Is taking care of yourself the new hustle?
Dr. Patti Haebe thinks so! Specializing in naturopathetic medicine allows Dr. Haebe to spend a good amount of time with her patients focusing on identifying the root of the issue rather than treating symptoms. The root can sometimes be lifestyle, diet, or hormonal imbalances that affect everything from your skin to your mood.
Something as simple as waking up and being in the sunlight triggers a positive cortisol hormone release that keeps you energized until the evening. On the flip side, something as simple as scrolling through your phone before bed can hinder your brains' ability to create melatonin and interrupt your ability to fall asleep. Imbalances in your hormone rhythm can lead to adrenal fatigue, which can be simplified into two categories: hyper-responsive and hypo-responsive
Hyper-responsive adrenal fatigue can present itself as that wired/tired anxious feeling and sleeplessness, while hypo-responsive feels more like overall exhaustion and trouble getting out of bed in the morning. It's hard to know whether adrenal fatigue is the product of, or the source of your stress, but luckily there are some manageable steps to combat it.
1. Get in the rhythm
Have a bedtime routine that includes unplugging and winding down in the dark at night. Likewise, a little sunshine in the morning (from a window or light therapy) will help get your day off to a good start.
2. Meditate, duh.
Are you sick of hearing about meditation? Have you tried it? The reason it comes up again and again is because it WORKS! Start small, be consistent, and unlock the change from within.
3. Be Salty
If you’re heart healthy don’t be afraid to incorporate a little salt and electrolytes into your diet. Ever wonder why you pee so much when you’re nervous? Your adrenal glands are firing off cortisol and excreting salt, pumping it through the kidneys, and causing you to run to the bathroom on top of everything else you got going on.
4. Eat nice to yourself
Try to eat the foods that you know your body is craving, and avoid the ones that make you feel icky. Easier said than done, we know. Common sense, maybe. Already have a pretty strict diet? Maybe you need to add something in or try something different. Plant based eaters should be mindful of vitamin B and amino acids, while everyone should get lots of green veggies in daily.
5. Be a Zebra. Just kidding.
Dr. Haebe references the book “Why Zebras don’t get Ulcers” by Robert M Sapolsky. The example given is that of two zebras drinking from a river. A lion approaches and both Zebras make a run for it (fight or flight kicks in = major cortisol spike).
One survives, one doesn't. The surviving zebra has moved a little way down the river, but continues happily drinking while his buddy gets dragged off by the lion. Why isn’t the zebra stressed about his buddy? Animal stressors are accepted as episodic, while human stressors are considered chronic. But, it’s possible you might be treating an episodic stressor as a chronic one.
Channel your inner zebra and majorly chill instead of overthinking something that is already over.
In short, give your attention to the things that you can control, let go of the things that you cannot control.
These adjustments could add up to a huge change when followed regularly, and cost nothing! That said, medicine is not a one-size fits all situation. Always be an advocate for your own health and listen to your body.
Dr. Patti has sessions with people all around the world. If you are looking for a more holistic approach to healing and would like a doctor to see the entire picture of what is going on with your health book an appointment now! You can reach out to Patti through her Instagram @dr.patti_haebe