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I want to chronicle the past year regarding my own personal journey with building health. Back in early April 2008 I enrolled in the FDN Nutrition course which is when I first took the BioHealth 205 Adrenal Stress Profile and the 101 Metabolic Profile which I am now certified to dispense and offer on my web site.
I discovered that although my digestion and kidneys were working really well my adrenal glands were in Stage 1 fatigue; not the worst case scenario but certainly room for improvement. Of course many things can contribute to adrenal fatigue; some of which I can improve and some of which I was not willing to change just yet (Sheiko training for one). So, in an effort to improve my adrenals I began supplementing with DHEA and Pregnenolone which are both legal and can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
I also began to meditate (Meditation for Dummies) and started working with someone who practices homeopathy. I then took the BioHealth 304 Mucosal Membrane Barrier test and received more specific information that I had a dysbiosis (Google it) going on in my body as well as a bit of a leaky gut; which is a generic way of saying that I was eating too many foods that I am either allergic or sensitive to. So I then took the LEAP MRT Food Sensitivities Test and the ELISA finger stick IgG allergy test (both of which I am now authorized to dispense and offer on my web site) and found out which foods that I have a sensitivity and a bit of an allergy to and eliminated them which in turn has improved the integrity of my mucosal membrane barrier (Google it to know more) which has positively affected my adrenal glands. HOWEVER, I was not done yet because I needed to still address the dysbiosis in my stomach that the 304 had originally identified. In August, 2008, I took the BioHealth 401 stool culture for pathogens and found out that I had bad bacteria (proteus) that is abundant in my body. It is impossible to tell when I might have acquired this bad bacteria but my guess is that it happened when I was in the military many years ago.
However, it is just a guess and really quite irrelevant. Obviously, due to the fact that the good bacteria are constantly fighting the bad bacteria to keep it at bay is a constant ping (a drain) on my adrenal glands and who knows how long the good guys can keep on dominating and winning? My first option is to come in with an A-Bomb in the form of an antibiotic and completely eradicate not only the bad bacteria in my body but the good bacteria as well. This option would require a lot of recolonizing the gut with good bacteria in the form of probiotics and so forth and is-at least for me-a last resort. So, as an alternative I decided to supplement with a natural anti-microbial that is composed of ingredients that are found and processed straight out of the Amazon rain forest. The company is called Raintree Nutrition and my FDN instructor Reed Davis has seen very good results with their anti-microbial product for combating dysbiosis. However, my strain (proteus) is one he has not dealt with in a long time and in addition my report came back as saying that it is "abundant". Therefore, I wanted to see what I could do in the form of supplementation and by cultivating my body to listen to my mind and rid itself of the bad bacteria.
Fast forward to today. About a month ago I had my adrenal glands re-tested, and not only have they repaired themselves I am now also completely out of adrenal fatigue. My adrenal glands are not vibrantly robust, but they are holding their own right now and not giving an inch. They are equal to every challenge and stressor that my body is challenged with, and since I train hard and heavy as a competitive powerlifter I would have to say that this is pretty damn good. My testosterone levels were so high, that the lab had to check them twice to make sure their readings were accurate! Because of my higher hormone levels, I have now decreased the amount of legal, over the counter hormone supplementation and have continued to take my Ultra Life, Inc. adrenal support supplements so that I can continue to hold the line against the stressors that I encounter in my life.
Finally, I will be retesting my gut in a month or two to see if the plan I discussed above has been able to dent or even eradicate the bad bacteria that have been hanging out in my body. Stay tuned!
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