Keep your gut healthy with Gut Connection

Gut health is very important especially for someone like me. After I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s it has been quite a challenge to cure my gut and make sure it’s balanced and healthy. Many people don’t understant how important it is to take care of your gut. A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. Crazy huh? And although bacteria has a bad rep some is good and essential for staying healthy.

An unbalanced gut may disrupt signals between the gut and brain, causing instability between gut microbiota and the immune system. In comes the solution: Gut Connection by Country Life is a whole food fermentate prebiotic that feeds the bacteria in your gut and helps maintain its lining to improve your gut microbiome health. Gut Connection is different because it is probiotic-free, so you can take it alone or with your favorite probiotic!

I’ve been taking Gut Connections Digestive Balance for a few weeks now and I can really feel it working. It has really helped me become regular without any cramps or urgency which i really appreciate as a constipation sufferer. I have also noticed I don’t get a bloated. There’s an array of foods I’m not supposed to eat because I know they make me feel bad and almost immediately make me bloated. But since I started taking Gut Connections Digestive Balance I rarely get bloated or constipated. My tummy seems to be very happy with me!

Gut Connection by Country Life is a scientifically formulated range of supplements that connects the gut to individual health issues that matter.

Gut Connection by Country Life contains an innovative, whole food fermentate prebiotic that feeds the existing probiotics in your gut and helps maintain its lining.

• This whole food fermentate prebiotic is balanced with clinically researched ingredients for your overall health.

• A 60-count bottle of Gut Connection by Country Life typically retails for $44.95. Gut Connection by Country Life is available to purchase at Sprouts, The Vitamin Shoppe, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, and Amazon, and will be coming soon to other natural health food stores. To find Gut Connection by Country Life in your area, visit countrylifevitamins.com/where-to-buy for the full list of locations. Be sure to call the store to verify if they specifically carry Gut Connection.

Do you consider your gut to be healthy? What do you do to keep it that way? Let me know on the comments below!

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AIP recipe: Avocado dill ranch dressing 

  
Most of you know I’ve been attempting AIP (autoimmune protocol/Paleo) since I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. And as you might imagine, it can get dull sometimes. So many restrictions can make you miss “real” tasting food. 

Enter this amazing dressing/dip that will change your life! My kids and I dip everything in it and it’s delish!!! 

Avocado Ranch DressingMakes around 8 oz

1 Large Avocado

1 cup Coconut Milk, canned & full fat (add 1/2 cup for the consistency of the bottled stuff and adjust the lemon juice and seasonings to taste)

3 tbsp Lemon Juice (I sub this with ACV sometimes and it’s amazing) 

2 tsp Dill (or Italian Seasoning Blend)

1-2 tsp Salt

1 clove Garlic (or 1 tsp Granulated Garlic)

1/2 tsp Granulated Onion

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and combine until thoroughly mixed.

Stores for up to a week when refrigerated in an airtight container – the lemon juice prevents browning! 🙂

Enjoy! And let me know what you think! 


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Battling a new monster: Hashimoto edition

  
Hashimoto………hashimoto……… sounds so weird, almost like the villain from the Japanese film, well it technically is the villain in this indie film my life is. 

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Yeap, you read it right. For some reason my body just doesn’t like my thyroid anymore and decided it wants to destroy it. With fire…  

Although it is not as common as your usual thyroid issues, you’ll be amazed of how many people suffer from it, most never get the right diagnosis. 

  
My thyroid started acting up when I was pregnant with my third child in 2012.  Just a bit on the hyper side (producing too much thyroid hormone) and it started to get a bit bigger. I was very good at keeping track of it and making sure I got my levels checked each month, but once my son was born and everything seemed to be back to normal my thyroid found a comfortable position on the back burner of my life. 

  
Now let’s fast forward to 2015. I had been feeling horrible for months now, but honestly as a mother of three kids, two under 4 it just seemed like exhaustion was something I just had to cope with. My new reality was to be tired and messy at all times. Right? Plus I had already been pregnant/nursing for the past 10 years. With barely any breaks in between. I was the poster child for exhaustion. 

  
Some days I couldn’t even get out of bed. It felt like I slept all day, didn’t eat much and yet I gained about 30 lbs in a 3 month period. My husband started to get worried and pretty much forced me to go to the doctor. Everything seemed fine at the appointment, blood work, ultrasound, all the routine stuff. The doctor said she’ll call me with my results and to make sure I rest and try to eat better. 

The next day, I received that dreaded call. My doctor tried to explain what Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is as I fought back my tears. She sent me a prescription and told me I would have to take it for the rest of my life. No cure, that has to be one of the worst things to hear your doctor say. As if that wasn’t enough they also put it in bold letters on the front of the prescription slip at the pharmacy. YOU WILL TAKE THIS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Gee, thanks!

After all the crying, googling and freaking out now I take my medication, through some trial and error I realized it’s better for me to take it at night. I’ve adopted an AIP lifestyle, think Paleo diet but more hardcore. The food list is literally one column, the prohibited list like 5 pages. And it is an ongoing battle, because there’s no way of knowing how much hormone my thyroid is going to produce on a given day, some days I’m perfectly fine, some days I’m hyper and resemble the energizer bunny and some days I’m exhausted and moody. But I am on my own road to recovery and all I can do is take it one day at a time. 

Now, why am I telling you all this? Because most people miss this, doctors don’t check your antibodies unless you ask them to or if you have a bitch trying to choke you (my enlarged thyroid) and it’s obviously your thyroid. I’m sharing my story so you make sure you take action and control of your body. Listen to it! No one know what you feel but you. Be an advocate for your health. 

  
 So many get diagnosed with depression and just get pumped with pills that don’t fix anything. They spend years and some never find the cause of all their issues. 

I hope you find some hope in my story and if you’re struggling I hope it brings you some light. 

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