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Healing Update: Jennifer (moi)

After my near deafening silence of the past couple weeks, I thought I would share what this recent leg of my healing journey has looked like.

If you follow me on social media, you may know that I started back on a strict autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet on Feb. 1. After a full week of only nutrient-dense foods and no grains or heated seed oils – potato chips, ahem – my body is not complaining nearly as loudly. 

I’ve been eating a lot of grass-fed beef and pastured pork in the form of homemade sausage patties for breakfast and mid-morning snack, tuna salad, a mountain of berries, [links to my Instagram pics], scrumptious chuck roast filled with winter veggies, roast chicken and broth, and a couple of days at the beginning with piles and piles of bacon.

Bacon was my transition food off of grains and sweets, because my body responds so well to it for energy. I ate at least 2 pounds of during the first 2 days of AIP.

Mmmmmm bacon.

One week in, my blood sugar levels are stabilizing, my energy levels are more consistent, my mood is sunny, and I feel strong enough to tackle daily tasks again.

Supplements

I’m also testing out various nutritional supplements for clients. I won’t recommend anything that I haven’t tried first myself. 

Supplements made by Biotics Research and Apex Energetix should only be purchased through a qualified healthcare practitioner. You can find them sold illegally online to the general public, but you run the risk of using the wrong supplements, taking the wrong dose (usually insufficient for healing), and quality control issues.

 

Repairvite by Apex Energetix – Repairvite is my new favorite gut healing supplement. The ingredient list won’t be for optimal for everyone because of the added herbs and high levels of L-glutamine, but my body really likes it.

I could tell within 10 minutes that it made my body happy. Kind of like sipping on a perfectly made cup of tea or coffee. All content and warm and fuzzy-like. Learn to trust your instincts. They won’t steer you wrong.

Intenzyme Forte by Biotics Research – Intenzyme Forte is a proteolitic enzyme supplement that’s job is to go in and clean house with conditions like arterial plaque, inflammation, arthritis, acute tissue injuries, and food sensitivities.

It’s been really helpful for joint inflammation and water retention (edema).

CoQ-Zyme 30* by Biotics Research – Coenzyme Q-10 is an important part of the Kreb’s/Citric Acid cycle. That’s the source of our body’s energy created in the mitochondria.

D-Ribose* by Biotics Research – a natural sugar found in all cells that supports and enhances energy production.

*Since chronic illness comes with mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic fatigue, I’m testing the effects of these two supplements against my chronic fatigue. By supplementing the mitochondria directly with a nutrient critical to the production of ATP (energy), I’m hoping to kick start them into working more efficiently

Bio-D-Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research – a readily absorbed form of Vitamin D3 that has been shown to increase blood levels of D more quickly that many other supplements on the market.

I’ve also started taking fermented cod liver oil again, Lugol’s iodine, and acerola cherry powder for a whole food source of Vitamin C.

Continued Symptoms

I am possibly detoxing a higher load of heavy metals based on my symptoms, and my body is dumping toxins like its industrial waste. Keeping Katie happy and doing light housework have been about the only items on my to-do list lately.

Current symptoms —

  • burning skin on extremities, especially hands
  • systemic inflammation and edema
  • undereye puffiness
  • bladder irritation and increased need to urinate from toxin irritation
  • sore liver and gall bladder
  • canker sores
  • dry eyes
  • occasional body odor (thanks to my homemade deodorant for stopping that in its tracks!)
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • lack of motivation

Though I still have quite a way to go on my healing journey, my journey is more mental and emotional than physical. Having been addicted to the adrenaline and endorphin rush that come with a lifetime of caffeine and eating allergens, it’s hard to go cold turkey.

Food addictions have now been studied extensively enough that they are shown to be as devastating and mind-altering as drug addictions. I’m still struggling to overcome mine.

 Healing Update: Jennifer (moi)

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