Journey to Wellness: Plexus Update

I thought it is probably about time I gave y’all an update on my Plexus journey. Well, there isn’t a whole lot to update. I am not drinking it at this point. I was doing very well there for a while. I had more energy, I was able to cut out soda completely with very little side effects, my mood improved and I just generally felt better. I was drinking Plexus Slim once or twice a day and taking BioCleanse and ProBio when I happened to remember (which wasn’t often).

I was using Plexus, now I'm not; here's why.

After about a month and a half, I decided to try their protein shake as well. I like it, it mixes well and tastes good. Well, it tastes good mixed with milk but not so much mixed with just water. I wasn’t doing any of this to lose weight. I was doing it for the reported gut health benefits and overall wellness.

After about two months or so of drinking Slim daily, I started having headaches every day. Often, what I would consider full-blown migraines, but every day I had at least enough of a headache to send me to bed early. I was having headaches before this, probably once or twice a week. I am under a lot of stress right now which I think has brought them on. So at first, I didn’t really notice the increase but when they were happening daily I definitely noticed.

I can’t say for sure they were from the Plexus and even if they were, I am told that it is a symptom of detox. Headaches can be a detox and healing side effect so it is possible that is what I was experiencing. I do know they have gone back down to about 2-3 a week since I stopped drinking Plexus. Again, it could be a detox effect I really don’t know.

I was using Plexus, now I'm not; here's why.

If the headaches are simply a side effect of healing it is something I will have to work through eventually regardless of the way I go about healing. Right now, I just don’t have space in my life to nurse headaches if I can avoid them. I have decided to just hold off on Plexus for a bit until I have time to research the ingredients in more detail and have the ability to let my body rest and work through any detoxing more effectively. 

Perhaps when life is less stressful and I can take more time to rest I will start Plexus again. Or perhaps I will try a different method of healing my gut and restoring my energy. For now, I am holding off but when I work on it again I will surely share that journey here!

The good news is the gains I did see while on Plexus seem to have stuck with me. I still have more energy and have not resumed my soda habit. I’m thrilled that those things didn’t fly out the window as soon as I stopped. To me, this also indicates that if I do resume it at some point it can be a temporary tool to use to get back to optimum health but doesn’t necessarily need to be a permanent part of my life.

I definitely don’t regret trying and have not ruled it out as a tool for health, now just isn’t the right time for me.

Have you tried Plexus? Have you tried something else to improve your health? Let me know in the comments!

My Journey to Wellness – Part 2 – What I’m Doing About It

Last week I shared with you some of the health problems I have struggled with and my most recent bout of issues. Today I would like to share something I am trying out to address these issues. This is something I actually debated for quite some time and have been really hesitant to try. I decided to give it a shot even though I’m still a bit skeptical.

How I'm overcoming my health struggles

I have MANY friends who are Plexus Ambassadors and I see their stories of how awesome they feel and how much their health is improving. I had read all the literature about how Plexus is targeting gut health and how their products work by healing the gut. I’m familiar with gut health and agree with the idea that gut health effects the entire body but I was skeptical of this product.

  • What is in it?
  • It is expensive.
  • I want to be able to heal my body with natural whole foods, not a processed supplement (but I’m already taking processed supplements so I’m not sure why I had such an issue with this).

I started a few other things to try to support my adrenals. I am taking an adrenal cocktail each day (orange juice, sole, and cream of tartar) and I’m taking an adrenal support supplement. I tried a nettle infusion but couldn’t drink it, it tastes like dirt and makes me gag. After weeks of not seeing much improvement and being exhausted, I decided I might as well try Plexus. At this point what do I have to lose except a few dollars? I reached the point of desperation and am willing to try anything that might help. I’ve looked over the ingredients and while I’m not necessarily familiar with all of them they are natural ingredients and I didn’t see anything concerning in it.

 

How I'm overcoming my health struggles
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I thought some of you may be feeling the same way, seeing other people’s results and wondering if perhaps it could help you too. I don’t know yet if it will help me but I’m giving it a try and will post here every couple of weeks and let you know how it is going. I am drinking Slim and also trying the Bio Cleanse and ProBio 5. I joined as an ambassador because then I get the best price but I will be absolutely honest with you on if I think it is benefitting me. If you would like to try along with me feel free to order through my link and I’ll support you any way I can.

Check out this video for a quick overview of how Slim works!

So far, I’ve been drinking Plexus Slim for two weeks and have slowly added in the Bio Cleanse and ProBio 5 over the last week. One of the first, and in my opinion most important, changes is that I was able to kick my soda habit. It is embarrassing to admit but I was horribly addicted to soda (Dr. Pepper specifically). Anyone who knows me knows the ability to quit drinking it is a huge deal. The first couple days of drinking Slim I had pretty major sugar/soda cravings but after that, they just stopped. I literally FORGOT to drink a Dr. Pepper. That is a pretty big win in my books!! Definitely worth the cost so far.

How I'm overcoming my health struggles

I have also been waking up by 6:30 every morning without an alarm. I’m waking up before my kids and not feeling groggy or having to drag myself out of bed. I am also not experiencing the mid-afternoon slump where I can barely keep my eyes open at 3 pm. I am still pretty tired by the time I get my kids in bed but I also have a lot of damage to heal. I have had less pain overall and more pain-free days in the last week and I was able to make it through running our local 3-day homeschool conference without a major crash (I was exhausted when it was over but I made it through!).

How I'm overcoming my health struggles

I am finding these improvements pretty awesome and am hoping to continue seeing other improvements. I am still taking my adrenal supplement and sole as well and plan to continue doing so (and I will expand on those a little more in the future). I will share every few weeks how I am doing and how or if I think the Plexus is helping. If you would like to try this experiment with me click here to get started or feel free to continue following my story before deciding if you want to try it!

Have you tried Plexus or found some other awesome way to improve your health problems? Share in the comments!! 

**I am not a doctor or health care professional and I don’t play one on the internet. Seek the advice of a trusted health care professional for any health concerns.***

Journey to Wellness – Part 1; The Problem

I have mentioned in other posts that I’ve been having some health struggles. I thought I would share what is wrong and what I’m trying in case any of you are dealing with the same things and looking for ideas. (This post got long so I’ve broken it into two parts, this first part is the background on what my health issues are, next week I will share what I’m doing about it.)

My pursuit of health and wellness trying to heal adrenal and thyroid issues

I have had thyroid issues for 15 years, my thyroid just can’t seem to keep up. For the first 10+ years after being diagnosed I was treated in the way modern medicine typically treats these issues. Unfortunately, my health slowly deteriorated instead of improving. At one point I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (I believe the symptoms of this were really just a result of my thyroid issues being inadequately treated and the adrenal fatigue that resulted because of my sluggish thyroid). The first half of this time was what I call “pre-crunchy” and I really didn’t know or pay attention to how what I was ingesting affected my health, so my diet was also terrible and I depended on caffeine and sugar to keep me going. I now know that this just compounded my problems.

About 10 years after getting diagnosed with my thyroid issues, I started learning more about natural treatments for all sorts of things and how food and the gut affect overall health. I started cleaning up my diet and sought out a functional doctor to change my medicine to something that would hopefully allow my body to start actually healing and functioning better rather than putting a bandaid on the symptoms. I had amazing success with changing my diet, adding a few supplements, taking a good quality multivitamin, and changing my thyroid medicine.

For several years I felt great, my energy level was back up, and my pain and migraines were almost non-existent. Then we got our assignment to Germany and I had trouble getting the supplements and medication I needed. While I managed to get the medication, it was a constant source of stress and I wasn’t able to maintain my whole regime of supplements. The entire assignment was also stressful in other ways, my husband worked long hours and our living situation was not the best (our house was full of mold and the neighbors smoked right outside our windows so we were forced to constantly inhale cigarette smoke).

My pursuit of health and wellness trying to heal adrenal and thyroid issues

About a year and a half ago we needed to make an emergency trip back to the states. At the last minute, we packed up and flew 9 hours over the ocean, spend a whirlwind two weeks in Texas visiting family and driving all over the state then flew back over the ocean – all with 4 kids. At this time I was heavily (overly) involved in many volunteer positions there in Germany and spent a lot of energy on them. When I flew back, there was no time to recover or grieve the loss that prompted the trip, I had to jump immediately back into my roles. I did not have the physical or emotional reserves for this and my body started to show the signs of it.

Just a few months later we found out I was expecting our 5th child and we started working on getting our assignment back to the U.S. We were very thankful to be able to get my husband’s report date moved up so that the baby could be born here but that meant moving while eight months pregnant (I preferred this to moving with a newborn OR staying in Germany longer). So in December, we moved back across the ocean and less than 2 months later had a baby.

Remember my health was already starting to suffer from the previous trip. The move did me in. I crashed. The pain from 9 years ago returned, my energy level plummeted and I reached a point where I was having trouble functioning. I knew my adrenals were fatigued to the point of exhaustion and that I had to do something.

Next week, I will tell you what I am currently doing in hopes of improving my health and healing my body! 

 

Do you have any of these issues? Feel free to share what you struggle with and what you do to get or stay healthy in the comments! 

 

**I am not a doctor or healthcare professional and I don’t play one on the internet, check with a trusted healthcare professional about your health problems.**