There’s a subject I’m pretty passionate about, but I don’t talk about it often.
You see, I’m saddened by the state of health people are in. I see the desperation in their eyes and hear it in their voice.
And every single day, I talk to people who will do anything for their health. It’s so ingrained in our behaviors; even my clients are looking for the next pill to solve their problems instead of giving the body the time it needs to heal. We have a “hurry up” mentality when it comes to everyday life. And we expect that with our health as well.
But that mentality gets us in a lot of trouble.
We’re willing to turn to supplements so quickly. And while they do help, they don’t fix the root cause of the problem.
We’ve gotten off-balance in our bodies due to poor nutrition, stress, toxins, bad relationships, poor sleep habits, and simply not taking care of ourselves as we should. We’ve let go of the simple practices in life that our ancestors held so dear and actually worked!
Instead of relying on God given medicine for our healing, we trust man’s medicine, the government, and the FDA.
We’re simply not taught how to care for our bodies. This lack of knowledge even extends into our medical schools. Medical schools teach med students why herbs don’t work, how they are harmful, and how pharmaceuticals are the answer.
What you don’t hear from people who use pharmaceuticals is that a certain drug gives them strength, vitality, confidence, freedom. Yet I hear those things every single day from people who are adopting natural health strategies.
The truth is… God created everything on this earth to heal our bodies. And you should start relying on God given medicine for your healing if you want to experience true freedom.
While I can’t go against my clients’ desires, I watch those drugs or antibiotics destroy their gut and health. It’s a never-ending cycle of covering up symptoms and side effects and not addressing the root cause of the issue. Then they want a cure for the symptoms or side effects that come along with them. If you’ve been on antibiotics lately, you likely know the bad after-effects.
There is absolutely a time when pharmaceuticals may be necessary for healing. But I will say that sometimes we should allow nature to work and even use more gentle herbs to do the job. It may take it a little longer to get the results you’re searching for, but you’ll be much healthier.
Addressing The Body’s Imbalance
The difference is most pharmaceutical medications never address the imbalance in the body, which is something that God took care of for us when he created the earth. His medicines can bring balance back to the body.
In Exodus 15:26, the Lord says to the Israelites, “for I am the Lord, your healer.”
Did you know that pharmaceutical companies derive most of your medications from the things of this earth? They’ve just had their natural chemistry manipulated in a lab.
Do we really think we can do it better than the Creator of the universe?
The answer… No, we can’t do better (even if we try).
But when more money can be made or saved, it’s often done at the expense of people’s health. Your health.
I hope this doesn’t surprise you.
After all, we are a people of convenience these days. And it’s not just you who feels that way, wanting everything to happen yesterday. It’s even the big guys making all the decisions about your health.
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Relying on God Given Medicine For Your Healing
So it’s up to you to decide where you’re going to turn for healing. When you start relying on God given medicine for your healing, you’ll sidestep the pharmaceutical companies’ greed and see a bounty of freedom.
Unfortunately, natural medicine often fails… Not because it doesn’t work, but because people aren’t willing to change their lifestyle – the root of the disease process.
I work with forward-thinking people, busy professionals, and health-minded individuals (who have investigated natural health). But even my clients – among the general population – are still so conditioned to believe that the answer is in a magic pill. And they’re willing to spend thousands in that direction when the answer is not found in the pill alone.
So what is God given medicine?
It starts with your food.
Our God Given Food
Before I start working with my clients , I interview them to discover opportunities for healing. It’s interesting to find that there is so much willingness to simply ingest dietary supplements. Yet, there’s so much hesitancy around giving up convenience foods.
Microwave meals, fast food, and packaged meals… man-made convenience foods, not natural healthy foods.
And when you buy those packaged foods, they are likely filled with additives to extend the shelf life, colored dyes, and flavor enhancers like MSG. These things are literally exciting our cells to a premature death. It’s no wonder why we age early and have diseased organs.
There’s a big trade off when you consume convenience foods. You trade in your health and perhaps part of your lifetime.
We allow these companies to genetically engineer our foods (just like our medicines) and believe their pitch about “it’s to end world hunger.” Their priority isn’t to end world hunger or feed you healthy food. It’s to create more shareholder profit.
Even the farmers that grow our foods are being fed lies by big companies and are using their manipulated seeds, which have destroyed their land for good, making it impossible to grow clean, healthy, organic produce on that abused land ever again.
The foods they produce lack nutrients. Then, they make it worse by using pest control chemicals that are poisons which ultimately destroy our guts. This is a devastating combination when you think about it.
Foods with less nutrients and poisons that destroy the villi (which are responsible for nutrient absorption) can only mean 1 thing – malnourished people – which leads to disease.
You may have heard the term “overfed and under-nourished.” People are becoming malnourished even when consuming a so-called “healthy diet.”
This even occurs when we eat whole foods. We may still need dietary supplements to boost our nutrient levels.
The truth is, you’re doing your body no good if you’re taking a bunch of supplements without the ability to absorb them. This is another conversation, but keep this in mind… It ALL starts with your gut.
Experiencing True Freedom With God’s Medicine
There is a great deceiver prowling amongst us.
And it is my mission to call out the lies and deception.
My hope is that you heed this warning before you end up as sick as I did, in need of significant repair.
If this message reaches you and you feel it’s too late, just know that the body is super intelligent. Even when damaged, there’s opportunities to improve your health and help you live your best life possible.
We have all these symptoms, and we don’t think about how our environment impacts it.
So what does the liver do? Often, the liver is called the “grandfather organ”. It’s one of our organs responsible for detoxing our bodies from the things we eat to the air we breathe.
The liver takes on a lot of strenuous duties, which includes processing everyday lifestyle and nutritional choices. Often, the biggest contributor to strain on our liver is not the choices we make, but the toxic world we live in. The air we breathe is filled with toxins from our environment.
Outdoor pollution is bad enough, but what’s worse is the indoor pollution that contaminates your body.
Unfortunately, we are constantly bombarded with toxins in the air. From the cotton clothing we wear that was sprayed with pesticides, to the off-gassing of furniture/carpet/paint on the walls, and to the fire retardant found in our bedding…
Outside of the air we breathe, chemicals and fluoride fill our water systems. While they’re supposed to keep us safe, they fill our bodies with toxins.
The things we eat or drink on a regular basis are filled with pesticides, herbicides, toxic medications, processed chemicals our body was never meant to handle.
These things can create havoc on our detox organs – especially our liver. It’s honestly no surprise as to why so many people are struggling with decreased liver function when you think about all the modern-day stressors and toxins we’re exposed to.
If you ask me, taking care of your liver is one of the most important things you can do for your body. In this blog, I’m going to share how to love your liver by keying into these 10 clues you need to detox your liver (and signs that it may be congested).
When you think about a toxic liver, you may not realize some of the things you’re struggling with on a daily basis could be a result of toxic overload in the liver. The more toxins the body is exposed to, the harder the liver has to work to remove them. Unfortunately, our poor liver gets bogged down and is unable to keep up with the demand for detoxification.
Over time, the ability to filter out toxins diminishes. When this occurs, there are many signs that come along with it. Unfortunately, these signs might look like other common health issues and most of the time medical professionals focus on alleviating the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause, which is toxic overload in the body.
10 Clues It’s Time To To Detox Your Liver
If you feel like you may have a congested liver after reviewing the signs and symptoms, you will need to work with a qualified professional like myself to help you out. Yes, I know there are liver dedicated supplements that you can take over the counter. And many people reach out to me on a regular basis and ask me if the supplements they are taking for their liver are good. My standard answer after reading a list of ingredients is typically yes. The truth is, there are supplements that support the liver. But true detox is a process that includes specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as antioxidants to enable the liver can go through a true detox.
If you have more than one of the following clues you need to detox your liver, please connect with me or someone else.
A congested liver will set you up or other disease processes to take place in the body. The beautiful side of that is once you understand true detox and how to implement it in your own life, it is a tool you will be able to keep in your arsenal for years to come.
1. Poor Digestion
One of the things the liver is responsible for producing is bile. Bile is there for digestion and breaks down fats. You want to make sure you have enough bile to break down those fats to get the nutrients you need to be healthy.
If you’re experiencing poor digestion, that’s an indicator you don’t have clean processes to reuse your bile – which helps you consume necessary vitamins. As a result, you’re going to be malnourished and sick.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
The liver is critical in ridding the extra hormones that our body doesn’t need at that time. When there’s a buildup of hormones, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
● High blood pressure
● Weight gain
● Sleep problems
● Low libido
● Low immune function
● Craving junk food
Many of my clients before working with me brush these symptoms aside. It’s just part of life. What they don’t know is that these symptoms are a result of a stressed out liver.
3. Weight Gain
We often experience weight gain (and can’t keep it off) if the liver is stressed and cannot rid itself of the toxin buildup. In fact, the body holds onto fat as a protective mechanism if it doesn’t feel safe to release those toxins.
If you’re experiencing this symptom, think about your blood sugar imbalance and hormones. They are all interconnected.
4. Skin Problems
If you have toxins building up in your system and your liver isn’t able to process those toxins, then your skin becomes a detox pathway. As a result, your skin starts to clog up, causing things like:
Many clients come to me asking what they can put on their eczema. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that they have a congested liver. Their skin issues are showing up as a result.
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Fatigue is a super common problem I see and another clue you need to detox your liver.
But what is fatigue actually?
It’s feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep the night before
You feel like you can’t function properly throughout the day (especially after meals).
There’s not enough caffeine in the world to curtail the effects your congested liver is causing.
6. Bad Breath Or A White Coating On Your Tongue
Stick out your tongue right now. Does it have a white coating on it? If so, that’s a clear indicator that something is going on with your liver.
That white coating actually leads to your bad breath. People often try to scrape the coating thinking that they are fixing the problem. Unfortunately, unless you address the root, the white coating will return.
So why does this happen? White coating on your tongue is a sign that you aren’t digesting your food well. It also shows things like candida or other bacteria overgrowing in your gut. Since the mouth, gut, and liver are all part of your digestive tract, they all play a role in your digestion. A sluggish liver is going to contribute to the white coating on your tongue. It’s all one pathway.
7. Chemical Sensitivities
Do you feel like you can’t stand certain cleaning products and get a headache, anxiety, or irritability when you’re exposed to them? Or do you feel like a lightweight when drinking alcohol? If you said “yes”, you are experiencing chemical sensitivity. This often happens when your body already has too many toxins on board and your liver cannot detox. When you add these chemicals to your system or environment, your liver simply cannot handle it.
If you’re having cravings for sweet treats or highly processed foods (what you would find in a bag or a box), it can be caused by blood sugar and hormone imbalance. Those are signs that the liver is not functioning well.
9. Gallbladder Problems
The gallbladder and the liver are connected. The liver produces bile. The bile salts are responsible for breaking down the fats. The bile is stored in the gallbladder until it’s needed for digestion. If there’s not enough bile produced, then it’s more difficult for your body to digest and break down those fats.
When the gallbladder isn’t functioning properly (if you still have your gallbladder as it’s often removed), you experience symptoms like:
● Abdominal bloating
You have an intolerance to fatty foods. You want to get the liver working so it produces enough bile, so that the gallbladder stores bile appropriately, so it’s utilized when it’s required to break down those foods and fats.
Remember back to clue #1, if you aren’t breaking down those fats properly, then you risk being malnourished. That leads you into a whole other ball game. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to operate
10. Pain In The Upper Right Portion Of Your Abdomen
Your liver sits in that upper right corner of your abdomen, underneath your rib cage. Sometimes, it’s going to feel inflamed when it’s congested. And when there’s a lot of inflammation, you’re going to feel pain. That’s an indicator that your liver is enlarged.
Here’s the thing… If you don’t resolve these issues, you may be diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). This means you have a compromised liver and need to work on detoxing your liver.
No longer are only alcoholics experiencing this, but other people as well. And it all stems from a congested liver.
The toxic environment that we live in is dumping more and more toxins into your liver. If we’re not working to clean up our physical body, then we aren’t doing it any favors.
That’s why I talk about detoxification so frequently. It’s a common method I use to restore a client’s health. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to rebalance the liver and the body.
If you’re not getting well, think about what might be the root to your health problems. You’re not going crazy. Sometimes, nutrition and exercise just isn’t enough. The key is getting to the root so you can be happy, healthy, and whole.
Several of these symptoms disrupted my life for many years. I worked on my health and thought I was detoxing appropriately. I actually went through some miserable times with detox. But once I learned how to detox properly, my health drastically changed. If you can’t move the needle in some of the symptoms mentioned in this blog, liver detox could be your simple answer.
Don’t leave this unresolved! It could lead to fatty liver disease. There is good news though! Poor liver function can be reversed using a combined approach of proper detoxification methods and appropriate nutrient support. These methods will greatly assist in restoring function and balance to all the systems in the body.
Obesity is at an all-time high – varying between 30-40% of adults in the United States being obese. So many people are struggling to feel better in their bodies. They even say they’re “willing to try anything to lose the weight”. As a result, they sign up for these unfounded weight loss challenges. And many of these weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent fat loss.
When it comes to sustainable fat loss, healthy eating and exercise are a necessary part of the equation. If you feel like you’ve tried everything (including healthy eating and exercise) and you’re still at a standstill, I have one question for you… Have you thought about your toxic load?
In this blog, I’m sharing how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent you from sustaining fat loss.
What is Toxic Load?
So, what is a toxic load? Toxins are impossible to avoid. They are unnatural chemicals that are everywhere we look. We live in them every day. We wear them in our clothing and in the products we put on our skin. Without realizing it, we even eat these toxins.
They contaminate water, soil, and even organic farms where we grow food. When we raise animals to eat, we also expose them to toxins and stressful living conditions. This leads to toxins and stress in our bodies when we consume them.
The seriousness goes even beyond the things we’ve purposefully altered. It is impacting animals in the wild. We damage wild animals with toxins when we feed them by mistake. They rummage through garbage cans to fill up on goodies we leave behind. In the ocean, they fill up on plastic that didn’t make it to the recycling bin. When we study these animals, they are filled with high levels of the same toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis. If we consume these animals, even from the wild, we are still getting exposed.
Why do I tell you this? I want you to understand that toxins are unavoidable. We all have some amount of toxins in our bodies. This is your toxic load. Now that you know, the best thing to do is lower your exposure to those toxins.
Why Does Toxin Overload Matter for Weight Loss?
When toxins are at high levels in your body, they will quickly bring an unwanted plateau in your health. Toxin overload prevents even the most determined person from reaching their desired level of fitness and fat loss.
We try to go on a walk during our lunch break, but have trouble breathing because of unbearable allergies…
When we finally have a night open to try that ZumbaTM class, we’re sore for weeks after because our joints can’t keep up with our rhythm…
We want to make a healthy meal full of whole foods for our families, but we are so tired by 6pm that ordering takeout seems like the only option.
Many people don’t know that allergies, joint pain, and exhaustion – which already weigh us down everyday – are related to toxin overload. It has been clearly documented in scientific literature that environmental toxins are linked to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD, diabetes, allergies, and so much more.
Decreasing toxin exposure is the first step to clearing these all too common set-backs from your path to wellness. What would having that kind of freedom help you achieve?
If you’re ready to decrease the amount of toxins in your daily life, then let me tell you one of the most important things to avoid: weight loss challenges
How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload
As you hear me say often, the body is a very intelligent piece of machinery. It tries to naturally get rid of toxins through our poop, sweat, breath, and urine. But so many people live their lives every day constipated, working sedentary jobs, and getting very little water intake. What do you imagine that does to the body’s natural detox pathways? I imagine we either use them or lose them.
When our detox pathways are closed (or “sludgy” as I like to say), our body is not given the chance to rid of toxins naturally. The body has to find another way to stop them from harming us.
So, what does this have to do with fat? When the body can’t detox, it stores toxins in our fat instead so they won’t burden our organs. That means fat is actually a protector when it comes to toxic overload on the body.
This is how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload… When people do extreme weight loss challenges, they aren’t just signing up for fast fat loss. They are also signing up to overflow toxins into their organs. This is why one of the first things I do with every client I meet is help them understand detox and take them through it rather than focus on the weight loss first. Weight loss becomes a side effect of detoxification, which is many times a root of excess body fat.
6 Ways to Detox Your Internal and External Environments
So let’s talk about some of the ways you can begin to detox your internal and external environments.
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Food is only half the battle when it comes to Fat Loss…
Even though some of the foods we eat can expose us to toxins, the right foods will have the opposite effect. Focusing on foods that naturally detox the body (antioxidant foods like leafy greens, beets, and grapefruit) is a simple way to get started. If we take more detoxing nutrients in, we can naturally let more toxins out. Thus helping you reach a healthier body weight.
When someone has trouble opening certain pathways that need a little push, I also like using personalized detox formulas based on that person’s specific needs. Interested in learning more? Let’s chat about it!
3. Mental & Emotional Healing
Detox is more than just a physical experience… It is also a mental and emotional one.
Emotional release takes place when a person begins to realize the reasons for their pain and suffering. They then begin to choose and create new patterns by releasing old belief patterns that are no longer serving them.
Some people are more open to this process than others. For those who are open to the emotional aspects of healing, the benefits will be clear. Afterall, everything we feel and think impacts our physical being.
4. Clean Up Your Skin Care
Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? It is also like a large sponge when it comes to the things in the environment – absorbing everything we put on it. One of the best things you can do is make sure the things you use daily on your skin are clean. They should be free from carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other toxins that lead to disease in the body. I use clean products for bathing like castile soap. I’ve also recently partnered with a wonderful line that has EWG certified skin care products that give amazing results.
5. Get in a No-Stress Sweat
Of course, exercise is a great way to break a sweat; however, one of my favorite ways to sweat is with my infrared sauna. Infrared rays penetrate your core, sending internal heat to your body which often only receives external heat. This targets the release of toxins, which has a different impact on the body as a whole. Plus, it’s a great way to relax and get in a no-stress sweat!
6. Understand Your Physiology
When our immune system gets bogged down with toxic burden, it suffers. In turn, it impacts our organs negatively. Everyone is different in the way they respond to these stressors. So the stress on the body, along with the toxic burden, can then lead to bigger issues within.
Taking a look at your internal environment through functional lab tests on a regular basis can help you determine where the body is being impacted so you can detox those areas specifically.
For these tests, you’ll need to partner with a medical professional like myself to look at the health of your gut, hormones, and potentially food and environmental sensitivities. You can also test sources of inflammation, the health of your liver, and the impact of oxidative stress (AKA stress related to toxic overload) on the body.
Bottom Line: Food is Only Half the Battle When It Comes to Weight Loss
Bottom line is this… Our obesity epidemic is not only getting worse because of the foods we are consuming. That is only half the battle. Our environment is filled with chemicals. And more and more chemicals are being dumped into our environment every year. Many people will not lose weight or resolve their medical problems because they have damaged their bodies with toxic burden. If you’ve tried everything and your weight won’t budge, you may be dealing with more of an issue than what’s on your plate.
If that’s you, I have created something with you in mind. My “Jumpstart Your Health” Program is back, and we’re doing something new. If you’ve been around for any length of time, you probably figured out that I don’t talk about weight loss often. There are usually other root cause factors that we need to fix that will actually correct most weight and metabolism issues.
In this 90 day program, we’re diving head first into reaching your goals of sustainable weight loss. When we start to correct some of the issues we discuss in this blog, you’ll start to see your body respond the way it should.
Choose to invest in yourself. You’re the only one who can.
February is the month of love. While the heart shaped chocolate boxes and swoon-worthy acts of love come out in full force, it’s time to talk about why you need to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health.
This is not your typical Valentine’s Day blog.
The reason why I want to talk about this very topic today though is because we probably do not fully consider how much of an impact our hormones have on our
health in general. Additionally, we often do not understand how the things in our environment impact our hormone health. This topic applies to both female and male reproductive health.
Let’s take the 40,000 foot view of where we’re going…
● What nutrients you need to help your hormones to work properly
● Consider what toxins in your environment impact your hormones
● How to resolve hormone disruptors or endocrine disruptors naturally
● What some birth control methods do to cause hormone imbalance
Put on your seatbelt, and let’s get started
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Detox and Balance Your Hormones to Protect Your Reproductive Health
What does detoxification have to do with balancing your hormones?
When I work with my clients, I have them take a hormone test. This gives me a whole lot of information about their health. With a dried urine sample, I’m able to see the following:
● Whether or not you have enough estrogen ● If your body is utilizing it appropriately or taking a cancer causing pathway ● Whether you’re getting rid of it like you should or just recycling old estrogen
Knowing the amount of estrogen you have in circulation simply isn’t enough.
If we find that any of the markers mentioned above are moving in the wrong direction, then we can often course correct. Many times, I coach individuals through a little estrogen detox. This helps them balance their hormones.
Women who experience PMS and other types of symptoms like cravings, bloating, water retention, mood swings, and severe cramping before their menstrual cycle likely have some hormone imbalance. Although this imbalance is often talked about with women (as previously mentioned), these imbalances can also impact men.
These imbalances also do not stick to any given age group. I’ve seen all ages experience these issues.
Hormone imbalance does not discriminate.
When I was 12 years old, my doctor put me on birth control for severe menstrual cramps. 18 years later, I was still on that birth control experiencing horrible hormone symptoms.
By the time I was 29 years old, I was in perimenopause – my ovaries were gradually releasing less and less eggs. This condition usually impacts women in their 40s and 50s.
After a little hormone detox and a little balancing act, my hormones are healthy as they would be for any woman my age now. I’m glad this was the case for me; however, many people don’t have the same experience.
The truth is, when we start giving the body what it needs, it will often course correct naturally.
Main Problem With Hormone Replacement
The main problem with hormone replacement – whether it be synthetic or bioidentical replacement – is that our own body will stop producing its natural hormones.
This is exactly what happened to me.
There is absolutely a time and place for hormone therapy, but I believe that giving the body herbal support when it’s able to make its own hormones is the best route. If you opt for hormone therapy, make sure you choose a safe alternative like bioidentical hormone therapy instead of using synthetics.
It’s the best way to prevent cancer and other diseases from forming in the body.
Hormone Disruptors In Our Environment
We come into contact with hormone disruptors in our environment on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely avoid them. You can, however, start today by eating a nutrient-rich diet, controlling your stress, getting plenty of sleep, using resistance training, and supporting your body through detox if you want to naturally balance your hormones.
Let’s go deeper into how to resolve hormone disruptors.
3 Steps to Resolve Hormone Disruptors
When our hormones are disrupted, we experience weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, depression, hair loss, lack of energy, water retention, brain fog, miscarriages, and/or inability to conceive. Unfortunately, this list continues, depending on the hormones that are causing the issue.
Before I realized what was going on with my body, I remember having a similar laundry list of symptoms. It wasn’t until I found someone who could help me that I was able to bring my hormones back into balance.
If you’ve known me for a while, you know I do not address symptoms because symptoms always have a root cause – hormone disruptors. So if you’re experiencing any of the above indicators, take the following 3 steps to resolve hormone disruption.
1. Balance your diet (this will help more than hormone balance)
2. Avoid hormone disruptors found in your environment
3. Detox your body on a regular basis
1. Balance Your Diet
Focus on your diet. Balance your diet. Diet. We hear this on repeat, and sometimes, we simply ignore it. Your nutrition impacts more than just your health.
The animals we consume today are filled with hormones.
In today’s environment, they are stressed and filled with “bad” hormones like cortisol. Those stress hormones are released into the animal’s tissues, which then become a part of us when we consume them.
If you want to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health, you must look at where your food comes from. How are they treating their animals? Are those animals stressed or happy? These are all things that you need to consider if you want to improve your reproductive health.
2. Avoid Hormone Disruptors From the Environment
Just as animals have stressors in their environment, we too have stressors in our environment. Those stressors, if consistent or elevated, can disrupt our own natural hormone production.
Consider the things in your environment that are toxic to your hormones. Things like…
… can cause hormone imbalance and lead to negative symptoms in the body.
You can find plastic hardeners, like BPA and BPS, in everything from plastics to sales receipts to canned goods.
Many of the toxins we wear on our skin (lotions, potions, and shampoos) may have toxins that are disrupting your hormones and endocrine system.
Additionally, you’ll find more hormone disruptors in you the products you clean your home with. Those chemicals destroy hormones.
So, how do you practically avoid hormone disruptors from the environment? Read the labels. If you don’t know an ingredient, look it up. Chances are that if you’re not familiar with it, it’s probably not good for your hormone health.
You may not be able to avoid all hormone disruptors in your environment, but try to remove as many as you can. You can also look for non-toxic lines. My favorite skincare line is Beauty Counter. I also love Branch Basics for household cleaning and laundry.
3. Learn to Appropriately Detoxify the Body on a Regular Basis
Finally, you need to learn how to appropriately detoxify the body on a regular basis. It’s not a one-and-done situation. You’re continually exposed to toxins that build up in your system. In March, I’m starting another Seasonal Cleanse Challenge. This challenge happens only a couple times of the year to help people understand the importance of detoxification and how it is different from just cleansing the body.
We will never get rid of every single toxin that we’ve ever come into contact with. But we can literally remove years of toxins from the body if we provide the body what it needs and allow it to intelligently do its job.
On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.
To me, there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.
Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself. From the naked eye, you would have never even thought that I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, and so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.
This same story is one that many people experience, but silently suffering with toxic burden doesn’t have to be your story
Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story
I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows!
It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.
Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see toxic burden on their bodies and the pain in their eyes. I hear their hurt in their words. And I can see their suffering through their tough exterior.
It’s a gift I gained through my silent suffering.
The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.
There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started…
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Getting Out of the Silent Suffering Cycle.
So, how do you get out of this silent suffering cycle or toxic burden overload? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.
I call this a hodgepodge approach now.
Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.
We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?
We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It is my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.
So how does all this work?
Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance.
In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.
This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing the disease process from healing. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders.
The key is to expose the culprit when possible – that is where the detective work comes in.
Cancer & Toxic Overload
The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together.
As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today.
Cancer is Preventable
Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it.
“More people live off cancer than die from it.”
Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors.
Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients?
Isn’t that a shocking statement?
The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.
What if you could prevent diseases like this though?
What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up?
Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most
powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to
prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent
tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair
cellular damage by daily detoxification.
You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.”
It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a
common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we
assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men
that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are
struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated
with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused
by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.
Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically. When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.
Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed
to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These
cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the
are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?
Cosmetics and personal care products
are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions,
and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens,
but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have
hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty
and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that
have known endocrine disruptors.
Household cleaning products, air
fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt
our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic
cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
Plastics are another big source.
There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The
problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts
our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t
necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with
other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work
toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them
to heat foods or beverages.
Xenoestrogens can also be found in
our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic
foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or
pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner,
organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is
another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more serious illness like cancer to invade the body.
One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel, which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before a disease process begins.
the right building blocks is a key component.
Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many
things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age,
lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a
person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular
damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things
like breast cancer and other disease processes.
cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.
Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer, painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.
We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your
exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors
so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.
Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the
risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and
infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic
fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things
or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high
in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial
when it comes to prevention.
The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic
predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to
take your health into your own hands.
If you prefer video version, catch this 7 minute video with
the same information.