What happens when you have a hormonal imbalance?

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3 chief culprits of female hormone issues according to Dr. Daniel Kalish: EMOTIONAL STRESS (such as death, divorce, etc within a year or two of loss), DIETARY STRESS (sugar, excess carbs, food sensitivities, eating too much (even healthy foods)), stress from PAIN OR INFLAMMATION (hidden inflammation, chronic infections in gut, which causes them to be fat, frazzled, and tired). While we can’t always control emotional stress, and inflammation (gut issues) can occur no matter how diligent we are, there are some things we can control:

Take time to control and manage stress, control your blood sugar by eating REAL food, and listen to your body and find a practitioner that knows how to check early warning signs (symptoms) of issues that are occurring before they get out of control. Having hormone imbalance is not fun. It can cause anxiety, depression, thyroid issues, weight gain, emotional instability, inability to deal with stress, etc.

Dr. Dan Kalish and others are part of the female hormone solution event so grab your seat: http://www.thefemalehormonesolution.com/

Here is a sneak peak to Dr. Libby Weaver PhD talking about Rushing woman’s syndrome: http://www.thefemalehormonesolution.com/sneak-preview/

Essential addition to your bathroom cabinet, gym bag, or first aid kit

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I am always asked what should you do in between appointments for muscle soreness and self care. I like to recommend instead of taking over the counter medicine use nature own medicine. Here is my suggestion and a way to purchase it.

dō̄TERRA’s Deep Blue Rub a blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that provides targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles.

Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, Deep Blue’s cool therapeutic benefit will be felt almost immediately.

Apply topically with gentle massage directly to areas of discomfort and pain. This would include areas of inflammation, sprain, bruising, sore muscles, joints, arthritis, rheumatism, and carpel tunnel. Combine with warm compresses for best results. Relief for these issues can also be effective in a bath using 4-5 drops agitated in the water or using a dispersing agent. Pain blends are very effective against headaches and migraines.

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dōTERRA’s top-selling Deep Blue essential oil blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus, Deep Blue Rub is an essential addition to your bathroom cabinet, gym bag, or first aid kit.

$39.00 plus shipping

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Headaches, grinding, clenching your jaw

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jawpainIt’s a sign of the times we live in. If you have ever experienced jaw pain or popping, teeth grinding, ringing ears, chronic headaches, and other issues. You may have already suspected these can be related to muscle tension and mis-alignment in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

How chronic stress is a factor:

Stress has a role on these particular muscles where fear and other intense emotions take hold. You may know it as the body/mind connection. When we experience fear, for example, a common defensive response is to instinctively clench core muscles in order to protect our most vulnerable areas, the belly and throat. When contracted so suddenly it is often difficult for muscles to relax again completely, and when they stay tense this can feed a cycle which keeps the brain in a state of stress and in turn reinforces tension in the deep hip muscles.

There is a wealth of mainstream medical research on the many physiological effects of the fight-or-flight stress response, including many studies which focus on the way stress hormones effect the brain and suggest that emotionally (and therefore hormonally) charged experiences may actually change the shape of our brains. This theory helps to explain why it can be difficult to “turn off” the physiological stress response.

Read from my practice blog for more information and the correlation with your hips and jaws The hip-jaw connection:

Massage Therapy helps depression and anxiety symptoms

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depressionfeel sad, anxious and overwhelmed these feeling can be brief. But when it interferes with daily life it may be a sign that your dealing with something more than feeling blue, depression with accompanying anxiety can affect your health.

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Massage a powerful tool to fight depression and anxiety naturally this is in addition to your other strategies for prevention.

What new research shows: A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry.

In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. (Cortisol can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.)

Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

Related articles:
Massage a powerful tool to fight depression and anxiety naturally
CDC – Depression Treatment

7 thing you should know about your posture

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  1. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees , and ankles should align when standing.ba
  2. When sitting at the office, tilt your screen to avoid craning your neck.
  3. It’s best to sleep on your back on a firm mattress.
  4. Stand up straight
  5. Stand up and look in a mirror. Check out which areas are preventing you from standing up straight. Are your shoulders slouched forward? Is your head down? Is your back bent? Straighten out whatever is slouching and observe the difference.
  6. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should make one straight line. Relax your shoulders and slightly bend your knees — you don’t want to look like a robot. If you’re standing for a long period of time, make sure to continue shifting your weight every so often.
  7. If you’re bending down to pick up something, bend your knees and hips; don’t bend down and grab the object with just your waist.

To learn more
Are your shoulders in a forward slump?

How posture contributes to back pain

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back-pain from lower cross syndromePosture is important to the overall well-being of your back. Posture is actually affecting you constantly. You have a certain posture when you sleep, when you sit, and when you stand.

You want to try to minimize the stress on your back muscles, which will, in turn relive the lower back pain you may be feeling. You don’t want to pull your shoulders back too far and overcompensate, but you also don’t want to be hunching, or curling your shoulders forward, which will also result in pain.

While you are standing or walking, try to have your shoulders evenly over your hips- not pulling in any way too far to the front or the back. While sitting, it helps most people to have a pillow or a back supporter to put behind their back while sitting.

What to look for… First sit properly, you sit all day long most likely, or if you are on your feet much of the day, you probably spend the evenings sitting. Most people actually do not sit properly. Whether you are hunching your shoulders, not using the proper muscles in your abdomen, or any of the many ways we sit improperly, you need to re-learn how to sit properly. You want to sit up straight, and with your shoulders slightly pulled back, positioned over your hips.

The second tip is quite the opposite- stand! Many people don’t stand often enough if they sit behind a desk for work. Make sure to get up and walk around. Try walking for a few minutes every half hour, or at least every hour, to keep your body moving and feeling more comfortable. The more stationary you are sitting at a desk, the worse your back pain will probably be.

When you’re asleep, you are, most likely, laying in one still position for an extended period of time (several hours). When you are stressing your muscle for a period of time, it might get uncomfortable, but if you are asleep, you may not realize that you need to adjust your body. This leads to stiffness and pain in the morning when you wake up. If you’ve always slept on your side, you’ll probably continue to do so, and the same goes for stomach and back sleepers.

The good thing is there are slight ways to change this cycle. If you are a side sleeper, use a pillow to put in between your legs, to balance out the weight of your legs from pulling the muscles in your back. You can use a pillow you have at home, or you can buy one of the specially designed pillows for just this type of pain. If you are a back or stomach sleeper, you can similarly use a pillow for relief by placing it under your back, or under your stomach, to balance out your body weight. You’ll probably have to try it out for a few nights to get comfortable with it, but you may find easy relief by doing so.

Simple things to do that help…
Heat: A simple, cheap and easy fix for many cases of lower back pain is heat. A homemade rice filled heating bag that can be thrown into the microwave for a few minutes. This will provide almost immediate relief for many cases of back pain. This typically only provides short-term relief, which you can also get by taking a hot bath. If your back pain is minor or only occurs occasionally, this may help you. If you suffer from constant back pain, this may give you temporary relief every now and then, but you will probably need to try more serious fixes.

Bath and Epsom Salts: Epsom salts, and medicated bath salts, can be wonderful for lower back pain. Soaking in a hot bath on its own can be a help for many people, so the addition of the salts can work wonders on back pain. This is because the salts have almost magical ways of relieving muscles that are strained and stressed.

Are you local to Chicago and need help! Restoring proper structure and biomechanics not only alleviates pain, but can positively affect a variety of physiological conditions to learn more www.nmtforhealth.com