My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (2024)

One year ago, as I was making myself my second latte of the morning and wondering if I could get the kids to play quietly in the afternoon so I could take a nap, the thought hit me that I hadn’t been this tired when Sunshine was a baby.

Back then, I’d made myself one coffee a day just because I liked having a hot drink to sip when I sat down to write while she napped, and not because I desperately needed the caffeine jolt to keep me going. Sure, I now have five kids to chase instead of one, but that didn’t seem to be reason enough for my continual exhaustion.

Something more was going on. That realization was the start of my gut health journey with Plexus.

If you are also an exhausted mama, or dealing with other minor health problems like occasional depression or patches of eczema, I invite you to read my story and see if anything rings a bell with you. Over the last year, I’ve learned the many ways that gut health affects our overall health. Healing my gut has also cleared up many of the symptoms I was experiencing and brushing off as “minor” or just trying to ignore because I was too busy as a mom chasing my kids to take care of myself.

Until one day that changed, thanks to Plexus…

My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (1)

This post contains affiliate links; as a Plexus ambassador, I earn from qualifying purchases.

My Childhood

When I was growing up, my mom cooked and baked all of our food from scratch. We bought our milk (both cow’s and goat’s) directly from local dairy farmers. We raised a huge garden each summer and put up the produce ourselves in the fall. We also had an orchard of apple trees and a long line of raspberry bushes. Mom bought huge cases of fruit each fall to can. We raised our own sheep, chickens, turkeys and geese to put in the freezer. Our food was as organic and unprocessed as you could get.

We were also active as a family. My brothers and I rode our bikes all over our neighbourhood with our friends. We played baseball in the summer and hockey in the winters. We went for family walks together several times a week. In my teen years, Mom and I swam laps together twice a week. Both swimming and biking were good ways to relieve stress, so if I had a bad day, I’d often jump on my bike and ride hard for 12 to 20 km before coming home again. Family vacations involved backpacking in Jasper National Park.

Lifestyle Changes

Then I started university and, four years later, got married. I was no longer as active as I’d once been. My husband had different meal and cooking expectations, and I began buying more of the foods that he was used to eating, such as Kraft Dinner. When we both went back to university just after our second daughter’s birth, our tight budget and busy schedules further changed our eating habits. Organic? Too expensive. Baking from scratch? No time.

Those were also years of high stress. Unemployment, frequent moves, university deadlines, childcare problems, prenatal care provider concerns, and more left its toll on me. We were busy and exhausted but there wasn’t anything to do but to just keep going… one day at a time, one course at a time.

When university ended, we had a brief respite as we moved out of Family Housing to a rural rental home in Sooke. It felt like a return to my childhood. I was a stay-at-home mom again as I’d always wanted to be. We lived in a quiet, peaceful setting. I couldn’t have a garden there, but I did have more time to cook and bake again. One source of stress (university) was over, but others remained.

Fast forward to last year, when I stopped and took stock of my health and my life. I was exhausted all the time—drinking four cups of coffee a day to keep myself going, trying to sneak a nap whenever I could, and feeling bad that I was grumpy and short with my kids. I had a pesky patch of eczema on my finger that itched like crazy some days and wouldn’t go away, no matter what creams I tried. I had a few “bad days” (I didn’t want to call them depression) every few weeks, and dreaded December and January because my depression tended to get worse then.

My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (2)

A Naturopath’s Advice

I had tried seeing my family doctor about my eczema. I spent more time in his waiting room than in his office. He barely glanced at my finger when I said it was itchy, diagnosed eczema, and gave me a prescription. I didn’t bother filling the prescription; I already knew it didn’t work, because my husband had the same prescription and I’d already tried it. I’d also tried other over-the-counter creams that I had from Jade’s bout with eczema as a toddler; nothing had really helped make my own eczema go away.

Next, I tried a naturopath recommended by a friend of mine. She spent an hour listening to my health concerns and asking questions about my history. She recommended several supplements and cleanses to help with my eczema and exhaustion. She suggested giving up eggs, as she found that eggs often caused eczema among her clients.

I said, “Okay.” Eggs are nice but not necessary.

Then she added, “You could also try taking dairy out of your diet.” At the look on my face, she laughed and said, “It’s probably dairy.”

I followed her advice. I took the supplements, did the cleanses, and gave up dairy and eggs. I had more energy and my eczema cleared up. I tried a few eggs. No reaction from my skin. I had a latte. My eczema flared up, just as itchy as before. I discovered that I liked coconut milk lattes, but it was hard to find substitutes for cheese and yogurt. Our grocery bill was going up as I tried different non-dairy products. It was stressful to plan a dairy-free menu, and to avoid dairy when the rest of the family was still drinking it.

Avoiding dairy didn’t feel like solving a problem, however. I felt like I was missing something. My exhaustion, eczema and depressions were symptoms. Even my food intolerance was a symptom. But a symptom of what? What was causing all these health problems for me? How did I get to the root of the problem?

That’s where my friend Alissa and Plexus came in.

A Friend Introduces Me to Plexus

My childhood friend Alissa had been posting about her journey with Plexus for a couple years. These natural supplements had revolutionized her health. Like me, she was a mom of five kids (with one in heaven) who had also moved a few times. Now, we were both living in BC and homeschooling our kids. She knew the “mom exhaustion” as well as I did, and had experienced various other health problems. She traced most of these back to the antibiotics she’d taken during and after each of her pregnancies.

While I appreciated what Alissa shared, I kept telling myself I was pretty healthy. I’d rarely taken antibiotics. Yet as I looked at the supplements I was taking from my naturopath, and thought about the health concerns I’d brushed off for so many years, I realized I wasn’t as healthy as I thought.

When I looked back to the healthy lifestyle I’d grown up with, and how that had changed once I got married and started having kids, I could see how my gut health had also been impacted. Antibiotics affect our gut microbiome, but so do diet and stress (and many other factors). My dry skin, depression and exhaustion were little messages from my body, trying to tell me that something wasn’t right.

My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (4)

When I mentioned to Alissa what I was going through, she encouraged me to try Plexus. I decided it couldn’t hurt. I could get my supplements from my naturopath, or I could get them through a friend and support a fellow work-at-home mom. I’d already tried and loved one Plexus product—the Joyome Essentials lotions. Plus, Alissa had shared some pretty fantastic Plexus testimonials with me. I couldn’t wait to see what results Plexus would have for me!

Plexus: The Health & Happiness Company

Plexus promotes deep down health, not just quick change. Their products are based on the latest science and health research and are the highest quality non-GMO, 100% vegetarian, and gluten free wherever possible. Plexus supplements pave the way to better digestive health and feed your system to benefit the body and mind. They balance your blood sugar, reduce your inflammation, and improve your gut health to create a healthier, happier YOU.

Our gut microbiomes are like a garden. Symptoms are like thistles that crop up in our garden. Many of us are trying to do things to get those thistles out of the garden. Maybe you’re apply steroid creams to your eczema like I did, or popping over-the-counter allergy medicines. However, instead of rooting out the thistles, we’re just chopping off the head. The roots are still there and the thistles keep growing.

Plexus goes to the root of the problem by getting rid of bad bacteria and feeding good bacteria to restore balance to your gut microbiome and restore your overall health.

My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (5)

As I look back on my Plexus journey from the vantage point of one year, I can see the huge difference it has made in my life. My eczema is gone and I’m once again drinking regular lattes and eating all the cheese and yogurt I want.

I’m no longer an exhausted mama; I’m back to my get-it-all-done self (on most days—sometimes I still stay up a bit too late and pay the price, or get woken up by a restless toddler too many times, but on a daily basis, my energy is back to normal).

And my depression? I can’t remember the last bad day I had. December and January flew past without my usual winter blues. That is huge for me.

If you are dealing with any of the symptoms of leaky gut… even minor symptoms such as mine… I’d recommend doing some research. Type your health problem plus leaky gut into a search bar and see what you can learn. Over the last year, I’ve been amazed at how many health problems are connected to one part of my body… that’s right, my gut!!!

Taking care of my gut, and healing my gut microbiome, has been slowly helping my other health problems. Some symptoms (like my eczema) cleared up right away, while other symptoms (like my irregular cycle) are taking longer to adjust. I remind myself that this is a journey; I didn’t wreck my gut overnight and I won’t fix it overnight, but I’m happy to be on the path to a healthier, happier me.

If you want to know more about gut health and whether Plexus could help you, I’d be happy to chat!

If you’re ready to jump into your own Plexus gut health journey, please connect with me so that I can help you customize the products to your needs!

My Year with Plexus: How Healing My Gut Changed My Life (2024)


How long does it take for the plexus to start working? ›

Plexus Block starts working immediately and works while it travels down your digestive system with the food you consume.

What happens when your gut starts healing? ›

The biggest way to tell if your leaky gut is healing is when your energy and vitality have returned, you've regained mental clarity, your mood has improved, you've returned to your ideal weight, and you feel like your best self. It's important to remember that, as with most health concerns, gut health is on a spectrum.

How does the plexus help your gut? ›

The Lean supplement contains prebiotic fiber from polydextrose, which, according to the company's website, enhances the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Polydextrose has been found to promote health gut bacteria and even improve cognitive function ( 12 , 13 ).

Do you lose weight when you heal your gut? ›

Can improving your gut health help with weight loss? Gut health is important for your digestion, immune system, mental health, and more. Research suggests that improving the health of your gut can help with your weight loss goals.

Does the Plexus help with inflammation? ›

Anti-inflammatory Herbal Medicine. Plexus Ease contains natural ingredients that can help ease the occasional discomforts of an active lifestyle, like joint pain. Maintain your good health and relieve discomfort, with Plexus Ease.

What are the long term effects of the Plexus? ›

As with cases of brachial plexus injury in adults, there are many long-term effects of brachial plexus injury at birth. In severe cases, these can include issues with balance and coordination, arm strength, lower body strength and severe range of motion limitations.

What are the 4 stages of gut healing? ›

There are many factors that can lead to a disturbance in gut function. The four R's protocol (Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair) works to address the underlying causes of imbalance and aids in alleviating symptoms.

How do you know if your gut is working? ›

When your gut functions properly, there's a good balance of bacteria helping your body process and get energy from the foods you eat, clear toxins, fight against disease, and boost your mood. You're also free of symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, loose stools, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy gut? ›

While we cannot use one specific measure for our gut health , some signs that you may have poor gut health include:
  • digestive symptoms – such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and heartburn.
  • sleep disturbances or fatigue.
  • mood/emotional state – such as high stress, low mood or anxiety.
Mar 23, 2023

What does the pink drink from plexus do? ›

The company's marketing says this product helps reduce hunger, promote weight loss, enhance satiety, and support healthy glucose metabolism.

Why was plexus banned? ›

Health and Treatment Claims

The FDA issued a warning to Plexus in 2014 after it found that the company was marketing several products, including BioClense, ProBio5 and Fast Relief, illegally as drugs because it was making claims that the products could treat certain health conditions.

What are the 4 important plexus? ›

Nerve Plexuses of the Body There are four main nerve plexuses in the human body. The cervical plexus supplies nerves to the posterior head and neck, as well as to the diaphragm. The brachial plexus supplies nerves to the arm. The lumbar plexus supplies nerves to the anterior leg.

What happened when I healed my gut? ›

The benefits of healing your gut include a strong immune system, improved digestion, and an overall sense of well-being.

How long does gut healing take? ›

How long does it take to heal your gut? If you don't have any chronic conditions or food sensitivities, you could heal a not-so-perfect gut in as little as two weeks or as long as 12 weeks.

How to reset your gut to lose weight? ›

Eating a gut-friendly diet that contains plenty of fiber, prebiotics, and fermented foods rich in probiotics can help the beneficial bacteria in your gut to thrive. Our data shows that eating for your unique microbiome and metabolism can lead to weight loss without counting calories or restricting how much you eat.

Does the Plexus work to lose weight? ›

Clinical trials have not supported these statements, so there is no evidence that these claims are true. Historically, Plexus was called out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for making unsubstantiated health claims.

How often should you do Plexus reset? ›

at least every 90 days, but no more often than once a month, or before or after any life event where your body and mind need a reset. protein, energy, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals.

How to take Plexus products for best results? ›

Plexus Gut Health

Take up to four capsules at bedtime, until desired results are achieved. How and when to take Plexus Slim__® Microbiome Activating: Adults pour one packet of Slim Microbiome Activating into 12-20 oz. of water, shake well, and drink 30-60 minutes before a meal. Use Slim 1 – 2 times per day.

How long does it take Plexus block to work? ›

When will I have some relief of pain? You will have immediate relief of pain. After the neurolytic celiac plexus block you might experience some more discomfort after the first day for about up to seven days.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Fredrick Kertzmann

Last Updated:

Views: 6328

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (46 voted)

Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Fredrick Kertzmann

Birthday: 2000-04-29

Address: Apt. 203 613 Huels Gateway, Ralphtown, LA 40204

Phone: +2135150832870

Job: Regional Design Producer

Hobby: Nordic skating, Lacemaking, Mountain biking, Rowing, Gardening, Water sports, role-playing games

Introduction: My name is Fredrick Kertzmann, I am a gleaming, encouraging, inexpensive, thankful, tender, quaint, precious person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.