Some of us wake up drained
Some of us wake up re-charged.
Dopamine – Functions include: Pleasure, Fine Motor Skills and Preservation of our body.
Oxytocin – Known as the maternal hormone, but also arises when we have physical contact with another human.
Serotonin – A mood regulator related to happiness. Lowered levels are noted in people with depression.
Endorphins – Reduces pain, boosts pleasure and overall gives us a feeling of wellbeing.
Cortisol – This chemical controls your fight or flight and can leave you feeling fearful and drained if not managed. It also manages blood sugar, metabolism & inflammation.
We need to learn how to trigger these different hormones because they charge up our batteries to enhance our creativity and critical thinking.
Being able to do this sets us up to develop skills.
Sometimes we try to force skills training when we are really starved to meet Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
An example of this might be a student struggling to read. – We tend to pile more reading on him because we think he needs to “practice” when in actuality there are many other things going on that we need to address before he can concentrate on learning.
For example, if there is a tumult at home or if he is tired, hungry or self-conscious about his clothes being dirty, more reading assignments aren’t going to help him.
He needs his personal needs met first.
I found this study very fascinating and related it back to my own experiences as a school nurse. We saw these students that needed personal needs met. They were great kids. All they needed was to feel safe, satisfy hunger and get a bit of rest before they could effectively do school work.
Even in adulthood we often try to force-feed skills but if your emotional batteries are not charged, you feel drained, anxious or overwhelmed you will not be productive and efficient in developing skills.
Often the way we feel is chemically dictated. Not to say we can’t change our attitude – we can change the chemicals going on in our body by consciously changing our attitude.
I have had times when I come home from the office tired, and I’m sure you have as well, and just don’t feel like jumping into the home life or whatever else needs to be done. But with some quiet reflection, while on your way home or a few minutes before entering a room, you can change your attitude and the whole intention and outcome of what you are about to do. It is for sure easier, as I’m sure you have noticed, to do when you are not overtired or over-hungry etc., to manage the mood you show up with.
“Don’t worry about how to succeed but how to strive to add value to those around you.Albert Einstein
The most frequently diagnosed emotional problems and the reason people are missing work or failing to show up is these days are: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and being overwhelmed.
If we pay attention to these things going on in our own life – we can tune out the noise of so many things coming at us, tune into “recharging” our bodies and feel so much happier and more productive in our lives.
Elizabeth Gilbert (in the interview I listened to) talked about the 5 F’s. Take these into consideration both personally & professionally as well.
Without our health (fitness) we can’t be helpful to others, and without taking care of our family everything else around us will eventually crumble. No one ever wakes up and says “I wish I had worked more” but if we miss time with family it is gone.
To me Faith is a very high priority because it may be hard to stay grounded in what is important in this world without it. Finance and friends are still important but can be shuffled around a little more.
Family and Fitness can only be dropped a couple of times to be damaged. So even during times in your life when you feel the need to hustle it is important to put time in for family & fitness.
The author I got these ideas from mentioned that she has never met a successful person in life that doesn’t have a story of hardship behind them. Upon reflection, I’ve come to realize that this really has been the case for me. I have had a lot of tough times in my life that have made me stronger. I’m sure you have had hard times in your life that have made you a stronger person as well.
If this is anything you want to share with me I look forward to hearing from you.
Until Next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN
I’ve had someone close to me suffering with this and thought that you or someone in your family may be suffering from this as well. My friend got to having such bad heartburn that he quit eating anything spicy. Even high acid food like tomatoes and many other things in his diet would trigger acid reflux. Another friend of mine is taking anti-acids but doesn’t seem to think it is fixing anything because the symptoms come right back when he stops the medications.
If you look up GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder) You will find that it is the loss of pressure between the sphincter and the stomach. Medical experts say it is a relaxation of the sphincter (valve) at the top of the stomach.
Heartburn is often a symptom of GERD caused by acid reflux. So it appears as if all of these issues are linked back to this one root cause.
Are you struggling with any of these symptoms? If so, you may learn from the struggles my friends have experienced.
Another friend of mine was having digestive issues, so he cut all fermented foods out of his diet. It worked to an extent, but limited a lot of foods he could eat because he also had to also remove many raw foods from his diet as well.
I don’t know if you’ve thought about how frustrating this is, but for me when I want to eat healthy, having handy raw foods around just makes things easy. Would you agree? It is easier to eat healthy when you can prepare a nice bowl of fresh vegetables you can grab a few pieces of throughout the day… They are just so handy!
The medical research will say these 3 issues are caused by pregnancy, smoking, obesity, Hiatal hernia etc… so there is not a lot of information or data out there about the actual causes of this combination of digestive issues.
Instead, the research talks about the risk factors, the related triggers and medications for relief but no answers to the cause.
There are basically 3 types of medications people end up using for Acid Reflux, GERD & Heartburn:
All 3 of these reduce the acid in the stomach and have pretty scary side effects…
Side effects of PPI (Protein Pump Inhibitors) are:
Side Effects of Tums (too much Calcium Carbonate)
Side Effects of H2 Receptor Blockers
All of these medication types also cause a condition called “Achlorhydria” – A condition where you don’t have acid in your stomach anymore. You could also have decreased Achlorhydria – which is a decreased amount of acid in your stomach.
The side effects of not having acid in your stomach are:
So the medications that are supposed to treat the symptoms actually add to the problem.
So what causes Acid Reflux, GERD & Heartburn?
Is it too much acid? That is more of a sour stomach that can lead to gastritis. Probably not…
With all of these, you are having too much of the stomach acid splashing up into the valve on the top of the stomach.
So what causes this?
Autonomic Nervous System problems and a few other physical conditions that cause low stomach acid include:
So if lack of stomach acid is causing the condition, adding acid back into the diet can often make these conditions go away. Things like apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCL can help bring stomach acid levels back to normal.
So there is a relationship between the stomach acid and the sphincter valve. If the stomach acid stays the right pH (between 1-3) the valve will stay closed nice and tight.
If you have these make sure you fortify your body with:
Zink, Potassium, Sea salt, Iodine, and B3
I hope this has been helpful in your day. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day in a glass of water does wonderful things for the digestive system. Another is organic lemon juice is very good for this. The lemon juice also defends your body from making kidney stones.
I look forward to hearing from you. Let me know if you want further product recommendations and I will get those over to you.
Until Next time, this is Nurse Mary and Be – Well!
Irritated joints, irritation in the digestive tract, even high blood pressure and allergies can be a sign of inflammation.
Autoimmune disorders can crop up from unmanaged inflammation.
Inflammation culprits can be many and depending on who you are. Things that irritate me could be different from what irritates you, and vice versa.
Inflammation doesn’t only affect joints. You may not have known that irritation of the digestive tract often follows that of the joints.
Take a guess at what the # 1 inflammatory food is? You guessed it. Sugar.
This is a shocking observation, but the reality is that it’s everywhere and extremely hard to avoid.
Besides sugar, there are many foods we eat that the body processes just like sugar.
White flour products such as donuts, cakes, white bread & desserts are all broken down and used by the body in a very similar way.
Sugar by itself can pose threats to our health, however, these problems can be amplified significantly when this sugar is mixed with fat. For example Ice cream, donuts, and other sweet treats you’re surrounded by tend to raise your risk of inflammation greatly.
Speaking from my own experience, I have a friend that brought his blood pressure down simply by removing ice cream and most deserts from his diet.
It wasn’t enough to get off his blood pressure medication, however, it was enough to keep his blood pressure from creeping up.
Surprisingly, one of the things that cause inflammation isn’t actually food itself, it’s the additives that are often found in the foods we buy.
Things like dies, preservatives and other chemicals cause a lot of inflammation in our body because they are foreign objects our body doesn’t know what to do with.
Yes, you guessed it, foods such as the ones we were raised on, right from the earth.
Eat more foods the way God made them like our parents and grandparents used to eat
– Foods procured by the sweat of our brow.
Sometimes we develop bad habits of eating packaged foods because it tells us grams of carbs, protein, fat, fiber, etc., but look at all the stuff we can’t pronounce…
I get it, I do it myself! Don’t get me wrong, I want you to become a label reader. Often it is a safer choice to put it back if it has more than 3 ingredients or things you can’t pronounce.
Some fruits have an over-abundance of natural sugar in them, which can be concerning. However, vegetables have a natural balance of carbs, fiber, protein and calories. Therefore you don’t have to worry about the caloric amount of vegetables.
If you have trouble with raw vegetables, steam them. This allows you to keep some of the nutrition without cooking everything away.
Thank you for your kind attention. I look forward to coming alongside you in your quest for better health.
Isn’t that what you want? Better health, to be able to continue to do the things you love to do longer?
You Can! Never give up on that dream. We want to come alongside you and help you on that quest. I’m Mary Howard RN. Until next time be well!
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Put yourself in positive surroundings – a walk, pleasant places in nature, calm spaces, images that lift you up. We have identified 4 things that may help to inspire you in your day, and in your life.
Break your pattern of routine and do something that is adventurous to you. A walk, a bike ride… or something even more intense. What is something you can do physically to activate your brain, your body, and your breath? Those things energize you and open you to new ideas and thoughts.
Get outside your norm and go somewhere completely different from your typical routine. They are good for you even if you have to schedule your adventure out for a future time in your life. Make those bucket lists. Those are some of the things that will enrich your life.
Be inspired by visiting places where people from history thrived. These are archives of great accomplishments.
Even though they are from the past they can still inspire you to look forward. These people just lived their lives, they didn’t know that they were shaping history.
See the passion and enthusiasm of others and live vicariously through their energy.
Even if they are not in an area you would normally be interested in it still helps open your mind and energy and inspiration.
Part of this is getting out of your own bubble. Meeting new people helps break your own boundaries of thinking and gives you other perspectives to see things from.
This doesn’t sound as exciting as the other items but it is a chance to “hang out” with yourself.
Think about what you actually want in life. Write out your own ideas and see how you matter, how you are enough. See what your dreams are and how they are important.
You have got to do the work. What do you want life to be about? When you do this you will start to feel inspired more often.
I hope this has been helpful in your day. We want to inspire you to move forward in your journey of life & of better health. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, simply reply to this email.
I look forward to hearing your stories of adventure and the things that inspire you in your life. I read every email and do my best to reply to every comment.
Until Next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN
Have you ever struggled with heavy bleeding? Hemorrhage or even simply really heavy periods? How about menopause issues? How about Cysts, Ovarian Cysts or Endometriosis?
Some of my very close friends and I have suffered with these issues. It is really important for me to share what I came across. In fact, I don’t understand for the life of me why it is not being shared more publicly!
As uncomfortable as it is for me to talk about, I’ll tell you that I had some major bleeding issues while going through Menopause. I didn’t want to have to talk about it or even deal with it but it was affecting my productivity in a major way in my life. As a Mom, as a wife, at my work, at managing my home, it felt like it was all caving in on me.
From my medical background, I had heard of Vitamin K but had dismissed the idea of using it because it causes blood clotting so quickly that the conclusion was it was dangerous to take as a supplement. I decided I wanted to try just a little of it to see if it would help me.
Talk about opening a can of worms. I found out there is a huge difference between vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K1 is just what I had know about. It helps the blood to clot and has very little other function in the body.
Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has so many benefits that you must to hear about! It is good for young women, older women & even men 🙂
It supports the heart, the brain, and has a major role in calcium absorption in our body.
Here are the details of my research if you would like to read it:
Health benefits and sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein. Prothrombin is a clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.
Vitamin K is also given to treat and prevent vitamin K deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough vitamin K. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones (osteoporosis) and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.
Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health, while vitamin K1 has no significant benefits.
Blood clotting, which prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)
Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft tissues like arteries and kidneys)
May help support bone, heart and brain health.
Vitamin K2 dosage for adults: Between 100-300mcg per day is considered a standard dose. Dosages up to 600mcg per day for certain conditions may be necessary.
Vitamin K1 is primarily found in leafy green vegetables, while K2 is most abundant in fermented foods and some animal products. Vitamin K2 may be absorbed better by the body, and some forms may stay in the blood longer than vitamin K1. These two things may cause K1 and K2 to have different effects on your health.
|Vitamin K1||Vitamin K2|
|What does it do?||Blood clotting – prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)||Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft issues like arteries and kidneys)May help support bone, heart and brain health.|
|Found In||Green leafy vegetables||Fermented foods (some European hard cheeses and Natto or fermented soybeans)Fatty organ meats like liverChicken dark meatSome pork productsEgg yolks from pastured chickenGrass-fed butter|
|Daily Value (RDA)||90 micrograms for women|
120 micrograms for men
|Not yet established, but experts recommend 100 to 200 micrograms of K2 daily.|
|Deficiency Symptoms||BruisesIncreased bleeding timeSmall blood clots under nailsIncreased bleeding in mucous membranes.||Weak bonesIncreased plaque deposits along the gumlineIncrease in cavitiesArterial calcification|
|Causes of deficiency||Lack of green leafy vegetables in the dietAnticoagulant medications (Warfarin/Coumadin)AntibioticsFat malabsorption disorders.||Lack of fermented foods and organ meats in the diet.|
|Effect on bone & Heart Health||Minimal||Moderate|
|Present in the brain||NO||Yes!|
|Interferes with function of blood thinning medications||Interferes with function of blood-thinning medications||Yes. Vitamin K2 can also interfere with the blood thinning medications. Talk to your doctor before using Vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking Warfarin or other similar drugs.|
I hope this information has been helpful in your day. If it has please share it forward with a friend or family member.
If this information has caused more questions than answers please reply here and send me a message so we can chat.
If you have had a personal life-changing experience after supplementing with vitamin K2 or after consciously eating foods rich in Vitamin K2 – I can’t wait to hear your story. Please reach out to me.
I hope this has been helpful in your day.
Until next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN
p.s. Do you want to know what product I use now every day? Here are a couple of my favorites that I use and didn’t want to keep this from in case it is something that might make as big a difference in your life as it has in mine.
These 2 are my favorites:
Vitamin D with K2 – Super easy to take (just 6 drops of oil)
Vitamin K2 + Resveratrol – A small capsule that has Vitamin K2 & the added anti-inflammatory benefits of Resveratrol.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
Natural remedies for allergies. So a friend of mine asked me, Mary, what kind of things would you use if you were struggling with allergies right now?
Pollen Is high these days, right away my mind comes back to the basics. Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint. They have such an amazing synergistic effect.
Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint are natural antihistamines. Combining the three together they complement each other well.
If you would prefer to listen to this content here is a handy video:
There are a few ways you could use Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint to help you with your allergies:Read More…
Thank you for your reply to my article “From Walking with a Walker to Walking 5 Miles“. I had so many replies and requests to write about this subject that I thought I had better not put it off too long.
When we think about anti-inflammatory foods we have to think about 2 aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods we can eat and the foods we need to avoid. Some foods irritate the digestive system and ultimately the joints and some foods calm the digestive system causing less body system irritations. We will look at several of these pieces.
The other piece of this is that it will look different for you than it will for me and different for me than someone else you know. There may be some family similarities but not always.
One thing to you might consider if you are really ready to figure out what foods are bothering you the most is to try a 30-day whole food re-set. I have done one and it is really eye-opening. I am not the best guide on one of these so I will refer you to a book if you are interested in doing that.Whole: The 30 Day Whole Foods Challenge
What I will do for you though is help you with some basics. There are actually groups of inflammatory foods. So you may be sensitive to one but not the other. That is why eating a clean diet for 3 weeks to 30 days is so helpful when beginning this journey.
Sugar is probably the most inflammatory of all the foods. We have a list of sugars and hidden names for sugars. Most sweeteners are really not safe either because they are highly processed foods. The only sweetener that I trust is Stevia. There are some good stevia choices now that don’t leave a bitter after taste. Let me know if that is something you are interested in.
Here is a handy list: 61 Hidden Names for SugarRead More…
Jo’s Journey with her Grandson who had Severe Eczema
Atopic Dermatitis – is dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.
Here is a real story with amazing results with just a few simple dietary suggestions as a result of a BioMeridian Scan.
Jo’s Grandson suffered from Eczema and had been to many doctors. The family was frustrated with no real good answers to how to best help this child. They went to Dermatologists and tried multiple kinds of creams and other remedies without good results.
Somewhere between the age of 1 and
His Primary Care Doctor and even a Dermatologist continued to prescribe Steroids and other creams –
I helped my daughter with home remedies and she eliminated milk and other foods.
At one point the Dr did a blood test to identify allergies but nothing healed his skin.
The raw patches on the back of his knees, legs and feet were so severe that he got a staph infection,
I turned to Evelyn…
Her scan results showed Gluten (which earlier I said we had eliminated foods but it was her total results that made the difference)
Sun Screen also showed as skin issue – which putting Sun Screen on his fair skin was always a fight and he would fuss and this we passed it off as just being difficult. We studied Gluten and became aware of everything that has Gluten – It was summer and we switched to a Zinc Sunscreen.
The Little Guy detoxed for about 30 days and then his skin became clear and that little 5-year-old was so happy! He took over his health even at his young age, being aware of what he ate, and would remind you he needed the Enzymes.
This was something we struggled with for over 3 years and so Grateful for Evelyn and how she helped us.
It was amazing to find out that the root of his skin problems came from within. That his digestive tract was yelling for help through his skin. His Eczema became so bad that he had sores on his legs. At one point the sores became infected with staph.
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Over and over we are told the world is ending for modern medicine regarding the fight against germs and viruses of every form. We now know people are dying in hospitals from flesh-eating bacteria and the elderly are succumbing from upper respiratory infections by the hundreds of thousands.
What if all of this was simply due to patents and control of the marketplace, not medicine? It’s true. Let me explain.
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This rare oil is extracted from the leaf of the Melissa plant and is cherished by many for its broad array of uses and benefits. Melissa essential oil contains strong soothing properties, and, when used aromatically or topically, it can help promote feelings of relaxation and can assist in calming tension and nerves.
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