During the first week of September, I put out a call for your questions. You can read the first set of questions and my answers here. We’re continuing today with the rest of the questions. As always, I’m most interested in answering these questions from the perspective of the Quadrants of Wellbeing, because we need to consider the whole person when dealing with specific physical issues.

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Kati Hess asked, “What is your best advice on how to holistically treat asthma? And exercise induced asthma?”

Answer: First, in the mechanical quadrant, visit your chiropractor to make sure you have proper spinal function to support the nervous flow to the lungs.

Then we also want to think about the whole person, so in the chemical quadrant, where we are thinking about food, I would recommend an elimination diet. I specifically like the Whole30 or The Plan. You can also try some adding some of the foods suggested in this article.

In the energetical quadrant, we can have acupuncture. You can use essential oils either aromatically (just smelling them) or you can put a few drops in boiling water and breathe the steam. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils are especially effective. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is also called Tapping. It has been shown to help the emotional triggers that may be causing the asthma.  

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Tiffany McCarty said, “Bloating and extended stomach!”

Answer: My first question, Tiffany, when I think about bloating, is what are you putting in your body that it doesn’t like? Both symptoms are a reaction to something your body isn’t tolerating.

To learn what your body likes, I recommend an elimination diet. I especially like the Whole30 that Melissa Hartwig developed, or a newer option is called The Plan. Both of these are excellent ways to walk you through an elimination diet and help you learn what your body likes and doesn’t like.

I would also recommend acupuncture and trying specific yoga poses, like these five, that are designed to help with digestion. Probiotics can also be helpful for digestive health.

Finally, I’d recommend talking to your doctor and getting checked for leaky gut.

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Nili Bueckert said, “Hi! What, in your opinion, is the best thing women in their 30s, 40s, etc- can do daily to give them the daily energy they need to run their business as well as run around after their kids?!

Answer: The first absolutely non-negotiable is good sleep. (Which is, of course, often the first thing to go when you are running around after kids!) However, you must absolutely focus on your own sleep and make sure you are getting a full night of 7 – 9 hours. Schedule your own sleep by counting back 8 hours from when you have to wake up. If you have trouble sleeping, I developed a program called 21 Days to Rejuvenating Sleep that can help.

The other things that I would recommend are a clean diet 80 – 85% of the time. This will mean that you aren’t relying on sugar and caffeine to stimulate you and give you fake energy. Along with your clean diet, you can incorporate vegetable juice.

It’s also important to make sure you are in the right range with your labs. Get your blood checked and make sure that you are in a good range for Vitamin D, the B vitamins, and that you are not anemic.

Finally, hydration and exercise are very important. Just like you schedule time to sleep, schedule time for exercise. And make sure you are drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day.

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Ken and Marilyn Hager asked, “Does cold laser help inflammation?”

Answer: Yes, cold laser can help inflammation, without a doubt. But you want to find out what is causing the inflammation for long-term relief.

This article explains more about the laser and how it works, and specifically recommends it for sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder and arthritis.

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Jeanean Mitchell said, “How about the connection between hormones and appetite (as in peri/menopausal gals)?”

Answer: With hormones and appetite, the biggest factor is managing your blood sugar. It is important to be aware of your diet so you are not causing big blood sugar spikes and crashes.

For your diet, add in a lot of vegetables and try to eat fish twice per week. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol and avoid added sugar. You can also try intermittent fasting, which I explain how to do in my free ebook, Small Changes, Big Shifts.

I really like the recommendations offered by The Mutton Club and by Wendy Vineyard on how to thrive through menopause.

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Many of these answers are just a start to the conversation. There are more questions I would ask you individually about the symptoms you are feeling, and there are more options we could work with as we see what works for your body. Please don’t hesitate to continue the conversation with me or with your doctor.

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