Five Changes I Made To Support Our Health
My children were my inspiration to make changes to support our health. They had various health challenges, limited speech and my son had behaviour difficulties. I just could not continue living that way anymore. I looked into anything I could to help my children.

Here are the top five changes I made to support our health.
  1. I changed the food we ate. We followed the Failsafe diet  after inspiration from my Aunty with the positive results with her daughter. I found:
    • Removing salicylates helped with the my son's behaviour problems and frequent nose bleeds,
    • Removing amines helped with my daughter's speech,
    • Removing sulphites and nitrates helped with my daughter’s asthma
    • Removing dairy helped with my son’s health,
    • Removing gluten helped with my daughter’s rare medical condition and helped me maintain a healthy body weight.
The gut/brain link is huge. If the gut is unhealthy, then generally the brain will be unhealthy too. We do not follow this diet anymore, but for us it was a great start.

Now I follow these steps:
  • Drink filtered water
  • Eat good fats like butter, ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil (NO canola, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, grape seed oils)
  • Eat wide range of organic or spray free fruit and vegetables when possible
  • Introduced numerous nutritional supplements
  • Good sleep routine
  • Rarely eat processed foods
  • Removed processed sugar - I sweeten my foods with raw honey, agave, maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • Removed gluten, alcohol, caffeine
  • Removed most cow's dairy products
  • Removed preservatives, colours and flavourings
    NOTE: See a doctor or dietitian if you plan to make changes to your diet.
2. I changed all our personal care products like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, skin care, etc.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition believe cosmetics and personal hygiene products pose the highest cancer risk exposures to the general public, higher than smoking. Many years ago, I watched a fascinating 10-minute YouTube clip on the 12 most toxic ingredients in our home. The 12 products they listed were:
  • Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene Glycol
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
  • DEA Diethanolamine, MEA Monoethanolamine, TEA Triethanolamine
  • PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
  • DMDM / Urea
  • Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Baby Oil, Liquid Petroleum, Paraffin Oil, Paraffin Wax
  • Triclosan
  • Parabens (eg. Butylparaben, Methylparaben)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol
  • FD&C Colour Pigments, CI (Colour Index) (some of these are safe)
  • Fragrance, Perfume, Aroma, Parfum
    I immediately went around looking at all my products and noticing how many toxic ingredients were in them all. I was astonished! I changed our toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body washes, soaps, deodorants, floss, mouthwash, moisturiser, etc. Virtually everything that I had in my home was full of toxic ingredients. So, I started to swap out these for natural products in Young Living. I even created a PowerPoint talk on this topic which I have presented at various libraries and locations! That video was a game changer for me. So here is a video I have made with some information on this.

3. I removed toxic household cleaning products.
I use Thieves Household cleaner to clean virtually everything.
If I need a paste, I use a tablespoon of bicarb and add a few drops of Thieves Household Cleaner to make it into a paste.
The Thieves Household Cleaner is diluted before use. Put 1 ½ caps of cleaner in the 400mL bottle and fill with water. It works out at less than $1.50 a bottle (when using the 1.8L refill bottle), which is super inexpensive. This also means less plastic waste in the environment.
Thieves Household Cleaner is the best glass cleaner ever when used with a microfibre drying cloth. I also use the Thieves Dish Soap and Thieves Laundry Detergent. HINT: I get these for free with my redemption points!

The Thieves Miracle Cleaner is a great recipe too.

4. I started diffusing and topically applying Young Living Essential Oils.
The homes of housewives staying at home contain 40 per cent more toxins than those of their sisters who go out to work all day. I wanted cleaner air for us to breathe. I was cleaning everything with my young children in the home with toxic products. I love how ethical Young Living is and how they follow the strict Seed to Seal policy on all the farms and partner farms. So, I just slowly started using various oils and observed what worked with us.
My favourites are:
  • Frankincense – on my skin and flavouring my water
  • Peace and Calming – diffusing at night
  • Thieves – for cleaning and diffusing
  • Purification – when the house smelt a little musty and to clear negative energy
  • White Angelica – applying to my heart for strength, courage and protection
  • Lavender – diffusing at night and on our skin
    Which ones are your favourites?
These are two photos showing my my health journey over the last decade.
2010 vs 2020


2010 vs 2019

5. I started seeing a naturopath. She has been a guiding light of inspiration and motivation. She has a background in bioresonance therapy, naturopathy, nutrition and kinesiology. A true friend who has such a profound knowledge base. Having a professional to guide me with my health has been incredible. So grateful to have her support at these times.
This is my current list of supplements and products recommended by her that I use every DAY:
* Zinc
* Sulfurzyme
* Inner Defense
* Mega Magnesium
* OmegaGize3
* StressEase
* Probiotics
* Longevity
* White Angelica
* Frankincense
* Bush Essences
This list changes every time I see her. Usually I have a herbal concoction – but not this month. I also drink NingXia Red with Mineral Essence, and use more essential oils than recommended too. This list is an investment in my health, but I do more than this for my health needs.

Remember when ordering to put in my member number, 1109200, in the enroller and sponsor tab, or the number of the person who introduced you. My suggestion for starting is to purchase a Healthy Home Premium Starter Kit on Essential Rewards (ER - Monthly orders). 

There are so many other things we have done, but these are the top five. What steps do people take to support their own health?

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NOTE: See a doctor or dietitian if you have any symptoms or questions, and to understand what will help you for your personal circumstances. The above steps are what I did to support my health needs.
Grateful for the Image by Luisella Planeta Leoni from Pixabay

2 Comments

  1. Congrats Danielle. A well researched, coherent and informative blog. I enjoyed reading it and found it inspirational. You have achieved such great improvements in your family's health and well being. It is a joy to know you.
  2. Wonderful story, truely inspiring Danielle.
    I look forward to bringing your knowledge into my life.
    Learning always.

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