9 years. 3 providers. Zero answers. Increasing symptoms.
All I wanted to know was "why".
Why was it so hard to go to sleep? To stay asleep? To go back to sleep when I woke up at 3 am?
Why did I keep gaining weight? Why was it physically SO HARD to workout? Why did my muscles always hurt and feel tired?
Why did I have so much bloating and so many digestive issues?
Why were my hot flashes so profound and debilitating?
But even more importantly - why did my doctor keep telling me I was 'fine' when I kept telling him I was NOT fine.
I couldn't find the health partner I wanted, so I decided to become my own to help myself and others using the principles of Functional Medicine - a science based approach to health that studies how and what the body needs to function optimally. Because, when you support the body's natural functions and remove what is causing problems, the natural state is one of wellness. The answers to my whys - the root cause to MY wellness - unrealized food sensitivities, impaired digestion/absorption of nutrients, detox pathways that needed extra support, and overwhelming mental, environmental, and physiological stressors that had to be addressed.
I believe in the value of partnership and collaboration when it comes to our health. And I believe one of the biggest drivers of disease today is the disconnect between what our body needs and the habits we fall into because we don't understand the power of our choices. When you are supported to make health promoting choices and educated as to why your body craves those choices to be made, then you truly regain control over your own health.