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YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET

YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET

My journey to better health over the past 3 years has created an intense passion in me for finding root causes. Once your health is compromised, daily functioning and enjoyment of life starts to disappear rapidly.

When you don’t know how to make it through the next day or even the next hour because your body is simply giving up, nothing else seems to matter. Not the expensive items you own, not the beautiful house or car you bought, not any of the stuff you worked so hard for. Because in a non-functioning state you are unable to enjoy any of it. At times you may even look at your children, and all you want to do is cry because you are so unwell.

The inability to be present and be the mother I thought I would be was becoming a major challenge. I was in a state of intense panic attacks, insomnia and constant anxiety that was consuming me in a way that was excruciating.

I wasn’t ever someone who’s been very unhealthy in my eating habits or general lifestyle. Nothing out of the ordinary had happened to bring on such a level of anxiety and panic. Neither have I ever been someone to experience any type of anxiety in my entire life. Did I have symptoms before my first ever panic attack? Sure. They were minor. Minor enough for me to ignore. Easily brushed off by medical professionals as simply a tired mother. A tired mother who had a child which apparently meant that my cycle and period were becoming something that I would dread because I would bleed so heavily that nothing could stop it and I couldn’t leave the house. Apparently all this was still normal. Normal bloods. Normal scans. Cool. Medically I was picture perfect. But was I?

The truth is, I was far from it. The first thing I noticed was the change in my cycle. The second was that my sleep started to change. The change in quality of sleep is often the first sign for many that something is off. It’s because the body requires energy to keep your brain asleep. Unlike many may think, it isn’t something your body just does. In a dysfunctional state sleep often gets jeopardised.  

Your body’s main commodity is to preserve energy. It’s not just going to spend energy just because it wants to. Think of it like a bank account. When the bodies bank account is empty, it must start stealing from other areas of the body as it has nothing left to spend. What does it do? It steals from your energy production, nervous system, immune system, hormone balance, digestion, detoxification etc. What we want to do is to keep the bodies bank account filled with adequate fuel so it can spend it where it needs to. And where your bodies priorities lie in needing to spend energy at any given time is something only your body knows with its innate ability to function. This is also why treating symptoms at surface level doesn’t work long term.

Was I successful in treating my insomnia with sleeping tablets? Hell no! Was I able to fix my cycle with modern medicine approaches? No! And trust me I tried lots and was offered plenty of ‘solutions’. Here’s the thing though, symptoms are not the problem. They are the result of the problem. Unless you get to the root of where your body went wrong, you are not going to get there. I was in this cycle of trial and error for years. I went from different doctors to different specialists to two different surgical procedures to try and get to the bottom of it all. Did any of it solve any of my issues? No! It felt like a merry go around with no end in sight and plenty of band aid offers.

Was it tempting to just take that anxiety medication that was nearly force fed to me? Sure. Would it have fixed anything? No. My sudden anxiety wasn’t a lack of anxiety medication. It had a reason, and I was desperate to get to the bottom of it. I knew it was brought on by something off balance inside me.

My body had lost its ability to calm itself. I was in a constant fight or flight state.

I wanted an easy way out. Someone to take the pain away, the constant heart racing and dreadful thoughts. I wanted so desperately to just go back to the way I was. But instead, this journey led me on a path to question everything. Despite other things my life had thrown at me long before, including an accident that saw me having to learn to walk again, this unexplained and constant state of anxiety remains the hardest thing I have ever had to go through.

As I’m writing this today, I have become a certified Nutritionist and have started my final exams to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. The stories that have been shared with me personally over the years of my studies from people healing themselves naturally from all sorts of apparent incurable diseases are nothing short of fascinating. I personally have been able to heal myself from symptoms of endometriosis and adenomyosis.

My path to healing from symptoms of endo and adenomyosis led me to a Functional Health Practitioner who was the first to find any answers for me as to where I went wrong. Finally, someone provided tests that looked deep enough. Tests which gave explanations that made a whole lot of sense. Some of these explanations came with the realization that I had a lot of unlearning to do. Unlearning what I thought was true but was simply what we are made to believe is ‘normal’. Detaching oneself from a diagnosis can be a difficult process, one I understand all too well. But you are not your diagnosis and neither is your body doomed or unable to heal itself.

My advice is always to invest in your health the minute something is off and doesn’t feel right. Don’t wait or excuse. Don’t cut corners or take band-aids.

Health isn’t achieved in a 15-minute consultation, pharmaceuticals, diet beliefs that are obsessive and restrictive, blood tests that are statistical (need functional assessment) or any other type of quick fixes. Health is what you make it with the foods you eat for your metabolic type, the mineral and toxin profile you hold and the environment you provide inside and outside of your body.

And whilst today, I obviously love utilizing functional testing to get a better understanding of what is underneath my clients symptoms, health is equally not achieved by simply providing protocols and supplements! In fact, supplements are SUPPLEMENTAL! Supplemental to a lifestyle approach. Supplemental to the right nutrition approach. Dis-ease really does request us to go much deeper than supplements. It’s about our mental state, our physical & emotional states. It’s about healing trauma. It’s has a lot to do with all the things we are currently not doing on a daily basis to reduce stress. Healing will never be never found merely in a bottle! And the reality is that unfortunately most people waste their money on supplements, I know because I once did too!

Again, true healing takes a lot of unlearning and with the right coach by your side, one that understands what true healing requires, one that has walked this path before you and understands the road blocks and barriers that will arise on everyone’s journey, you can and will get there too! But please remember, there is no such thing as a quick fix to healing from chronic conditions.

Ready to take control of your health? I’m here to help you on your journey to better health!

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