Let’s take a trip back in time, 33 years to be exact! Here I am looking all cute and healthy with chunks galore! Ha! Let’s all say awwww on three- Ready…1…2…3…AWWWWW! Well my friends, I wasn’t exactly the picture perfect healthy baby or child for that matter. My health journey has been a roller coaster of up and down immune system/gut health battles. It all started on April 19th, the day I was born. Any other fellow ARIES out there? Holler!!!
I was born with thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast found in the mouth or throat…AKA Candida. Everyone has a little Candida in their body, and it’s the immune systems job to regulate healthy amounts of bacteria keeping this fungus in balance. When there is an overgrowth of this fungus, the immune system is compromised and therefore the gut is too. Inflammation occurs damaging the gut lining, which protects the body from pathogens and infections. Inflammation is a natural response in the body toward harmful stimuli. The goal is to get inflammation down, restoring the body’s stress response.
Through the ages of 1-5, I was on an antibiotic merry-go-round for treating my ear infections and step throat! I had my tonsils removed at the age of 5 due to the repeat strep throat infections. Hello more inflammation and suppressed immune system! Now, I will say there is a time and place for antibiotics, but I’m a fan of taking the natural route if possible. And in my opinion, antibiotics are overused in western medicine. For example, you do not need an antibiotic to treat a virus such as a cold or flu!
Are you wondering how antibiotics effect the body? Antibiotics weaken the gut lining and immune system allowing more pathogens and infections to take over the body causing more inflammation. Instead of reducing my levels of inflammation and restoring balance in my gut health, I was adding to the problem setting myself up for dis-ease and an overall unhealthy immune system.
As a child and into my teenage years, I suffered from horrific allergies. My allergies were so bad, I would have full body hives..talk about frustrating and uncomfortable. I was forced to take allergy shots for a couple of years, which did help…thank the Lord! I can’t help but think my allergies were triggered by my weak immune system. From then on, my health became more complicated with hormonal imbalance and other signs of metabolic chaos. This will be explained in “My Story -Part 2” since it’s a full story in itself. But, I will leave you with this little TO BE CONTINUED image…me at the age of 15…passed out on the floor of my high school hallway, due to a freakin’ period! NO BUENO!