By Elizabeth Greig, FNP
Heavy metals, and toxins in general, can be a trigger for brain fog and mental dullness. If this is something you are experiencing, there are different ways to detoxify your mind. One of the most effective tools is to be mindful about the information you take into your mind: bad news, fear-inducing news, gossip, and useless information can all clutter your mind.
So what can you do? Be proactive and turn off the radio or television when you listen to things that make you feel anxious, angry, or bored. Ask your friends and family to stop telling you the juicy, but destructive, gossip and tell them that you are being kind to your mind by making a choice about what’s really important for it to hear.
I recently heard about a study that showed that the people who are the happiest are those whose thoughts are about what or who are right in front of them–meaning present time. So keep your mind centered on what you are doing right now in the present, and don’t let it wander off looking for worries or troubles. The secret to happiness is a happy mind that is enjoying the moment!
By Darcy McConnell, MD
The holiday season is a good time to make a few simple changes that can make a big difference in how you feel. Healthy food, fresh air, and targeted supplements balance your hormones and build up your reserves against stressors.
Do any of these issues sound familiar?
- difficulty losing weight
- low libido
- thinning hair
- bad skin
- anxiety and irritability
- depressed mood
- brain fog
Or are you just not feeling like yourself lately?
When we consider hormones and their relationship to these symptoms, we tackle the big picture. It is never simply a low thyroid issue – nor are estrogen and testosterone levels solely to blame. There is an entire hormone orchestra that can fall out of tune, and when this is addressed appropriately, we feel better!
The holiday season is also one of insight and peace. A great time to find your calm!
So my first recommendation for a hormone-balancing change is to add a mindfulness practice to your routine and make space for it every day. That can be as simple as a five-minute deep breathing exercise in the morning before your coffee or tea. Or it can be a short walk outside in the fresh air. Restart the meditation practice you’ve put on hold. A yoga practice or other movement routine counts as well, as long as it’s done mindfully. And don’t forget to mix it up! Changing your routine keeps it interesting and helps you stay on track. These kinds of mindfulness exercises support the adrenal glands and are the first steps toward harmonizing your hormones.
Join me in December for a discussion of the science behind the hormone orchestra and seven simple changes you can make to ease those chemical messengers into line and get back to feeling like yourself!