Invest in Self Care
Why Invest in Your Own Self (Care)? Why not just start with stress. We all have it, (most all of us). When not managed it can cause many symptoms!
- High blood pressure
- Irritability in the gut
- Heart Burn
And so many more! I see many clients that suffer from un-checked stress and if managed, many would heal faster and benefit long term. I suggest that most invest time several times a week in themselves.
- Take naps
- go for a walk
- get a massage
- take a mindful moment daily
- “feel your feet in your shoes” , or otherwise known as get grounded daily
- take a bath with essential oils
- hang out with your friends
- take a moment with a family pet (unconditional love)
You get it – there are many options. Today I will catch up, see clients, get my kids to their after school practice, pick up my teen from his Beta convention, take care of the house and family pets, feed everyone, and EXERCISE! That one moment of giving back to myself is all I need sometimes to keep my “batteries charged”.
This un-checked stress can throw us off, chemically. Cortisol, for instance, comes from the adrenal cortex and helps us deal with stress, good stress and bad! It will go up to get us through it and in an ideal world come down when we take these wonderful, necessary moments for ourselves. Some individuals have the hormone up more often than not and that is referred to as stressed adrenals. Did you know that when that hormone stays up that it can lead to inflammation, hormone depletion, higher cholesterol, a hypo-activity in the thyroid and lowered immune response? Yep, you will feel wired, and yet exhausted. It will keep you from resting well at night as well. When up in this way long term it will deplete the adrenals, this is called exhausted, or, fatigued adrenals. This is a state where you will have no “get up and go” and you will always feel overwhelmed…Either adrenal state is not healthy, not balanced and will make you feel nuts and OLD. The other chemicals and hormones wax and wane with these stress hormones. Your serotonin and gaba, epinephrine and dopamine. Especially worse during menopause and andropause with estrogens, progesterone, DHEAs, testosterone… If you feel you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, exhausted and not able to enjoy things you feel you should really truly enjoy – you might fall in this category. I wrote a piece on this once and it’s here:
Neurotransmitters and How They Affect Us
I test hormones here, for men and women, but also cortisol and neurotransmitters. I do a thorough intake to determine if there are imbalances that will cause a cascade of concerns with your health. All you have to do is call or email or text at 336.456.4743 or email@example.com
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CBS Health News today tweets an article about preventing dementia with learning music. www.cbc.ca/news/health/learning-music-early-builds-up-brain-s-reserves-against-dementia. It reminds me of reading about a brain issue that a client recently came in with.
It all started this past summer. I was at the pool, trying to give blood during the blood drive. I take the pre-requisite hemoglobin test to determine eligibility to give and FAIL. My hemoglobin was LOW! I had been on a daily salad binge and did liquid chlorophyll with regularity in my water. How could I have low hemoglobin?
Ninety-five percent of our neurotransmitters are in our gut. So does this explain when we are constipated why we are so grumpy – I’d say “YES”. We only have one-two percent located in our central nervous system, (our brain and spinal column).
One of the things I do is teach people how to eat. When you go grocery shopping the best place to start is the labels on the sides of all the boxes and bags. The ingredients list has always been there. I look for a few things on every label.
Here are some ideas to help start your natural medicine cabinet. These are either liquid – in glycerine or powder you can add to juice. VS-C for viruses and liver/immune problems OREGON GRAPE for bacterial infections ULTIMATE ECHINACEA for immune, lymphatic, headache, achy, fevers and chills
Each year in the United States, 1.3 million people over 45 years of age experience bone fractures associated with osteoporosis. For women, the most rapid rate of bone loss occurs in the first five years after menopause, beginning around age 45 when body hormone supplies undergo a dramatic change. The rate of bone loss then drops to about 1 per cent per year.
Okay, I hear men – have for 15 years – starting with my father when my mother was going through menopause, talk about the woman in their life going through menopause and how hard it is on them. But, I have rarely heard women talk about the husband’s version of menopause, called andropause.
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