Reclaiming Your Roots was born out of my own healing journey. Although I’ve been working with plants and growing my own food for seven years now, it was when I became chronically ill that this relationship significantly deepened. Unable to get answers from the conventional medical world, I was forced to become my own healer. As I dug deeper to find the root causes of my illness, I discovered that my digestive system was a mess and the main culprit behind my body’s breakdown. So, I started my healing there: with food and herbs.
Did you know that 70% of our immune system is located in our gut?
The more I learned about the role our guts, as well as stress, can play in most illnesses, the more I became convinced that most modern illnesses are a result of compromised digestive systems and chronic stress. Gluten and other food intolerances/allergies are now being linked with Autism, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, and autoimmune illnesses, just to name a few. The connection between our digestion and our mental health is even more astonishing. Did you know that we produce 95% of our body’s serotonin in the gut? Imbalances of this happy neurotransmitter have been implicated in a variety of mental health issues, such as depression. Yet, instead of looking at an individual’s digestion, we give them an SSRI drug such as Prozac or Zoloft, to increase serotonin levels in the brain.
Of course, none of this knowledge is new. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, food is medicine and has always been the primary mode of healing. How empowering to know that at least three times each day, you have the opportunity to heal your body with the food you eat. It’s time to return to this ancient knowledge. It’s time for us to reclaim our roots and our own healing.
Please explore my website! Under “Newsletters & Recipes” you will find archives for all of my past monthly newsletters, as well as a host of gluten and dairy-free recipes. These newsletters are filled with whole food, gluten-free recipes, herbal medicine wisdom, and more for individuals looking to reclaim their own health and the health of their families and communities.
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