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Health Mystery Solved: My Gut Microbiome Did It!

I’ve always loved a good mystery… Give me Jessica Fletcher in Cabot Cove, Maine and I’m a happy camper. But there was one mystery that I’d almost given up hope of figuring out – my health. Bear with me while I explain my health history, I promise I’ll get to the answers relatively quickly…

By the time I was 50 I’d managed to develop 5 auto-immune diseases plus a host of other strange illnesses. My mystery was why? What was going on in my body that my immune system kept attacking itself?

For years, I’ve doctored in our small town, in a larger town and even the Mayo Clinic and while they were able to pinpoint what the issues were and manage the symptoms fairly well, there were no answers.

But there was one friend who didn’t give up on me…my friend Tangi.  She contacted me and told me about some plant based supplements and how she really felt they could help me get healthier. My skepticism was high. But she didn’t give up…she told me how issues with our gut microbiome causes many of these symptoms and explained how these products addressed our gut health. For over a year my skepticism won out…until I was in so much pain every day that my Dr wanted to put me on a really strong drug that I just didn’t want to put in my body…so I turned to Tangi. This amazing, loyal, sweet friend had patiently waited for me and even prayed for me and now she helped me order the products my body so desperately needed.

Two years later and my health has improved tremendously – from very little pain (only caused by joint hyper mobility) to better gut health (no more constipation or diarrhea), to more energy (no more naps needed!), to multiple (think double digits) prescriptions gone! I don’t need them anymore!

But let’s get back to my mystery…why? Why was my health so bad…what had been causing my immune system to attack itself?

Well, for years now there’s been talk about how an unhealthy gut microbiome is the cause of many health issues. And while it’s taken many years for the medical community to fully acknowledge this theory, it seems they’ve finally been able to prove it. More articles are being published linking our gut health to illnesses and the results of the research is astounding (see the article by the National Institute of Health below.) Not only does it connect the obvious gut health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and IBD, but the medical community is now linking autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression – and even Alzheimer’s and dementia – to our gut microbiome (see Mayo Clinic article link below). The latest article I read is even talking about linking colon cancer in young men to bad gut microbiome health (see Men’s Health article link below).

Our gut microbiome consists of millions of good and bad bacteria. I wish it was as easy as saying we need more good than bad. OR that if we eat the right foods we’ll be healthy. Unfortunately it’s way more complicated than that…

#1 – there’s one theory that we get our Mother’s gut microbiome as we’re being delivered. In other words, if your Mom and her Mom and her Mom (I could keep going but you get the gist) had unhealthy gut microbiome, it’s highly likely you do too. So even if you eat healthy and exercise daily – if you’re not addressing the root problem of cleaning up your gut health – the likelihood of you having or developing a health issue is high.

***Now here’s where I have a theory: Imagine if young women addressed their gut health BEFORE they have children…what would that mean for future generations? Could we actually achieve a healthier future for our children?***

But I digress…

#2 – when we eat pre-processed foods, take certain medications like birth control, drink lots of alcohol, or eat lots of sugar or carbs – we’re feeding the bad bacteria. Some theories say it feeds Candida which is a yeast that develops a hard shell around itself. When you have too much yeast – aka Candida Overgrowth – it makes sense that your body is not absorbing nutrients properly. This overgrowth can also then permeate the wall linings of our colon causing holes in the lining aka Leaky Gut Syndrome.

#3 – Taking unnecessary antibiotics kills the good bacteria in our gut microbiome and it can take up to a year for it to replenish itself during which time, of course, the bad bacteria has wreaked havoc on your system.

So, why have I experienced such great health success? 

Because these plant based supplements address gut health. Specifically the Candida Overgrowth. By offering a system that includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes (to break up the hard shell of the Candida) and an antifungal – they go in and clean up our gut health and feed in the good bacteria. Along with that, add in products that help balance blood glucose levels, an amazing methylated vitamin (that your body can absorb easier), and others that address inflammation and it’s a winning combination that has given me a whole new healthier life.

I don’t believe, nor does the company claim, that the products have cured me of any of my health issues. But by cleaning up my gut health I’m able to live primarily symptom free. And for this gal who could barely move 2 years ago…I’m loving being able to live my life to the fullest again. I’m even in Spin Class and I’m ROCKIN’ it!

If you’re interested in learning more about these products, please reach out to me. There is hope for a healthier life – I’m living proof of it!

Patty O

Mayo Clinic Research: Recruiting Microbes to Fight Autoimmune Diseases

Men’s Health Magazine: Why Are Young Guys Suddenly Getting Colon Cancer?

And if you really want to geek out, read this by the National Institute of Health: Leaky Gut As A Danger Signal for Autoimmune Diseases

#health #gutmicrobiome #leakygut #autoimmune #alzheimers #dementia #plantbasedsupplements #medicalmystery #healthyhappy #probiotic #prebiotic #digestiveenzyme #antifungal #mayoclinic #nationalinstituteofhealth #menshealth

Let’s Try That Again!

I’d like to apologize to the woman who I barked at today…and the people I barked at yesterday…there’s no excuse. Yes I was tired and have overdone it getting ready for this Estate Sale, but it’s no excuse. I hope you accepted my apology today as you seemed wary, which I would have been too! I’m not usually a crank-butt!

Let’s start that New Year’s Resolution of ‘pledging to look for the best in people and bring you a little happiness’ over again. So thankful that tomorrow is a new day!

I Pledge to Work on Being the Best Me

So today brought an interesting experience.
After working like a crazy woman to meet a goal for my #Plexus plant based supplement biz, I made a run to the grocery store. I ran into 3 women at the grocery store…
(Now mind you…yesterday was a rough day that included a migraine out of control, vomiting, dehydration and an ER visit…so I’m not looking my best as I’m still not quite a 100% today.)
Woman #1 said: “You look bedraggled (is that a word?)!” (ps I don’t know this woman very well.)
Woman #2 said: “Hi!” and we exchanged “Happy New Year’s!” This woman and I have known each other for a while now in fact she used to work for me but we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like.
Woman #3 said: “Hi! How are you?” and we exchanged stories about having no plans for New Year’s Eve…I told her the first woman’s comments as I jokingly fluffed up my hair and we laughed it off. This woman and I have been good friends for many years.
When I got home, I found that Woman #2 had sent me a message which read: “Hi Patty, I was in a crabby mood in the grocery store, but after seeing your beautiful smile, it brightened my spirit, thank you! Have a Happy New Year!!!”
It made me sit back and think about how I view other people: what is my perspective on the world? Do I see people at their worst? Or do I see the beauty in others and let it warm me? Do I laugh with others or focus on our woes?
I like to think I see the best in others, but not always…and sometimes it’s really easy to focus on the bad things happening and forget there is still good things happening too.
So for this last day of 2018, I pledge to work on being the best me that I can be…and in that process may I see the best in you and be a source of happiness in your life.
Cheers to 2019!

Today was a Blog-Worthy Day

Not that there haven’t been others, but today seemed exceptionally blog worthy.

This was my schedule when I started:

9 a.m. Meet with a friend to look over his vintage and antique items he wanted me to sell for him.

1 p.m. Meet with a friend for tea (it’s been months since we’ve gotten together).

Then a client wanted to meet after to go through her orders. {Add one client meeting at about 3:00 p.m.}

At 8:30 I received a call from the Sewer Roto-router guy that he’d be arriving at 10:00/10:30. (Yeah…that mess happened two days before.) {Change 9 a.m. meeting to after roto-router guy so we have more time to visit.} Read more

Sadness & Gratitude for Extraordinary People

This Christmas season finds me with feelings of both sadness and gratitude this year. For even though the season is filled with the joy that Christ’s birth brings, I selfishly mourn for the loss of loved ones this year…

My sadness comes from the loss of my very special, sweet father-in-law whose body succumbed to Alzheimer’s this summer…and from the loss of 2 wonderful friends this fall…and from the impending loss of another dear friend, given only days to live.

All three were extraordinary people…giving of themselves to help others: Read more

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