Health in your Hands
Khouzhan Lucy shared a wonderful article about health. You can read that article here.
This is something that has been resonating in me a lot lately. I have always been into holistic health. Sometimes I am better at preaching than practicing. A few months ago, I stumbled onto something called "functional medicine." Basically, a trained MD specializes in a holistic approach to your health. I found one in my area, and here is how it is going so far:
A week ago I went and had labs drawn. When they check labs, they check much more than most other doctors. They also do genetic testing to see what you might be predisposed to. Just because you have the gene for something, it does not mean that you are going to get it. It means that you could get it, and your environment plays a huge role in that. So, you see what you are at risk for, and start working to prevent that. There have also been numerous functional doctors writing about treatment of autoimmune diseases. One doctor lectures around the country after she was diagnosed with progressive MS and wheelchair bound. She now rides her bike 18 miles a day. Does this sound impossible? Maybe...but what our doctors have neglected to tell us is that our gut health is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.
Almost all of your immune system is in your gut. The american diet promotes a complete breakdown of that gut flora.
But back to me....getting my hormome/vitamin/mineral levels checked...and it turned out that almost all my levels were low (minus Vitamin C, because it eat the supplements like candy). And it all stems from adrenal fatigue and poor gut health.
Now we are working on how to fix this. Luckily, I decided to take charge of my health while I am young. If I kept going the way I was, I would probably develop a thyroid issue as well as have fertility problems (yes, my hormones are that out of wack). It also involves a diet change. I will now be on a Paleo diet. Basically, cutting out all the junk. No gluten, no sugar, no processed foods, not dairy, and no legumes. Grass-fed meat. Will it be hard? Yes.. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. My thyroid levels that an endocrinologist would check showed up as completely normal, but the levels my doctor checked showed that the hormones were not being converted properly. Wow. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning, despite getting at least 8 hours of sleep.
I truly encourage all of you to take your health into your own hands. Investigate...there are other options out there to make you feel the best that you can!
Love and Light,