All of a sudden I started to experience things like memory loss and extreme fatigue.
I have a confession to make …
For nearly a decade I have walked alongside thousands of courageous clients as they have transformed their health and their lives but for the past 3 1/2 years I have been secretly struggling with health issues of my own. Issues that I was unable to get a handle on despite my vast knowledge of clean eating, supplementation and chemical free living. As a health coach, how is this possible?
I eat a super clean diet, workout, get most of my vegetables from our garden or our CSA Share, use chemical free cleaning and skin care products, take whole food supplements, am extremely specific about our protein sources, live a fairly stress free life (quitting a stressful corporate job has that effect), don’t drink alcohol and meditate almost daily.
Jeez … what could possibly be missing?
Ever since quitting drugs and alcohol 3 1/2 years ago I have been on a mission to figure out what was wrong with my health.
THE MEMORY LOSS AND EXTREME FATIGUE STARTED TO LOOK A LOT LIKE HYPOTHYROIDISM.
My husband started saying things like, don’t you remember having that conversation yesterday? or Don’t you remember us going there? Scary. I was also having trouble completing a thought or a task. The memory loss was bad. I was starting to think I was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia – there was no way I could go on living like this.
The fatigue was nothing like I had experience before. I would wake up feeling like I hadn’t slept and my husband would often find me on the couch passed out when he got home from work.
Honestly, I was feeling hopeless about my health, my career choice and my life for that matter. Drinking alcohol and doing drugs all those years was definitely masking a larger health problem. But what was it?
I have been down so many rabbit holes and misdiagnosis trying to figure out what was wrong with me …
Thyroid, adrenal fatigue, out of whack hormones, cognitive repair … you name it, I have been down that path.
You know, Google and all:
Comprehensive blood test panels over the years showed slightly elevated thyroid (around 2.2 TSH) levels, along with low testosterone levels.
I tried 2 different thyroid medications that actually made my symptoms worse and eventually threw my body into hyperthyroidism. The medication made me feel as though there was a low vibrating ringing sensation in my head and behind my eyes. Then extreme insomnia set in. Check hyperthyroidism off the list, that obviously was not the issue.
The lack of sleep turned into bouts of extreme anxiety and depression for the first time ever in my life and I didn’t want to leave the house. Next thing I know I am in urgent care. Not good. July 20th 2017 was one of the darkest days of my life. Honestly, I didn’t want to be here anymore. Thank god for my amazing husband Ryan, my mom and my best friend Shawna who telepathically knew to reach out to me that morning.
I did another round of comprehensive blood work and I acutely remember the doctor saying “if its not metabolic then it must be psychiatric and that I should prepare myself to go down the psychiatric medication route”.
In tears. No I refuse to accept that. Something is wrong with my body and I just need to figure it out.
2 days after my stint at urgent care a dear friend, who knew what I was going through, reached out to me. She told me about new company (Amare) that was just about to launch a new, much needed category into the marketplace that is focused on optimizing health, with a strong emphasis on mental wellness, through healing the gut brain axis.
I was intrigued. I knew from being immersed in the nutrition industry over the past decade that the latest scientific research is showing that that most disease (neurological, digestive, autoimmune, fatigue, metabolic, inflammatory responses etc) and mental health issues (depression, anxiety, add, spectrum disorders etc) originate from the gut, the brain, and the body’s ability to communication between the two (axis) via neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphin’s etc.
I decided to get off everything I was taking and do their 3 day Gut Microbiome Reboot followed by their gut brain axis optimization protocol Fundamentals.
Mind you I did the 3 day Gut Microbiome Reboot right before we hit the road in our RV for a 2 week vacation to see the solar eclipse and didn’t necessarily keep my nutrition on point while on the road.
Lets just say truck stop snacks, gas station vanilla lattes out of those funky machines (I secretly love those btw) pizza and s’mores occurred more than once.
Here is an overview of the gut brain axis optimization protocol and how it can positively impact memory loss and fatigue:
About a week into the gut brain axis Optimization protocol I started noticing big shifts:
So the memory loss and fatigue was really just a gut brain axis impairment? But WHY was that?
Come to find out, there are 10,000 strains of probiotics many of which help with mental wellness. I had no idea. All this time I was only taking the probiotic strains that were correlated to digestive health. Good but not enough.
I also realized that I hadn’t been taking the right nutrients to support the gut brain axis communication network nor the right nutrients to support optimum cognitive function. Wow did I miss the mark. Correcting this made all the difference.
This transformation also brought me full circle back to why I started drinking and using drugs all those years ago – as it turns out the serotonin and dopamine weren’t communicating properly between my gut and my brain which is why I started to self medicate as a teenager.
memory loss and Fatigue gone. Bingo. Big light bulb moment.
Then the weight started to fall off unexpectedly. I kid you not, I haven’t been able to get my weight to budge at all over the past couple of years. And I coach others on weight loss. Seriously, so embarrassing to admit. I am down 9lbs and its still coming off … and without exercise. I have only been back to the gym once since getting back from vacation at the end of August.
Shhh dont tell anyone. It feels SO LIBERATING not to have to obsessively work out everyday (another more accepted form of addiction like over working or busyness) to keep my weight down. I hit a yoga class once or twice a week now. Its amazing what can happen to your body when you address the root cause of your symptoms. Everything else heals itself like our bodies were intended to do.
My health turnaround led me to fork in the road.
For nearly a decade I had been partnered with a nutrition company I loved and felt very committed to. But after walking through my own personal health struggles I felt morally responsible to share my whole journey, including my gut brain axis health transformation, because I know there many others out there struggling and searching for answers like I was.
If you would like more information on rebooting your gut microbiome or how optimizing your gut brain axis can transform your life and the lives of the people you love and care about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by going HERE.
If you ready to reboot your gut microbiome and get your health back on track now we suggest you start with our Fundamentals Pack. If you join as a preferred customer you get our 3 Day Gut Microbiome Reboot for free by going HERE.
If you keep the Subscribe & Save checkbox checked (you can cancel at anytime) you will be able to add on a free product of your choice at checkout – we recommend Sleep+ (helps your body create your own melatonin) or Mood+ (decreases depression scores by 50%).
I would be honored to walk alongside you on your journey towards optimum health.
“ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT, IT KNOWS WHAT YOUR HEAD HASN’T FIGURED OUT YET.” ~ ANONYMOUS
With every blog post I like to empower you with a POWERFUL FREE resource that you can download and incorporate into your life right away.
This week I’ve put together a resource called My TOP 5 HACKS That Will FINALLY Get You “IN THE ZONE” ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!
In it, I outline my step by step process to zap memory loss, brain fog and fatigue and get your brain and body firing on all cylinders again so can show up fully for the the people that depend on you.
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Changing the world one gut brain axis at a time!
Much love & gratitude ~
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