In the exciting run-up to the Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre opening its doors, I’m spending some time reflecting on the journey that has led me to where I am today.

Suffering with Low-Self Esteem, Skin Conditions, Weight Gain and Brain Fog.

Growing up, I was always the shy one. I lacked self-confidence – something which wasn’t particularly helped by my skin condition. Eczema followed me throughout my teenage years, into adulthood and got even worse when I began (what I thought would be) my lifelong career as an accountant. Long working hours spent inside the office led to me becoming overweight and I suffered from brain fog and felt unhappy.

If this story sounds familiar, the next part may well ring true too…

Making Lifestyle Changes

One day, I decided enough was enough – it was time to make some changes. I improved my diet and began running. The exercise routine and a healthier lifestyle made me feel much better – and yet I was still overweight and my skin was still suffering.

I didn’t know where I was going wrong so I started to do some research. After much deliberation, I decided to try a juice fast and colonic hydrotherapy. I know, I know – it all sounds quite extreme but by this point, I was desperate.

My First Juice Fast and Colonic Irrigation Treatment

Following my first juice fast and course of colonic hydrotherapy treatments, I just couldn’t believe the results. Within two months, my skin had totally cleared up and the pounds were just dropping off. I was so happy with my progress and started to feel more confident in myself. At the time, I still didn’t really know why these treatments had worked so well for me until I began learning about Functional Medicine.

What is Functional Medicine?

In a nutshell, Functional Medicine is a personalized form of treatment that considers the body as a whole. Instead of concentrating on diagnosis, Functional Medicine checks for imbalances in the body, then removes the bad and adds in the good, to help bring back balance. By following my first ever detox program all those years ago, I cleared out the accumulated toxins within my body, which also worked to rebalance the beneficial flora in my intestine.

Now, you’re probably wondering how this relates to my eczema – well, as Hippocrates wisely once said “All Disease Begins in the Gut”. Which is why it’s so important to pay attention and take good care of it. From this first step, I began learning more about Functional Medicine and the important role it can play in providing answers to problems like excessive weight gain, recurring skin conditions, sluggishness and other issues.

The Start of a New Journey

We all know change isn’t easy but sometimes it’s exactly what’s needed. I got to a point where I didn’t know what else I could do to make things better and that desperation of my own unique situation is what led me to seek out Functional Medicine – and looking back, I’m so glad that it did because it’s what led me to my purpose and the start of a new journey:

The Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre.

I hope you’ll join me.

Written by Andrea Okos