Jen Miner has struggled with a range of health conditions: nutrient deprivation, lack of sleep, IBS, GERD, and carcinoid tumors in her colon, to name just a few. Her doctors’ solutions? Medication and invasive treatments. They tried antidepressants (two varieties), Xanax to help with anxiety, Klonopin to help with sleep, Imitrex and Vicodin for migraines, and regular colonoscopies — all layered on top of each other.
Eventually, after being told to undergo hormone replacement therapy to treat uterine fibroids, Jen decided enough was enough. She refused the therapy, and instead started focusing on the foundations of her health from a holistic perspective.
What happened next? Things actually started to get better, and eventually she found herself medication-free. “To say that my quality of life dramatically changed, this was an understatement,” Jen says in the premier episode of Thrive with Us.
Jen likens the process to finding pollutants or toxins in a stream.
“Would you just build a water filtration plan or your property line, or would you want to walk upstream and figure out what’s actually happening there?” Jen asks. “Then you’d want to know, well, how do I fix that? What do I do about it? Which would be the most cost-effective building the water filtration plant or figuring out what’s causing the problem.”
The most important step involves discovering the root of your health problems. Then you can tackle that cause.
In this episode of the podcast, Jen talks us through four different body types and their relationship to health problems: adrenal, ovarian, thyroid, and liver. Various symptoms — such as fatigue, nausea, and hair loss — can all relate to hormone imbalances based on these body types. She also discusses how to make a real holistic lifestyle change, which involves being proactive, auditing your own belief systems, and committing 100% to the process of improving your health.
“We want that permanent change … not just a short-term investment,” Jen says. “So if you’re seeking some help and guidance when it comes to applying all of this information, I would love to help you.”
About the Podcast Host
Name: Jen Miner
What she does: Jen is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Diplomat of Pastoral Science.
Business: Thrive! Health and Wellness
Words of wisdom: “Some people say, ‘follow your gut.’ And I’m like, ‘Don’t do that, your gut’s full of crap. Follow your heart.‘ Heart math helps you tune into your heart and that promotes healing in your body.”
Top takeaways from this episode
- Find the root cause of your health problems — don’t just treat the symptoms. It’s critical to discover where your health issues stem from. Attempting to treat symptoms like fatigue or wait gain is useless if you don’t fix the foundation first. Repairing the foundation usually means a lifestyle change focusing on holistic nutrition and other healthy habits.
- Commit to your health fully. Be proactive about maintaining your health instead of only thinking about your health when you become ill. If you set intentions for a holistic lifestyle and commit to that 100%, then it’s much easier to stay healthy and avoid illness altogether.
- Know thyself. Analyze yourself and your symptoms; it’s only by being honest with yourself that you can identify the core of your problems. If you have high blood pressure, constant headaches, and unexplained weight gain, the issue may lay in your adrenal system. People with unpredictable menstrual cycles might suffer from ovarian problems, and thyroid problems can lead to fatigue and poor circulation.
- Aim for clarity. When you’re confused or angry, it can be difficult to think straight. But if you understand your body and can clearly define your reasons for leading a healthier lifestyle, then it’s easier to fully commit to the process. Tools like heart math can help you find this clarity to successfully follow the holistic health pathway.
[4:57] Dealing with a plethora of health problems: Jen was once diagnosed with a slew of health issues, like IBS and carcinoid tumors. Doctors prescribed several medications and treatments, but medications always seemed to lead to another health problem.
[7:04] Walking the holistic health path: When Jen changed her diet and lifestyle to focus on holistic healing, she noticed changes for the better.
[13:17] Acknowledging “normal syndrome”: If you’re struggling with brain fog, stubborn weight gain, sleep issues, or poor memory, people might tell you it’s normal. Jen argues that although these symptoms are common, they’re actually not normal at all.
[16:23] Focusing on your health when you’re healthy: Often we renew our focus on our health only when we become ill. But it’s important to be proactive and manage your health before any trauma or illness occurs.
[26:56] Finding the root cause of your problems: The symptoms you feel aren’t isolated issues. Everything in your body is connected, and your symptoms may be caused by issues with your internal organs or metabolic systems.
[29:08] Identifying your body type: To find the right holistic treatment for you, it’s important to determine whether your problems are arising from adrenal, ovarian, thyroid, or liver systems.
[42:31] Understanding adrenal dysfunction and the nervous system: When considering issues like stress and an overabundance of cortisol, think about how your internal body parts like the adrenal and nervous systems are connected.
[49:04] Calculate whether you’re in good health: Measuring heart rate variability can help you determine whether you’re in a state of high coherence or healing. Jen calls this “heart math,” a way to measure your overall state of being.
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