CHANGE IS COMING
Inspired by Robyn
Written by: Rosetta Holmes, Kinesiologist
LARGE ENERGY TO GO, THANKS
One regularly discussed topic revolves around energy levels. Questions I’m often asked are “How can I get more energy?” and “What can I do to increase my energy levels?” It seems we are all looking for more energy to accomplish what we put into our day to day lives. To answer our prayers perhaps all we need is a ‘natural red bull’!!
In hindsight, a natural Red Bull would be just fantastic. Factors to consider, before you design a health program to increase your energy levels, include: your current health status; eating habits, food choices, stress influences and environmental factors and management. What works for you may not necessarily work for someone else.
When I work with a patient, I review the bigger picture which includes possible solutions to the initial reason for the visit, e.g., more energy. This information helps to draw a picture of what is currently occurring for the patient and where the patient hopes to be in a period of time and, more importantly, how to get there. If you are seeking long term quality of health then I am certainly the gal for you.
Generally speaking, increasing energy levels can be as simple as drinking more water and decreasing or eliminating foods that use more energy than they give you. Include more greens in your diet or, perhaps, change to foods that suit your requirements. Develop strategies to manage stress, e.g., work environment, addressing behavioural patterns. All areas of your life directly or indirectly influence your energy levels. Are you REALLY happy with YOUR life?
A STORM IS BREWING
Do you feel irritable? Experience Hot Flashes? Feel like you could just explode! These are common experiences women have prior to menopause and similarly post menopause.
There are three stages; Peri Menopause, Menopause and Post Menopause. These stages can last up to 10 years for some women.
Peri menopausal symptoms include: hot flashes, sleeping problems, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, libido changes, unpredictable ovulation and even depression.
Physically, we are talking about the glands of the body (Endocrine System) which produce chemical messengers called hormones that travel along the blood stream to other areas of the body to control or regulate bodily activities. These hormones are secreted directly into the blood stream. This allows them to reach every cell in the body, targeting specific cells. Glands include the Pituitary Gland, Thyroid Gland, Thymus Gland, Pineal Gland, Adrenal Glands, Ovaries and Testes. Organs involved in the Endocrine System include the Heart, Kidneys, Stomach, Pancreas and Intestines. The bottom line is that hormone production constantly changes throughout your entire life.
The influence of Food
Manufacturers of “food” (well, that’s what it’s called, apparently) provide us with many, many food options. It seems there are a high percentage of foods that contain hidden sugars, bulking agents, preservatives, anti-caking agents and colourings. In addition to what we consume, the influences from our environment, emotional health, lifestyle, and the reasons why we choose the foods we do, all contribute to our overall ‘health’. Unfortunately, over time this can create stress for your internal body and this will manifest itself with how your body manages the challenges of effective digestion, usage and elimination of waste.
Naturally, over time, without noticing anything in particular, changes will occur ever so quietly. The gradual change may lead to an event where you will experience discomfort, confusion, pain, illness, stress, disease, etc.
Your organs silently work away every day and night throughout your life. Your body needs your care and support. It’s a partnership. Perhaps it’s time to give back.
Begin by making a few changes to your diet. You can encourage your body to produce, utilise and eliminate hormones effectively. Decrease your intake of carbohydrates, processed food, alcohol, stimulants and even meat! Increase fresh fruit and vegetables, fibre, probiotics, omega 3, 6 and 9. After all, fresh food is far better than processed products. Also include foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Carotene. Carotene can be found in foods such as peppers, lettuce, kale, spinach, dandelion greens, mustard greens, carrots, pumpkin, turnip greens, beet greens, cabbage and chard, watercress, coriander, parsley, basil, chives, paprika, sweet potato, squash, peas, onions, broccoli and seaweed.
Additional herbs such as Chase Tree, Milk Thistle and Black Cohosh can be very helpful; however, consult your health care professional to ensure it is safe to do so as there may be active ingredients that interact with prescription or other medications. With the support of your health care professional you can begin the road to recovery and, more importantly, body balance and function.
R & R
New to hit the shelves are my latest range of Bath Salts; a combination of Magnesium Sulphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Himalayan Salt and a range of organic Essential Oils presented in a glass apothecary jar for your enjoyment.
It is through smell that aroma has a direct pathway to influence mood. As you inhale and smell, receptors in your nose are quietly communicating with areas of your brain that store memories and emotions. Lift the spirits, calm body & mind and even de-stress after a busy day.
Three new Blends
Rest & Restore; designed to help ease Stress, Mental Fatigue and Restlessness.
Rest & Renew; designed to promote restful sleep.
In addition, receive a ‘refill’ discount when you return your Jar for a refill.