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Case Study: The Correlation Between Gut Health and Fertility

Case Study: The Correlation Between Gut Health and Fertility

Women across the world are becoming more open about infertility, miscarriages, pregnancy, and birth.

But one thing that isn’t often discussed is the correlation between gut health and fertility.

Today, I’m honored to share with you a very special client case. Becky came to me malnourished, with digestive issues. She was on antacids for an 8-year digestive issue. During her 2-year struggle to conceive, she entered perimenopause – the phase a woman goes through right before entering her menopausal years.

A woman goes through no cycles or irregular cycles for about one year prior to entering into menopause. When a woman’s cycle stops for one year, medical professionals consider them menopausal.

While this was the case for Becky, she was young and wanted another baby. Instead of giving up, she came to me to evaluate her body and hormones. Unfortunately, her hormones were extremely depleted.

But there is power in nutrition and the right healing protocols.

 

Case Study: Becky’s Gut Health And Fertility

There is also a very strong connection with gut health and fertility – one that I know very well from my own hormone and gut battles.

And you can see that she was dealing with both gut and hormone issues, according to her symptoms.

Symptoms That Indicated Her Fertility Issues

Becky’s main symptoms were indigestion and difficulty gaining weight. She was fatigued. She had no menstrual cycle. Her biggest wish was that she would be healthy enough to get pregnant.

If you looked at her hormones, you could see that she was in menopausal range. When we did cycle mapping, she didn’t have any rise in her female sex hormones – estrogen or progesterone. Those two hormones are both vital to make a baby and maintain pregnancy.

Hesitancy Before We Got To A Solution

Even with her symptoms and my experience helping women heal their gut health (and usually supporting their fertility), Becky still experienced some hesitancy.

First, she was nervous about the financial investment to heal her body. There’s nothing I can say to make you feel at ease except for offering testimonials. You need to decide if you are worth the risk. Are you willing to risk some money to find a long-term solution?

Next, she had a feeling of doubt. Would this really work for her and help her reach her goal of getting pregnant?

Finally, she wanted results fast – overnight fast. The results weren’t coming in quick enough to meet her unrealistic expectations. She got nervous and began to question the process. Health is not a linear process. There are ups and downs along the healing journey. We can not rush healing. When we attempt to create overnight results, we add unnecessary stress on the body – slowing down the healing even more. Thankfully, Becky learned to rely on the process, reduce her stress and trust her body more.

 

What We Did To Solve Her Infertility

Like I previously mentioned, healing doesn’t happen overnight. There are many things that we went through to determine the problem and find a solution so she could experience healing.

Proper Nutrition & Supplementation

First, we focused on nutrition. Your body craves nutrients in order to have balanced gut health.

When Becky’s hormone test came back at the beginning, we knew her hormones were struggling. With proper nutrition and supplementation, we worked to wake up glands that produce hormones in the body. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are key players in fertility (in addition to the ovaries).

Stress Reduction

Next, we worked to reduce her stress levels with meditation, stress reduction techniques, and breathing exercises. This beautiful lady tried to get pregnant month after month only to fail. By the time she reached me, she was super discouraged, worried, and stressed. And that’s the worst combination for the body if you want to get pregnant.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “the risk of depression, anxiety, and distress is high for infertile patients.” Moreover, “25% to 60% of infertile individuals report psychiatric symptoms and that their levels of anxiety and depression are significantly higher than in fertile controls.”

Stress is one component to infertility. So Becky worked to reduce stress. Even if this didn’t move the needle in her journey to get pregnant again, it put her in a healthier place with her heart, mental health, etc.

Toxin Removal

While working to reduce her stress levels, we started a protocol to reduce toxins in her body and her environment. When the gut is overloaded with toxins, it impacts the entire body. Read here how to reduce your toxic load.

Exercise

Next, we began to fuel her body with movement – the right type of movement for the goals she had in mind.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to an exercise plan. If you want to discover the right steps to take for your healing journey, schedule a discovery call today.

Hope

Finally, I gave her a little hope.

You may know someone like Becky. They’ve tried everything to get well. Maybe, they’ve even been told that nothing can be done. By the time many of my clients connect with me, they have a similar story to Becky. They are left with no hope. Nothing else could be done – or so they are told.

I believe in my clients and my number one goal is to help them reach their heart’s desire – whether that’s to avoid disease or get pregnant.
And I will stand beside them until they have the tools they need to succeed.

After we made a dent in her healing journey, I will never forget the phone call I received when she told me she had her first cycle. We were both ecstatic. What a miracle!
When we give the body what it needs, it gives us what we want in return.

And that’s exactly what happened with Becky. Her next cycle was 6 weeks later. While that’s not perfect, it was an amazing start.

Two cycles in a row. Another miracle!

Becky continued supporting her hypothalamus and pituitary glands for a few months. She then decided that she was going to work with her doctor to go through traditional fertility treatments to seal the deal.

 

Get All The Tools To Heal Your Gut Health and Fertility

She had all the tools she needed for me to stay in health while she was pregnant.

My work was done.

I love hearing about the ending, so I asked her to contact me as soon has she had any news about a pregnancy.

Then, I received a message from her that she was four months pregnant!

These are the moments I would not trade for anything in the world. There is so much freedom in living a life of health.

While I cannot promise that everyone will live disease and symptom free, my goal is to make sure my clients have everything they need to be as close to that as possible.

Miracles do happen.

Do you believe that one conversation can change a person’s life?

Becky would answer yes! What about you?

Schedule a free discovery call with me to determine your starting point to reach your health goals.

A 6-Step Gut Healing Process To Break Free Of Pain

A 6-Step Gut Healing Process To Break Free Of Pain

We’re all in a different place when it comes to our gut health

You may be working with a practitioner or a naturopath. 

You may also be on your own journey. 

In all of the misinformation and wealth of information, it’s easy for someone to fall off the path. Today, I want to give you some guidance to help you (if you’ve fallen astray) with the gut healing process. 

You see, we are constantly in kill mode. 

We hear that our gut issues may stem from infections – pathogens like parasites, bacteria, fungus… 

Instead of investigating why they are there, we decide that they simply shouldn’t be… and this is when we go into “kill mode” trying to kill off all the bugs. 

Unfortunately, what we don’t consider is that this is one of the worst things that we can do. When we look at a healthy gut, we need to remember that all of those things – pathogens, parasites, bacteria, fungus, etc. – matter. The population of our gut should be composed of the good guys (symbiotic), the bad guys (pathogenic), and the in-between guys (commensal) bacteria. Commensal bacteria can go either way and bring balance inside the gut. 

 

A 6-Step Gut Healing Process

While this gut healing process does require some help (i.e. lab testing and an expert), I know some self-healers who want to try to do it on their own. If you want more support or don’t know where to start (even with this guide), please schedule some time with me here. I want to help you get on the right path towards healing, and quite frankly, I don’t recommend trying to heal your gut on your own.

 

#1 Assess What’s Going On Inside The Gut With Labs

If you want to assess what’s really going on inside the gut, it helps to have the right labs. These tests will reveal an overgrowth of bacteria, parasites, fungus, or yeast. They will also provide insight into the health of your Intestinal lining. 

How do you know when you need labs? You may have any of the following obvious gut issue signs (and these may indicate that you have some fungal overgrowth):

  • Skin issues like rashes or itchy skin
  • White coating on the tongue
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Yeasts infections where sweat is collected (usually under the breasts or in the folds of fat)

 

#2 Open Up Drainage Pathways

Next, you’ll want to open up those drainage pathways. One of the worst things that we can do is go in and start putting a bunch of killing agents – in the form of natural or prescribed antimicrobials. 

Even higher doses of healthy herbs can cause a detox reaction if we don’t open our drainage pathways first. As a result, toxins cannot escape from the body. The lymph, liver, and bowels play a huge role in drainage. 

So if you’re experiencing a lot of constipation, for example, you don’t want to ingest a bunch of killing agents or herbs. 

First, you want to open the pipelines to get things flowing through your body. If you avoid doing so, you’ll experience toxic overload. The bacteria will start getting mad at you for throwing all these herbs at them. Consequently, they’ll start to create a real mess in your body. 

You want to open the drainage pathways so your body can dispose of the toxins as they’re brought up.

Alternative Methods To Open Up Drainage Pathways

Remember, opening up drainage pathways doesn’t have to always be with a supplement or a herb. 

You can use the following methods to naturally assist in opening your pathways:

  • Castor oil packs
  • Coffee enemas
  • Skin brushing
  • Sauna

 

#3 Purge The Bad Guys

The third thing you want to do in the gut healing process is the pathogen purge. 

You’ve already assessed and figured out what’s going on through lab testing. You’ve already started to open up your drainage pathways. Now, it’s time to purge the bad guys – or the bad bacteria in your gut – with (what some like to call) killing agents. 

So let’s talk about how to purge the bad guys. 

I hear from many people that, “wild oregano is a great killing agent”. While wild oregano is wonderful, you don’t want to take this herb for months on months (with no end in sight). Wild oregano wipes out the entire population of the gut, as harsh antibiotics do. Instead of using it without care, use it in microdoses – a little more than what you would find in food. 

Unfortunately, I see people abuse this incredible herb by taking it for months with the goal of killing, killing, killing – often without thought of what they are killing. 

While you’re taking heavy doses of these herbs, you may feel a little bit better. That’s why so many people stay in that killing phase so long. The transition is as 

important because there are three types of bacteria in the gut – the good, the bad, and the commensal bacteria. 

Remember, the commensal bacteria can go either way. During the transition phase, we’re actually training the “soldiers in your gut” to take a specific route. We want them to turn healthy or take the route that brings balance in the gut.

 

#4 Work On Your Leaky Gut

Once you’ve purged the pathogenic bugs and started the transition, you need to start healing leaky gut. It’s not a question of do I have a leaky gut?; it’s a question of how bad is my leaky gut?

Truth is… We all have a leaky gut in small amounts. It comes from toxins, pesticides and herbicides on our foods, stress, medications, etc. Many things enter into the gut and weaken the stomach lining. 

Ideally, you want your gut to be sealed with tight junctions, allowing for all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) to pass through the microscopic holes in your gut. 

When those tight junctions become a little loose, foods, different medications, etc. pass from the gut into circulation. Here’s what happens: everything makes you sick no matter what you eat. 

As a result of the food passing into circulation, your body is going to have a severe inflammatory response. Your food doesn’t belong in circulation. So it makes sense why the body would attack in this manner. 

If you’re not able to eat because of pain and bloating after meals, that’s a good indicator that you have a severe case of leaky gut. Are you experiencing this? It’s a common response to only work on your leaky gut. But if you do not address the pathogens first, you may exacerbate your symptoms and body’s response. Reach out to me today to build a proven step-by-step process to seal up and restore your leaky gut.

 

#5 Work On Reseeding The Gut

The next step to balance the gut is to add in good bacteria (i.e. probiotics). But if you do this too early while you have a bunch of pathogenic bacteria, you’ll get an upset stomach. In general, this means you’ve introduced an overload of bacteria to your gut. 

That’s why you need to focus on quieting down the bad bacteria first before you introduce healthy probiotics. Should you take probiotics forever? If you’re eating a halfway junky diet, then you may need to take probiotics forever. The key with probiotics is if you’re eating a healthy diet with fiber-rich vegetables and fruits, you do not need to continuously take probiotics. Your gut is already populated with good bacteria.

 

#6 Deal With Your Emotions

Your emotions are key to the gut healing process. When you’re going through a gut cleanse like this, you may have moments when you feel like an emotional wreck – feeling overwhelmed, crying, etc. 

My clients used to email me during their detoxes… “Chelsie, should I be feeling like this? I’m crying all the time and feel like I’m releasing all this emotional stuff!” 

The truth is… If you’re getting a good cellular cleanse, this is very common. 

After learning the hard way, I now remind my clients regularly to expect a rush of emotions in the healing process. I’m a big believer in the emotional aspects of healing. A lot of times, our signs and symptoms are a sign that we cannot release or we cannot let go of all things from the past. We may not even be thinking about those on a regular basis. Oftentimes, when people are dealing with fear and anxiety, they are not able to trust the process of life. 

People that are dealing with parasites often feel like their life is under attack. 

If you do any kind of physical cleanse for your body, prepare yourself for those emotions to come up. When you release the physical and emotional toxins, you’ll experience true freedom. 

You have to learn to feel in order for your body to heal. 

These emotional places are really important. Whether it’s me, a trusted friend, or a counselor, find someone that will walk you through the emotional aspects of healing. 

 

Heal Your Gut Holistically

In my practice, I work from a place of wholeness – mind, body, and spirit. I believe we are whole creatures. We can’t do one thing and find healing. Instead, we need to create balance in all areas of our life. Are you ready to dig deep and find freedom through your health? I’m standing by to hear your story and work with you on your healing journey.

What Lights You Up? How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

What Lights You Up? How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

This phrase – what lights you up? – has come up over and over by many of my mentors. So many times that I began to pay attention.

I hope you pay close attention when you start to see patterns like this in your life.

The interesting thing is, these mentors have no affiliation with one another.

But the question was the same.

I know that life and healing has a deep spiritual component. And it’s very important to me. This is what I mean when I say pay attention to what’s going on around you. There’s always a deeper meaning. The daily things you do in life impact your health.

So what does the question what lights you up actually mean?

 

The Power of The Mind

The mind has immense power over one’s health.

For example, if I meet someone who is chronically fatigued, I can almost bet they hate their daily job. There’s something at work that exhausts them. Maybe that’s true for you.

When I started my own health journey, it all started with mindset. And I never realized it until many years later. I remember listening to recordings and teachings to drive a positive, can-do attitude into my life. It became such a part of me that no matter how sick I was, people began to comment on how positive my attitude was. What they didn’t know is that I worked on it every day of my life.

And I’m absolutely certain this impacted my level of healing and my ability to get better and better with time. I believed it… Even before I could see it.

One moment really stands out when thinking about how my positivity impacted my health… I was standing in a hospital on a very cold winter day. Everyone around me had sniffles and coughs – except for me. I made the comment that I never get sick. A man standing in the group looked at me, rolling his eyes, and said, “you can’t say that!”

The truth is, I can believe anything I want.

That conversation took place almost 10 years ago. I wasn’t sick then and haven’t been sick since. Will that day ever come? Let’s hope not!

My point is… The beliefs I hold have a lot to do with the state of health that I’m in.

 

“What Lights You Up?”

What lights you up? I used to preach that message for a long time until I got so caught up in what needed to take place from a nutrition, exercise, and lab test perspective. Unfortunately, I almost pushed the mindset work to the side.

While I was preaching a message that I believed in, I wasn’t preaching the whole picture.

So when my mentors began to ask me what lights me up again, I sat back to recall the amazing conversations I was having with my clients. Those that went a little deeper. Those that dug into the reasons they were sitting in front of me. The trauma, the victim mindset, the beliefs that they weren’t good enough…

What I recalled was conversations with these people about their childhood, the things their life had brought them through, and how they were overcoming adversity that was driving illness in their bodies.

Those were the things that drove me.

I’ve always been determined, driven, career-oriented, and passionate about health.

I began to check all those boxes in my own life…

  • Start my own business
  • Make my own schedule
  • Teach others how to heal their bodies naturally

And while doing this work was extremely rewarding, there was something missing on the inside of my imbalanced life.

I’ll go back to the example I gave about my chronically fatigued clients… I was becoming exhausted in the work, but part of that was because I wasn’t doing and focusing on what I loved the most.

My gift to this world is to love everyone I come in contact with and encourage them to live and be their best selves. My desire is to take someone from a place of chaos and show them how they can experience freedom – whether that be their physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being.

 

Willingness To Commit To The Work

As I began to watch my most successful clients, I realized they all had one thing in common… Their willingness to commit to the work.

Willingness to commit to the work has more to do with your mind than anything else. If you’re willing to execute, then you will be successful with consistency. The decision to win and succeed all starts in the mind.

Some people like to say success is 10% execution and 90% managing your mind and emotions.

As humans, we’re often resistant to change and have a difficult time doing the work when we’re uncertain how to manage that part of our mind.

The people I see struggle the most are the ones who can’t get their head in the game. They’re trying to force physical transformation in the body. They say things like…

  • I’m eating all the right foods.
  • I’ve removed gluten, dairy, and sugar.
  • What else am I supposed to eat?
  • I’m walking everyday.
  • I’ve been going to the gym.
  • I’m saying my affirmations.
  • I’m doing detox baths.
  • And I’ve completely cut out wine.
  • I’m taking my supplements.
  • And I’m not getting well.

Can you see their mind? It’s like a spiderweb of emotions. Even reading this can cause stress!

And right before the needle begins to move, they give up. They bring back the wine and cheese before dinner, dessert on the weekends, decide that exercise is too taxing… And before they know it, they’re back living their old lifestyle.

The worst part of this is they gain all their weight back. They’re completely depressed and have spent a lot of money to gain nothing in return.

 

2 Types of People

When asking the question what lights you up, there are 2 types of responses I hear.

Mind Master

The first person chooses to learn the art of mastering their mind. They enjoy the journey by:

  • Learning new recipes that are fun and delicious
  • Choosing fun activities they can do with their children and family brings them closer together
  • Turning off their to-do list instead of wishing they were somewhere else during their yoga class
  • Looking at affirmations and self-help books as a way to encourage themselves on a daily basis

Duty Checker

The second person feels like everything is a duty. They have to knock of the following duties:

  • Exercise
  • Eat special foods
  • Attend family gatherings as its an inconvenience

And they certainly will not give up the biggest stressors in their lives to take time to nurture themselves and heal. And this is the reason they give up.

Now that you see the difference, you must choose.

All those years ago, I had to choose too.

So I’m going to ask you to do the same thing now. I’m also going to let you know that it’s more than diet and exercise. And if you’re stalled in your weight or any other symptom, then your problem may not be diet and exercise alone. That’s why trying to do this on your own isn’t working. That’s why hiring an expert like myself is very important. The program I’ve built is the exact thing I was missing all those years when I was so sick; I created it with you in mind.

 

How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

Here’s a few steps you can take to get your mind right and add positivity to your mindset before you start working on everything else.

Envision The Life Your Desire

First, I want you to understand that everything you want in life is already available to you.

You are living the exact life you’ve created in your mind.

If you can think about something, you can have it. I pull up old journals from years ago all the time, and it’s amazing what I read. I’m living almost the exact life I journaled. And it hasn’t taken that long! While I don’t reflect on those things every day, I simply believe I can have them once upon a time. Then I trust that with my aligned action, those things will come to pass.

It’s not about a feeling. You just have to move forward with certainty – realizing that the journey is the destination. There is no endpoint. You will always be learning and growing and progressing. That’s the way you were created. When you stop growing, you die.

To live the life you desire, you must master self discipline.

Your daily practices either set you up for success or failure. Not only do you need to fuel your body, but you need to fuel your mind, your passion, and your creativity.

Pray, journal, and express gratitude. Write down or talk about your daily wins. This will help you step into that next version of yourself. Think about who you are at the next level and who you want to be. Tune in so you can figure out how to take action toward that.

Clear out anything that isn’t supporting you at your highest level. You must align your heart with the person you want to become and focus on that more than anything else.

If there’s something on your to-do list that is going to take you further in your life and health than anything else, then wake up and do that first.

Take Inspired Action

People ask me what’s the best food to eat for breakfast? What is the best exercise?

While there is some science around that…

Yes, eating protein instead of carbs for breakfast is going to help you sustain blood sugar…

Yes, weightlifting is going to help increase your metabolism and burn the most fat…

I really want you to begin to tune into your body’s needs.

One of the things that gets us in the most trouble is that we look for a logical explanation for everything before we take action. And maybe there’s no logical explanation. This is what I mean by taking inspired action.

There is so much possibility when you stop aligning your life with what everyone else is doing. You are doing what works for you.

Master Your Mind And Emotions

When you make a decision to do something big in your life, chaos is going to happen.

You’re going to…

  • Feel like you don’t have the money to start the program
  • Think about all the other things that are more important
  • Worry that it may not work for you
  • Decide that you can’t give up the foods you love

REALLY?

When you do this, you begin to emotionally vote on your success or failure.

If you’ve decided to put your health first no matter what, then you’ve made the decision and you need to go for it.

When you go back and forth on a decision you’ve already made about anything in your life, you are putting yourself in a place of overwhelm and resistance. It shows up in the form of confusion, fear, and anxiety. It will ultimately lead to your failure.

I want to remind you that you are more than a physical body.

You are more than the nutrition you consume, more than the exercises you perform, and believe it or not, more than the thoughts you think.

You are more than enough.

 

Ready To Set Yourself Up For Long Term Success?

If you want success in your life and health, you have to make the decision to keep your eye on the big picture. Set yourself up for long-term success. Do what’s sustainable and what helps you grow.

Make a decision to do it now!

Stop sitting on the fence. When you sit in a place of indecision, it only makes your problem bigger. Sometimes, you’re going to make bad decisions, but a bad decision is fixable. No decision keeps you stuck.

Use this as an encouragement to push through the resistance and move forward to help you get on track so that you can truly live the life you are designed to live. And if you need my help, I will happily have a conversation with you to see if we are a good fit.

In the meantime, what lights you up? Leave a comment below.

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

You may not know this, but Estrogen dominance is on the rise.

Part of my role as a health and wellness coach is to look at hormone tests every day. And everyday, I see more and more estrogen dominance when I start investigating my clients’ hormone imbalance.

Many times, this imbalance gets overlooked on a standard blood test. It’s not only the cause of irregular menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms, but it can be related to issues like weight gain, decreased sleep, increased appetite, low energy, insulin resistance, low libido, and even mood disorders like depression in both men and women.

When my husband and I first started investigating our hormone health, we discovered we both were estrogen dominant.

And we’re not alone in that!

So many people experience this same type of hormonal imbalance.

For me, I knew my hormones were out of sync. It started when I got on birth control at the age of 11 to manage my debilitating cycles. Although birth control seemed to help, I wish I had known about the negative impact that daily pill had on my health long-term.

So why are you hearing more about estrogen dominance in the health sphere? And how do you manage it before it results in permanent damage? I’m covering all that in this blog.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

In general, estrogen dominance means that your estrogen levels are high relative to other sex hormones. We particularly look at the estrogen to progesterone ratio in women and compare to testosterone in men. It’s a delicate balance between having too much or too little estrogen. And this is true for all the hormones!

The great news is, it doesn’t happen overnight.

And in most cases, it is preventable and reversible.

If you don’t get your estrogen dominance under control, it can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as the following:

  • Hormone driven cancers like breast cancer
  • Tumor-like growths like fibroids
  • Autoimmune conditions like hashimotos
  • Yeast and bacteria overgrowth and drive conditions like candida

Do you know if you have estrogen dominance? If not, let’s run a lab to evaluate your hormones.

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Simply put, the reason why estrogen dominance is one the rise is because of our environment.

We’re exposed to numerous hormone disruptors in our everyday environment. These are known as xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens lead to estrogen toxicity and disrupt our natural hormone production.

You can most commonly find these xenoestrogens in plastics, chemicals, pesticides, and our water systems.

Take a moment to look around in your environment.

Start with your kitchen. The foods we eat are either processed with chemicals or coated in pesticides. Our tupperware that reheats our meals are made of plastics.

Evaluate your cleaning products. A few chemicals to look out for include cyclosiloxanes, phthalates, and parabens.

Then survey your medicine cabinet. Certain medications can impact your estrogen levels – especially hormone therapy drugs.

All of these small things make a great impact on our health.

If we don’t control our home environment starting now, we’ll continue to see a rise of estrogen over our progesterone levels. Ready to take control of your health? Let’s chat about how to redirect your course here.

How Do You Treat Estrogen Dominance

So, how do you treat this hormone imbalance? I’ve put together a couple of tips that you can start to implement today.

Decrease Your Exposure

It’s nearly impossible to totally eliminate our exposure to these hormone disruptors, but you can take small action steps to help. Try any of the following to decrease your exposure:

  • Opt for Pyrex dishes and glass containers instead of plastic food containers (i.e. tupperware).
  • Make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup and body lotions that women are using today have hormone disruptors in them – especially those plumpers. They are filled with these fake estrogens.
  • Use non-toxic cleaners for your home instead of toxic chemicals. They not only smell better, but they’re safer for your home.
  • Use a water purifier so you limit the exposure to toxic metals and chemicals in your drinking water. Our body is about 70% water. It’s vital that you care about what you’re putting in your body – starting with your water.

 

Rather watch a short video with the same information…

Detox Your Body

Depending on the severity of your estrogen dominance, I may recommend a complete detox protocol where we strategically remove all the toxins impacting your body’s balance. If you’d like to explore what a detox would look like for you, schedule a discovery call here.

Love Your Liver

When you’re cleaning up these toxins, it’s also important to address the health of your liver. One of the liver’s jobs is to get rid of excess estrogen. If you fully support the liver by making sure its drainage pathways are open, then you’ll more easily eliminate the toxins you’re exposed to on a regular basis that could otherwise raise your estrogen levels.

To support healthy estrogen levels by loving your liver, you can:

  • Take daily liver support supplements; ask me about what you should take for your body.
  • Eat naturally detoxifying foods that support your liver, like lemons, beets, and grapefruit.
  • Consume foods that regulate estrogen levels, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and arugula.
  • Use castor oil packs to naturally detox the body. It helps you sleep better, improves bowel movements (which helps you release old estrogen), helps with digestion, and reduces stress by activating that rest/digest state in the body. It has so many benefits.

Experiencing Estrogen Dominance?

If you’re experiencing hormone imbalance and it appears that you have estrogen dominance, these tips will not be enough (at least with my experience working with dozens of clients).

If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and you want to gain access to the right lab tests and resources to help you get it under control, then take the time to schedule an appointment with me today. This could mean the difference between living a life traveling from appointment to appointment and experiencing freedom.


 

 

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

Are you dealing with a metabolism issue?
That may not be easy to answer at face value.
If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive symptoms, that may be an indicator for something more.
The symptoms above paired with cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss could be signs of a hypoactive thyroid. Many clients don’t seem to be getting better with their medications.
Others experience the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but their labs fall into normal ranges – indicating a normal thyroid.
Then a few are masking each symptom separately with medications and supplements.
We’re quick to blame the thyroid here, but it’s usually not the only piece to the puzzle – even if there is damage to the thyroid or an underlying autoimmune condition destroying the thyroid.
If you’re searching for out-of-the-box therapies or want more for your life than pills and medications, discover where you should put your focus to heal your thyroid.

Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues

Our thyroid is the master of our metabolism; however, the symptoms we’re experiencing may not be caused by the thyroid alone.
Instead of investigating the underlying causes – an imbalance of the gut, brain, adrenal glands, and/or cellular health within the body – we may be left with lingering symptoms.
When we see a metabolism issue, we often blame the thyroid and treat those symptoms alone. When that doesn’t work, we typically get referred out to someone who “specializes in” a specific organ or condition.
Unfortunately the root of the problem is never addressed.
This is why people believe we must get sick before we die and that disease is inevitable. The truth is… If we address the underlying cause of our issues, then we can have a much healthier life.

Studying Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint

Addressing the thyroid, or any other organ for that matter, from a holistic standpoint allows us to look at the person as a whole (instead of treating symptoms). When we approach the body in this way, it allows us to uncover imbalances that are leading to dysfunction in these organs.
A thyroid problem is not always a thyroid problem.
If we look at all the organ systems like the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and even emotional health, we will uncover the stress that is actually leading to disease. When we uncover this stress and work to bring healing in those weak areas, we bring balance into the body. This balance gives us the results we are looking for as a side effect of good health.
Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.

 

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Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?

Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions

When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.

Primary Thyroid Condition

A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.

Secondary Thyroid Condition

A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:

  • Brain
  • Adrenal glands
  • Liver
  • Gut

Your Brain

Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up.
Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health.
Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally.
You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .

Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands play a big role here as well; they also get their messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary. They not only help to manage stress, but they also help regulate blood sugar and control mineral levels.
Our adrenal glands are taking a toll due to the chronic state of stress we are in.
Everything from mental and emotional stress to physical stress to environmental stress to internal stress inside the body… The adrenals are responsible for keeping the body in balance.
Right now, they are overstressed – releasing large amounts of cortisol. The body then begins to break down. It will cause your thyroid gland to slow down so it can conserve energy.
Your big takeaway here is that you must address your stress and your adrenal health if you want your thyroid to respond fully.
Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed.
The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.

Your Liver

The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish.
The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low.
Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.

Your Gut

My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”.
This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3.
Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us.
The good bacteria helps to nourish us.
On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body.
When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.

My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health

If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
  2. Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
  3. Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
  4. Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide.
    If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way.
    What is your other option?
    Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere?
    What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals?
    If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.