You may be wondering what brought me to being a gut health coach. Well, I was once where you are now and I want you to know that life can be different, easier, and more enjoyable!
My path began with gastrointestinal issues and multiple food sensitivities. I was struggling with digestive pain, bloating, malabsorption of nutrients, brain fog, pathogenic overgrowth, autoimmune issues, thyroid dysfunction, anxiety, and generally just feeling overwhelmed by all the things that “had” to be done.
I was in the same place as many of you, wanting to feel better and desperately wishing that it would be easier and more enjoyable to move through my days. I knew I had to do something to feel better, but didn’t know what, how, or where to find the answers I knew I needed.
When I was in my early 30’s, I began to receive several autoimmune diagnoses. First low thyroid, then autoimmune thyroid issues following the birth of my son. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was diagnosed with ITP (which is considered to be autoimmune low platelets and basically means “we don’t know why or how you have this condition, and there is nothing we can do”). I was feeling extremely frustrated with the lack of answers or solutions to what was happening in my body.
Later I came to understand that most (if not all) autoimmune conditions can be traced back to a confused immune system, causing the body to attack itself in some way. The diagnoses I was receiving were not all separate issues, but rather part of the same dysfunction in my body, all related to chronic inflammation! Since most of our immune system lives in the gut and the gut plays a MAJOR role in regulating inflammation in our bodies, I knew I needed to heal my gut.
I began to understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome, the gut-brain connection, and all the things (physically, mentally, and emotionally) that are affected when these systems are out of balance. I embarked on a journey to heal my gut, reduce inflammation in my body, and figure out a better way to manage my emotions and mood.
Despite what I was told, I held the belief that there was something that could be done for me to feel better, healthier, and happier. I was determined that if something could so easily trigger an autoimmune process in my body, then there had to be something I could do to trigger it to go away. I continued to improve my nutrition, worked on managing my stress better, and made a variety of other lifestyle changes. My platelets and thyroid are now consistently within a normal range!
I encourage you to never give up hope or settle for “we don’t know why this is happening and there is nothing that can be done”. There is always something that can help you feel better, and there is a reason your body isn’t working the way it should. If you keep searching, you will eventually find the answers you are looking for.
What works wonderfully for one person might not work for another, and the endless amounts of information on health can be extremely overwhelming. By listening to the messages your body is constantly sending, you can discern what is the best path for your unique needs. Oh, the years, struggle, and expenses I could have surpassed!
My mission is to make this process more simple and straightforward for other women who are ready to restore their gut health and make these profound changes in their lives. Once we identify the right path for you, I am here to provide information, resources, support, and accountability to encourage optimal gut and overall health.