15.3.2016 | 14:36
Last week was … not a good one.
I thought I knew what I’d be blogging about this week: The not-very-encouraging results of my hair analysis test for heavy metals and other minerals.
No sign of lead, interestingly enough.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not in my body. It just means that if it is, I’m not getting rid of it. So … not necessarily good news.
It was more the overall interpretation and analysis given in the accompanying comprehensive report that bothered me.
Here’s the deal:
According to the number of mineral deficiencies, their ratios of one to another, and the presence of certain heavy metals – it all adds up to deficient digestion and malabsorption, coupled with adrenal exhaustion from chronic stress.
For the most part, I knew all that.
Yeah, okay, according to the blood work and hormone tests I had done last year, I wasn’t quite in a state of total adrenal exhaustion, but apparently the hair mineral testing is more indicative of the true state of things….
I was frustrated, I was angry, I was so discouraged I wanted to cry in the doctor’s office.
I was even a little confused. (Aluminum? Really?? Apparently, even though I avoid all of the “usual suspects,” there’s so much aluminum in our environment that it’s impossible to avoid entirely. Especially since a house-wide water filtration system probably doesn’t remove it from tap water…. *sigh*)
I’ve been trying to figure out what I haven’t tried to tackle the digestive issues.
One of my mentors suggested that, even though I’d been trying everything, maybe I hadn’t tried any of them long enough.
That’s certainly a possibility, although I’ve followed each program for its entire length. But maybe for me, that’s not long enough.
Fair point, well taken.
But I freely admit I’m sick and tired of food restrictions and elimination diets.
There’s got to be something more, something deeper.
And I think I know what it is….
After yelling a bit, crying a bit more, and going back and forth in my head trying to figure out what I’m not doing right, I think I finally hit on something….
It’s not that I’m not doing the right things:
I’ve been eating a clean diet for years, and lately I’ve been working to individualize it more to my specific needs.
I’ve been incorporating healthy exercise, although given the adrenal exhaustion, that’s definitely going to take a back seat for the immediate future….
I’ve been using non-toxic household cleaners and personal care products for years.
But maybe what I’m not doing is more important.
I’m still struggling with the mindset issues involved around my health challenges this past year.
(Remember that “chronic stress” piece? Yeah, my “stress management techniques” probably aren’t as effective – or even as existent – as they could or should be.)
So last night I made a decision:
I’m done with elimination diets and supplements, maybe even testing, for the time being.
They haven’t been effective, and it’s because they aren’t addressing the “root cause” of the problem.
The problem isn’t really a faulty digestive system.
Oh, sure, that’s what it looks like on the outside.
That’s what all of the testing says: H. Pylori, “leaky gut,” poor protein synthesis….
Blah, blah, blah.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not disparaging the importance of testing, per se. What I’m suggesting is that testing isn’t going to tell you the whole story.
I need to address the stress.
More importantly, I need to address the way I handle stress.
That’s the first order of business….