I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about health and life and how we are all living it, and ya know, the usual. And she asked me what I would have people ask themselves on the reg to make sure they are staying in alignment with health.
I came up with these on the spot and thought I’d share ‘em.
In no particular order
What’s my Vitamin D Level?
I’ve talked about this before, I have only ONCE seen a normal vitamin D level when I’ve run labs on patients. Now I don’t say always and never when I don’t mean it, and here I do.
We are afraid of the sun and are chronically deficient and low vitamin D levels can contribute to a multitude of diseases.
90% of the active D3 in our body is derived from sunlight. The remaining 10% is dietary.
Ideally your levels would be 50-80 ng/ml.
And if they aren’t?
Get out in the sun, just don’t burn. And take a supplement, ideally vitamin D3 (which is the active form) and you’d take 2,000-5,000 ius/day.
I love this one cuz its liquid and tastes super awesome.
What’s My Vitamin B12 Level?
Along with vitamin D, vitamin B12 is another vitamin that I see has being chronically low, and the reason? Most of it is malabsorbsion, meaning that we are EATING it, but our stomach and intestines are shut down because of chronic stress, so we don’t ABSORB it.
And why do we need it?
Many reasons, and to name a few it plays a role in our cardiovascular health, red blood cell production, which is why you’ll see this deficiency with anemia. It also plays a key role in brain and nervous system health.
So a lot of times when I see deficiencies I hear fatigue, numbness and tingling in extremities, brain fog, depression, and an inflamed tongue to name a few.
So how to get it?
Eat sardines, organic pasture raised beef, wild game, eggs, salmon and shrimp.
And if you need to supplement I love this one
Am I Eating PROTEIN for Breakfast?
It’s SO SO SUPER important to eat protein breakfast to help balance your blood sugar and set you out on the right foot. It helps your adrenal glands, it reduces sugar cravings, it give you sustaining energy, and it comes in fun forms like
- Breakfast Sausage
- Protein Powder
- (my fav is Arbonnes)
- Breakfast Quinoa
- Oatmeal with nuts/seeds
- Nut Butters
Promise your brain, adrenals, energy, hormones, stomach, intestines, gut bugs, your mood, and your kids, spouse and coworkers will thank you.
Say goodbye to crankypants and afternoon crashes forever.
Am I Managing Stress?
I really don’t like this word. But for lack of a better way of communicating the point I’ll use it.
Stress is not a problem when it’s acute.
For example: running from a tiger, or a dog incase you don’t live in India or work at a zoo. Avoiding a car accident. A cut on your arm.
It’s a problem when it’s chronic.
For example: hating your job, everyday. Worrying about money, everyday. Being married to someone you don’t like, everyday. Eating foods that are not adding health, everyday. Letting your life run you instead of you running it, everyday.
When the stress response is being triggered daily, over time the body will start to shut down. And viola, disease.
So managing it?
Meh, again, I don’t like that word either.
Lets change the question to this:
What Am I Doing That’s FUN On A Daily Basis?
Do I Laugh Daily?
When you are doing those things stress gets put aside for awhile and your body, mind, spirit, kids, spouse and coworkers will thank you.
Say goodbye to crazypants and emotional breakdowns…for at least a moment.
Do I Have Good Sleep Hygiene?
This is another one I’ve talked about here (_______) and its SO SUPER important to have routine around sleep, avoid taking sleep medications, and sleeping in the dark.
All for lots of reasons, but two of the main ones are that the ROUTINE around sleep helps add health to your adrenal glands (who are also responsible for the stress response, so you can assume that they are already…well…stressed and could use all the help they can get).
And the other is that when you sleep in TOTAL darkness a hormone called GROWTH HORMONE is able to come out and do its job of repairing, healing and restoring the body while your BRAIN is sleeping.
And if there is any light in the room this hormone is not able to come out fully.
And trust me, you want it to, it’s the best anti-aging drug out there…and it’s FREE.
When Was The Last Time I Did Something For The First Time?
I was asked this a while ago and it made my brain bend a bit. I really had to think about this. And I did come up with a few, but it made me realize how caught in day in day out things that we do over and over again.
Not only is doing something for the first time help with neuron expansion and growth, it can trigger fear which is a really healthy thing, because when you push through it, BREAKTHROUGH AND TRANSFORMATION on the other side.
As I say there is a bigger badass-er version of you on the other side of the four letter “F” word called FEAR.
What was mine?
I went to my first horse clinic with Sage, by quarter horse this past weekend. It scared the $%^# out of me. And let me tell you, by the end of it, I could conquer anything with that mare.
So go get ‘em folks.