It’s time to have Laura Frontiero aka The Gut Genie back because there is so much to update you on from my total detox journey. I get A LOT of questions coming in on social media when I share what I am doing for MY detox with you wondering what YOU need to be doing. I know who I go to with those questions and I figured I would just have her on so you can hear it first hand! I have learned SO MUCH from her over the last year that has truly transformed my life and even my business! If you know, I just launched my Total Body Thrive MIDLIFE version and I say MIDLIFE version because I have learned so much over the last year as I navigate my 50s that I had to completely redo my Thrive program to incorporate what I learned and to bring these experts in for you.
If you missed the former episodes with Laura you can listen to them (Parasites! Do We Have Them and What to do About Them and I Did a Parasite Cleanse, Here is What Happened) – but the long and short of my journey is that about a year ago I was struggling with a lot of things in my body and I was chalking it all up to being in menopause – a little bit of weight gain, massive hot flashes, tired, foggy headed, etc. The red flag for Laura was that I started having blood sugar issues. Yep, even as someone who eats SUPER healthy. Diabetes runs in my family and my doctor had put me on a continuous glucose monitor. No matter HOW STRICT I was being (I even tried keto), I still could not get my blood sugar under control. My doctor(s) at the time told me to start taking metformin, which I refused to do…and then fortunately Laura interrupted my spiral and said, “Did you know that your gut and parasites can cause blood sugar dysregulation?” to which another friend and expert Sinclair Kennally ALSO said the exact same thing!
I thought they were whackanoodle LOL – someone like me who eats so perfectly can’t possibly have parasites. But…they kind of caught my attention! I decided to take the gut test that Laura told me to take…and come to find out…I had THREE parasites!
Why Not Antibiotics for Parasite Clearing?
When we found the parasites, my doctor told me to start taking a heavy round of antibiotics, but with my intention being to HELP my gut, that sounded completely counterintuitive because antibiotics destroy our gut even more! Yes you can use antibiotics to treat the parasites…but taking antibiotics is like dropping a bomb into your body and it doesn’t just go after the bad guys – it also goes after the GOOD guys responsible for digestion, making our hormones, making our brain neurotransmitters. Taking antibiotics can create a cascade of issues: from anxiety or depression, to hormonal imbalances, to digestion issues, and more. There IS a time and a place for antibiotics – but they are NOT the best and only solution for every little thing! Fortunately, with parasite cleansing, there IS a better, safer way to prevent so much destruction in your body.
Laura masterfully designs custom gut protocols depending on what YOUR issue is specifically. I know that when I started MY personal protocol she made for me, my blood sugars completely regulated within 2 weeks! And not only did my blood sugar regulate, a lot of my other mysterious symptoms resolved, too! I started dropping fat I didn’t know I could lose, I started getting my mental clarity back, I got my energy back, I started feeling REALLY good…thinking I had conquered the world lol. But Laura reminded me that actuallllllllly the parasites had to have been feeding on something to begin with….so there was likely MORE that I needed to address.
Parasites Feed On Toxins Like Heavy Metal and Mold…
Parasites are not there for no reason. Our immune system is equipped to remove these when we are exposed. We have been living with them for thousands of years – but nowadays our immune systems are overwhelmed with all of the toxins we are exposed to that when bacteria or parasites come in, we struggle to solve it on our own. This is why toxin city related syndromes are becoming SO prevalent. What happens is that our immune systems allow the parasites to live in our biome because they quite literally FEED off the bad toxins and in a sense, are “helping” the immune system.
I didn’t know that I had any sources of “toxins” for them to be feeding on…until I found the black mold in our house and the rupture in my breast implants. In addition, we found toxins from my gel nail polish, my lash glue, plastics, and more!
There Is An Art to Safely Clearing Parasites
Laura has designed her process in the particular manner in which she has designed it for a reason. She focuses on helping to support our systems and to OPEN our toxin clearing pathways BEFORE we kill the parasites so that we can SAFELY and GENTLY prep our bodies to release the toxins they are holding on to without feeling super sick (like you got the flu or hit by a bus) from doing so (known as a Herxheimer reaction). Since parasites are feeding off toxins in our body, inside of parasites, you will find all of these toxins! If you rush into killing parasites but your pathways are not open, they will have no route to leave the body and can make you feel sick. This is also why when you ask me “what is the parasite cleanse” I really can’t give you a cookie cutter answer. There is prep work involved and the “cleanse” is custom made for what shows up specifically on YOUR test.
Your Gut and Parasites
Your gut microbiome is NOT just for digesting food. It has a lot more purpose, and one of these, is to aid in the elimination of spent estrogen within your body. When it gets used, it’s packaged in the liver and sent into the intestines to be excreted. But when your gut microbiome is imbalanced, there is an enzyme in your gut that opens up that “garbage bag” into your gut. Your microbiome is ALSO responsible for helping to create NEW hormones and neurotransmitters.
Taking Toxin Tests
A lot of practitioners will tell you to take a toxin test without doing some prep work first. The problem with this is that your body actually stores toxins away from your precious organs – usually in fat cells. Even if you’re not overweight, they can still be stored in fat cells. Without first gentle coaxing the toxins OUT of their cozy fat hiding place, the toxin test is going to be a lie. It will NOT be showing you a clear picture of all the toxins you are packing away in your body because they will still be packed away in your fat! This is why it’s REALLY super important that your practitioner has a way to help you gently coax them out BEFORE doing the testing so you are not wasting your time, money, effort, AND so you have a clear picture of what is actually going on inside of you.
This and SO much more on this episode!
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Laura Frontiero, FNP-BC, has served thousands of patients as a Nurse Practitioner over the last 22 years. Her work in the health industry marries both traditional and functional medicine.
Laura’s wellness programs help her high-performing clients boost energy, renew mental focus, feel great in their bodies, and be productive again. Her belief is that to create optimal wellness, first we need to identify and clear the root causes of our health problems, usually toxins and chronic infections, then eliminate inflammation, and restore gut and mitochondria health.
Her signature system helps reclaim what she calls the “Energy Edge”. For each person it’s a unique journey back to their peak mental, physical and biological performance. When your body is bio-optimized, and you’re operating at your “Energy Edge”, you are unstoppable, productive, happy, and fulfilled.
In addition to clinical medicine, Laura is passionate about educating her clients; she’s also a Master Leadership Trainer who has mentored hundreds of students on shifting mindset and being responsible for their own health. Her mission is to help them navigate the myths in modern medicine, eliminate negative self-limiting beliefs, remove toxins from the body, and restore health for peak performance.
In this episode, you will learn:
- The importance of gut health
- How you can regulate your hormones
- Increasing nutrient absorption and eliminating toxins
- Where toxins come from, like make up, paint and even clothing
- First steps to treating imbalances
- The proper plan and patience required in healing