our food, our skin is not absorbing all the necessary nutrients it needs to heal. If we juice, we can bypass the digestion process and work our way to glowing skin. My second piece of advice is to seek out a holistic nutritionist or naturopathic doctor in your area. They can do a good job of getting down to the root of the issue.
Will you help me?
Of course! But remember, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, scientist, or anyone who has any official qualifications. Vitiligo also works in unexpected ways, so I can’t make any guarantees. I even still have a few spots left that I am working to eliminate. But if you send me a list of the things you’re eating and the supplements you are taking, I can work with you to improve your diet in a way that will improve your digestion and overall health. If your body responds the way that mine did, your skin will likely heal as well.
Feel free to contact me with any further questions by clicking on the link on my about page.
I’ve tried a number of cleanses—juice cleanse, fruit fast, and I think I may have once fooled around with one of those cayenne pepper cleanses—and let me tell you, not all are created equal! While the right cleanse may give your body a true break from digestion, allowing it to heal itself, a bad cleanse can poison your body from the inside out. Fortunately for you, I’ve tested a bunch of these out on my own body to give you the real scoop on how these programs affect our health. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences—and mistakes…
Juice Fasting (Blueprint, Organic Ave., homemade, etc.)
I know there are some people who swear by juice cleanses, but I am not one of them. While the idea of having vitamins and nutrients go straight into your bloodstream is nice, that also means there’s a ton of fruit sugar going straight to your blood stream, giving you a sugar high followed by a crash. In addition, there is little to no fiber in a juice fast. So even if you’re waking up toxins in your system, there’s no way to “cleanse” them out. Supposedly, these toxins instead resurface, making you feel even sicker than you were to begin with unless you take laxatives or colonics to force them out. When I went on a juice fast, I felt horrible after 3 days. I constantly felt nauseous and dizzy. Even once I decided to stop fasting, it took awhile for the nausea to go away. I don’t see how anyone could benefit from this fast, unless they want to spend a ton of money on colonics or OD on laxatives. No thanks.
I recently tried the 80-10-10 method, where 80% of your calories comes from fruits, 10% from leafy greens, and 10% from nuts and seeds. I learned about this diet off of a website called fullyraw, whose founder has been able to reverse her hypoglycemia by following the method. Clearly, the 80-10-10 method works for her, so I thought I should try it. While it was GREAT for cleansing (be ready to go to the bathroom frequently!) I was worried when I saw an old white vitiligo spot resurface on my hand—something that I haven’t seen since going wheat-free. I did some research and found some sources saying that the absorbic acid in certain fruits (oranges, pears, grapefruits, grapes, and even lemons) have been linked to decreased melanin production, so perhaps that could have been the cause–I was eating a ton of pears. But who knows, maybe other factors could have affected the depigmentation–stress, lack of sleep, etc. I might try it again another time, taking out pears and citrus fruits.
The Clean Program
This one is the winner. I am currently doing it for a second time since I love it so much—stay tuned for details! It’s a program developed by physician Alejandro Junger that progresses in three stages. The first stage, called the elimination diet, removes wheat, dairy, added sugar, red meat (which I believe is beneficial to do anyway) certain fruits such as bananas, grapes, grapefruits, oranges, and nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. The healthier eaters stay on the elimination diet for a couple of days, whereas others may need to stay on it for a week or more. The second stage is the actual cleanse, where breakfast and dinner is a liquid meal (either a smoothie or a soup) and lunch is a meal from the elimination diet. The official program comes with an expensive kit and packets, but the book says that you can benefit from the cleanse without the kit, which I am doing. This diet allows just enough fiber to keep things moving while also allowing your digestive system an ample break for detoxification. In addition, it is the only cleanse that I have found that advocates for a significant consumption of healthful fats, which I need not only to support my skin, but also for the omegas that keep me focused since I am sitting through lectures all day. The diet focuses on eliminating inflammatory foods so that the body can focus its energy on healing itself for three weeks.
I was amazed with my results the first time I finished the cleanse. Most surprising was its effect on my joints. A couple of years ago, I had a minor injury where I fell down a full flight of subway stairs, face first, on my elbows. (Yes, I know I’m a huge klutz!) My elbow was sprained, and ever since I’ve always needed to twist/crack it in the mornings so that it doesn’t feel sore. It’s nothing huge, but a bit annoying. By my final week of the cleanse, I noticed that I stopped needing to crack my elbow into place. Many claim that the program helps those who suffer from arthritis by reducing inflammation—it must have had the same affect on my elbow. In addition, I had more energy, slept better, and felt more focused.
I hope to experience even greater healing this time around—my goal this time around is to further heal the few vitiligo patches that I have left—and maybe even recruit some more cleanse buddies? Who’s with me?!?
I used to be a huge milk and cheese lover. And let’s be honest, dairy products are pretty yummy. But just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that taste—or at least something very close to it! Here are some of the dairy alternatives that I consume regularly.
Almond milk can usually be found at most grocery stores. But if you don’t like the taste of almond milk, or if all the extra ingredients in it (carrageenan, added sweeteners, etc.) freak you out, you can make nut milks in a matter of minutes at home. All you need is a fine strainer, a blender, some water, and your favorite nuts of choice. Place 1 and ¼ cups of nuts in a blender and fill the rest with water–you can even use coconut water if you like your milk super sweet. Blend well and then strain in order to make delicious nut milk. I like to also sweeten with vanilla extract and stevia.
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is rich in b vitamins and vitamin b-12, which usually is difficult to get for vegans. It has a cheesy taste that is great to put on salad dressings or as a topping to gluten-free pasta or pizza!
Dr. Cow’s Nut Cheeses
These are a bit pricey, so I only get them once in awhile, but they are so delicious. They are dairy-free, gmo-free cheeses that are made with cultured nuts, sea salt, and probiotics. Most store-bought cheese alternatives like daiya and tofu-cheese have tons of additives and “natural flavors” (which really means chemical flavors) and usually leave me with an aching stomach, but Dr. Cow’s cheeses have four ingredients max and are easy to digest. They come in several flavors, like macadamia, hemp, cashew, and brazil nut. I recently used the aged cashew flavor to make a vegan, gluten free pizza and it was delicious!
Homemade Parmesan Cheese
If you’re looking for a quick way to make parmesan cheese to add to the top of your salad or a pasta dish, you can simply blend garlic and brazil nuts or pine nuts in a food processor. So simple, yet so delicious!
Vegan pizza made with Dr. Cow’s nut cheese. Yum!
Check out some of my bedtime routines! Here are some of the things I do.
No TV or electronics! reduces the production of melatonin.
Probiotics to build up the good bacteria that has been lost from oral contraceptives, topical steroids, and antibiotics
L-Glutamine to protect the intestinal lining
Melatonin When it’s bright out or I’ve made the mistake of using electronics before bed!
Natural Calm To relax the body and the digestive system. Use sparingly!
Calms Forte to reduce anxiety
What do you do before bedtime?