Metabolic Health & Autoimmune Disease

Disclaimer: I personally use the MetaPWR system and am a wellness advocate with dōTERRA. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. I’m sharing my personal experience with products. As always, please consult with your healthcare team when incorporating new products into your healthcare routine.

What is metabolic health? And how does metabolic health affect autoimmune disease?

On the main page of my MetaHEALING program, I go over the concept of metabolic health but let’s get into it a bit further here.

Definition of Metabolism

According to this study found in the National Library of Medicine, “there is little consensus on the definitions of metabolic health.” However, we do have a definition of metabolism.

Let’s take it one step further and look at the definition found on the National Cancer Institute‘s website.

So if we want to improve our metabolic health, we are looking to improve our metabolism. But what does that mean? How can we look to support our cells in making energy, and provide the right material for our cells to grow, and reproduce, while generally staying healthy? Since metabolism is also a driver in reducing our toxic load there are so many benefits to improving our metabolic health for the sake of our overall health.

Metabolism & Autoimmune Disease

We know according to Healthline, that “Poor metabolic health increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.” I’d like to infer that poor metabolic health also does nothing for those with autoimmune diseases and puts us at risk for even more health problems.

When it comes to autoimmune disease there are so many cases where we understand that the disease progresses due to attacks on healthy cells. I’ve always been of the mindset that if I take care of my body to the best of my ability and create an environment where my cells “don’t get confused” then I’m increasing my chances of having fewer “autoimmune attacks” over my lifetime.

I also understand that improving one’s metabolic health can lead to decreases in inflammation in the body. Which we also know to be detrimental to those living with autoimmune diseases.

So at the end of the day, having healthy cells and decreasing inflammation is enough for me to know that improving my metabolic health is important to me.

Health Pillars

When I was first diagnosed with MS back in 2014, I started taking care of myself based on 6 health pillars.

  1. Digestive Health & Nutrition
  2. Supplementation
  3. Movement
  4. Sleep
  5. Stress Management
  6. Reduce Toxic Load

When I was introduced to the new dōTERRA MetaPWR system in September of 2022 I was really excited because they were speaking my language around health care but adding one more category that I hadn’t factored into my self-care health pillars.

Metabolic-Health-Factors

I had already covered healthy eating, daily movement, stress management, and smart supplementation in my routine. I hadn’t factored in healthy connections into a pillar of health before. While I’ve prioritized connections and friendships in my life, I have definitely let these fall by the wayside to prioritize other self-care tactics.

Ok but let me take a step back first…

Metabolism Influences

For me my energy has been super low since the twins were born, I’m holding onto postpartum weight gain, our sleep is sometimes interrupted with toddlers and I’ve definitely had days filled with brain fog. So my motivations for increasing my metabolic health are two-fold. One just better quality of life and two better quality of life while living with an autoimmune disease. I never want to have to worry about MS attacks in the future.

So What Can We Do To Improve Our Metabolic Health?

Healthy Eating

I won’t be prescribing any certain way of eating but I’ll ask you a few questions you can journal on to decide if you want to focus on improving your nutrition.

  • Are you eating anything that causes digestive discomfort?
  • Do you have healthy poops?
  • Are you dealing with indigestion, gas, or bloating?
  • Are you conscious of the nutrients you’re eating?
  • Are you conscious about eating a balance of macronutrients?
  • Are you eating anything that you know is not serving you?

Daily Movement

Are you moving your body at least 30 mins a day?

When I started taking the MetaPWR system which I’ll share about more in a second, I promised myself that I was going to be consistent with daily walks with my husband and our dogs every morning. In addition, I started a workout challenge where I was working out at least 4 days a week. I know that the consistency of these resistance and bodyweight training workouts is serving me well. I’m continuing them into 2023 and sharing some goals over in this post.

Stress Management

My go-to stress management tools are:

  • Movement (Workouts & Walks)
  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Epsom Salt Baths
  • Infrared Sauna
  • Diffusing Essential Oils
  • Talk Therapy
  • Orgasms
  • Breathwork

Do you have daily or weekly practices that allow you to rest and decompress?

Do you have tools that you use when you find yourself dealing with acute situations?

Connections

Are you prioritizing time with friends or loved ones where you are phones down, face to face?

Smart Supplementation

I’ve always been a fan of testing my blood to discover my deficiencies and then nourishing and supplementing as necessary. But I haven’t been taking anything specific to metabolic health.

Introducing the MetaPWR System. This system was launched during dōTERRA’s annual convention in September 2022 and I couldn’t have been more excited to try them.

MetaPWR-Enrollment-Kit

dōTERRA launched 6 products within the system that include:

MetaPWR Essential Oil Blend, Beadlets, Softgels & Gum, MetaPWR Assist & MetaPWR Advantage

I have been taking the product for 90 days now. Consistently since September 19, 2022 for 30 days and then slightly inconsistently for 60 days over November and December as we’ve been battling sickness in our health on and off this fall/winter season with the kids catching all manner of colds from other kids at gymnastics.

My MetaPWR Routine

I take a MetaPWR softgel at breakfast, an Assist with lunch or dinner, a drop of the MetaPWR blend in my first Yeti of water in the morning and the Advantage as an Adrenal Cocktail mid-morning.

Adrenal Cocktail Recipe:

  • 1 Orange Freshly Juiced
  • Top Mason Jar with Coconut Water
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 MetaPWR Advantage whisked in

My MetaPWR Results So Far

However, I’ve noticed an amazing difference. I’m starting to shed the weight I gain post-pregnancy.

The brain fog has lifted and my energy has increased so that I’m feeling lighter after work and able to engage with my family before we put the twins to bed at 7:30 pm.


Get Started With MetaPWR

The dōTERRA team that I’m a part of is hosting a class on Monday, January 9th at 8 pm ET. Come learn about metabolic health and all about the MetaPWR system.

Or if that day and time doesn’t work for you, you can watch a recording of the class here:

I will be running a 30-day program using the MetaPWR system products starting January 30th called MetaHEALING. Have a look at the page which includes ordering details. If you’re interested in joining us to increase your metabolic health in a way that feels nourishing for someone living with an autoimmune disease I’d love to have you!

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