• Andrea Laparra

Healing My Body

I have laid low on the ‘gram and social media since I’ve been home from vacation…. Partly because coming back to reality after a complete disconnection for a few weeks meant getting back in the groove and the rhythm of things, but the other part has been an ultra focus of my health… Wrapping my head around my well-being.

Turns out I’ve been putting band aids on some (what seemed) minor health issues, such as migraines, irritability, mood swings, blood sugar/gut health/detox issues, to name a few. I am a pretty healthy 28 year old, don’t get me wrong... I keep active and eat pretty clean for the most part and I self-care often. Plus I oil up like an oil queen and have decreased my toxic load at home SIGNIFICANTLY the last year and a half or so. However, after some time, I took these signs loud and clear: my body was speaking to me and I needed to listen, so I went to see a naturopathic doctor. I chose this over a family care physician (that would be covered by insurance vs out of pocket btw) because I have a big problem with our healthcare system and I knew I wouldn't get too much further from a prescription pad solution to my problems. Been there done that way too many times (insert eye roll).

We ran some tests… some have come back, and still waiting on a few to come in to key us in to what really is going on, but for the first time in my life, I had a heart sinking feeling when I saw where my health really was. None of this is life threatening by any means, but when I realized that despite taking every possible measure to have a healthy lifestyle and it hadn’t exactly gotten me to where I thought I would be, was really unnerving.

I was frustrated and partly defeated at first, but eventually I understood that this is exactly where I need to be. I'm starting on square one. And that's ok. I know we will get to the bottom of it all and figure out the best solution moving forward. I know a lot of lifestyle moving pieces will have to move and tweak, and I know it won't be an overnight solution, but I am blessed to understand and believe in the power of nature. I'm taking this as a beautiful opportunity to understand my body better, to treat my body better, to nurture my body better and to understand how my external environment truly affects me.

My current motto is: "I am proactively healing my body. I am healthy and I am free". I keep repeating this affirmation to myself daily and putting that energy out into the Universe to remind myself of what my current purpose is, and where I want to be.

One thing I know for a fact is listening to my body and trusting my intuition got me somewhere. I wasn't in a health position where I NEEDED to see a doctor. But I chose to, because my gut told me to. So if you have a gut feeling, even if it's something that you may think is too silly to look into... LISTEN. Your intuition does not lie. Do research. Inform yourself. Go see a doctor. If they want to put a band aid on your problems, seek a 2nd opinion. Find a doctor who has the same belief system as you do. And most importantly, have patience with yourself... you are worth every bit of care and love.

In the meantime, I am forming new relationships with food, and breaking up with others. I am being hyper-cautious with what I put in and on my body, and this seems to be the best place to start. I'll roll with the punches as they come, but for now this is a good start...

If you have any health issues that you've overcome naturally, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

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