Archive | July 2013

Workout overload!

It’s easy to forget that we can overdo it when working out. You get in the gym groove, put your headphones on, and go crazy lifting weights or doing cardio. Many people will reach a plateau when it comes to gym progress. This is a good sign, that you may be overdoing it.

So how do you know if you are overdoing it? A good indicator may be that you seem to be getting sick more often. Or, as I said before, you have hit a progress plateau. Or you seem to be retaining a layer of fat on your abdomen.

When you work out excessively, the body will continuing releasing cortisol and will not be able to clear it properly. Excess cortisol will result in getting sick more often and fat gain. You may also notice that you are waking up in the middle of the night. It may express itself differently in different people. Cortisol is inflammatory and taxing on the immune system.

Now what constitutes working out excessively? Lifting weights, getting sore and then not waiting until you are not sore to lift again. When you tear your muscle apart during a heavy lifting workout, cortisol is produced. Waiting until the soreness goes away is your indicator that you are ready to lift again. (People do this and can still look great, but it may catch up with you after time because it is taxing on your insides.) Another huge problem, especially with females, is too much cardio. The longer your cardio session, the more muscle destroying cortisol you will produce. Exercise is NOT about calories in versus calories out. We are trying to be efficient at our exercise, so the less exercise to be the healthiest is the goal. Running for an hour on the treadmill every day is going to increase cortisol levels. Keep cardio down to under 30 minutes per session. This can be done every single day if you wish, however it doesn’t hurt to take a day off!

If you’re not at this gym obsessive point yet, remember that your body does need rest and honor that. It’s ok to not be the person who cannot skip a day of working out. It’s in your hormonal interest to be efficient. For more info check out Abs After 30 !

My love,

Dr. Kristin

Horsetail

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I decided yesterday that I need to honor nature around me and my connection with it. The way I am going to do this is to learn about 1 new herb every day/every other day. And then of course share it with you!

My herbal adventure begins with Horsetail, which is found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Some of you may have heard about this plant, which is often used to increase hair strength through its high content of silica (about 35%). The plant itself is hard and hollow, only being edible in a young state. These characteristics give it an affinity to hard structures throughout the body, making it beneficial for bones, cartilage, arteries, connective tissues, and skin.

This plant is especially useful for people with silica deficiency. This can be observed through several characteristics including hair becoming thin and splitting, weak nails, hangnails, and infections around the nails. Mucus membranes also become weak, leading way to allergies, particularly in the sinuses and chronic bladder issues.

Horsetail can aid in rebuilding joints, where bone and cartilage have weakened. It also helps to strengthen vessels to avoid varicosities.

This herb also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties making it beneficial for old inflammations, abscesses, or other breakouts of the skin. It is known as the “herbal scalpel” because of its ability to draw out old infections.

Typical ways to utilize this plant includes capsule form of the dried herb, alcohol tinctures, and/or tea. The best way to decide if an herb is for you is to see a health care practitioner who prescribes herbs.

To sum up a list of things this herb is excellent for;
-silica deficiency/malabsorption
-chronic bladder infections
-joint degeneration
-varicose veins
-chronic allergies

My love,

Dr. Kristin

A Fresh Start Every Day

Every morning when we awake is a new day to treat our bodies with the care and love we deserve. As our bodies have been regenerating and repairing throughout the night, the morning brings an empty canvas. A great way to jump start your digestive function is to drink a large glass of quality water with fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime. In case you are wondering what quality water is, (refer to a previous article) reverse osmosis is my personal choice as it removes chlorine AND fluoride. Since all our cells function through the medium of water, a large glass first thing is a good way to jump start your metabolism after a good 8 hour liquid fast in the night.

Now for the fun part… fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice! What exactly is this good for? Lemons and limes are great liver detoxifiers. They both help to stimulate the production of liver enzymes and bile, which aids in the digestive process. These citrus fruits have also been shown to lower the glycemic index of the food being consumed along with them, which is great for diabetics and for weight loss.

A tall glass in the morning will help flush your digestive tract first thing in the morning, and help rid yourself of harmful toxins from the foods you’ve eaten. It’s such a great way to start your healthy day!

My love,

Dr. Kristin