How I reclaimed my authentic wellness (and overcame hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue)
Lately, I’ve been wondering… what on earth is authentic health and wellness, really? It seems to me that it is so much more than about the physical body. In 2017 I took you on a health journey with me as I tried to make sense of what was happening to me, through some of my articles: Things are changing; I’m getting better (though I wasn’t, really) and; My turbulent journey with the copper IUD.
As I went from travelling gypsy to settled home-owner in Canada early last year, I transformed from vibrantly healthy, to a depleted, crying on the floor, deeply sad, unable to get of bed, insomniac, acne-riddled mess. So I gave up most of my vices and habits and dove head-first into everything I could do to heal myself back to my authentic well self.
At the time it all didn’t make sense. I couldn’t understand why, all of a sudden I was waking up in the middle of the night with panic attacks, sobbing at any given moment without a reason, had lost all enthusiasm for life, and found even the simplest everyday tasks inexplicably hard. I looked around at my life, and could not find a reason to explain my sudden change in well-being. I had a kind and loving partner, we lived in a nice home, I loved my work, my friendships — albeit scattered across the globe — felt strong and secure.
I turned to physical solutions. My naturopath did some tests and told me that I had adrenal fatigue which was causing a hormonal imbalance: too much oestrogen and not enough progesterone. She gave me Vitex to take and ordered lots of rest, protein for breakfast within an hour of waking up, and minimal stress. I followed all her directions with precision and was disappointed when I saw very little results.
As it turned out, the physical symptoms were a result of nonphysical problems. I believe my (and everyone’s) authentic self is always brilliantly thriving, healthy, vibrant and joyful. I also believe that when I am not well it’s a sure sign that I am out of alignment. Here’s what helped me get healthy again and get back into alignment with my authentic wellness.
— I took out my IUD. Desperate for a “natural” contraception solution, and limited by lack of education, I had an IUD inserted at the start of my last relationship. They told me it would take up to 6 months to settle, but it never did. Now that I understand how it works, I am horrified these things are still available. Inflammation, painful discharge and general stress on my body became my new “normal”. In late September last year, I had it removed and immediately felt relief. The most surprising difference was my ability to connect to and listen to my intuition. It was as if the metal device had blocked my ability to listen to my inner wisdom, and all of a sudden I was flooded with insights that I hadn’t been aware of for the past 3 years.
— I left a situation that wasn’t aligned with my truth. With my newfound powerful connection to my intuition, it became clear to me that the life I was living was no longer in alignment with my authentic path. While I still cannot explain it in practical terms, every part of my body was telling me to go. And as soon as I did several things happened. I slept through the night, every night. I found solutions that actually worked. Everything started to flow again.
— The one thing that healed my hormone imbalance was DIM. DIM, short for Di-indolyl Methane, is a powerful substance that’s found naturally in cruciferous vegetables & promotes the metabolism of excess estrogen. I discovered this powerful supplement from reading the book The Archetype Diet. The results were effective and immediate. The first few days were awful: I had headaches like never before, my mind felt foggy and unclear, and my pee was a neon orange, all effects of the excess estrogen being detoxified from my body. After a week I started to feel better, after a month of consistent use, I felt like a new human. I am still taking DIM, with the intention to keep going for a total of 3 months, to ensure all the excess estrogen is out.
— With more research, I added Calcium D-Glutarate to the mix. I could feel in my body that the detoxification process was quite intense, and discovered that Calcium D-Glutarate would support my liver and kidneys in flushing out any excess toxins that were keeping me out of balance. While the effect wasn’t as noticeable as with the DIM, I could tell that this added supplement was softening the impact of the detoxification process on my organs.
It’s barely been 3 months, but I feel like myself again. I lost the extra 4-5 kilograms that just wouldn’t budge before, I have endless energy and enthusiasm and my creativity has returned to its full, fantastical force. I am still very attentive to my energy levels and perceptive on giving myself the nutrition, manage my stress and rest when I need. These are basic self-care practices. But I am no longer plagued by the feeling that my body is working against me. I have reclaimed my natural, authentic wellness.

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