Do you listen to your body? It talks to you.
Now, before you think I'm a crazy person, let me explain.
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our organs are designed to work in sync with the other organs in our body. In an utopian society, we would all have healthy, whole food meals made for us. We would get enough sleep every night, wake up rejuvenated. Negative stress would be minimal --can you just imagine!? There would be no harsh or synthetic chemical exposure in our air, FOOD, cleaning products, and yes --even our beauty products. These are the culprits to adrenal glands can ultimately lead to a thing called --Adrenal Fatigue. While it's impossible to rid all of it from our lives, the good news is our body can manage the 20% of the 'off days' or whatever we want to call them. But our body does need our help. We can choose what we put on and in our body.
I am not a physician, nor am I going to pretend to be an expert on this topic. However, I have been studying this con
cept after years of frustration with my body. After years of hormone dysregulation, caused by a myriad of things; stress, miscarriages, pregnancy, hormone drug therapy, increased anxiety, increased drug side effects and so forth, I got tired of hearing the same thing over and over again, "We don't know what's wrong." --which ultimately led to more medications. It has been a vicious cycle.
**Again, please let me make this very clear; I love and respect the medical community and my personal providers who have and are continuing to work with me. This is a process and I recognize there is a time and place for medicine. However, I want to encourage you, where ever you are in your health journey, to find someone you trust and who will also listen to you. There are providers out there who will. Nobody knows your body better than you. I am continually working WITH my medical providers. This part of my story is to share my findings, in hopes of maybe helping someone else who feels "stuck."
Okay, back to your regular scheduled blog entry.
I came across the book, Women Code by Alisa Vitti, HHC. She is the founder and CEO of Flo Living. (Yup, I just put a plug in my blog. It's THAT. GOOD.) Ya'll --this book has changed my life. It has opened my eyes to how I respond to my body and the signals it's sending me. How the gut-brain-hormone connection is intertwined. That having acne, feeling bloated, missed periods, down to even my bathroom routines (sorry guys, just being real and raw here) all are intertwined and play a role in your mental health as well as your gut health.
Some of the information was reaffirming to what I have studied in my Wellness Coaching journey as an Occupational Therapist and Arbonne Nutrition. It validated some things I already knew about the gut-brain connection. However, it was the Adrenal Fatigue concept that was the 'ah-ha' moment for me. Let me set the scene for you: just a few signs your body is trying to get your attention!
Acne --in my mid 30s --yuck!
Bloat (easy to brush off as a women who may indulge in wine and sweets from time to time).
Weight gain - despite exercise and no diet change and showed up as 'puffiness.'
Moodiness --like ALL the time
Increased Depression --seriously, who is this person!?!
Quick to Anger
Avoidance ---again, who am I???
Difficulty sleeping, but tired ALL the time
Any of this resonate?? Just me?
This book is shedding the light on all of it.
FIRST STEP ---> Increasing my water intake, right off the bat, first thing in the morning.
THEN---> Stopped the hormone drug therapy -safely*
RESULT---> Skin instantly started to clear up. Energy levels started to rise. Anxiousness decreased.
I am still in the process of working on this pit of Adrenal Fatigue but I am determined to continue to work through it. I'm listening to my body, learning new cues to take from it and how to give it what it's asking for. It is not an overnight thing. It's a LIFESTYLE. Which is great ---because that's what I teach my clients anyway when it comes to nutrition. ;)
Working toward cleaner, sustainable living is the first step. Not always easy, but standard drug store brands are full of harmful chemicals that wreck havoc on our endocrine systems.
Recognizing what you put in (and on) your body that makes you feel good or bad is the second step.
And they can be baby steps. It's a journey, not a destination.
If you have any questions, or have found other resources, or tips to be helpful, please share.
I want to hear!