✓ Feeling tired, achy, emotional or just want to be left alone?
✓ Have you lost your va-va-voom and gained a muffin top or discovered bits that jiggle where you wish they didn’t?
✓ Even worse, are you unusually emotional or have a short fuse, especially with those you love the most?
Women, especially those at midlife, are often working to capacity and feeling overwhelmed.
The chances are, it’s beginning to show up one way or another.
The good news is, there are are simple ways to get yourself back on track, but first you need to understand where things have gone awry.
By the time you arrive at mid life, it’s inevitable that bad habits have crept in to your daily routine. Lifestyle pressures and changes, family and work demands, changes with your body and level of hormones as you enter peri-menopause or menopause all add up and have an accumulative effect.
At first you might hardly notice the low grade niggles, but these are warning signs.
Your body and mind, want to be in balance. As soon as your natural balance, your set point determined at birth, begins to go off, your bodies’ natural intelligence starts to present symptoms that are little taps on your shoulder asking you to pay attention.
But, the thing is, being distracted with all the things that need to be done day to day and week to week, you push these to the back of your mind and instinctively reach for the quick fixes that seem to make you feel better – caffeine, chocolate, a glass of wine, a cake, you know what I mean!
Yet, what is really happening, is that your natural set point is out of whack and when this happens the low grade niggles that I mentioned begin.
Depending on your unique constitution, (your Dosha), your niggles might fall into one of several categories, letting you know that now is a good time to pay attention and stop these little niggles before they manifest into an ongoing or long term health condition or deterioration.
You could be experiencing any of the following:
– Hormone imbalances
– Sleep issues
– Digestive problems such as constipation or indigestion
– Low or fluctuating energy levels
– Stiffness in muscles and joints
– Mood swings
– Feeling emotional instability
The sad thing is, most people wait until they have some kind of health condition or noticeable deterioration before they really take the time to make simple changes to their lifestyle or their habits that could prevent or reverse these problems.
Recognising and understanding what your particular signs and symptoms are, is the first step, and also the quickest and easiest way to bring yourself back into balance.
So why does this matter?
By taking stock now, addressing any imbalances with your health and through out all the parts of your life, you determine what kind of future you will enjoy.
Given that we are all likely to live longer and work longer than the generations before us, and that illnesses such as cancer and heart disease are influenced by our lifestyle choices, it is up to us to upgrade those choices.
Potentially, you could re-engineer your life at this time, truly feeling that you can turn back the clock, or at least re wind it so that you feel younger, fitter and healthier than you ever have before.
If you are ready to do that, take the next step by completing my 4 Pillars of Vitality Assessment that determines more fully where you need to get back on track and gives you some quick, simple and usable tips to get you started.
So tell me, how do you know when you feel out of balance?
Do you find getting enough sleep is an issue for you?
It’s often one of the symptoms of hormone disruption as we approach midlife and menopause with the dreaded hot flushes and night sweats.
I knew this was something that needed addressing and developed a workshop to help women get a good nights sleep.
Recently, Ceri Wheeldon from Fab after 5o had some questions for me:
Most women experience some improvement immediately.
Want to know more? Look out for Part 2 comming soon
Dry Skin Brushing or Body Brushing, is a simple, effective and inexpensive technique to assist the body to rid itself of toxins via the lymphatic system.
I had heard about skin brushing for some time before I really got the point:
Did you know that your skin is an organ and is the largest organ of elimination in your body?
Detoxification is a process that happens throughout the body in several different ways. The body has to eliminate waste matter accumulated within the body by natural bodily functions and the process of digestion. If wastes are not eliminated from the body we get sick. Most of the time the body does a ‘good enough’ job. But in actual fact some toxic debris remains in the body due to a poor diet, a sluggish digestive system, stress, illness, smoking, alcohol intake, recreational or prescription drugs, chemicals in our environment etc.
These factors can effect any or all of the organs and systems in the body and those that remove waste products; the lungs, liver, kidneys, digestive system, lymphatic system and the skin.
Dry skin brushing is an amazingly effective technique for speeding up the elimination of toxins through the skin as well as aiding the Lymphatic System.
Adding dry skin brushing to your daily cleansing routine quickly becomes second nature and takes just five minutes a day to perform. Nothing more than a Natural Bristle Brush or a Loofah is required.
The basic ‘rules’ are simple:
Bringing blood into stagnant tissues helps release estrogen that is being held in fat tissue. It gets it mobilised in your body, circulating so that it is of more use to you as your estrogen levels fluctuate during menopause and in the lead up to menopause.
… it feels so good!
Get your tingle on ladies 🙂 and let me know if it was good for you!
I am a huge fan of healthy eating as one of the fundamental Pillars of Vitality – you don’t have to hang around here for long to notice that! … so when I recieved the following email (from an American Doctor who speicalises in bone health), I thought I would share it here for all to benefit.
Bone health is one of the issues that arises after menopause, and Dr Millman manages to discus the issue for non medical types like me so that I have a chance of understanding it. When she sends me an email, I ‘listen’.
This piece is not so much about bone health directly but talks of two elements of health that are gaining more publicity for their crucial role in our health.
So here it is – take a look and tell me if you find it interesting.
I have done the mineral assessment and will tell you my results in my next article. 🙂
Dr Millman – Article Review: Magnesium Deficiency Can Cause
Vitamin D Resistance and Increased Risk for Death!!
I recently found an interesting article I want to review for you. It may look a bit intimidating, but don’t worry! I summarize the results and break it down for you so you can use this crucial information right now.
The main conclusion from the study is that Magnesium Deficiency and Vitamin D Deficiency cause you to die earlier. Let’s dive in and determine what you need to do to prevent these nutritional deficiencies and with it premature death!!
The study asked two very important questions about the relationship between Magnesium and Vitamin D Deficiency (Reference 1).
Question #1: Is LOW Magnesium Intake associated with Vitamin D Deficiency?
The answer to this important question is an emphatic yes!! If you have low Magnesium Intake from food and supplements, you are more likely tobe Vitamin D Deficient (Reference 1).
The flip side is also true, if you are Vitamin D AND Magnesium Deficient, taking Vitamin D by itself may not resolve your Vitamin D Deficiency. This is called Vitamin D Resistance. In a different study, only after people with Vitamin D Resistance were given Magnesium, did their Vitamin D Deficiencies resolve (Reference 2).
How Can Magnesium Deficiency
Cause Vitamin D Resistance?There are three important places that Magnesium interacts with Vitamin D. You need Magnesium to transport Vitamin D to your liver and kidney. You need Magnesium to convert Vitamin D3 to the circulating form in your liver. You also need Magnesium to activate the circulating form of Vitamin D in your kidney (see Table 1). In other words, you need Magnesium to transport and activate your Vitamin D. So even if you have plenty of Vitamin D, you won’t be able to use it unless you have enough Magnesium. That’s why circulating Vitamin D levels sometimes don’t rise with Vitamin D repletion (if you don’t have enough Magnesium). Table 1. Magnesium is Crucial for Vitamin D Transport and Activation
Reprinted from Deng et al. BMC Medicine 2013, 11:187
What Does This Mean to You??If you have ever had to take higher doses of Vitamin D than expected to keep your Vitamin D levels normal, you may have Vitamin D Resistance caused by Magnesium Deficiency. If this is the case, try some Magnesium. It’s an easy fix and you might find that nagging symptoms due to Magnesium Deficiency such as constipation, insomnia, muscle cramps and more improve.
Question #2: Is LOW Magnesium Intake associated with INCREASED risk of dying from all causes and/or dying from heart attack and strokes?
The answer to this question is an emphatic yes!!
A. First, they looked at whether people died early from Vitamin D Deficiency alone. They did. People with Vitamin D Deficiency, had a 21% increased risk of dying from all causes and a 27% increased risk of dying from heart attacks and/or strokes compared to people with optimal levels of Vitamin D (>=40 ng/ml).This is huge!! This means that if you have optimal levels of Vitamin D, you have a MUCH better chance of living longer and not dying from a heart attack or stroke than someone who is Vitamin D deficient.
B. Then they looked at the interaction between insufficient Magnesium Intake from food and supplements, Vitamin D Deficiency and mortality.
They found that if you had insufficient Magnesium Intake your risk of dying was worse than if you were Vitamin D Deficient alone.
If a person had insufficient Magnesium Intake and Vitamin D Deficiency, they had a 30% increased risk of dying from all causes compared to 21% if the person just had Vitamin D Deficiency.
If a person had insufficient Magnesium Intake and Vitamin D deficiency, they had a 43% increased risk of dying due to heart attacks and strokes compared to 27% if the person just had Vitamin D Deficiency.
This means that if you have optimal levels of Vitamin D (>=40 ng/ml) and you get adequate Magnesium (>=264 mg/day), you can decrease your risk of dying from all causes by 30% and from heart attacks and strokes by 43% compared to someone who is Vitamin D Deficient.What Should You Do???It’s Easy Peasy!!
- Get lots of Magnesium from your foods (>=264 mg/day was considered adequate in this study) and if you fall short, supplement.
- Make sure your Vitamin D levels are always at least 40 ng/ml.
- If you find your Vitamin D levels do not rise as you expect, take Magnesium for a few months and retest your Vitamin D because you may be Vitamin D Resistant.If you maintain optimal Vitamin D levels and adequate Magnesium Intake, you will decrease your risk of dying from all causes by 30% and decrease your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by 43% compared to someone who is Vitamin D Deficient.THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT DATA!! What is crucial is that nutritional deficiencies are preventable. Now that you know how important these nutrients are to your health, you will be sure to keep your Magnesium and Vitamin D optimized.Want to know if you are getting enough Magnesium (>=264 mg/day) in your diet? I have a handy tool that does it for you and it’s just $7.Original article by-
So, if you feel inclined to do the quiz, let me know how you got on …
or just tell me about the ways you keep topped up with vitamin and mineral and what you know is right for you.
If you are in the UK or Europe, let me know if you have had blood tests for Vitamin D and where you had yours done.
As always – “Live a life that fits you right!”
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