My Inside Tracker Results are back!
While I was nervous for a completely awful outcome, I will admit..I wasn’t prepared for what my results revealed!
I won’t divulge all of the information; yes, I get personal, but some things I prefer to keep between myself and I 😉
The levels that I knew were going to be slightly lower were my iron, more importantly ferritin as well as my vitamin D levels. I figured as much being a long distance runner/nursing mom. I take a vegan form of iron that always seems to boost my levels where they need to be. But, in the past when my iron was low…I wasn’t also feeding a human being along with running higher mileage on a regular basis…so I am going to have to get creative about upping my iron in more ways than supplement form.
Vitamin D will hopefully improve with summer and getting more sun. I plan on buying a sun lamp for the winter months so that my boys and I can keep our levels up without having to supplement.
What I wasn’t expecting was testosterone levels that my husband would be proud of as well as high folic acid.
Why do I think this is?
Most woman struggle with androgens, such as testosterone, being high when they are dealing with PCOS. I however, don’t struggle with PCOS as well as having all the signs and symptoms of high testosterone levels, (excess facial hair, acne, thinning hair on my head)…so I was really surprised by the results….it just didn’t strike myself as an overtly testorone-ee girl.
However, I do have an incredible amount of stress in my life and I have put a lot of stress on my body in the past, (having two babies, nursing beyond 2 years with each, an eating disorder, running marathons, moving, death of parent…the list goes on). I have been struggling with less than optimal insulin response lately along with this and I am convinced my adrenals are shot and need some major TLC! oh yea! adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance…they all go hand-in-hand with higher testosterone levels too, (disclaimer…this is not medical advice! always seek a health care provider before you take someone’s word for truth!)
What is my plan of action?
First, while I think Inside Tracker is an invaluable tool for some…I think there are some critical flaws in their systems and I am not going to loose sleep over their test results or recommendations, (like upping soy…umm, that was a little outdated for something so “cutting edge”). I am also going to treat this test like any other….look at the bigger picture and pick one thing at a time I can work on to improve. I plan on taking some steps towards babying my adrenals by:
- making a tea out of essential adaptogenic herbs that support and nourish the adrenals; I will be drinking this tea daily for 6 weeks and then I will take a break.
- adding vitamin C and himalayan salt to my water, (want to know why? click here).
- really TRYING to cut back on my sugar intake. I have to admit this one is hard…especially since I have started upping my mileage again…you get tired and sugar is an unfortunate/easy quick-fix.
- continue to eat quality, higher fat foods, (avocado, walnuts, salmon, chia seed….) to hopefully help rebalance my hormone levels
- probably the hardest and most important change will be to transition Trout into only nursing at night. I cannot keep nursing him on demand and I think he will be more than okay if he only gets my milk at night…he will still be getting all those lovely antibodies that I provide).
I hope I did not discourage you from trying Inside Tracker for yourself. Overall, it was an invaluable tool/catalyst that set change towards a healthier me into motion, (I have been making changes sporadically, but seeing something on paper is just so sobering/motivating for me). I always encourage anyone to be an active participant in their own health and using tools like Inside Tracker is a great way to take a step in that direction.