Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Being “tired” is common but not normal…

fatigueFeeling fatigued at any part of your day may be common, but is certainly not normal.  

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is in our back corner ready to go to bat for us.  It’s there to respond as soon as the body perceives stress.  When the body experiences short term stress, cortisol performs beautifully.  It makes itself available to put the body in a state of alert, so we can “react” as deemed necessary.  When it’s long term stress, something internal/external or both,  it becomes depleted.  When cortisol becomes depleted the body takes over and begins stealing from other hormones, such as progesterone.   Progesterone is needed for fertility, menstruation and gestation. BUT if progesterone is depleted, it can’t do that part of the job.  Then estrogen takes over and then weight gain, heavy periods, infertility, cancerous growths, exhaustion, etc. ensues.  Are you catching on?  It’s allllllllllll related.  

Will you join me in a webinar tomorrow?  It’s FREE and it’s about “Rule Your Hormones: How to take back control”.  

Sign up here 

If for some reason you are having difficulties registering please email me at lynn@advocateforhealing.com and I’ll be sure to put you on the list.

Be well,

Lynn

Stress that’s fun?

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I just took my 13 year old daughter and her thrill seeking friend to Magic Mountain, Six Flags: the world of leaping, dashing, twisting, diving, dare-to-scream roller coasters.  The girls couldn’t wait to experience fear, thrills and adrenaline gushing responses from riding on a roller coaster that lasted anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes.  I too had a little bit of “add it to my bucket list” eagerness.  So we left super early to drive 5 hours to get there just in time for Magic Mountain to open.  

When we arrived we anxiously reached our first ride to find out it was temporarily closed.  We rushed to the second ride available, the Ninja Rollercoaster, and enjoyed the twist, turns and jolts.  The girls reported that the ride was “decent”; it caught their breath, excited them and they experienced a temporary sense of relief when it was over.  We then anxiously moved to the second roller coaster, the Collosus;  the longest roller coaster in the world (4 minutes).  We all hopped on to experience neck thrashing, body jiving and intermittent moments of breath holding (okay, maybe that was just me).  For four complete minutes my blood was pumping, pupils were dilated while I felt entirely power-less in any potential outcome (death did cross my mind).  ALL of these symptoms: the rush, the high and a low, invoke a stress response in the body.  The same stress response that when overextended in a chronic state can precede chronic inflammation and illness (and often without us even knowing it). The same stress response that is my focus on getting back in balance for all of my clients.  And yet I was electing to experience this VOLUNTARILY.  

Don’t get me wrong.  I wouldn’t have changed one decision.  It was super fun.  But after cracking my neck on the Colossus I elected that any major roller coasters were amiss for me moving forward.   The girls, on the contrary, enjoyed pursuing even more aggressive rides.  

Typically when I explain the stress response I use the example of raking the yard when a bear appears and that the stress response doesn’t end until the bear leaves.  In a chronic state the body “sees the bear” all day long.    Following their 250 foot vertical drop at the Superman ride, my daughter she told me she was exhausted and summarized so eloquently: “I feel like I’ve seen 10 bears today”.  We took full advantage of a restful evening of recovery.  

I wasn’t sure whether to title this post “Stress that’s fun” or “Fun that’s stress”.  Regardless, I learned another new thing that day.  Keep track of your external stressors.  Often times we are introducing new ones without even knowing it.

For us thrill seekers I now can use the example of a rollercoaster ride and set the bear, bathtub and kettle metaphors on the side.  

Be well,

Lynn

The Truth About Cancer…

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I just fast tracked through approximately a 15 hour documentary entitled the “Truth About Cancer”.  I was thrilled to gain in-depth insight into the various systems that need to be supported.  I wasn’t surprised by much of the information but excited to hear that there are practitioners that are doing exceptional work in this area.  Today is also a glorious day, because everything they discussed in this documentary, in a general sense is what I practice with my clients every single day.   

The Truth About Cancer revealed that chronic inflammation is the precursor to all disease.  This is the premise of my business.  Every single day I discuss with my clients the 9 Sources of Chronic Inflammation that can be found here.   We explore those 9 areas and complete self-assessments and functional testing as needed.  I identify a total stress load and focus on an individuals triggers against immunity.  Compromised immunity leads to chronic health issues and cancer.  Refer to “How full is your Kettle/Bathtub?”   I also discuss with every single one of my clients the importance of focusing on systems:  H.I.D.D.E.N (hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, environment and neurotransmitters) and we devise an individualized plan (Watch the video here)

I work with my clients helping them to identify internal stressors and determine the best tools that can support them through their health crisis: autoimmune, lyme, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s, seizures, hot flashes, chronic pain, weight gain and more.  After watching the Truth About Cancer I am more convinced than ever that I am helping them to prevent cancer as well.  

It’s another great day.

Be well,

Lynn

Are you ready for a total transformation program?

Are you ready for a nutritional system that is designed specifically for you? 

Are you tired of:

  • Trying to find the right diet that works?
  • Symptoms (digestive, migraines, sleep issues, poor energy, hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, or other?)
  • Weighing yourself
  • Struggling with fluctuating weight?

I can create a YOUnique program for YOU that:

  • Identifies tools for support to help the body heal and recover
  • Fits your lifestyle and time constraints
  • Keeps you feeling energized
  • Gives you foods to eat for life.

 WARNING:  This is not a one size fits all approach!

I offer TWO programs

#1.  The 30 Day Total Transformation Package Helps you determine your YOUnique Diet and Includes:

  • A 50 foods sensitivity lab test done in the privacy of your own home. Results will be interpreted and a unique diet approach will be created for you.  
  • A nutrition assessment: digestion is a major contributor of inflammation and stress on the body. An individualized nutrition plan will be recommended in a 30 minute consultation. 
  • Recipe Guide: packed with over 60 scrumptious recipes that will reduce inflammation, support your hormones, aid in digestion, decrease inflammation, and keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Facebook support group: for a full 30 days. This offers ongoing support in a group setting
  • Available by email or phone: on an as needed basis for 30 days. 15 minute sessions.
  • A Shopping List: to make trips to the supermarket super simple, which makes prepping, preparing, and cooking for your transformation a breeze
  • Food Diary: this amazing tool will help you keep track of how you’re feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the program
  • 30 minute follow up consultation.

Book an Appointment

I started working with Lynn in the summer of 2014 for fatigue and Hashimoto’s syndrome. She help me to improve my overall health and with working with my md I have a healthier stomach and intestinal track. Lowered my thyroid RX 3 times and has me on the correct vitamins and supplements and diet for my condition. I feel great for the first time in years. She is so knowledgable, caring and supportive an amazing woman. I would and have recommended her to friends and family.

Read other testimonials here

#2. The 90 Day Total Transformation Package Includes:

This step-by-step approach to Transforming YOU in 90 Days is designed to help you finally figure out the nutritional tools you need to support all of your symptoms and problems. (If you have a symptom or multiples…this is the program for you!)

Are you ready to?

What’s included in this 90 Day Transformation Program?
● An initial 30 minute consultation: a comprehensive discussion to assess the performance of all of your H.I.D.D.E.N stressors (hormones, immune, digestive, detoxification, environment and neurotransmitters).
● A functional cortisol/sex/sleep hormones lab test: this will share with us the performance of your stress hormone, sleep hormone and how your sex hormones are performing. 
● A 60 minute lab test results discussion and recommendations
● A nutrition assessment: digestion is a major contributor of inflammation and stress on the body. Digestion, Detoxification and the Immune system will be addressed.   An individualized nutrition plan will be recommended. 
● Recipe Guide: packed with over 60 scrumptious recipes that will reduce inflammation, support your hormones, aid in digestion, decrease inflammation, and keep you feeling satisfied.
● Facebook support group: for the full 90 days. This offers ongoing support in a group setting
● Available by email or phone: on an as needed basis. 15 minute sessions.
● A Shopping List: to make trips to the supermarket super simple, which makes prepping, preparing, and cooking for your transformation a breeze
● Food Diary: this amazing tool will help you keep track of how you’re feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the program

 Are you ready for a total transformation? If so I’m here to help.

Book an Appointment

Be well,

Lynn

Watch Videos on Stress, Weight Gain, Allergies, Sleep issues and Kids Health

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Sleep Deprivation and what you can do about it- Video

Thank you to those of you that joined me last week for the third part in the series “Get Your Health Back”. I discussed sleep, the systemic results of not sleeping well and getting to the root cause of why you may not be getting optimal sleep.

For those that could not attend I have posted this video. I kept it to under 30 minutes this time, omitting the Q & A. The last part of my series is this Wednesday and I’ll be focusing on Kids Health. Stay tuned for more information.

Be well and Enjoy,
Lynn

Understanding Chronic Stress – 10 minute video

Understanding chronic stress both internal and external and the body’s physiological response to it.  Please do review. 

 

Be well,

Lynn

 

What’s at the root of many problems?

Advocate for healingWhat’s at the root of many problems?

Inflammation.  Swelling, irritation and ultimately inflammation is at the source of many dis-eases.  Fibromyalgia, sinus problems, aches and pains, a compromised immune system, migraines and so much more result from inflammation.
Where does the inflammation come from you ask?  Inflammation results from one or several factors depending on the individual.
1. Sugar and refined foods.
2. Hidden food sensitivities.
3. Nutritional deficiencies.
4. Toxins including heavy metals.
5. Digestive issues (the gut is often referred to as ‘the second brain’.
6. Stress (emotional, trauma, social or work related)
7. Inadequate exercise.
8. Insufficient sleep.
9. Chronic infections (viruses, parasites,bacteria, fungus, etc).

Today, I’ll talk about sugar and refined foods.

Sugary and refined foods.  The average american eats about 159 pounds of sugar per year.  Eating sugar wreaks havoc on the stress hormones and provokes a surge of insulin and adrenaline putting the body on a long tumultuous roller coaster ride.  The body in a constant effort of trying to compensate for the sugar surges results in inflammation; inflammation that spreads throughout the body and can and will eventually inflame the brain.

I know. I’ve seen it first hand.  My 10 year old daughter who generally is a pleasant, energetic child lost the plot on Easter Sunday.  Following the departure of good friends, a raging temper tantrum ensued that lasted for at least one hour: stomping, screaming, lashing and more. I hadn’t seen one of these since she was a toddler.  A couple hours after the incident she apologized.  The next morning she woke up with a headache.  I helped her clean her room two days after the incident and discovered several opened,used sugar packets under her bed.  When I asked her what in the world were these doing there she then released the truth. Easter Sunday in the morning, her and a few friends ate from them.  Aha! She sheepishly acknowledged that the sugar explained her toddler-like rage that wildly took over her and the headache that she had the following morning.  Natural consequences work great for my daughter. Sugar + child = temper tantrum/headache.

Sugar significantly attributes to inflammation but there are more inflammatory markers to look at.    Hidden food sensitivities are the next topic of discussion, one of great importance. See you tomorrow!

Be well,

Lynn

 

I’m only sick if I have symptoms, right?

I’m only sick if I have symptoms, right? Unfortunately that is far from the truth.    It’s a long walk from great health, to symptoms, to disease, surgery and then death. 

The body wants to operate at a state of ease, otherwise referred to as homeostasis.  This we know as a fact.  We also know that when the body is subjected to stress (external or internal or both) it adapts to the stress and it attempts to restore normal functionality.  However if the body is subjected to repeat stress, it continuously attempts to adapt and compensate as needed.  This may work for a short or long time depending on the body’s ability to adapt and depending on the chronicity of the stress.

Let’s take, for example, that a person is stressed out at work.  The work environment, the crisis orientation of the work and the hours required are too much for this individual.  The chronic stress from the work environment is affecting this person’s response.  The body is equally responding to the stress: releasing blood sugar as needed to keep up with the exposure  and to help keep all of the other functions in the body ‘at ease’.  If the external stress continues; the internal body will become too stressed to respond. The body loses it’s ability to respond, cells become damaged and symptoms become present. 

As presented in the above example, symptoms come late in the game.  This emphasizes why it’s important to recognize early signs before symptoms appear.  It’s also essential to recognize that it takes time for the body heal.  It has backtracking to do, or in other words restoration. 

What can you do?

  1. Keep an eye on your external stressors and reduce them as needed.
  2. Don’t wait for the symptoms to appear. 
  3. ACT by contacting a practitioner that is willing to help.

Be well,

Lynn