I was just like every other person following the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. I drank nothing but soda, I ate fast food almost daily, and I rarely exercised. I was sick with infections every year as a child and had antibiotics at least once a year. I was obese at the age of 9, but luckily my father took custody of me and managed to help me lose the weight I needed to lose. To top it all off I was abused by 3 adults as a child- that stress along with my diet and lifestyle truly did a number on my health.
I was anemic my whole life and never had much stamina. At the age of 17, I decided to go on birth control and that was when everything changed for the worst. Within 2 months, I gained about 20 pounds, had chronic pain, migraines, I was sleeping probably 12 hours a night and was still tired upon waking. I went to countless doctors that year: my primary care, an ENT, a rheumatologist, a neurologist, a pulmonologist, had a sleep study done, and I remember a few other trips to doctors.
After a year of these doctor visits, I was finally “diagnosed” with fibromyalgia, which basically meant they had no idea what was going on. I wish I had realized back then that it was the birth control causing all of my issues, because clearly these experts didn’t think that was the issue. There was no way one of the most commonly prescribed hormonal pills could be causing all of these issues!
After the diagnosis, I just lived with it. I tried whatever medications they gave me, went for blood tests, and I was a good little patient. Not one doctor thought that the birth control could be the issue, nor did they ever bring up nutrition or diet.
Considering that I was working at a fast food restaurant at the time and eating there almost daily, diet was a huge factor in my issues back then! I was a senior in high school, lost all of my friends because the fatigue and pain made me so angry, and my grades slipped. I decided to skip college because my brain just wasn’t working so I knew I would not be able to successfully complete anything.
Fast forward to 6 years later- I was pushing 300 pounds, still in chronic pain, and I started to have severe gut issues. I was having vasovagal nerve reactions which would make it feel like I was having a heart attack. Also, I was having a lot of issues with my digestion because my stomach was always in excruciating pain. I went to the hospital 3 times in 3 months because of the stomach pain and because of how fast my heart skipped with the vasovagal responses.
I had no idea what was going on at the time- I did not know about the vasovagal nerve, or gut health. Nothing. I was terrified. I was having spasms from my neck to my legs 24/7 which I now know was my esophagus having spasms. The hospital told me I just had anxiety, and sent me to a gastroenterologist. The gastro told me I had a hiatal hernia, and GERD. I was told to sleep on an incline, avoid certain foods, and take Prilosec for the rest of my life.
I was devastated. At this point, I was barely sleeping because of these spasms. I was living on rice, broth and grilled chicken because everything else gave me stomach pain. This went on for months until I finally decided to go another route. I was sick of the pain and the spasms, and the Prilosec made me stop having periods, gave me heart palpitations, and was making me into a zombie. I started looking up home remedies for reflux.
How I finally healed:
My first finds were apple cider vinegar and aloe vera juice. These two remedies were nothing short of a miracle. The first day I tried the vinegar, I was able to eat a normal meal! Within a week, I had my period again and the heart palps stopped. I was still having muscles spasms 24/7 but they were getting better. After a month of just these 2 remedies, I could once again eat anything without pain!
I started researching natural health with vigor after this experience. With the ACV and aloe, I started to experience detox symptoms. I had blurry vision sometimes, I had bouts of bad fatigue, and I was going to the bathroom A LOT for the first time in my life. I read as much information about healing reactions as I could get my hands on, and I was convinced that this is what I was going through. I was sold on natural healing after that, and started making small changes to my lifestyle after that.
I ditched the fluoride, stopped eating foods with artificial ingredients, threw out all of my beauty products, and kept learning about nutrition! I slowly made changes over the course of a year as I learned about organic foods, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens.
I lost 120 pounds, cured my illnesses, and had a new life finally. My whole outlook on life had changed. I was intrigued with how easy it had been to reverse illness- something that are told isn’t possible. I became convinced that there had to be natural remedies for everything. In the past year, I realized that there IS a cure for almost everything.
Mineral balancing is the most amazing program there is to heal illness. It isn’t a gimmick, or a lose-weight-fast scam. It is just focusing on your personal deficiencies and imbalances, and fixing them! Our bodies run on minerals and the enzymes that they activate. Our food is severely depleted of nutrients and many people aren’t even eating true food anymore. With each generation, we are creating more and more depleted bodies. This has to be fixed before we are all truly beyond repair.
I focus on 5 main ways to achieve and maintain health: Reduce toxins, manage stress more efficiently, find your ideal diet, heal your gut and balance your minerals! My first tip is this: evaluate your life and see what you think could use a tune-up. If you are suffering from a chronic illness, I would go for healing your gut and checking minerals first. If you are going through a lot of stress, look into ways to manage it more efficiently.
My life experiences brought me to this point for a reason. I am dedicated to helping people find the way to not only healing their illness, but to protect our future generations from suffering like we have.
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