Good nutritional choices are definitely key for maintaining good health and good energy, and the right nutrition choices can help sad, tired adrenals bounce back. Cortisol, one of the main adrenal hormones, has many different roles in the body, including regulating immune function, assisting detoxification, and regulating blood sugar. Where insulin does more of the minute-by-minute regulation of blood sugar, cortisol plays more of a role in the longer-term control and balance. [Read more…]
The poor little adrenal glands sit quietly on top of your kidneys, trying to mind their own business. But the moment some kind of stress comes along, they spring into action. Cortisol, aka your stress hormone, is produced in response to stressors. This is a good thing – when the proverbial bear jumps out at you in the woods, you want to be able to snap into gear pretty quickly and run away. In a perfect world, we’d be able to call upon our adrenals to help us out with the cortisol in periods of acute stress, and then when the stress was gone, the cortisol would fall back down and the adrenals would be calm and happy again.
The problem these days is that stress is never gone. We live in a fast-paced world juggling kids, jobs, exercise routines, social engagements, play dates, and family obligations. Even getting to yoga class is stressful! [Read more…]
So there I was this morning, sitting at Starbucks (as I do), writing away at my book. It’s a book on Lyme disease, as my others have been too – this is my fourth. Writing is really a great pleasure of mine, but it can also be a source of frustration when the words don’t seem to be coming and some days it seems I have the attention span of a peanut.
I speak to many people who would love to write a book, or a blog, or a newsletter – but don’t because they feel like they don’t know where to start. Or they don’t feel confident in their writing skills, or their ability to focus and follow through with it. Books in particular seem really overwhelming. So for those who either want to write something, or are currently writing something and have those days of struggle, I thought I’d share a few tricks I’ve learned that make it easier to focus and keep the project moving forward. Here are my favorites:
Frankincense: the King of Oils!! Frankincense would have to be one of my very favorite essential oils – in fact, if I ever had to choose just one oil to have, it would be frankincense. I take a few drops each morning for overall health, and I feel better for it.
There are a few key benefits that I love relating to frankincense. The first is that it helps reduce inflammation in the body and can help with various kinds of discomfort. One day I was out running and I tripped on a metal ring on the pavement (genius, I know). My knees were bruised and my right hand was very sore. I ended up having it x-rayed and there was no fracture, but it was pretty badly bruised. The minute I came in from my run that day, I took a few drops of frankincense under my tongue, and immediately I felt a change – the throbbing and aching reduced to a bare minimum. I continued to use if over the next few days and it helped manage the inflammatory response from that fall. I know of other people who apply it over their lower abdomen if they’re experiencing any muscle cramping in that region, and it works like a charm for that too. [Read more…]
It’s quite hard to know when one is trying to get pregnant, where to focus attention and what to do, but I do believe that a holistic approach to fertility is the most beneficial. I found that once I realized that we weren’t getting pregnant as soon as we had hoped, I tended to over-medicalize the whole situation (occupational hazard I guess!). I went about getting lab work done and trying to evaluate why things weren’t happening – what hormone was out of balance? Was my husband’s fertility a factor? What was the problem? [Read more…]
This morning we had an appointment with our pediatrician to have school paperwork filled out as Valentina will be started preschool three half days a week in the fall. One of the things that we wanted to discuss was her vaccine exemption. Dave has very bad allergies and severe asthma, I have an autoimmune thyroid condition. We have chosen not to vaccinate Valentina because of the potential risk to her health, and we’re very happy and comfortable with that decision. [Read more…]
One of the things that I hold nearest and dearest in my path as a mother so far is Babywearing. I didn’t know anything about Babywearing when I had Valentina. I had a Baby Bjorn on my registry list, but a wise friend of mine got me an Ergo instead as she had been told that they were really popular and more comfortable.
I loved the idea of wrapping the baby and went to a few meetings to learn how. But as much as I loved the idea of Babywearing, those long wraps all tied up like spaghetti seemed cumbersome and complicated to me. I did get a ring sling and that was great for wearing around the house, and out and about when Valentina was really small. But sadly I never mastered the art of wrapping. The pics I’m including here of us in wraps all required a helping hand from someone more knowledgable and experienced!! [Read more…]
I used to think that the whole “positive thinking” movement, and positive psychology, was a bit of hooey. Just think positive and you will create positive outcomes in your life. It all sounded good, but without understanding the science of neuroplasticity, it sounded a bit hokey and unrealistic. Since learning about neuroplasticity and really “getting” how profound this is, I have implemented it in my own life with incredible results and seen others do the same.
Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to adapt and change in response to its environment. It allows us to grow and change, create more positivity in our lives, and experience better health. One of the ways we can do that is by carefully choosing and creating our thoughts. [Read more…]
As a working mom, it’s quite hard to know how much to merge and how much to separate with personal and business life. We are blessed to live four blocks away from my office, so I walk to work with my dog Harry Winston, and our nanny brings Valentina up to see my every lunchtime (I work three days a week, so she comes those three days). Every lunch she comes to my office, she’s met many of my patients, and she knows my staff really well. I love that she knows where Mummy is when we’re not together. That hour a day has been precious time for me, and it’s made working at all a lot easier. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on so much, and she never goes more than 3-4 hours without seeing me. It’s part of her routine, so she knows not to barge through my office door if I’m still with patients when they arrive, and she knows to say bye-bye when I have to get back to work and it’s time for them to leave. To me, that’s part of trying to achieve work-life balance, and it’s something that works great for us.
Other things that have helped me to feel connected while we’re apart are pictures. I have our nanny send me pictures and/or little video clips during the day so I can see what they’re up to. It helps me to see that she’s having fun and is happy. When I’m in the throws of a stressful, busy day, working with a very unwell population as I do, nothing makes me smile like seeing a picture of my little one playing in the sand or at the park. [Read more…]
Last Friday I said that we had an appointment with a fertility doc – our first, and it felt good for me to be taking that step. I’d just redone day 3 labs, and again, everything looked “perfect”. FSH, LH and estradiol were all in ideal ranges. My D3 and thyroid were just fine. The AMH took a few days to come back, and that was the one that I had always been nervous about, because for all intents and purposes, there’s not too much one can do about it. One can’t take the “make more eggs” supplement and see the number rise in 3 months. Nope, them eggs I’m stuck with. [Read more…]