Women In Wellness: Bridgit Danner of Hormone Detox Shop on the Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing
An Interview With Candice Georgiadis
Cry, then choose joy. It’s ok to feel all the feelings and vent to your friends. But then pivot and go for a great bike ride or sing with your kids. Having fun is a choice.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bridgit Danner.
Bridgit Danner has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner since 2015. After losing everything to toxic mold, Bridgit now educates about toxins on how to detoxify with a functional healthcare approach through her online community at bridgitdanner.com. She is also the author of The Ultimate Toxic Mold Recovery Guide: Take Back Your Home, Health & Life, available on Amazon.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
Sure! I was actually an environmentalist since I was a young child, which got me interested in practicing natural medicine. I envisioned teaching people about green living in the evenings in my clinic.
But I moved to Portland, Oregon, already quite a green city, and was more focused on growing my skills and helping people with Chinese medicine. But I was biking and bussing to work, and ran a very green clinic with reusable towels and cups!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
The most interesting twist in my life and career was that I got increasingly sick over nearly a decade which I eventually discovered was due to toxic mold in my home.
Because toxic mold illness is an environmental illness, it refocused my energy on learning about environmental toxins and detoxification. Eventually I sold my clinic and turned exclusively to education and serving those with toxic mold illness and other chronic illnesses online.
I also moved from Portland to Phoenix, where I learned there was still lots of room to educate about environmental toxins- not everyone was as educated as Portlanders!
So that was one takeaway, and another was learning how amazing it feels to truly live my purpose! Now that I am in this detox and toxic mold space, serving people who are really sick and desperate for reliable information, I am fully inspired.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I’d say mistakes I made were lack of specificity and lack of leadership. I wanted to offer ‘all the things,’ which can create customer confusion. Also learning to hire and manage people, and make big decisions regarding staff and structure, was difficult for me.
It’s taken me many years, lessons and coaching sessions to learn that I can’t please everyone and that creating self-protective boundaries are really important. Clear boundaries and decisions make life better for everyone, even if there is initial friction.
Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
I think the macro impact I am having is that we have a community of environmentalists, which is best for every inhabitant of this planet. They avoid plastic and eat organic. They preserve and honor natural areas.
On a micro impact, which is still a huge ‘pebble dropped in a pond’ impact, we are getting people back to being functional and impactful. Some of our clients are literally bed-bound and cannot work.
When they recover their health, they are hungry to live fully and impact the world. They are doing some really cool things, like integrating natural medicine into their medical or veterinary practices, doing volunteer work, starting blogs, etc.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
- Get Outside — Outdoor air quality is better than indoor air quality (unless there’s a wildfire in your area). It’s balancing for your nervous system to be outdoors, even if it’s just in your neighborhood, and it’s good for your circadian rhythm to get natural light, and, season permitting, you’ll get some vitamin D!
- Get Moving — Exercise is great for mental health and circulation of blood and lymph for detox. If you exercise outdoors, you get the added benefits in item #1. Try for a variety of movements, from walking to dance to weight lifting. Try new things.
- Eat a MATH diet
This is an acronym I created that stands for:
-Microbiome-friendly (variety of fibers and healthy fats)
-Anti-inflammatory (avoid sugars and processed foods)
-Time-restricted (avoid snacking and late night eating)
-Hydrating (eat fruits, soups, water and smoothies)
Some good considerations for your diet!
- Have fun — Pursue different interests, from brunch with friends to trying a painting class. Even your microbiome benefits from being less stressed and from getting into a flow state. Do what relaxes you, but also challenge yourself to explore new things. Learning new things is healthy for your brain and you might make some new friends, which is also fun!
- Get sleep and rest. Getting a good night’s sleep has so many benefits. It’s when your brain detoxifies and when you make your ‘youth hormone,’ HGH. If your doctor approves, try melatonin, ashwagandha or a similar sleep aid to help you relax and fall asleep.
Also take breaks in your day to take a cat nap, get outside, call a friend or move your body. Don’t overwork yourself!
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I would choose Daily Detox. There are so many Instagram posts about diet and exercise, and there are some great ones on mental health and relationships.
There are fewer about detox. Detox is so critical to your beauty and energy! Doing a little more each day to detox is a great investment. Examples are drinking lemon water, dry brushing your skin, taking an epsom salt bath or using a sauna.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
To be honest even if I had the advice I probably wouldn’t have followed it. I think we humans have to learn lessons for ourselves, and even though it’s painful sometimes, that’s how we grow.
But I’ll share 5 big things I’ve learned:
- You are the #1 person in charge of your success and happiness. Make decisions accordingly.
- Love yourself dearly. Love your neurotic thoughts and frizzy hair. Love all of it. When you do this for you, you can see it in others easier too.
- Love your life as is. You can aspire for ‘more,’ but find the sweetness in the small, beautiful moments of your day.
- Question reality. This society, this wardrobe, this job you’re in, it’s all created. You can choose to do something out of the norm if it lights you up. It’s allowed; it’s healthy.
- Cry, then choose joy. It’s ok to feel all the feelings and vent to your friends. But then pivot and go for a great bike ride or sing with your kids. Having fun is a choice.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
I am concerned about mental health as I think it’s really declining in our technology-based, COVID world. I have also seen mental health get left out of the conversation in functional medicine, although that is starting to change.
We really can’t be content and happy in life with ‘just a body that works.’ We need a healthy mindset, communication, and relationships. We need joy and adventure. We need to process trauma and limiting beliefs.
This has been really critical to me personally as well, going through toxic mold illness and a divorce, and as an entrepreneur and mom.
I would not be where I am today without learning how to question my thoughts and actions and choose differently!
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Thank you for these fantastic insights!
Thank you for the opportunity!