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"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."

Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.)

Ilya Shirshov love cooking pickled food

Hello, world!

I am a 30+ years old Russian-born from Siberia. Currently, I live in Sydney, Australia where I work in IT product development. In my free time, I enjoy filming and travel in camping-style. 

From the photo above, you may have already guessed that I am an amateur pickler, and my favourite thing is cooking healthy food. However, things in life don't happen without a reason, and so in 2016 I launched this health & wellness website healthnutritionguru.net.

Pain as the catalyst

Diagnosed with an autoimmune illness (psoriasis) four years ago, against all recommendations of the doctors advising to avoid any stress, I have found myself increasingly frustrated with the fact that my good health and healthy skin will be covered with red rashes, flake, scale, and never be the same again! This is a skin disorder that affects more than 6 million people in the United States. The research suggests that the main cause is the immune system mistakenly identifies, there's a threat and starts producing skin cells too quickly. This results in a thick built up layers of skin that eventually becomes inflamed and very itchy.

In search of treatment

The dermatologist, during my first visit, kindly suggested that there's no cure for my problem. As the best alternative treatment, I was recommended to temporarily relieve the symptoms with steroids and some minimal dieting. As the result, not only this had just a temporary relief but exacerbated my condition to be at its worst. In the aftermath, it spread to both of my shins, elbows, and the facial parts.

Even on my holiday trip to Vietnam, I persisted in searching for treatment. There I purchased some naturopathy supplements derived from concoctions based on seeds and herbs. AU$500 got me the three months worth of supplies that could fit inside a medium size box! Imagine what would a perplexed face of the customs officer look like when checking my luggage for anything suss and finding the hundreds of packs of homoeopathic granules and tubes with black, brown and white liquids inside. The luck was on my side this time, and I was directed to pass freely via the green corridor. 

Three months went by and this proven to be just another temporary relief. My skin condition would stabilise but once the batch was over, I still had more than 70% of skin affected.

Three years later, I finally struck my luck to find a Sydney based naturopath, who actually made my skin looking cleaner and healthier than ever, and psoriasis had almost disappeared. This was largely attributed to following a strict diet and some detoxifying, cleansing practices.

Following the elimination protocol (where everything gets taken out of your diet) I found what it was exactly that my body was reacting to. By cutting out these foods from my diet, including good fish oil, Manuka honey and organic foods now I am at a 90% recovery!

All these years and money spent would have been avoided if I REALLY EMBRACED THE KNOWLEDGE about these simple truths :

1. You are what you eat.

2. Your body is your temple.

3. Expect to only get out from what you've put in. 

...you can say it in many ways but the truth is evident - our knowledge of balanced nutrition diet is the key to good health.

So here I am now embracing on this luminous quest to find ways to help people like yourself on the journey to live the fullest, healthiest and happiest life possible. Thank you for the interest in the well-being of yourself and your family. Thank you for understanding that our food choice today will affect the life of the generations to come.

Yours in health,

Ilya Shirshov

Ilya Shirshov

founder - HealthNutritionGuru.net