What I learnt from living with Anaemia (Iron deficiency) and how I healed myself

 

As always, my intention is to share so openly and authentically with you sister, with the hope that it will inspire YOU to live your best life EVER. So in saying that, let me take you back to about 6 months ago. I was doing pretty much everything I do now, grateful and absolutely in love with my life, to have the ability to do what I do every single day.

I get up, train with my darling man, come home and cook a nourishing brekkie, meditate, journal, and then get myself ready for the day, to work with incredible women like you around the world (literally)While I was doing all of these things, the stuff that fills my soul right up, something still just didn’t feel right…even with all of the meditating, nourishing foods, juicing, exercise, you name it girlfriend, I was doing all of the right things, a lot of the time I felt:

– Flat

– Exhausted

– Foggy

– Physically weak

– Emotional and extra sensitive

– My immunity was down

– Family and friends kept telling me I looked pale

– I was experiencing rapid and irregular heartbeats throughout the day, and felt breathless often

and I just didn’t feel sharp or switched on.

 

I didn’t feel like me. Something wasn’t right, but I just didn’t know what. A couple of months went by, and I gradually became worse and worse. The tiredness became so extreme, to the point sometimes I physically struggled to get myself out of bed in the mornings, and no matter how much sleep I got, I would wake up exhausted and remain exhausted for the whole entire day. It was just making me really miserable, but being the type ‘A’ personality I am, I just kept going, and pushed myself every day to ‘suck it up’ and keep going!

Until one day I fell sick with the flu AGAIN, and I said to myself ‘Alissa, enough is enough! How can you be a leader and example to other women, when you aren’t taking proper care of yourself?’  So I (begrudgingly) took myself to my doctor. I told her what had been going on, and she wanted me to have a blood test.

A few days went by, and my doctor called me quite concerned, and said ‘Alissa, you need to get back in here, your Iron is extremely low. You are considered Anaemic’ I got off the phone and I felt shattered to say the least. Here I am, someone who religiously looks after themselves every day, was anaemic. It was also the answer to all my problems. This on the other hand, gave me a sigh of relief, because I knew what the problem was, and I knew it was reversible if I was committed to healing it. So I did.

Even though I have a holistic approach to healing 90% of the time, I went on a course of Iron tablets for about 2 months, because I knew I had no other choice at this point, and I wasn’t going to play around with my health. I do believe prescribed medication has it’s place in this world, and it is important to be smart when it comes to our choices. I also increased my Iron intake through my diet, while continuing to do everything else I was doing to nourish my temple daily. I went back for a few more blood tests so my doctor could keep track of my progress, and within ONE WEEK, I could not believe the energy I felt again! I felt brighter, more awake and generally better all over. Within two months, I was completely healed, my iron was back in a healthy range, and I no longer had to take my iron tablets. It honestly felt like a flippin’ miracle! I could not believe for so long, I just put up with feeling how I felt. I was so used to it, that it just became a part of me, and it didn’t have to be.

Although Anaemia is something that is very common in women, it is something that needs to be taken seriously, and that’s why I wanted to talk about it today. So many of us women suffer from it, yet we don’t really talk about it much, when it is something that can be healed so easily for most of us. Iron plays such a crucial part in our daily bodily function, especially in us females! You can read up why iron is so important HERE at WebMD.com*

If it is left untreated, it can become very dangerous, and threatening to our health. A part from anything, as you can see from how I felt on a daily basis, it just saps your quality of life, and that is not something I want for you, which is why I wanted to bring some awareness to it through my blog today. I want to help you realise, that if you suffer from Anaemia, or know someone that does, it really is treatable and can be healed in such a short period of time, as long as you are, like I said, committed to healing it. SO many women suffer from Anaemia all around the world, yet some just learn to live with it, and it doesn’t have to be that way beautiful, it really doesn’t.

It all comes down to prioritising YOU, your health and wellbeing. Putting yourself first, because as you know, when we don’t look after ourselves, we are never going to show up as our best self to our loved ones, and that is exactly what was happening with me. Although I wanted to, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give 100% of me, until I healed what needed to be healed. It’s not about ‘soldiering on’ and turning in to Wonder Women. Our bodies are incredible, and have a way of telling us when it needs our undivided love and attention, and it is our absolute responsibility, to love ourselves enough, to listen to our body, and take care of it like nothing else. We are only given one earth suit in this life time, and to me, that is a freakin’ privilege in itself. It is our duty to look after it!

You are not here to settle for a mediocre life gorgeous, so why would you settle for one!?

Are you making sure, every single day, that you are looking after you, and making the best possible decisions for yourself moment to moment, when it comes to your health? Or do you turn a blind eye and live in denial (which is what I did for a few months) in the hope that it will just go away, or it will miraculously fix itself. I hate to break it to you girlfriend, it ain’t going to. Know that you are SO worthy of feeling healthy, blissful, happy and full of energy every single day, but it takes a decision from you, to make that next step.

*Resources: WebMD.com

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