From Life Support To Thriving: My Take On A Toxic Body
I wake up, bid farewell to my husband, Ivan, who is London bound for a meeting, take my supplements with a healthy shake and I am reminded about how far I have come with my health. Now residing in Norfolk with a beautiful baby boy named Flint and a supportive husband, I feel grateful for this moment. But it hasn’t always been picture perfect like this.
Growing up I battled consistently with major health issues. My only solace was escapism to the arts—I grew up dancing, acting and singing in numerous shows. Not long after I arrived into this world I was on a life support machine at 9 months old for two weeks having suffered an asthma attack. We had just visited the circus and my mum at the time couldn't drive so a taxi driver kindly led the way. A minute late and my visit to this world would have been brief. From then on I was on huge amounts of medication not just from the asthma but from severe eczema too. Only one friend would hold my eczema risen fingers and that was my dancing partner Michael Stojko. I learnt to handle the pain and breathlessness for many years but things started to get worse. At 16, just before my GCSES, I was rushed to the hospital one spring morning at 4am. Half my brain went dead and my left lung collapsed. I was in an induced coma for three weeks with a 50/50 chance of making it. Before they were about to switch off the machines I started to come round and my condition began to improve. I went on to do my GSCS and proud to say that I received straight As. I wouldn't let me health hold me back and I am very grateful to all the doctors and nurses at the Queen’s Medical Centre for saving my life.
Life went on and I became very successful in my acting career landing west end shows and TV regulars for BBC but still suffered behind the scenes. Again in my early 20s I was rushed to the hospital with what the Royal Free Hospital could only describe as an ‘unknown skin condition.’
It wasn’t until I met Ivan, now my husband, that things started to turn around. I had never met anyone so aware and well read up on good health and well-being. Rather than adhering to what was said by doctors, health practitioners and nutritionalists, he would hurry home and research ALL the data, false and truthful—against common sense—as well as understand and know the ingredients of various drugs, vitamins and supplements. He put me on a whole food supplement product daily, I was introduced to the world of fresh cooking (yes, I am a lucky gal—he is an incredible chef too!) and I was encouraged to get my silver fillings removed (silver fillings are 50% mercury) by a top dentist called Graeme Munro Hall and Munro Hall clinic in Bedford. The results were nothing short of miraculous but completely made utter sense to us. My body was filled with toxic waste! 9 mercury filings, not enough raw fruits and veg with enough nutrients for the body, years of processed foods and I was on supplements and vitamins that were synthetic—again processed and not what the body could assimilate to good use.
The next month Ivan supported me through a huge detox. I was coughing up so much grey matter and phlegm (sorry readers!). I had never smoked but I sounded like an ex smoker! The clinic put me on a v-tox as as well a boost of vitC via intra-venus to mop up any heavy metals. The hospital too previously found I was deficient in VitC. Then one day after that intense detoxing period of time I felt like I had my health and body back. It was like someone had switched on the light. My allergies and asthma disappeared 90%. I don't even need moisturiser after a bath because my pores could even breath. We became pregnant quickly and the birth was liberating. I needed zero drugs or gas and air. Previously, I couldn't have imagined giving birth due to the state of my lungs. It has been a tough life, a long journey for us but I just believed every day that there was a route to better health.
Now, we are planning our next addition to the family. In the meantime Ivan and I hold numerous foodie get-togethers, and yes his cooking still stands as some of the best foods I've ever tasted with the added value that it is mostly paleo based. We love to dance jive together, Ivan loves to play flamenco guitar, Flint is a little star and I continue with my acting work. Ivan and I also have opened our own health and well-being business which is taking off. It seems the world is changing and in a potentially toxic planet people are beginning to turn to Mother Nature’s solutions—and from my experience of giving birth to Flint… boy! is she powerful! There is a deeper growl that neither myself and Ivan has ever heard during labour and we have had our fair share of typical arguments so he's heard me growl! But as a family—getting back in touch with common sense, scientific fact and nature is the best thing we have ever done for ourselves.
My tips for a toxic free life:
1) Keep to raw wholefoods as much as possible.
2) No processed food or sugar.
3) Buy a reverse osmosis water system for drinking water.
4) Also a whole house filter for showers and baths are great to eliminate chlorine.
5) Look after your teeth! Floss every day and keep away from any silver fillings. Enquire and research what material the dentist is putting into the filling.
6) Keep away from synthetic vitamins. Mare sure they are actually vitamins.
Hello! My name is Rebecca actress and owner of This Crazy Momma Life about health and well being. My husband owns a print factory/business up in Alysham, Norfolk. We have a gorgeous 15 month year old called Flint! We live quite a boho life behind the busy veneer. Flamenco brought us together - Ivan plays classic flamenco guitar and I dance flamenco. We LOVE food as part of livingness and fun! Ivan cooks the most incredible fresh dishes and has recently really gotten into Argentinian cooking. Don’t be surprised to find a chicken hung over our open fire if you visit! I’ve just opened my health business and run 10 day detoxing plans online— kickstarting your life into healthy living. We love to jive, read coaching books, play endlessly with our boy Flint. We have big plans but aim to remain humble, healthy and happy