The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes BURN-OUT as an occupational phenomenon. “Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” (1)
Some questions to ask yourself if you deal with burn-out:
Are you eating enough protein and fibre? How is your digestion?
Are you having deep, restful, uninterrupted sleep? Do you wake up feeling rested?
Do you have enough energy to get through the week? A day at work?
What are you doing to truly REST? Are you doing it enough?
Are you moving your body? And is the right type of movement for what you need?
Are you engaging in a mental practice such as prayer, meditation or deep breathing?
Do you need to seek counselling to digest what’s going on at work?
Are you hydrated? (Or are you simply jacked up on coffee?)
Do you have social supports to discuss your workplace stress with?
What measures do you need to take at work in order to effectively work through that stress while at work? (ie. I spend some time doing deep breathing between patients if I’m feeling anxious or stressed out!)
What do you really need to help yourself overcome workplace stress?
World Health Organization: Burn-Out an “Occupational Phenomenon”: International Classification of Diseases. May 28, 2019.
Amenorrhea: the absence of your period.
And then amenorrhea is divided into 2 categories: primary and secondary.
We’re going to talk about secondary amenorrhea, which can be observed as: the absence of a period for 3 months in women who had previously had REGULAR cycles, or the absence of a period for 6 months in women who had already been experiencing IRREGULAR cycles.
So - the liver is responsible for detoxing alcohol. But it’s also important for metabolizing estrogen. In women, more than one alcoholic drink per day has been shown to increase circulation of androgens (ie. testosterone) and estrogens (1, 2) – this predisposes you to symptoms of estrogen dominance.
When you have healthy, restful sleep, cortisol levels are reduced to their lowest levels (typically around midnight). If cortisol doesn’t drop appropriately, this contributes to fat production and provides very little fuel (glycogen) to the muscles. So, you’ve got weight gain. And you’re tired.
The reality is: if you’re not sleeping well, you’re not going to feel well. And it won’t matter how many supplements I throw at you, you won’t feel better until you’re sleeping better.
And sleep is a major obstacle to cure.
I’m excited to share that in an effort to increase accessibility to naturopathic care, I am offering virtual consults to individuals who live in rural areas of Manitoba.
Perimenopause: the hormonal shift, occurring over months-years, which transitions you into menopause. ‘Peri’ means “around” or “near”, so - you get the point.
We’re stressed out, right? Well, the increased cortisol produced by stress makes us hungry - hungry for carbs, sugar and fat (and not the good kinds, okay?). If we follow suit and eat like this all the time we start to feel fatigued (and in desperately hoping for a caffeine boost), moody and may even start to find that we don’t think as clearly (some will call this ‘brain fog’). And stress forces our body to utilize a significant amount of nutrients to produce the energy we need to respond - even if our stress is created by sitting in front of a computer all day.
Have you heard of the DUTCH test? DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.
It’s a well-rounded, useful hormonal panel that also measures metabolites - giving greater insight into metabolism of hormones.
Chronically stressed out? I won’t lie, me too.
But yikes, that eventually catches up to you. Cortisol (aka our stress hormone) is important for our functioning (and our ability to adapt to stress) – but too much or too little can be problematic.
Do you know how to deal with chronically elevated cortisol?
Taking your biotin pretty consistently and still losing hair?
Well, there’s a ton of reasons why your hair might be thinning out. Let’s investigate.