Oh hey friends, it’s been a while! I just did some stories about the Creating Balanced Health scan on my Instagram (highlighted in my stories if you want to know more) and I wanted to expand a little bit on the test and how it has helped me on my health journey.
As I have shared about in the past, I have dealt with anxiety and hormonal imbalances since I can remember. With that, I have always been told that these are simply things that I am going to have to learn to life with because they’re genetic. Er, wrong. Do genes have something to do with it? Absolutely. Does the way I eat, live, and the amount of toxins I put in and on my body have a huge impact on both of these? YES.
I initially decided to do a Creating Balanced Health Full Scan a year ago because I was curious about my food sensitivities. At that point, I didn’t even know about the dangers of toxins in skincare, cosmetics, etc. nor did I know the impact that environmental toxins were having on my body. I had done around 6 Whole30s before (side note: 10/10 do not recommend doing that many elimination diets because it can lead to orthorexia like it did for me) trying to figure out different sensitivities that were causing my less than awesome gut health. Whole30 was extremely helpful in helping me discover that I had a really bad reaction to gluten, however I didn’t feel like I had a clear picture of everything I was sensitive to. One of my nutritionist friends recommended this test to me and after looking into it, I decided it was the perfect fit!
I thought it was going to be a pretty complicated process, but it ended up being really simple! Once I ordered my kit, they sent me a little box with everything I needed in it. I gave them sample of my hair and fingernail clippings as well as a saliva sample, then attached the label they sent and off it went! Honestly the hardest part was waiting patiently for it to come back. 🙂
I received the results back within 2 weeks and made an appointment with the practitioner over the phone. We discussed all of my imbalances and what I could do for each of them. We discussed how to help my body eliminate toxins better, things I could do to improve my gut health and a variety of supplements that I could take to help with each of my imbalances.
I’m not going to lie, my test made me feel a little overwhelmed because I had so.many.imbalances. I decided to prioritize what was most important to me which was gut health because I knew that was a huge part of why I had anxiety (gut-brain connection). I also started seeing a function medicine doctor for my hormonal imbalances because I didn’t feel like the symptoms were improving with supplements alone.
After doing further hormone testing with my FM doctor, we were able to put together a protocol to help start balancing my hormones. I am forever grateful for this test because without it, I would have never gone to a FM doctor nor would I have ever thought to get my hormones tested through my FM doctor. I have had symptoms of hormone imbalances my whole life, but according to the standard blood test they do at the doctor, my hormone levels were completely normal. My primary care doctors suggestion: nothing is wrong, but if you want to mask some of the symptoms you can start taking birth control. Uh, no thanks. I would rather get to the root of my problems than mask them.
So here I am a year later. I did another scan to see my progress and my gut health has significantly improved (yay!) and my hormones have balanced out quite a bit. Now that those have improved, I am prioritizing the next big thing I need to tackle which is mold exposure. I will be starting supplements for that soon and be ordering another test in 6-12 months to see if it’s improving! Be sure to check out my instagram stories if you’re curious on how the report looks!
If you’re interested in this test or similar tests, you can check out the website here and if you like saving money, you can use the code kateswholelife for $20 off!