Do you suffer with multiple health symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, allergies, digestive issues, muscle or joint pain, brain fog, pregnancy issues, and/or trouble with losing weight? Women, do you feel that you your hormones are off balance the majority of the time? Are you so used to dealing with your symptoms that you are compromising your potential to live an extraordinary life?
Personally, I suffered with all of these symptoms, at varying degrees, throughout my adult life. I could never figure out where or how my symptoms started. I had a hard time understanding how they were connected.
I was given names to these issues. Such as Endometriosis, PMDD, Chronic Fatigue, Hypothyroidism. I would address the symptoms with modern medicine and surgeries, to no avail. Never learning nor addressing the root cause of these issues.
If only I knew then, what I know now…
Thanks to a network of women, who also suffer with PMDD, I learned that my health issues all fell under the umbrella of Autoimmune Disorders. And if I didn’t start addressing my autoimmune disorders, my symptoms were going to worsen and/or multiply.
Over the past three years I have spent a lot of time researching, experimenting with my diet, and minimizing stress and toxins. I can’t say that I am healed. However, I do believe that I am on the path to recovery.
Several weeks ago, I hit a bump in the road. I learned that I have a genetic mutation that greatly inhibits my body’s ability to detox. In non-layman’s terms…
I’m referring to the MTHFR gene. (No. That is not a curse word!) This gene is responsible for converting folic acid to folate, which is useable by our bodies. (Here’s a great article to help you understand more about it.)
For years, I had taken synthetic folic acid during those years I was trying to get pregnant. Little did I know that due to the genetic mutation, the folic acid could not be converted properly, and therefore left a toxic burden on my body. I can’t tell you how many doctors I have seen over the past twenty years, and yet not one had advocated genetic testing. I would bet my life that had I known all of this during those years I struggled with infertility (among other things), I could have (I stress could have) had success with getting pregnant.
But, I refuse to believe that God is not working through all of this. I believe God wants me to use my experience to help others.
In a recent post, I listed seven steps that I’ve been taking on my journey to healing. (Click here.)
Here, I’d like to share some of the products that I have switched out in my personal use and household to help keep toxins at bay. These are also competitively priced on Amazon. (So, I picked the least expensive of the best.)
I leave you with my favorite resource/websites on the topics shared in this post. : )
Dr. Jolene Brighten Naturapath. Women’s Health. Hormonal Balance.
Dr. Axe Gut Health Guru! Certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine.
Dr. Ben Lynch MTHFR Mutation Expert
Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine.
If you are joining me on the journey to healing autoimmune disorders, I hope you are encouraged by this information. God bless!