We all know that water is essential for life. But did you know that it can also have a profound impact on your mental well-being? That's right! Anxiety, physical and mental fatigue, and even your mood can be improved by simply drinking more water.
Not to mention, it is also essential for flushing toxins out of your system, regulating body temperature and keeping your skin healthy. We focus better, nutrients are carried to cells and it keeps our joints lubricated.
Next time you are feeling stressed or run down, check your hydration! And no... juice and soda obviously are not water but.... coffee and teas also don't count just because they are made with water! ;)
The average adult needs 8.5 cups of water daily. But stats show that most people only drink 1.5 cups!!! Say what? Can you imagine the difference in all the areas of you added in an additional 7 cups of water daily?! What a difference that might make in all areas of your health!
How much water do you drink daily? What are your tips for drinking more or even hitting your goal? Track symptoms and note what changes as you increase water intake (including water-filled foods like cucumbers and salads) and how you feel.
Sometimes simple changes make big impact. <3
I cannot tell you what a shift the past week has been in my health journey!
Let me back up... I have to start out by saying that in the past few years, I have done so much research and been my own biggest advocate in looking at all the pieces possible for creating better health. I use amazing supplements that are life-changing for the gut health and mood. I exercise, although I often struggle with the motivation (despite the gym being my stress-relief and happy place). I have been very intentional about my sleep habits and my nutrition is on par. (Meaning my sugar, carbs and processed foods intake is extremely low). I have regularly scheduled chiropractic appointments and massages. I have improved and eliminated some of my symptoms but there have been some lingering issues.
The symptoms that I have continued to struggle with most are:
*Weight not changing
*Inflammation, including swelling of joints and hives
*Brain Fog- not every day but often
*Lack of Energy
*Lack of Focus and Motivation
Well, anyway.... I have been doing WHOLE30 in hopes that it helps in some way with the inflammation. I feel that it has been decent and I feel a slight bit more clear minded. But what REALLY changed for me was that I noticed a post that caught my attention 2 weeks ago. The post was about the exact symptoms that I have continued to struggle with, despite all my efforts, and how they were relieved after the IUD was taken out of the body.
I cannot even tell you the impact that post had on me. I instantly started doing some more research about the Copper IUD and the Mayo Clinic description states:
The ParaGard device is a T-shaped plastic frame that's inserted into the uterus. Copper wire coiled around the device produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs (ova), preventing pregnancy.
It was the words "Inflammatory reaction" that solidified my AH-HA moment. So, If all my symptoms are related to inflammation, and diet and all the other things I am working on or have been doing are not reaping the ultimate results, where is the inflammation coming from? I KNEW this information was life changing.
One week ago today I had my IUD removed. It was incredible to see how instantaneous my body responded. I felt clearer, less foggy and there was not a pain in my abdomen but it felt calmer and lighter after removal. (Maybe there was a dull pain that was "normal" until I noticed it was no longer there). Later that evening, an hour or so, I had more energy than usual for that time of day and still felt even more clear headed. The following days were equally telling with just more clarity and energy. It was a HUGE shift in my body and a definite improvement!
Three days later, my period was supposed to start and was a little delayed but all is as it should be (as far as I am aware of!). Even with the water weight that I am currently carrying, my body has shed weight. My tummy area (which has been my biggest struggle for MANY years) has shrunk! And, remember- toady is only 1 week post removal.
Now.. I feel like I need to get on my soap box for just a minute.
I know that I am educated and I do my research. I am not a medical professional but I have a lot of certifications and LOVE learning about natural and holistic health and remedies. I personally am shocked (and a bit disturbed!) that in all my years of researching and doctors, etc., I have yet to come across this IUD information! I have felt silly and dumb at times for this out-of-sight-out-of-mind object that may have been the cause of some, majority or ALL of my issues in previous years. I have had a copper IUD 2 times, after the birth of each of my girls, totaling approximately 17 years. All my symptoms started accumulating then... I can look back and see areas that I can line up perfectly. Not everything is accounted for under this IUD category but WOW. I have had a few moments of extreme grieving in 1) Me not discovering this information sooner and 2) living in a world where doctors and big pharma are running the show. (I could REALLY go on a tangent here but....Another time, perhaps.)
(Big sigh here!)
Regardless, HERE I AM. I feel like I am exiting a suffocating space and can see clearly. Breathe deeper. Move faster. I feel like this removal will be a brand new shift in ME. I already feel more like ME and, Boy, have I missed her.
I cannot wait for her to fully emerge. <3
Stay tuned... More updates to come.
I am ready to see what the next few weeks hold for me.
------->Have you had an experience with any kind of birth control and a reduction in symptoms? Is this information new to you? (Please tell me I am not alone!) Feel free to message me and share your experience with me!