I make ginger tea, do coffee enemas, and my near infrared sauna is the new beach vacation. At one point, I had a whole kombucha ‘lab’ in my kitchen with about twenty mason jars full of kombucha because the scobies kept multiplying. I’ve done everything from soaking, drying, and grinding almonds to make my own almond flour to washing my hair with honey and olive oil (It took an entire bottle of shampoo to get it out and my hair was still sticky. Epic pinterest fail). I’ve tried diets that help heal your gut, and diets that are supposed to increase your energy. I’ve searched the web for recipes to make cauliflower into mashed potatoes and once even built an EMF protector mat for my bed.

I’ve done all of this because at the age of 16 I was miserable. I had severe depression, panic attacks, stomach pains, extreme carb and sugar cravings, food intolerances, desperately low energy, and brain fog. In short, I was a mess. People told me I was in the prime of my life and should be out enjoying myself, but the truth was I couldn’t even drag myself out of bed some mornings.

When I was 16, I met a doctor who taught me about the GAPS (Gut and Phycology Syndrome) program. This launched me into beginning to research about health, and what I could do to get myself feeling better. The GAPS program was amazing for me. After about a year on the program, I was able to get off my antidepressants with 0 side effects, my stomach issues went away, and the strange rashes on my skin cleared up. I was feeling really pretty good and was planning on having a career in the medical realm.

Then, in my senior year of high school, everything crashed. The GAPS program which had helped me so much, was suddenly not working well for me. My depression came back, this time with anxiety. I wanted to be a normal teenager- go to college, experience the fun that comes with being young and free. Instead of this, my life felt like it was shutting down around me and it was all spiraling out of control. This time, anti-depressants didn’t help much. 

I believe I was given a second chance. One day the depression was so bad, I knew that suicide was the only way out. I thought that if the doctors and medicine couldn’t help me at all, and changing my dietary lifestyle wasn’t helping anymore, than there was nothing that could help me. 

I was leaving for a trip to visit family. I thought that I would pull myself together one last time and if I didn’t find any relief, well then, suicide would be my only option. I don’t write this to disturb you, but rather so that if anyone else has experienced the same, they might find healing as I did.

Lucky for me, some family friends discovered I was struggling and offered to have me stay with them. I felt like for the first time, someone heard and answered me. They introduced me to the world of supplements (which I had never tried before). These helped me tremendously, at least enough to function as a normal human. They were true health gurus, and taught me so much about health. This is when I began to dive into researching, trying to find out everything I could that might help me. 

I was better, but I still couldn’t get off my anti-depressants. Whenever I excercised I had panic attacks. By this point, I had just accepted that this is who I was and I would always struggle with these things.

When a friend told me about the Global Nutritional Healing program I was skeptical. “Really? Using a hair test? Another diet?” I almost didn’t send my hair sample to the lab, but what did I have to lose? After the first month of the program, my depression got better and my anxiety and fear went away. Nothing I had previously tried equaled the immense clarity and peace I felt on the Nutritional Healing program. I hadn’t put ‘brain fog’ on my list of of symptoms with the first hair test, but with that clarity of mind I realized that I had been walking around as if in a fog. I was so amazed with the results that in a couple months I ordered my second hair test, to see if the hair test showed the changes I felt were occuring.

As it turns out, my second hair test showed high levels of aluminum that my body was removing (see above picture). I know now that aluminum is a heavy metal that can cause symptoms such as brain fog, anxiety, and fear. My depression began to DISAPPEAR and for the first time I imagined living without it. This program literally changed my life. I’m still a work in progress for my own health, but I am miles ahead of where I used to be.  Don’t let people tell you that your health problems are ‘just the way you are.’ I blamed my depression and low energy on my introverted personality, when in reality my low energy/depression was a sign that my body was severely struggling and needed much more than an energy drink or some b vitamins.

The thing is, when you begin to really feel better, everything around you begins to work better. This is not to say that all life’s struggling is eliminated, but you become better equipped to handle it. You have the energy to face the world and make it a better place. I am now doing things I would never before have dreamed possible, such as starting my own business and training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

My story really isn’t that different from hundreds (or thousands) of other people who have struggled with their health. Perhaps though, my story may give you a little encouragement that it is possible to live vibrant, abundant lives. The best modality I have found for this is a complete Global Nutritional Healing program. I have been on this program myself for three years and continue to see nothing but better and better health come out of it. By balancing the body’s minerals and detoxing from heavy metals, energy can be restored and deep healing can happen. It is my goal that you may have the health and energy to live out your life in a way that you can share your gifts with others. 

Some of you may feel sick, exhausted, and even hopeless right now. You may think ‘what gifts? what talents?’ Well, my friend, you have many things to share with the world, even if you don’t know what they are yet. Through the process of my own healing, I have learned that we all have a particular purpose in this world; there are no extra pieces, not even you. This is my story. What will yours be?