Internal stress – DANG!!

I have spent the past five years pursuing peace. I’ve learned all about reducing stress for myself and my clients, and I have to say I’ve done a great job! I have very little stress in my life.

Yet there’s one thing that’s still nagging at me — I feel run down. The doctors say everything looks good, and that I’m just at the age where that starts to happen. But I’m not satisfied when I don’t have the energy to do my work, be engaged in my marriage and parenting and have a little fun on the side. So I’ve been on a quest to feel vital and energetic again … to feel more like myself.

I’ve spent the last 2-1/2 years getting my nutrition and vitamins in check, but I still felt tired. Last year I met with a bioidentical hormone specialist, and she discovered that I was all out of whack. I’m doing better under her care, but I’m still not feeling great. I feel like I’m playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, dizzy and blindfolded, trying to find the sweet spot of health.

So early this summer I went to a naturopath that specializes in metabolic typing. I’ve spent the last couple of months finding out exactly which foods work for my body and discovering my unique ratio of carbs, protein and fat. I also found out that I was taking the wrong supplements. Tests showed that my body wasn’t using magnesium and calcium, and the supplements I was taking were actually taxing my system even more. Just by making those changes, I feel better than I have felt in about 10 years.

But why wasn’t my body using those minerals? Further tests show I have adrenal fatigue. I can see how it might of developed with my years of perfectionism and some health issues I had long ago. My naturopath kept asking me about my stress levels now, and I’d tell him I don’t really have much stress in my life. Yet there is something causing my adrenals to work overtime and throwing my whole endocrine system out of balance. He said it was time to look for internal stressors.

Internal stressors!! I’ve devoted my career to stopping stress, and now I find out that I have to worry about internal stress, too? Good grief! Guess I get to tackle another layer of stress, but I’m willing to do it so that I can live my life to its fullest and be the best me that I can be. So here we go, uncovering my inner stress …

More tests revealed that I have “leaky gut.” Basically, the lining of my digestive system is inflamed, causing it to leak some of it’s contents into my blood stream. Since that stuff doesn’t belong in my blood, my liver works harder to filter it out. And when my liver can’t keep up, it sends an SOS to my adrenals. If this continues it can lead to more degenerative issues — even cancers and heart disease. So all of my energy (and then some) is being used on this issue, and there’s none left for me to live life easy!

The next step is to find out why I have this inflammation. It could be a food sensitivity, a pathogen or in imbalance. There is more testing on the horizon, but before those tests, the naturopath recommends a 3-day juice fast and cleanse. I have to admit I’m a little nervous about this. I normally feel best when most of my nutrition comes from protein and fat, so I’m afraid this juice fast will make me feel like crap. But I’m willing to trust and try so we can get to the bottom of this. My end-of-summer schedule happens to be clear, so it seems like the perfect time to start juicing.

Stay tuned …
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More information:
My awesome team at Alternative Health Associates
Adrenal Fatigue
Leaky Gut
A great film on Juicing for health “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”

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