Discovering Wellness - A Personal Journey
Like many people pursuing a more natural, holistic path to wellness, Dianne made changes to her diet and began using high-quality supplements to combat her chronic conditions. Her health journey is nothing short of inspirational providing motivation and encouragement to others who are pursuing a wellness lifestyle.
Autoimmune Disease Triggered Lifestyle Changes
Dianne initially used supplements only for general health, however, over the years she developed specific health conditions that required her to reevaluate her lifestyle and nutritional intake. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks one's own thyroid gland, though not before spending many years in pain and being misdiagnosed. She suffered from a lot of pain without understanding why, and neither did her doctors. She decided to meet with a doctor specializing in functional medicine1 who could help her find the roots of her symptoms, leading to her Hashimoto's diagnosis. In response, she changed her diet and her supplement regimen after realizing the impact both could have on her health.
Whole Foods Diet
Her lifestyle changed drastically, leading her to eventually eliminate processed foods2 and focus on a diet primarily based on vegetables and lean protein. However, before reaching this point she went through a learning process. She got some guidance from her doctor and researched nutritional literature for advice and clarity on basic wellness and healthy living. She follows these guidelines and suggestions closely, as they have helped her understand the changes she needed to make to really understand what she was going through and what solutions were available. Now, everything she cooks is organic and gluten-free, made from scratch. Like anyone, Dianne still suffers from cravings, however, she realizes the impact those foods will have on her body and chooses to minimize or eliminate them entirely from her diet.
Consumer-Grade Supplements Did Not Work Well
Before switching to NuMedica supplements, Dianne tried several less-expensive, commonly available, food-grade brands but found them to include unnecessary fillers and have skewed concentrations of their ingredients. She was happy to discover NuMedica when searching for brands that would be truthful in their ingredients and concentration labelings. She compared the ingredients, concentrations, and prices of the leading high-quality brands and found NuMedica to be a good choice.
NuMedica Professional-Grade Supplements
Dianne switched to NuMedica in approximately 2015 after her Hashimoto's diagnosis and hasn't looked back since. She said she, at the time of her diagnosis, was very naive and didn't realize that there were big differences in the quality of supplements that come from the many vitamin and supplement brands commonly available.
Her Supplement Regimen
Dianne now takes Alpha Lipoic Acid as a staple of her supplement regimen. There was a time when she couldn't stand or walk and was in a lot of pain. She read about it and ordered it, and within a few weeks, she could stand and walk again. The Alpha Lipoic Acid also helped her to lower her blood sugar levels, and she is no longer pre-diabetic. Before then, Dianne had been repeatedly misdiagnosed, but her symptoms were greatly mitigated with this supplement, and she now wears normal shoes and walks again. She describes it as a miracle for her and did not think she could get better, because no one else knew what she was going through.
She began trying other supplements from NuMedica because of her newfound faith in their product quality. She now takes Gluten Support Packs to reduce inflammation resulting from the Hashimoto's. She also takes Power Greens for the antioxidants, L-Glutamine for her immune system and intestinal cell growth leaky gut, B-Replete for nervous and healthy adrenals, and she just started taking Osteo Vegan 30-day Program to aid her bone density and get more help than from her Vitamin C alone.
Dianne gets her supplements from SupplementRelief.com. She says Jay, the customer service representative, is great! He sends her links about health topics and products to help her research and learn more about wellbeing,3 and claims she has a "Really good and happy relationship with SupplementRelief.com. They really take good care of their customers." Her orders come quickly, usually within 3 days. "Jay is so helpful and anytime I need something, he'll send personalized information back to help me," she says, adding that, for her, there is nothing else they could do to be more helpful or useful to her. She is also happy to receive free product samples with her shipments, which give her the opportunity to try new products, and also enjoys the healthy recipes she finds on the website.
Lifestyle Changes and Family
Her lifestyle changes also affected her family. They are very proud and supportive of her, and her daughters are even trying to lead healthier lifestyles as well, adapting to their mom's new ways of cooking and eating. They want to follow the same path, which they agree is better in the long run for all of their health. Additionally, Dianne's husband had a heart attack a few years ago and chose to start leading a healthier lifestyle (though, she says, not quite as healthy as hers yet). She tries her best to help him after he realized he should pay closer attention to his health as well, and they continue this journey together.
Dianne has had a long and tumultuous relationship on her journey to wellness, but she believes now that she is on track. Through her daily supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes, and consistent education on the newest information in wellness, she lives a more disciplined life, with her health and wellness at the forefront of her mind, in order to enjoy a longer, happier, and involved life with her family.
She is now extremely passionate about wellness and encourages her friends to heed the wisdom learned from her health journey.
1 The Functional Medicine Approach https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/what-is-functional-medicine/
2 Processed foods: What you should know https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/processed-foods-what-you-should-know
3 Well-Being Concepts https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/wellbeing.htm
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Bailey Todtenbier is a university neuroscience student and Content Developer for SupplementRelief.com. She has been writing for SupplementRelief.com as a part of the team since January 2020 and writes articles and blog posts on wellness, healthy lifestyles, and supplement technology.
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