Oh, the pounding! If only you could just go to sleep right now or get a massage. It's been a busy, stressful day. Normally you cope just fine, but the buildup of stress and burning the candle at both ends has finally brought you to this point. Head aching, pounding temples, tight neck muscles, irritability and fatigue. You just can't push through any more, you have to either take a pain killer, stop and sleep or find some other relief.
I used to get headaches all the time, nearly every week (until I left my stressful, dehydrating work environment and learnt some self care!). As I had an aversion to over the counter pharmacy pain killers, due to the destruction they do to your gut lining, I became really good at using home remedies and supplements to relieve acute, stress induced headaches. These remedies, if done early enough, may intervene with the onset of migraine too, but you have to get in early!
Aren't pancakes just the best? They are one of my favourite comfort foods. Did you also know they make a nutritious, quick, brain power breakfast for the whole family? The great thing about pancakes is that they can hide away the most fantastic, brain nourishing nutrients, in a beautiful pillow of syrupy comfort.
This breakfast was designed for my son to have on school days. Aside from the extra protein from the eggs and almond meal, this recipe has added MCT oil. This helps fuel the brain with ketones for the morning without the energy slump mid morning that you normally get from a high carbohydrate breakfast. The protein in the eggs, almond meal and hydrolyzed collagen powder (oh yes, it's tasteless, the kids will never know!) helps set up an optimal neurotransmitter balance to enable focus and concentration across the morning. This is when children are often doing their most intensive academic work like maths and literacy. It's such an important time of the d...
Sometimes we just need to chill out. There are times when I come home from a busy day at work when I know my normal routine just isn't going to get those calming neurotransmitters going in abundance. So I've created this list of go-to, at-home, stress busting foods, habits and supplements that you can use in an instant to de-stress and calm and nourish your over active nervous system.
1. Warm Broth.
Hydrating, warm, calming homemade (or store bought) free range broth. Hydrating the body and encouraging good circulation and digestion, broth can be calming and warming. Perfect for to wind down with after a stressful day. Make sure you add a good dash of himalayan or celtic salt to support the adrenals and hydrate well.
2. Write down what's on your mind.
Get a pen and download a "To Do" list on good ol' fashioned paper. Releasing all that built up info from your brain can create enough relief to get the serotonin going. Writing things down helps you to remember ta...
Soo...early one morning I met up with my friend and colleague, fitness expert, Kate Martin. It was a quick catch up at the gym, you know where you really want to have a coffee but you've just got too much work to get on with. Anyway, we got chatting about all things health as we normally do, when my very action orientated Kate got the phone out to document my ramblings about why she should buy activated B complex over the standard varieties. So here are my early morning ramblings about why methylation is important, b vitamins and oestrogen detox among other things!