Microbe Formulas: Supplements for Healing!

Microbe Formulas was founded by Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts, both experts in chronic infections. This company offers some of the most top of the line supplements for healing from infections like Lyme and Co, parasites, EBV, and more.

I started looking into Microbe Formulas about 6 months ago when I was recommended one of their binders (the BioActive Carbon BioTox).  I was incredibly impressed with what it was all about and I decided to try it for myself before recommending it to my clients (which is what I always try to do with new products). Last year, I unfortunately had an issue with mold in our apartment complex and it seemed to have initiated quite an immune response in me. This binder has helped SO much with getting the chaos under control.

This led me to learn even more about the company and then I learned it was co-founded by Dr. Jay Davidson, someone that I really respect!  His Lyme summit earlier this year was incredibly informative and I agree with so much of what he speaks about: we need to heal our foundations FIRST before jumping into detox, it will take time to heal, and there are a lot of changes that need to be made in order to truly heal from chronic infections.

I was trying to figure out the best way to share these products with everyone, and I decided to join their affiliate program because of how amazing they are! I am very, very picky with the affiliates I choose and I only want to recommend the best for people. Microbe Formulas definitely passed the “Sassy” test.

Some of their most popular supplements include:

  • The BioActive Carbon BioTox (mentioned above): This is one of the most effective and comprehensive binders out there. Right from the site: ” It is formulated specifically to support binding biotoxins like mycotoxins from mold, ammonia from bacteria, and parasites and other byproducts from yeast, fungi, and viruses.” It helps to remove mold, sulfur, candida, ammonia and aldehyde systemically (not just in the GI tract like activated charcoal- it also is less likely to interfere with absorption of nutrients like activated charcoal). It works in tissues and organs to get toxins out while aiding the body in balancing critical minerals that can be lost in the process of detox.
  • BioActive Carbon MetChem: This formula helps to support the removal of heavy metals and environmental toxins.  It can aid in removal of mercury, lead, Gadolinium, nickel, tin, aluminum, cadmium, pesticides, herbicides, and more. Just like the BioTox, it works in the tissues and organs- not just the GI Tract!
  • The Intestinal Mover: This is exactly what it sounds like: it helps to keep your colon moving, which is the most essential part of detoxing effectively. It has classic colon healing herbs like aloe vera, cayenne, garlic, and clove. If you are trying to do a parasite detox but you are prone to constipation, this can help with keeping things moving smoothly.
  • Mimosa Pudica: This is one of the most potent parasite cleansers out there. I highly recommend working on increasing bowel function and healing the adrenals first before diving into Mimosa.
  • You can learn more about these here!

 

 

Meet our Sassy Holistics Practitioners : Denise and Breezy

Meet our Sassy Holistics Practitioners

About 3-4 years ago, I started my journey into the natural health world by launching Sassy Holistics.  I flew solo for a long time, but I was lucky enough last year to hire 2 amazing ladies to help out. I am blessed to call these ladies friends as well as employees! I wanted to fully introduce them to everyone and explain their roles with Sassy Holistics.

I trust these ladies and have really enjoyed working with them for the last year. They are both intelligent, hard-working, empathetic, and dedicated to helping others heal.

Denise Brusveen, MS, HTMA Consultant

Denise joined the Mineral Mavens Facebook group almost at the beginning of its inception, and has been a huge contributor since then.  She first became a client and really resonated with the whole food nutrition and herbal approach that we use with our HTMA.  We became fast friends, and I was so excited when she wanted to join my team!  She has been an invaluable addition.

For the last several years, Denise has been a Bradley Method childbirth educator and birth doula.  Learning about HTMA was the icing on the cake that has helped her to tie in nutrition, especially because she has already been working on an herbal education (Women’s Herbal Educator certification).  Denise has a passion for helping people heal, especially women that are pregnant or hope to become pregnant. Prenatal nutrition is absolutely essential for both mama and baby.

Denise took my first official training class in 2017 for learning HTMA the Sassy Holistics way. She picked up on everything very quickly and was very interested in the science behind how minerals run our body.  She joined the team officially in October 2017 and has been doing great ever since!

A little more about Denise:

Formal Education:

  • Bachelor of Science – Dairy Science from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Bachelor of Science – Agricultural Journalism from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Science – Dairy Science (Reproductive Physiology) from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Training – Mineral Mavens Academy (Kristin Merizalde, Sassy Holistics)
  • Herbal Medicine for Women – currently enrolled, by Aviva Romm

You can email with questions here: denise.brusveen@gmail.com

Breezy Schafer, AA, HTMA Consultant

Breezy has been my best friend for nearly a decade now.  She knew me during the worst of my health crises and saw me change as I began to transition to a healthier lifestyle.  This sparked her interest in the natural health world as we both saw that there was more to health than what we have been told before!

Her own health journey started with having her children, and she was inspired to become a fitness and health coach for pregnant and postpartum women.  So many women are struggling these days when it comes to reproductive health, and Breezy wanted to be help with changing things for women needing help.

Breezy also joined my first main HTMA training class and really enjoyed learning the many aspects of mineral balancing and the way that we approach them here at Sassy Holistics. She joined the team a few months after the birth of her son, and she’s coming up on a full year of being on the team.  Breezy’s empathy, kindness, and eagerness to help have been invaluable to our team as well!

More about Breezy:

  • I have an Associates in the Arts degree and am working my way toward a Bachelors in Nutrition.
  • I’ve also completed the HTMA training with Mineral Mavens Academy.
  • You can email me with questions here: babystepsbreezy@gmail.com

 

You can order an HTMA with one of these amazing ladies here!

Black Friday 2018: The Best Deals of the Year!

The Best Sales of the Year are here!

All of Black Friday weekend, save a total of 45% off of Perfect Supplements brand products!

Perfect Supplements’ sale is always 35% off but you can stack our usual SASSY code for another 10% off! The sale is from November 23-26.

My favorites from Perfect Supplements:

 

For BioRay:

Check out their sales going on all Black Friday weekend! They updated their site several months ago and now all of their lines can be found on one site, right here. Everything will be 30% off total! Best deal of the year for Bioray. Please be advised that due to the holiday, shipments will not be processed until the following Monday.

Our favorites from Bioray include:

 

Check out all of our sales on Sassy Holistics as well!

 

Poofy Organics will offer 15% off all weekend as well!

Check out their awesome site here. Be sure to enter the code HOLIDAY2018 to get your discount.

Our favorite Poofy products:

 

Stay tuned for any more possible sales!!

Self-Care, Self-love, and Changing our Mindset- why these are crucial for healing

Self-Care, Self-love, and Changing our Mindset- Why these are crucial for healing

Self-care is a term that is growing in popularity lately and honestly there is good reason for it.  As people start healing from chronic illnesses, they are starting to realize the importance of actually caring for oneself properly in the process.  We start to realize that we have not been kind to ourselves, physically or mentally.  We’ve never been taught that it is ok to love oneself, nor how to actually do this.  I’ve put this post together because I think self-care, self-love, and changing our mindset are all incredibly important and these 3 things are all related.

Self-Care

Self-care comes in many forms.  It doesn’t have to be something time consuming or selfish.  It could be something you schedule for 5 minutes a day, or something that lasts for much longer just once a week. It could be something as simple as quiet time in a bath, or as complex as going on a trip.

Some ways to practice self-care:

  • Legs on the wall yoga pose (5-15 minutes)
  • Listening to music, dancing, watching a show that makes you happy, or reading a book
  • Write! If you love writing, start a blog, write a book, or just journal to get your feelings and thoughts out
  • Take a trip to a spa (there are a lot more out there that are committing to being organic/all-natural now!), or go for a hair cut, mani/pedi, hair dye (again, lots of options for natural dyes now)
  • A relaxing bath with either Epsom salts, dead sea salts, and/or unrefined sea salt
  • Find a healing protocol to start and stick with- HTMA is always my favorite to start with. And honestly, this isn’t just plug because we offer these. I truly feel like getting on a solid plan with someone that will help you along the way is one of the best self-care techniques you can use. We all need someone else to guide us and give us a plan on where to start.
  • Changing situations like a toxic job or a toxic person in your life
  • Walk in nature, even if it is only for 5-10 minutes. Or just do grounding- walk on the grass with your bare feet
  • Join groups of like-minded people to chat with, especially if you don’t have anyone in your life to speak with about what you are going through
  • Or the other end of the spectrum- start leaving groups if you are a part of too many. Many groups are full of drama, false information, or just add stress to your timeline if the info isn’t relevant to you anymore
  • Do yoga, Butekyo breathing, and other stress relieving activities
  • Find a hobby- this is something that tends to get pushed aside when we get sick.  Find something that you LOVE to do and try to do it daily, even if it is just 5 minutes. Painting, reading, learning instruments, learning languages, swimming, etc. The list is endless here. If you enjoy it, find a way to add it in.
  • Create goals for the future, both short and long term. Or make a list of reasons why you are healing yourself and things you would like to achieve once you are feeling up to it
  • Limit your social media exposure, or unfollow pages that stress you out!
  • Be silly! Laugh! Look at funny videos on YouTube, play with your kids, watch a funny movie you like- laughing truly is a medicine.
  • Say no if you need to. If you are not up to going out or keeping an engagement that you have made, you can say no. Don’t push yourself for others unless absolutely necessary
  • Check out my friend Lindsey’s post on her tips for Rest-Ober too for more self-care ideas.

Self-Love

I feel like this is different from self-care in many ways.  Self-care is the actual action of doing things that you know you need to do in order to heal and take care of yourself.  Self-love is accepting that you are worth the time and energy you’re putting into yourself.  You DESERVE self-care.  In a world where we are bombarded with messages that people are not thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, etc- it’s time to start realizing that WE are in control of how we view ourselves and outside opinions are not needed.  The moment we stop caring about how other people view us is the moment we can start appreciating ourselves for how we are.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t work on improving ourselves in various ways if you want to! If you want to lose weight, get more muscular, dye your hair, do your nails, learn a new language, go back to school, etc then go for it! But do it because it makes you happy and because you truly want to do it, not because others are telling you that you should. Be in control of yourself- mind, body, and soul.

Recently, this message has become even more near and dear to me thanks to a band I have found that has this same message.  Their last few albums have literally followed a timeline of how we can learn to love ourselves and how we can learn to speak for ourselves.  Over the last few months, I have really been focusing on my own self-love and healing from the emotional trauma I’ve dealt with in my life.  Finding this group has been an absolute blessing- I love music to begin with and it incredibly healing for me, so finding music with meaning that is created by a band that actually cares about their fans has been life changing to say the least.  If you want to check them out, this is their Youtube channel (and yes it is BTS- I’m sure many of you are starting to learn about them since they’ve actually been on many of our mainstream TV shows lately!).

I hope everyone has the strength to start loving themselves <3

Changing our Mindset

It can be hard to be positive when you are dealing with any sort of chronic illness. Trust me, I really understand.  Saying things like you’ll never heal, nothing ever works for you, you hate your body, you give up, etc aren’t helpful. The more you say these things, the more your body will believe them and the harder it can be to heal. If you need to release emotions as you heal, that is one thing.  That should be short lived and you should feel better afterwards.  It is the negativity 24/7, 365 that needs to be re-evaluated and changed.

I find that many people don’t even realize they are in a negative mindset until someone else points it out to them too.  So think about it- how do you speak to yourself? Are you constantly putting yourself down?  Angry that your body won’t cooperate? Taking your emotions out on others because of how frustrated you are?  Observe the way you think and act for a few days and start to make note about how you can change.

Instead of saying, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!” (something I used to say myself!) tell yourself, “I hear what my body is saying and I will try to do better to rest more when I can.”

Instead of, “I hate the way my body looks.”, say, “I understand I am going through a hard time right now. I will work on nourishing myself so and giving my body what it needs so that it can heal.”

Instead of focusing on the foods or supplements you cannot tolerate, focus on what you can tolerate.  Remind yourself that your body will heal and eventually you will be able to get rid of many intolerances.

Just observe your thoughts, words, and actions and see what you can do to start making them more positive. This is not an overnight change at all.  This change can take lots of patience and practice to put into effect. But the effort is well worth it as you retrain your mind to be more positive.

Remind yourself that this is temporary!

This is an especially important one to remember. It takes years, decades, or generations to build up these chronic illnesses. Throw in years of the SAD lifestyle, chronic stress, heavy metals, birth control pills, vaccines, etc and it is no wonder why so many people are dealing with adrenal exhaustion these days. It will take time for you to fully heal! The general rule of thumb is one month of healing for every year you have been sick. Just stay strong! You can allow yourself some time to experience the frustration, anger, and sadness but remember to pick yourself back up and keep on pushing!

A Breakdown on the Common Herbal Infusions

herbal infusions

A Breakdown on the Most Common Infusions:

Nettle Leaf:
Whole body tonic
Blood purifier and overall detox supporter (helps the kidneys, liver, lymph, etc)
Blood sugar regulator
Adrenal healer
Fixes the root issues that cause anemia
Balances calcium levels as it has the other main co-factors: mag, potassium, silica, etc
Most nutrient dense infusion overall
Anti-histamine
Can help significantly with detoxing estrogen
Only nutrient it is low in is sodium- so if it is needed, you can add a pinch of sea salt or some sole water

Chickweed:
Helps with dissolving things: cysts, tumors, fat cells, thickened mucus, and even bacteria.
Usually if one cannot tolerate nettles, they can do better with chickweed
Helps with healing exhaustion and can be helpful when recovering from surgery
Helps with absorbing minerals better
Helps with bladder issues, especially cystitis
Very nutrient dense: minerals- calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and potassium; and these vitamins: C, A (from carotenes), and B’s such as folate, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.

Oatstraw:
Most magnesium rich infusion
Best for fast oxidizers that need more mag, or those that can actually tolerate magnesium
One of the most silica rich herbs (silica is helpful in heavy metal removal as well as hair, skin, and nail health)
Great for nervous system issues due to the content of mag and zinc
Helps with liver detox and supports the pancreas
Helps the cardiovascular system
Can also help those trying to wean off of nicotine and other addictions
well-known aphrodisiac

Red Raspberry Leaf:
Best herb for women (but can be used by anyone)
Helps with balancing hormones, especially related to copper imbalances
One of the best herbs for pregnant and nursing mothers
Can help to heal from fevers and diarrhea when ill
Uterine tonic, helps increase breast milk supply, balances menstruation (whether too heavy or too light)

Others:
~Comfrey Leaf (never the root!): called Bone-Knit because it helps to heal bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments; has zinc, B12, protein, beta carotene, tannins, trace minerals and more.
~Linden flowers- for the immune system; can help with colds and flus, and helps lungs and digestion
~Mullein leaf- good for lungs!
~Hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers for heart health!

Making Infusions:
Steep one ounce (one cup) of dried herb in a quart of hot water for at least 4 hours- leaving it overnight is perfect. Strain the herbs and store the liquid in the fridge. Some reuse the herbs to make another quart or 2. Mason jars are perfect for making these infusions. Infusions will generally last about 2-4 days in the fridge after making them. If you find yours has gone a little bad, you can use it for any plants you might have or even a hair rinse after you wash your hair!

***Need the low and slow method for introducing nettles (or any other infusion) to your day? Start with just 1/4 cup of the dried herb in a quart of water instead of a full cup, and start with drinking just a 1/2 cup of that mix a day. Slowly work up to the full amount of nettles as you feel more comfortable with it!

I Personally use Frontier herbs for my infusions.  You can find most of them on Amazon.  Mountain Rose Herbs is another great source for herbs.  Nettles, Oatstraw, Chickweed, Red Raspberry Leaf

Read more about these infusions here.

The BEST Herbal Courses are at Herbal Academy

Herbal Academy Courses

Herbal Academy Courses are the best!

I have been in the natural health world for over 6 years now and I have pretty much been obsessed with herbs since the beginning. They have played a huge role in my own healing journey and they are so much stronger than we have ever been told to believe!  However, there are may horrible sources out there spewing out bad information on herbal remedies.  I prefer to learn from actual herbalists with years and decades of experience, which is why I chose to go with Herbal Academy to gain more knowledge.

Why Herbs?

Archaeological evidence apparently exists showing that medicinal plants have been used close to 60,000 years. Within the last 100 or so years, the FDA has claimed that herbs are unsafe and basically useless. I think it’s time to start using our heads and make decisions for ourselves on what is healthy and what is not.  In an age of chronic illness, gut and liver dysfunction, and super-bugs (thanks to overuse of antibiotics!), herbs are becoming a more popular option to treat health issues. Many people are going back to ancestral knowledge when it comes to health, nutrition, and even lifestyles.

Herbal Courses To Choose From

There are MANY courses to choose from on Herbal Academy. There are paths to chose for those that want to become a Clinical Herbalist or even to just gain enough knowledge to be able to safely use herbal remedies for your own family. There are courses for Wildcrafting and even an herbal self care course!

Learn all about Gut Healing with Sassy Holistics

gut healing

Gut healing the Sassy Holistics Way

So you’ve heard about leaky gut and you know that you want to start addressing this- but you’re not sure where to start.  I put together this course to cover ALL of the factors in gut health that I focus on for my own clients.

Without a healthy gut, we cannot heal from anything- period. It is the FIRST thing to look at with any chronic illness, and even kids these days are needing quite a bit of focus on the gut.  You will get almost 2 hours of video content as well my notes on each topic for further research and reading.

If you really want to learn how to heal your gut the truly natural way, check it out! Learn at your own pace too! You can check out the curriculum info right on this page here, or you can check out my other course- learning HTMA with Sassy Holistics.

Happy gut healing!

Gut Bacteria Balancing- How being a Non-Secretor Can Impact your Health

How being a “Non-Secretor” Can Impact your Health

The truth about the microbiome and how it influences our overall health is a very huge topic these days.  There are SO many new products out there that claim to heal leaky gut and help with digestive health, but there can be a lot more to this issue than just taking a supplement. The gut/brain connection is HUGE as well- our gut speaks 9 times more to our brain than the brain speaks to the gut. That is a MASSIVE thing to keep in mind when we say that gut-brain connection is critical.

One of the biggest roadblocks is if if you are something called a “non-secretor”. In very basic terms, this means that if you have this gene you can potentially lack the ability to make a prebiotic called 2’FL which is needed to feed the good bacteria in our guts.

You can find out if you are a non-secretor with tests like 23&Me or Ancestry.com (although at this point, there is a lot of controversy about this type of testing since 23&me recently teamed up with pharma company Glaxo to use DNA to create new drugs. You can read about this here. At the end of the day, everyone just needs to make their own choices when it comes to stuff like this!).  These tests both show many different genes, and they show whether you have these genes or not.  The gene for the “non-secretor” is called FUT2.

From this site which has a lot of awesome info on this issue: “Research shows that 20% of the population is +/+ or homozygous for the FUT2 “non-secretor” gene.

 

****Remember though- just because we HAVE this, it does not mean that we are definitely dealing with the issues or that it has to be a lifelong problem.  Our environment is what triggers these genes to turn on and off-our genes are NOT our destiny and we should not be treating our genes Most people likely have issues with holding onto good bacteria whether or not they have the FUT2 gene, especially because of the overuse of antibiotics over the last several decades. *************

With that in mind, these days I am trying to do more for helping the good bacteria stick better instead of just adding them in.  I think probiotics have their place when needed, but in reality they can be more of a crutch as most of them do not really help the good stuff to stick better.   I try to do things that help heal the body more in the long term so that we don’t get dependent on taking supplements forever.

Fixing this Issue

1) Clean up your diet– this is the first step hands down.  Eat as clean as you can and avoiding glyphosate should be the most important aspect.  There is not *one* perfect diet for everyone, but I do have general diet recommendations for everyone.  Also, not everything needs to be organic, but I have tips on the things I would really recommend trying to buy organic here.

2) Heal your gut in entirety– This means not just focusing on the bacteria side of things- we need to work on stomach acid, bile flow, gut lining, and more. The colon itself will be very important– if you have a lot of old gunk built up, then there is no way for the good bacteria to truly proliferate. Get that whole GI tract in order. Check out my main gut healing post here for ideas.

3) Work on the bacteria- I use supplements like Restore and the gut healers from Bioray (Cytoflora (strongest), Belly Mend (for sensitive adults and teens), and Belly Balance{for kids}).  Fermented foods are best if tolerated- small amounts is all that is needed too:  Only 1-2 Tablespoons of sauerkraut or other veggies, one serving of kefir or kombucha, etc. We don’t need excessive amounts.  If fermented foods aren’t tolerated, then probiotics might be the best option until tolerance is up.  Prescript Assist, Just Thrive, and Garden of Life are among the most popular among my clients.

The biggest takeaway is that fixing this issue isn’t much different then what we all should be doing anyway: eating clean, healing our gut, and working on the good gut bacteria.   But it can be something that explains why regular gut healing plans might not be working for you. 

 

Resources and more reading:

FUT Genes and Leaky Gut

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0020113

 

Buying a New House? Three Tests You NEED to Do First By Denise Brusveen, MS

buying a new home

Buying a New House? Three Tests You NEED to Do First: Guest Post By Denise Brusveen, MS

Buying a new house can be so exciting! Maybe you’re getting that little slice of heaven in the country or a bigger house that you can spread out in or you’re moving to a more convenient location or moving for a job change. No matter what the reason, sometimes it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement once you think you’ve found your dream home, and you just HAVE to have it at all costs. Don’t let that excitement cloud your judgement though, or you could be paying for it in big ways down the road – with your health.

When buying a house, almost all lenders require an inspection, and that’s a good thing! Even if yours doesn’t, GET AN INSPECTION ANYWAY. Those inspectors can find the tiniest faults that you might laugh at for how miniscule they are. But they can also find big flaws too, which can allow you to back out of the deal or require the seller to pay to fix in order to move forward. You don’t want to figure out these problems down the road when they’ve caused your health to suffer and the entire cost to fix them falls squarely on you.

These are the tests you NEED to do before purchasing your home. Your inspector may offer a package where they’re included. But if not, get them on your own:

Radon

I see so many clients with high uranium on their HTMA. This is a sign that there is radon exposure. The top two sources of exposure are in the home through cracks in the foundation, up through the sump pump, etc. or through the drinking water. You can get radon test kits like this one for pretty cheap. If it comes back high, you’ll want to have that fixed. Typically this involves sealing all cracks in the foundation, covering the sump pump if there is one, and installing a PVC pipe either from the sump pump or a hole cut into the foundation that vents out the side or the roof of the house.

Doesn’t sound cheap does it? It’s not. In my area, the cost is around $750. So being able to require the seller to install that before moving in is ideal.

Water (if on a private well)

The water has the potential to contain heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides,and more. If anything comes back at a concerning level, then you’ll be able to ask the sellers to install an acceptable water filtration system or credit you some money so that you can put it toward installing one of your own. You’d want a whole house filter because I have worked with clients who know that they have high levels of certain heavy metals in their water and have a filter on their kitchen faucet. That’s not always enough though because you bathe and shower in that same water source. And with your skin being your body’s largest organ, you can imagine how much of that nasty stuff your skin can absorb.

If you’ve got children under two years old or are pregnant, some states offer free water testing. Even if you have to pay for it though, it’s still going to be cheaper in the long run to be proactive rather than dealing with the negative consequences to your health down the road plus paying for the cost of the filter at that time.

Mold

This is something many people assume you can see or that only affects older homes, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are MANY different types of mold and they couldn’t care less about the age of your home! Some thrive in damp environments while other types are found in perfectly dry air. Not only that, but mold can lurk in places that would be impossible to see by walking through the house. A home builder local to me recently explained that most homes are built in such a way that allows rain to seep behind the plastic wrap that is put on houses, which causes mold to grow underneath windows, between the drywall and outside of the house. One of the most common places IN the actual house is behind and/or under showers or bathtubs. There is no way to see this without ripping those things out.

So what’s the big deal if it’s not out in the open? Well, it doesn’t really matter if it’s out in the open. It can still be in your air. And about 25% of the population is genetically susceptible to mold illness. Even people who aren’t genetically susceptible can suffer health consequences. This can not only be devastating on their health, but depending on where the mold is in the house, it could be devastating financially as well if it’s in a place that’s impossible or very difficult to remediate. Some people are forced to leave their moldy home behind even. A test called an ERMI test prior to purchasing could save you not only your health but a lot of money and headaches down the road if you detect mold and can back out before it’s too late. This is one example of a great company for testing.

Putting these contingencies in your offer is a smart move to protect your wallet and your health. Spending that $500-1000 now could save you tens of thousands of dollars and your health down the road. What’s the worst that’s going to happen? You’ll be out $1000, and they don’t find anything wrong? The many clients I work with who have moved or are in the process of remediating their homes now due to these issues would agree that this would have been a far smaller price to pay up front.

Don’t let the excitement of the prospect of that new house get the best of you. Don’t skip these tests.

Brain Fog Helpers- Give me my brain back!

Where did my brain go?! Why Brain Fog is so common these days so what we can do about it?

Brain fog! Ugh. I hate it. (Yes I know we shouldn’t say “hate” but if I had to pick the worst symptom I’ve ever dealt with, brain fog is definitely at the top of the list). There are sooo many reasons why we deal with brain fog so I’m just going to go over the most common reasons, especially according to what I’ve observed in my own clientele through the last few years.

Adrenal Exhaustion

“Adrenal fatigue” is a trendy term these days. In reality, the adrenals are a part of the HPA axis so we should be saying “HPA axis dysfunction”. You can read my entire post on this here for the full story. Basically, this really IS something that many people are dealing with these days.  It’s much more complex than just taking a supplement though- it involves many nutrients and many systems of the body to heal. This is why we have a whole body approach here at Sassy Holistics– nothing is ever in isolation in the body! When it comes to brain fog, it can be a symptom of adrenal issues because the body is so stressed just trying to function and we lose a lot of physical and mental energy overall.

Infections

Chronic infections are on the rise.  People are starting to realize that their decades of chronic illness have been caused by infections such as Lyme, EBV, or even parasites.  During the last Lyme Summit that was done, one of the speakers mentioned that having a chronic infection has the same effect on the body as constantly running a marathon- there is NO rest until you can start working on calming things down.  So this takes a toll on the body itself and can cause an increase in brain fog.  Also, the toxins that these infections can emit (especially when dying off) can make this issue so much worse.

Gut Issues

It’s often said that the gut is the second brain.  Our gut is usually the biggest thing to put a focus on when you are starting on your healing journey. Most people are dealing with low stomach acid, poor nutrient utilization, a leaky gut lining, sometimes even gut inflammation, and an imbalance in gut bacteria.  There are many aspects to gut healing and they are all crucial to keep in mind.

Sluggish Detoxification

When we think “detox” we really need to stop thinking of those 3 day cleanses at the health food store. We are always in a constant state of detox, and a lot of energy goes into proper detoxification.  If we are overloaded with toxins, we cannot get them out, period!  They can recirculated in the body and the brain is often a victim when this is going on. Work on liver, lymph, kidneys, gut, colon, and skin as a whole detox focus- they are ALL important.

Sleeping Issues

I feel like this one is a no-brainer (haha, pun intended! Not funny? OK sorry 😉 ). No sleep= no overall energy.  Sleep can be messed up because of any of the above issues. Healing these issues can help to get sleep back on the right track. Here is my main post on fixing circadian rhythm, and my post on 25+ sleep crutches.

How to heal brain fog naturally

We are huge proponents for biochemical individuality. Everyone is different so there is not “one” supplement that will help with one specific symptom, even if they are advertised for that symptom/health issue. These are some of the main things we have seen that has helped with people to get their brain function back though!

  • Belly Mend (or Cytoflora)- this is one of our favorite gut healers, but it does have a pretty amazing effect on healing that gut/brain connection.
  • MCT Oil– We all know about how amazing coconut oil is, but MCT oil tends to be easier to utilize and can have a pretty quick effect on physcial and mental energy levels. I LOVE Perfect Supplements’ MCT oil– 100% organic (and sustainable) coconut MCT oil (they let us use the SASSY code for 10% off your whole order too!!). Fats are essential for brain health, and MCT oil is one the best ways to get some easy to utilize fats.
  • Gut Healing–what more can I say on this one? We need our gut to be working in order to heal from anything, so this is often the best first step to consider.
  • Working on Infections- this is definitely a complex statement because there is no one approach to these infections.  It depends on the pathogen, the strength of your whole body, your budget, etc. Lots of variables. This is my main post on how I would approach an infection (and it is what I am currently doing to address the underlying infections I have found).  Binders can be a huge helper too, especially if you are throwing something like mold exposure into the mix. Activated charcoal, Cellcore’s Bioxtoxin Binder, and this Takesumi are among the most helpful binders out there.
  • HTMA– We try to tailor our plans to your personal needs as much as we can. As the whole body heals, all symptoms can start to heal. Brain fog tends to get better as adrenal strength improves and as detoxification ability is restored.

 

 

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