3 Things I have learned from Dr Sara Gottfried

Written by: Dianne Edmonds Posted on 03 Sep 2016 0

Four years ago I began to encounter the work of Dr Sara Gottfried as she was working on her first book, The Hormone Cure. Now published and a New York Times best seller, this book began the journey to learning about deeper levels of self care and reinvesting time back into ourselves to balance hormones, particularly important in the life of a mother.
3 of my favourites are:

  1. Her saying “Small hinges swing big doors”. While we can’t work on every area of our life at one time, changing one thing can make a different to many other areas of our hormone balance. For example focusing on water for the week, or adding in more leafy greens will improve our hydration and nutrition levels, which will flow on to improve our energy, mood and focus. You could pick meditation or deep breathing, building in 10 minutes of exercise or stretches into your day. It’s amazing how much 5 – 10 minutes of something for you will do.

  2. Introducing Tiara time. While I don’t put on my tiara I love to talk about the concept in our Antenatal Education Classes to the expectant Mums and Dads who are looking forward to the birth of their baby. Mummy self care becomes particularly important at this time, and while learning to recognise when we need to invest back into ourselves to ensure our energy levels are sufficient, the practice of Tiara Time is a good reflection on one way to do this. Dr Sara has even mentioned using this as a ‘prescription’ amongst some other recommendations for her clients, so it’s a highly valued tool with many benefits.

  3. Cortisol, one of the stress hormones produced by our adrenal glands is like “Pacman” devouring the good and other hormones, eating up our happy hormones if it is allowed to run rampant. In an interview between Dr Sara and another female Ob/Gyn, they came up with this analogy and it helps make a lot of sense. Science now has shown that the long term effects of unmanaged and uncontrolled stress does wreak havoc on our health and well being, so coming up with ways to manage daily stressors in our lives is an important process in our health. Grounding is one great and simple way to do this and gets you outside for some well needed and essential Vitamin D too.

For more information on the work of Dr Sara Gottfried visit her website at http://www.saragottfriedmd.com

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