Like most vitiligo sufferers, I read so much about the condition on the internet that I sometimes find myself going round in ever decreasing circles and meeting myself coming back!.
I'm always particularly interested in nutritional approaches to the subject. In my own case testing for hypochlorhydria recently indicated that I may have low stomach acid. This is a problem that can result in incomplete digestion of food and poor absorption of nutrients, which can lead to numerous chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, arthritis, allergies and skin disorders. This could well explain why adding significant quantities of nutritional supplements to my diet has resulted in my almost complete re-pigmentation over the past two years, when nothing else had ever helped before. (Interestingly, supplementation also seems to have practically eradicated the digestive problems and arthritis that have plagued me most of my adult life. Are all these conditions linked to poor nutritional absorption I wonder? And how many other vitiligo sufferers have similar health issues? Please let me know if you do...)
It seems that low stomach acid is not the only pH problem that can lead to skin disorders and other chronic conditions. Too much stomach acid can produce similar symptoms, and too much acid in the body generally can lead to serious or even life threatening illnesses. Most medical experts in the field recommend a diet consisting of 70 - 80% alkalising foods as compared to 20 - 30% acid producing foods but it's not always obvious which foods are which. For example, who would guess that lemons and limes are actually alkaline producing in the body? Luckily there are plenty of charts available on line which show the relative pH levels of foods - like this one.
The problem is that most western diets are based on meat, processed and refined foods and sugar, as well as copious amounts of tea and coffee (not to mention alcohol) - all of which are highly acid producing. And most potently alkaline producing foods - like wheat grass, alfalfa grass, kamut and kale - are not considered very palatable by most people. Another good reason for taking supplements containing these foods! How to eat a genuinely healthy diet in our modern, western culture ... that's the acid test.
My name is Caroline.