As a health-addicted individual, I’m always on the lookout for new information on best health practices. Although I do visit the doctor and get a fair share of clinical, western medical treatment, I’m always most interested in natural, holistic health practices. If I can cure an ailment naturally, with the bounty of living medicine produced by our beautiful earth, I opt for that.
As a woman living with a slew of different autoimmune disorders, it’s important I maintain a certain diet and exercise regimen. I know many women are familiar with (and have, like myself) Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues. In Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid. When thyroid function is compromised, it affects the entire body. It mainly affects heart rate and metabolism, making it hard for the body to maintain a normal metabolic rate, affecting digestion and blood flow. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, and even depression. Aside from this common auto immune disorder, I suffer from Rhenaud’s, (a circulation disorder), grannuloma annulare, (a skin disorder), and exercise-induced asthma.
There are many potential causes for Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune disorders, but one that is newly emerging is the correlation between gut health and autoimmune. More and more importance is being put on the health of our intestinal tract, showing that BACTERIAL imbalances in this region can affect our ENTIRE system, causing digestion issues, eczema, depression, severe mood swings and prolonged bouts of sickness. As more research on gut health has emerged, the more notice I’ve taken. And the more I’ve begun to integrate gut health into my overall regimen.
To begin this process I began to cut out the basics; gluten, sugar and dairy. But I still experienced a continuing decline in my health, so I cut out even more foods. I found that cruciferous vegetables and foods containing a high amount of natural fructose had an adverse effect on my health. Cutting out fructose meant cutting out all natural sweeteners to include agave and honey. I began to integrate lots of fermented, highly probiotic foods. I was thrilled to finally start to see a difference!!
Damage done to your gut, if extensive, can take years to heal. Over the years I’ve taken medications for pain, depression and anxiety. As an Army veteran, I deployed to war three times and went through extended periods of stress. Already diagnosed with low thyroid levels in high school, I succeeded in only further depleting my body’s natural defenses against bad bacteria and toxins. I’ve been gradually working towards my most optimum diet for about two years. I still have a ways to go, but I know food is my ally above all else. The only drinks I partake of are water, green tea with apple cider vinegar and lemon water. I keep pitchers of water with cut up lemon and raw ginger in my fridge. Juices, flavored waters and even most kombucha are off limits.
But then one day a friend handed me a bottle of Sealand Birk to try. It was Ginger Lime (Citrus and ginger together? Go ooooon….). In reading the ingredients I saw it had not one damaging preservative or sweetener. So I took a sip….
Eureka! It was delish! As one friend of mine has put it in the past….”It’s kind of like the most delicious apple juice I’ve ever tasted but without the sticky aftertaste.” I’m not sure I thought the same thing, but it’s a decent description. It is, undeniably, comparable to any of the sugar-laden beverages that line our grocery store shelves. But instead of sugar, Sealand Birk uses xylotol and the natural sweetness of the Birch Sap from which the drink is made. There are ONLY two sweeteners on the market which my gut is able to handle, which are Stevia and xylotol. Upon doing research I was not only pleased to find Sealand Birk’s Birch Water was something I could drink, but something that could aid in my constant climb to a healthier me.
Some of its health benefits include; a strengthened immune system, natural energy boost, natural weight loss aid, kidney health and liver health. One of the most important health benefits of birch water is its ability to cleanse the liver, helping to remove some of the body’s most damaging toxins, which are ONLY processed through the liver. For instance, saturated fat, alcohol, pesticides, preservatives and triglycerides are some of our health’s most daunting enemies, but can be deeply detoxed from the body using birch sap.
I’ve been so excited to add this delicious beverage into my stringent diet. I believe that there is a natural cure for all of humanity’s ailments; therefore my journey is not just one towards becoming healthy, but becoming healed. Sealand Birk’s Birch Water has helped me get one step closer to my goal.
Author: Amber Robinson | BIRK Ambassador