On Monday our older two babes were honored as Student of the Year award recipients for their grade levels (2nd and 4th). This award goes to students who represent the school as Responsible, Achieving, and Mindful (RAM is the school mascot)- throughout the year, both in and out of the classroom. . My initial reaction was that I was just so darn proud of them! I found myself saying (as most parents do), “Wow! We are so proud of you!” . And then I caught myself and recalled the wisdom from @drshefalitsabary, author of The Awakened Family and a revolutionary who focuses on changing messages to our children through conscious parenting. . She reminds us that our love and pride in our children is not conditional. There’s no award that they must achieve to be reminded of this and no plaque or certificate we can hang on the fridge that will ever increase or decrease our love, pride or acceptance of them. . “Wow I bet you’re so proud of yourself for showing up authentically at school, working hard, and being true to yourself! How does this make you feel to be recognized for your character?” . Just rephrasing our wording to focus on the action that led to the achievement and to reflect those actions back through their eyes can help them remain true to themselves, self-motivated, and engage their inner voice. . These are the responses that will foster self-motivated adults who show up authentically for themselves time and time again. . #functionalmedicine #knowbetterdobetter #drshafalitsabary
As many as 90% of those with hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) actually have a disease called Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition. Yet most of these patients have never even been tested for this disease by their doctor! . With Hashimoto’s your body is literally attacking your thyroid gland and destroying it. Believe me, you want to know this is happening! You need to address this disease and halt the destruction before it becomes permanent. . Another rarely investigated root cause of low thyroid function is iodine deficiency, however taking iodine with Hashimoto’s can exacerbate the condition, often making it worse. Zinc and selenium deficiencies also contribute to a root cause. So it’s worth diagnostic testing to know exactly what’s going on. . Those with Hashimoto’s on medications for hypothyroidism like levithytoxine or Synthroid (which is only synthetic T4– and by the way, the most commonly prescribed medication in the world!!) may actually need a medication that contains both T4 and T3, like Naturthroid or Armour since the entire thyroid gland is being destroyed and both hormones are lacking. . To adequately understand and treat thyroid conditions a full thyroid panel is necessary, not just TSH or T4 levels. . A full thyroid panel includes: TSH Total T3 Free T3 T3 Uptake Reverse T3 Total T4 Free T4 TPO Ab Thyroglobulin Ab Iodine levels Other micronutrients like zinc and selenium . Talk to your doctor about your concerns. YOU are in control of your health and have a right to be heard! . In our office we run full thyroid panels for our patients to address the health of this butterfly shaped gland in the neck that is so crucial to over all well-being. Even with “normal” TSH you may still experience symptoms of low thyroid, such as fatigue, lethargy, brain fog and weight gain, if not properly addressed. . #functionalmedicine #knowbetterdobetter #thyroidhealth
Heart burn= no fun! But I’ll bet you’ve never been taught exactly what’s going on... it’s not what you think. . Most who experience these upsets are on acid blocking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s), like Prilosec, or take an antacid, like Tums. BUT you’re further complicating this issue. Because, most often, the cause of heartburn is actually too LITTLE stomach acid, called hypochlorhydria. NOT too much. Say what?!?! . Because you need an acidic stomach to help digest your food and mix it into the chyme that will make its way into your bowel for nutrient absorption, having too little stomach acid can be an alarming issue. This causes your food to sit and begin fermenting in the stomach, churning and churning but not moving down. The stomach acid, sitting on top of this bolus of food, splashes up into the sensitive esophagus, thus causing the sensation of heartburn. In addition, you are likely to experience other digestive issues as you are t breaking down or absorbing your nutrients properly, leading to a host of other health issues. . Taking a PPI, and lowering your stomach acid further, is reducing the amount of acid that splashes up your esophagus, yes, but it is simultaneously propagating the issue, causing you to rely on the medication with increasing urgency as they further reduce your stomach acid with each meal. . What you need to heal is to INCREASE your stomach acid by taking Betaine HCL with each meal. Betaine HCL is an all-natural supplement made from beets with numerous additional health benefits. This will allow your body to heal in the right direction. Tapering off of PPI’s can be extremely tricky and should be done slowly and with a doctor’s supervision. Melatonin and other natural supplements have been shown to help ease this transition. You can find Digestive Enzymes with Betaine HCL in our dispensary at https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/drpatane > (enter your email) > Favorites > Digestive Support
Let’s talk chocolate... 🥰 Cacao and cocoa may look the same but switching the o’s and a’s make them very different. Here’s the truth about your chocolate... 🥰 Raw cAcAO is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes and nutrients in the cacao and removes the fat (cacao butter). 🥰 COcOA looks the same as cacao, but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures, destroying the molecular structure of the bean, & reducing the enzyme content and overall nutritional value. 🥰 Raw Cacao: * Lowers insulin resistance * Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system * Shields nerve cells from damage * Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease * Reduces your risk of stroke * Reduces blood pressure * Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease: The antioxidants found in cacao help to maintain healthy levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. Although NO has heart benefiting qualities, such as relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, it also produces toxins. The antioxidants in cacao neutralizes these toxins, protecting your heart and preventing against disease. * Guards against toxins: as a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao. * Boosts your mood: cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate. * It is rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper & manganese. 🥰 Research shows that dairy inhibits the absorption of antioxidants from raw cacao. So you’re better off avoiding milk chocolate and opting for dark chocolate, in order to reap all of the benefits. Fact! 🥰 P.S. My fav is Trader Joe’s Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar 85% cacao.