In my weight loss journey reboot, I have learned A LOT in the past couple months. It has come through extensive research. This research has been key to my success over the past couple of months.
For the past 10 years, I have tried to work on being healthier. I have been to multiple doctors and have gotten little help. Ultimately it comes down to, “your numbers are a little off but we don’t know why”.
“You just have to try harder.” “You’ve got to quit cheating.” You’ve got to exercise more” “Calories in, calories out.” “You’ve got to eat less fat.” “You’re not eating enough vegetables.”
Last year I stumbled upon a functional medicine doctor. I thought that she would be the answer. We did some tests, but ultimately, I began getting frustrated at the same tests being ordered and nothing was being solved. Through the tests that she did perform I learned that I was deficient in vitamin D, iron, and hypothyroid. Another positive is that I was able to lose 25.5 pounds in one year with her doing a ketogenic diet. I even tried some of the keto drinks, which taste good but were not all that helpful. All of the weight that I lost came off in the first 9 months and then nothing. I asked my Dr what else could I do? I think I just need to detox. How can I do that? No answer. The question is one I have often asked of doctors in the past, but it is always answered with no response or I don’t know or keep trying, you’ll make it. I felt horrible. I was not sleeping. I was taking thyroid medication which made me feel like my heart was going to explode out of my chest, and my hair was falling out. I was getting BALD spots!!! What’s worse is the tests showed that my TSH still needed improvement. That was the last straw. Something or somethings are definitely missing. This started me on a research binge.
In the past: I’ve been given thyroid medication for thyroid issues, but no doctor has actually delved in to see why my thyroid is low, AKA hypothyroidism. I recently stumbled upon the website draxe.com. He has a wealth of information about different health problems. While it is still a process in getting healthy, I have lost 18 additional pounds to make my total weight loss 43.5 pounds!!!
How did I do it? Research and detox. Here is the video link that started me thinking:
Heavy Metal Detox w/ Jordan Reuben who is part of Dr Josh Axe’s duo for “Ancient Medicine Today”
So, with this new information, I have been working on heavy metal detox. Research shows that many thyroid issues are related to your body being toxic, heavy metals in particular. Specifically, heavy metals are often found in your fat cells, which makes it difficult to lose weight and absorb fat soluble vitamins. What’s more heavy metals can prevent the thyroid hormone conversion. So, a person could feel substantially worse than the TSH is showing because of conversion issues caused by HEAVY METALS! THIS WAS HUGE TO ME!
So, I have started slow in the detox. I have puked, had diarrhea, nausea, and constipation. None are very glamorous, but I am determined to keep going to the name of being healthy. I started off with chlorophyl then added spirulina and am now just replacing the chlorophyl with chlorella which has chlorophyl in it. Per my research and the above video, they are supposed to bind up the toxins and take them out of my body. With these plants binding up the bad, I have found that they take minerals out too. So, I have supplemented with natural electrolytes; this was super helpful in preventing the muscle cramps and heat exhaustion in the summer heat despite drinking over a gallon a day.
LOW CARB EATING + MODERATE EXERCISE + HEAVY METAL DETOX = SUCCESS FOR ME!
I have seen the silver lining at times as the bloating has decreased and my tummy no longer looks like I’m pregnant when I’m not. Detox is key. I know I have a long way to go to get to my goal weight, but I am pleased with the progress.
For now, I am taking the win. 43.5 POUNDS!!!!, oh yeah