Today I want to talk a little bit about deficiencies. You see, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are one of the most overlooked culprits behind our physical symptoms. Many times we complain about feelings of fatigue, always getting sick, aches, anxiety, depression, brain fog, etc. and we just take some meds to make ourselves feel better. The problem with this is that our body is trying to indicate that something is off when we experience physical symptoms and just taking a medication to alleviate the symptoms doesn’t take care of the root issue.
Many times vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the root of these symptoms. However, most doctors tend to overlook deficiencies when determining what is wrong. So many times patients are prescribed meds for symptoms that are due to vitamin/mineral deficiencies. This pattern is a big problem because prescription medications lead to even more deficiencies.
Instead of ordering a simple test or looking over the patient’s diet, doctors commonly just say “Here is a prescription. Come back if the symptoms get worse.” I encourage you, next time that you aren’t feeling so great to look at your diet first instead of looking to medication. Feeling a bit confused about what I am saying? Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you wake up feeling down one morning. Nothing has changed in your life overnight so you just chalk it up to PMS and go about your day.
The down mood continues and continues for the week and you start to wonder what the heck is going on. This is where things can go in two different directions. Let’s look at direction 1. In direction 1 the feelings of depression continue for another two weeks and you can’t seem to kick it so you book an appointment with your doctor. Once you see your doctor, he prescribes you an anti-depressant and tells you that the meds should help your mood. You are hesitant to take meds but agree and start on the meds.
After a week on the meds you are dealing with side effects and your mood has barely improved. You book another appointment with your doctor and he ends up telling you to get a therapist. The therapist session helps a little but the depression still lingers and you have started to notice fatigue get worse and other odd symptoms pop up. You start to wonder if you are ever going to feel like yourself again.
Now let’s look at direction 2. In direction 2, you contact your nutritionist and explain what the heck is going on. You say that you oddly have been feeling pretty down lately. She asks for a diet recall and asks you some questions. After an hour she tells you that you likely are deficient in vitamin D and zinc and advises you which supplements to take to feel better. You go and get the supplements, take them, and a week later you notice your mood lifting and you are back to your old self in less than two weeks.
Clearly direction 2 is a lot more pleasant. However, so many people are more apt to take direction 1 because they have no idea that a vitamin/mineral deficiency can cause physical issues. Its sad that there is not more awareness about physical manifestations of deficiencies because there is a lot of unnecessary medications being taken right now.
Furthermore, most people have no idea that medications themselves can cause vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Next time you are feeling off, I would absolutely look to your diet first to see how that can be affecting you. Also, invest in a nutrition professional you can schedule a free call with me here if you are unsure where to start. You will gain tons of helpful knowledge and will get your body feeling better than ever because you are addressing a supremely important aspect of health, your diet.
You deserve to feel 100% healthy and you deserve to know all of your options when it comes to feeling better. Check your diet today because those pesky physical symptoms can be from a deficiency that is easily and holistically corrected with dietary adjustments and high quality supplements. I love you!
Today I wanted to chat about our moods! Have you ever had one of the stretch of days where you just feeling off? Little things irritate you, you feel down in the dumps, and the inner critic seems louder than usual? Well, aside from chalking it up to PMS, it is important to take a look at what you’ve been eating lately. What most people don’t know or realize is that the health of our digestive tract is directly correlated with our mood.
In other words, if you have been eating a lot of processed foods, eating foods that you are sensitive or allergic to, or taking antibiotics, you could be setting yourself up for a pretty rotten mood later. You see, our digestive tracts are filled with bacteria. You have good bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut. The good bacteria helps you thrive and feel amazing whereas the bad bacteria feeds on chemicals, and makes your mood sour, saps your energy and lowers your vitality.
Now you might still be reeling at my telling you that your mood is affected by your gut, but stay with me here. Whenever our bacteria gets out of balance and out of whack, it is super important to sap the bad bacteria of nutrition and feed the good bacteria.
How do you do that? By taking a high quality probiotic and focusing on whole foods for a little bit. Now I’m not telling you that you can never have another cookie again. I’m all for total food freedom over here but I will tell you that setting the cookies/chips/(insert processed or fast food here) down for a little bit will do wonders for your energy, mood and overall well-being. Life is all about balance and restoring our GI bacterial balance is the same! If you don’t currently take a probiotic supplement, I highly recommend it!
The benefits of good GI health extend beyond mood into many different areas of our physical health and well-being. So if you have been feeling a bit off lately, and your mood has been down the tubes. Try switching to more greens and fruits, avoiding gluten, dairy and some of those processed foods and take a good probiotic. Watch and see how things start to shift for you as balance is restored!
As always, the most important thing is to listen to your body and intuition! If something doesn’t feel right to you, then DON’T DO IT! If you are in recovery from an ED, I recommend setting the food suggestions aside for now and focus on getting yourself a good probiotic first and foremost. Only take my food suggestions when you are in a good place and the intention stems from a place of self-care, not restriction and weight loss. Most of all….Love your body and it will love you back!
We all have limiting beliefs. These little happiness suckers are our body’s misguided attempt at protecting us. Often times these beliefs are imprinted on us as a child and our subconscious uses the belief to avoid any sort of social, mental or physical pain.
As children we are very conscious about how our actions affect those around us. We consistently try to elicit positive reactions of love, praise and acceptance from adults, family, friends etc. What happens when our actions elicit negative responses? We realize that we do not like the feelings that stem from these negative responses and we do what we can to avoid eliciting that response again.
For example, let’s say you are at the supermarket and you ask your mom for a toy. In response, she says no and explains that it is too expensive. Now one experience may not elicit a limiting belief, but repeat this experience (even over years!) and I’d bet money that your subconscious instilled the limiting belief that you don’t deserve expensive things.
Children and adolescents are also very observing human beings. Simply observing parents continuously fight about money or put each other down is enough to instill a deep limiting belief. This isn’t to attack parents or to instill anxiety when raising kids. I am simply pointing out how it is so common for each and every one of us to have limiting beliefs. The important thing is to take action to recognize and eliminate these beliefs!
Simply by sitting in silence with ourselves and observing our reactions to triggering situations can give us great insight into our own limiting beliefs. For example, I have a plethora of limiting beliefs about my self-worth and money. My ego loves to run its mouth on and on about how I don’t deserve wealth, I am never going to be good enough, and I am always going to fail in my career.
However, I am not doomed to a life of believing this garbage. Simply by taking the time to recognize the limiting beliefs and refute them, immensely helps my psyche.
So throughout today, why don’t you observe the horrid limiting beliefs the ego likes to tell you? Perhaps you can identify ways that these beliefs are holding you back and keeping you from becoming the rockstar that you are!