Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by extreme overeating (bingeing) followed by self-induced vomiting. Often, but not always, bulimia is associated with anorexia, in which bingeing and dieting are both carried out to extremes.
Bulimics may be thin, normal, or slightly underweight. If anorexia is part of the eating disorder, there will be extreme loss of body weight. Bingeing and vomiting may occur several times a day, after most meals, or less frequently. Gastric symptoms, loss of menstruation, swollen face and neck especially after coming out of bathroom after eating meals, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, poor cold tolerance, severe food cravings, excessive exercise habits, poor stress coping skills, depression, and even suicidal tendencies may also occur in cases of chronic or severe bulimia. Vomiting exposes the teeth to gastric juice and there may be dental erosion. Using the hand to force vomiting may cause calluses on the back of the hands where the skin hits the teeth during the procedure.
Since bulimia is often performed in “secret,” the rate of occurrence is not fully established. However, it is much more prevalent in women between the ages of 12 and 30.
Nutrient deficiencies (especially zinc), food allergies, and amino acid imbalances can all result from or contribute to bulimia, and therefore should be screened for. In addition, although in both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, the underlying causative factors are commonly believed to be solely due to an obsession with body fat, a fear of being (or becoming) fat, or over-concern with perfectionism and are indeed important. Biology, emotional health, societal expectations and other factors increase your risk.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitionerhere.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
A whole foods diet with regular eating patterns is very important. Also avoid all products containing sugar and white flour, and be sure to obtain sufficient protein sources to adequately nourish the body.
Vitamin B1 (thiamin). Easily depleted by undereating, this is one of the nutrients that your body cannot make itself, so you must get B1 from foods, primarily the whole foods that chronic dieters and people with eating disorders rarely eat enough of: beans, whole grains, seeds, meats, and vegetables.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin C www.livonlabs.com
- Take Vitamin E – it is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster. (Unique E) www.acgrace.com
- Liquid ionic multi-mineral complex and multivitamin complex supplements can help overcome the extreme vitamin and mineral deficiencies associated with binge and purge eating and overuse of laxatives.
- Complex amino acids can also assist in balancing blood sugar levels, which helps reduce food cravings.
- Zinc supplementation has found to be very important in treating bulimia.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Repressed core emotions such as denied anger often lead to depression, anxiety, lethargy, mood swings, and disassociation. Embracing your feelings is the most important aspect of beginning to deal with eating disorders. Here are some things you can do to help you release old pain:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Try Alphabiotics – see article section for more information on this.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in helping people to overcome eating disorders. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful and has achieved some astonishing results in getting to the root of eating disorders and really healing from within. It gives the sufferer the feeling that they have overcome the problem themselves and has therefore been found to be very empowering. Find a local practitioner here.
- Learn to love yourself and stop berating yourself. What you say to yourself is what you are or what you become. Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.com and start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I take loving care of my body” and “I am ready to change” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them. Never underestimate the power of your mind.
- Meditate and allow yourself to be still. This may be really difficult for you at first but stick with it building up your time slowly. Often people create an eating disorder in order to fill a void, to stop them from thinking and feeling, and to give them something to focus on. Try guided meditations to help you to relax and let go of negative programming.
Ayurvedic medicine claims that an individual develops addictive behaviour while attempting to cope with fear and anxiety. Each of the body types—vata, pitta, and kapha—copes with anxiety differently. Ayurvedic diagnostic method examines the pulse, the tongue, and the eyes, which indicate the condition of inner organs and suggests natural remedies. Ghee is often used in treatment, as are ashwagandha and calamus.
However, as always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some things your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture and herbals remedies – to address the digestive problems associated with eating disorders.
Emotional healing is another important factor – the practice of Qigong is highly beneficial for calming the mind and emotions and restoring balance and harmony (see article section for more information about qigong).
Aromas derived from essential oils have been shown in clinical studies to have positive effects on the mind and the body. Composed of naturally occurring chemicals, they can help to support emotional balance, bring a sense of calm, aid stress relief, and promote positive feelings of well-being.
For an aromatherapy massage oil use the following oils:
Inhaling the steamed vapours of thyme oil is another recommended oil as it is helpful for regulating liver function.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –ie something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it. Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account. To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner. Find you closest homeopath practitioner here
Here are some homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific case:
Calcarea carbonica – for timid overweight woman who crave creamy foods; have a sluggish constitution; and find it difficult to concentrate for an extended period of time.
Natrum muriaticum – if you dislike being the center of attention, crave salty snacks, with weight tending to be concentrated in the tights and buttocks.
Nux vomica – for those recovering from bulimia who craves rich, spicy foods; are prone to constipation; and is often irritable and agitated.
Pulsatilla – for those that cry easily, are extremely sensitive to what other people think and crave sweet food.
Ipecac., and Graphites are other remedies that are also found to be useful for bulimia.
Addictions have a harmful effect on the body, namely on the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, and endocrine system. The overeating and purging puts strain of the eliminative organs.
On your journey to recovery you can help you body by supplementing with the following herbs, in the form of tinctures or teas:
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also called Indian ginseng, is an ayurvedic herb with tonic, adaptogenic, sedative, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It helps one to feel more grounded so can be effective in preventing a relapse from an addiction.
Hawthorn – Hawthorn berries (Crataegus spp.) are healing for weakened hearts which have suffered from eating disorders. Useful for heart inflammation and orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure occurring in some people when they stand up). Needs to be taken for a minimum of 6 weeks for best results.
Burdock Root – Burdock root (Arctium lappa) helps to purify the blood and support sluggish energy. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is particularly helpful for the liver and kidneys and is packed full of vital minerals. Echinacea, and Licorice Root are also good tonics for healthy kidney function.
Wild Oat – Helps maintain healthy nerves while in recovery from various addictions and also promotes healthy heart function when it has been weakened due to illness.
Chamomile, holy basil, lemon balm, skullcap, vervain and valerian – are all helpful for tension and mental turmoil in the recovery stage as the body heals.
Journaling: By regularly writing down your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions in a journal, you can help yourself to better understand the underlying issues in your life that can be contributing to your mental and emotional problems, gaining new insights in the process that can empower you to heal. Research has also shown that the daily practice of journaling can also help to improve physical health symptoms.
In addition, journaling can be an effective way for releasing yourself from the chain of negative emotions linked to past traumas, as well as phobias. A specific journaling technique known as desensitization can help you to accomplish this. To deal with traumas, simply allow yourself to re-experience all that you can recall of the traumatic event. Write down everything that occurs to you as vividly as you can, so that you use all of your senses. Initially, you may feel the fears and other emotions you associate with the event. By writing about the event on a daily basis, however, eventually you will find yourself becoming detached from or desensitized to the event so that it no longer affects you. In the process, you may also discover elements of the experience that escaped you when the event happened, which can provide you with further clarity and peace of mind. You can work with phobias in a similar fashion. Instead of “reliving” a past event on paper, imagine an experience that would typically trigger your phobia. Over time, you will find that whatever you imagine has only the power over you that you give it, making it easier to let go of your fears.
Exercise: Regular exercise boosts endorphins – mood-elevating neurochemicals. It helps us feel better mentally as well as physically. Try incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine – thirty minutes of walking, swimming yoga and rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) are all good choices that are well known for their stress relieving qualities as well as being ideal for adapting to your own pace and level of fitness.
Flower Essences: Various essences can be useful for addressing the underlying emotional and mental states of imbalance and negativity such as fears, perfectionism, manipulative behavior, depression, and anxiety. Crab Apple is particularly useful for coping with obsessive habits relating to body image.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of bulimia: Biofeedback Training, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Compulsive Eating Disorder www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/compulsive_eating_disorder.php
Traumatic events can trigger eating disorders articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-25/health/31398645_1_eating-disorders-traumatic-events-new-girlfriend
Warning signs of an eating disorder www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/eating-disorders-overview/warning-signs-of-an-eating-disorder
Hello Alphabiotics goodbye stress NC_Newsletter_12-09.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT for stress NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Crystals for healing addictions lightworkers.org/blog/97978/crystals-and-healing-addiction
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Healing addition www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Five_Keys_to_Healing_Your_Addiction.html
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSbn_kfNds
Bulimia Nervosa: Help Stop This Eating Disorder www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJuxZixBqGE
It Started With Pop-Tarts – A Story of Recovery from Bulimia www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJVPOYjA-bc&feature=related
Compulsive Eating and Substance Dependence Share Similar Brain Patterns news.yale.edu/2011/04/04/compulsive-eating-and-substance-dependence-share-similar-brain-patterns
Further Information (links and books)
Freedom from eating disorders www.freedomfromed.com/
You inspire me poem healingforeatingdisorders.com/you-inspire-me
The Diet Cure by Julia Ross
Constant Craving: What Your Food Cravings Mean and How to Overcome Them by Doreen Virtue
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May
(Pause Button Therapy (PBT is a proven, new therapy that empowers you to break out of negative habits and unconscious responses)
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L Hay
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – Herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.
Bach Emotional Eating Support Kit available at www.amazon.com