This past year has been a big year for me especially healthwise. I’ve been missing in action and for good reason.
I’m all about eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. I eat a lot of organic foods and a lot of veggies. I meditate and manage my stress well. Sleep is a huge priority for me. Yet I felt something was off and what I was already doing was not enough. Little signs cropped up that made me think there was more to it.
Signs like feeling tired for no real reason. I thought I just needed to slow down. I only wrote a few pages a day for my upcoming book and limited my speaking engagements. But that still wore me out. Not normal.
I needed to dig deeper. I started first by getting my gut tested. I also got tested for toxins, heavy metals and mineral deficiencies. My tests revealed A LOT. I found out I have:
- A gluten sensitivity
- Gut dysbiosis
- Copper toxicity
- Arsenic (it can be found in our drinking water and rice. Eating brown rice was a daily must for me)
- Mercury (I love sushi so I’m not surprised. Even eating wild caught fish doesn’t help)
- Severe mineral deficiencies for zinc, potassium, sodium, and magnesium to name a few. (My blood test only showed low zinc)
In short, my energy levels were like a car with its tires stuck in the mud. I was stuck.
To say the least my health was a hot mess. Healing has become my #1 priority. I’m following a protocol designed especially for my unique needs right now. It’s a journey. Being healthy is a lifelong journey, not a destination where you stop once you reach a specific goal. It’s ongoing.
What can you do?
I encourage you to listen to your body – really tune in. What signs and symptoms are you getting? Dig deep and become the CEO of your health. Find out what might be at the root cause of your problems. Everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for you.
Become your own health advocate. Educate yourself and ask tough questions. I certainly do. While I’m working with a great team of functional medicine and wellness practitioners I update them on what I’m experiencing and what I know and have learned about myself and challenge them.
This is an investment in your time and efforts. If you feel off despite your best efforts to lead a healthy life it’s worth it. You are worth it and most of all you deserve it.