I take a prescription for synthroid. My refill calls for a doctor visit. This week, I had the priviledge of sitting with a holistic health care professional. www.sajune.com is the website for the fine facility I visited. During this 45 minute, $150 session I learned a lot about hormones, nutrition and bathroom habits! It’s not that I didn’t think I would learn a lot. I knew I would, but it was what this professional emphasised that surprised me.
She explained that our hormone levels control our ability to utilize the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals we have in our bodies. I had always thought nutrition was the basis of great health first. She later explained what many of us already know, the mind and spirit are what really are foundational to great health. More on that in future blogs.
The symptoms listed on the medical form I filled out are, among others, sleep problems, irritability, depression, hair loss, dry skin, lethargy. Having any of these could point toward a hormone imbalance. This day I learned that because I did not have any of the symptoms on their list, that hormones are not my specific problem. And even though my synthroid dosage must be alright, I’ll still have to visit the lab.
For most people, men and women, who come to them not feeling quite right, a battery of blood tests are suggested that include a measure of every vitamin and mineral level including iodine, and, of course the hormone levels. It is very comprehensive and of course, the cost for it reflects this. You pay for another half and hour consultation to review the results and to form a plan to correct any imbalances. The supplements they would recommend might not be in a pill form. She said there may be other, much more effective ways to achieve desired results!
WOW! I am thankful that I am well. I need only to heed a couple of the strong suggestions she made for me and take my synthroid and …. and…. I am not getting the battery of tests.
This is what she recommended for me. Eat more, more, more leafy greens! I already eat really well, but she said that we can always utilize more B vitamins and calcium. It’s true. Such a toxic and stress filled world we live in. These vital nutrients help us with those immensely. Chinese medicine, (this I learned from my acupuncturist) tells us that green foods help us deal with grief and disappointment. Greens are life giving, life affirming, gosh, downright hope filled!
This health care professional told me that I must, no matter how good I eat, take a multi-vitamin that is in capsule form. A tablet might just be too hard to digest completely. She saw from my medical form that I already exercise regularly and take enzymes. She asked me to answer honestly when she asked me about bathroom habits. She said most people don’t sit long enough or often enough. Thanking Dr. Oz, because he speaks of this on Oprah, she told me that we all should sit at least twice daily producing an S shaped, well you know what I mean. Anything less, she said is not optimal health.
I have never been told to sit longer and more often in the bathroom! Luckily I would like to read more of the books I love so here is my excuse! As instructed, I cooked up some beautiful greens. You could, dear reader, buy a bag of collard greens and look up a recipe. Spice ’em up. Yum! Yum! Optimal health!