Karen Green Mentor
Developing resilience in a busy hectic life is as important as balancing your microbiome! We all have busy times and how we respond in those busy times is the key to leading a less stressful life. How can we ensure that we respond in positive ways when things are hectic or going awry?
With current on-going social and climate change, we live in a world where aspects of daily life can change in an instant. What was normal on one day can completely change the next. Fires have ravaged through Queensland this week and as I was heading to a conference on the Sunny Coast a semi-trailer ran off the road closing the M1 (the major highway) for hours and I was stuck in it. We had diversions and detours for hours. It reminded me that things can change in an instant. If I responded with anger the remainder of my day is potentially affected for the worst. How I responded in that moment mattered! I decided to pass the time away calling my family for a chat, listening to my favourite podcasts and enjoying the beautiful scenery surrounding me as I passed through the Glass House Mountains.
I could have become completely flustered and frustrated however I chose to remain calm as I continued to move forward. I am not saying that I was completely oblivious to the added burden (the hours spent on a busy diversion) however as much as I could I chose to remain calm and centred. Whilst driving I was reminded of the tremendous power of the Adaptogenic herbs I dispense. In the herbal medicine world, we call these herbs adaptogens as they do just that: help us to adapt to the stress response, adapt to alleviating stress in positive ways such as: reducing fatigue, improving endurance and mental health. More on the adaptogens below!
Without getting to technical developing “resilience” is being able to adapt in an ever-changing world. The aim is to make better decisions under times of uncertainty. How do we do this? My aim is to help people make better health choices, in other words become more resilient internally through health and well being. A stronger internal body means a stronger external life.
Do one thing for yourself every day that sustains you! One simple thing that creates peace and serenity that helps toward developing strength through consistency. If this means making sure you eat healthily then do it, if it means walking every day for 24 mins then do it, if it means meditating for 24 mins then do it. If it’s complex, then it’s probably not it. Make this one simple thing, one action that you consistently attend to like watering a flower until it blooms!
Each day this means to me:
I meditate or a walk on the beach with Erik (the wonder pup), ride my bike, go to the gym or do yoga. When I don’t do this something just doesn’t feel right. This practice helps me to be strong enabling me to handle the challenges of the day, developing my resilience so I can respond in a positive way in this ever-changing world. Commit to yourself – you are the only person you have really!
Here’s a few tips on how to develop resilience:
- Get enough sleep and exercise enabling you to better manage stress when it arrives
- Practice thought awareness – focus on the positive and what you do have that is fantastic in your life
- Practice cognitive restructuring to change the way that you think about negative situations and bad events. when they arrive say okay here you are and thank you. Now I choose something else.
- Learn from your mistakes and failures (it’s okay to fail as that is how we learn)
- Choose your response. I choose to be grateful and positive in my world.
- Maintain perspective. It is not always perfect, there is no such thing.
- Develop strong relationships with others (friends and family). They are important and help you feel supported. It only takes one friend to be there.
- Take Adaptogens! and B-Complex vitamins (you use more during times of stress).
Adaptogens – The modern day stress herbs. A little bit of stress is a good thing for the body. It keeps us alert and enables us to move out of situations that may potentially hurt or put you in danger. It is when stress is chronic, on-going over a long period of time that the damage is done. It causes exhaustion, fatigue, high blood pressure and heart disease, obesity (as cortisol remains high sugar imbalance occurs), and mental health issues. High stress impacts immunity and impacts your gut bacterial balance. In other words can cause leaky gut. Here are a few of my favourite adaptogenic herbs. Like all herbs they perform more than one action.
Rhodiola (Artic Root or Rose Root) grows in the Arctic cold regions of the world). It enhances physical work performance and improves endurance exercise and muscle strength. It calms and enhances learning, cognitive and memory performance, protects the nervous system from oxidative damage.
Please read more on how Schisandra, Rhodiola and Siberian Ginseng were used by the Russian Army here: Russians were studying herbs
Withania (Ashwaganda or Indian Ginseng) is used to enhance longevity and when stress abounds. It helps in times of both physical and emotional exhaustion and fatigue. It can be used as a tonic for the elderly.
Gotu Kola (commonly known as Centella or Indian Pennywort), supports adrenal exhaustion, fatigue and nervous breakdown. It supports healthy memory function, whereby studies have shown it improves speed and accuracy of working memory and the mood in the elderly. It provides relief of skin conditions, promotes healthy connective tissue, reduces swelling and provides support for vascular integrity. It helps wound healing.
Rehmannia (Chinese Foxglove) is an excellent herb for autoimmune diseases as it suppresses antibody formation. It is a major adrenal tonic and anti-inflammatory. It helps to increase stamina and improve general well-being.
Siberian Ginseng helps to balance the ‘’on/off’’ switch when stress engages. It balances the hormone interplay. It restores vigour, improves health and in Chinese Medicine promotes a long life.
Schisandra known as Magnolia vine has bright berry fruits that are used to make the herbal medicine. This digestive herb enhances phase 1 & 2 detoxification, relieves chronic fatigue, physical stress and debility. It improves physical and mental performance and concentration. It is considered a nerve and adaptogenic tonic.
Gynostemma (Southern ginseng) has been used as a rejuvenating elixir by the people in the mountainous regions of Southern China to increase endurance, strength and to relieve fatigue. It is known to the local people as ‘xiancao’ or the ‘Immortality Herb’’.
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MTHFR, The Holy Grail or another Fad?
When a new idea enters the landscape, the idea starts out as a thought and then we do a google search to find out what the heck the fuss is about. The google search shows little and you have to keep asking and listening to others that are leading the way. A few more people feel that this new idea will change their life forever and the word starts to launch. This is what happened with MTHFR. It was only a few years ago we hadn’t heard of it. Now everyone wants to know, and they believe it is the holy grail. Truly nothing is the ”Holy Grail” to life – not one simple thing. Yes, MTHFR can help many people in understanding more about their health, however believe me if it was a matter of taking an activated-B supplement everyone would do it and we would have no further health issues. Let’s put this into perspective. MTHFR – significant? Yes, you definitely want your pathways to be working well (I will explain more soon) however your body is a complex interplay of biochemicals with nutrients feeding organs and glands etc.
Fast track a few years and most people that come to visit me have MTHFR tested before they arrive and some have other genetic SNP’s results as well. They understand more about the underlying mechanisms working within. What next? Now they ask, “How do I manage my MTHFR?”
In Australia, as things become popular supplement companies get on the band wagon and develop new products. Of course, this happens all over the world. When something exciting and leading edge appears in the health industry new products come out. In Australia we now have many products based on the MTHFR gene and genetic testing available. It can become confusing as there is much information out there and many different products to choose from.
I remember an article I read a few years ago where a person discussed how their anxiety subsided after taking folinic acid. From this everyone wanted to take the activated forms of folic acid. Folic acid is the synthesized (chemically produced from of folic acid that is placed in many processed foods as mandated in many countries including breads, cereals, cakes and supplements as it prevents neutral tube defects). On my journey as a practitioner, I went to Dr Ben Lynch’s Seeking Health Conference in 2015, which was fantastic learning. After that I put almost all MTHFR clients on 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF) and after 3 months several reported increased irritability and being over-energised. I needed to know more and set about learning. Since then I know there is so much more to MTHFR than taking an activated-B supplement. If only it was that simple! There are many people who take supplements based on google searches however now I am finding more people who want to the best approach to taking supplements (if needed) for MTHFR, in other words based on their individualised health condition (along with testing if required which is often the case in more complex cases).
What is MTHFR?
It is more prevalent in the Spanish, Italian and Chinese populations and affects approximately 55% of Australians. Yes, that is very high, which means the person sitting next to you potentially has an MTHFR mutation.
How do I manage my MTHFR?
My recommendation is to gain an understanding of what is occurring beneath the surface through a full holistic approach to health with a practitioner who understands many different aspects of complex issues and uses testing as a tool to gain your full holistic picture if needed. The type of testing depends on you – what is occurring for you individually; the signs and symptoms you have, and the journey you have been with your health. And if you do not want to test that is also okay, afterall it is your body! the testing provides further insights.
Most commonly people treat MTHFR using activated B-vitamins. Placing MTHFR into perspective helps with understanding. Believe me it’s not about treating the SNP’s (gene mutations), we have to dig deeper than that. We need to TREAT THE PERSON. Treat you as a whole. I know it is easier to take one pill that will fix everything for you. Your body is more complex than that. We need to find out what is causing the MTHFR SNP potentially not function as well as it could and look at all aspects that are influencing this including yeast/candida, bacterial infections, heavy metals, gut issues etc that affect your genes.
MTHFR (methyltetrahydrofolatereductase) is an enzyme in the body that is responsible for converting one form of folate (5,10-methylene tetrahydrofolate), into the activated folate (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). It is then activated and can be used. This process (folate cycle) requires vitamin B2 and B3 for it to function well – so that the road opens (so to speak) and allows things to move through.
The folate cycle then connects to the methionine cycle (which is termed methylation). This process also needs a variety of nutrients to ensure this and other enzymes are able to work properly. These nutrients include: vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12, zinc, choline, magnesium, energy, and SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine). The methionine cycle then connects to the transulfuration cycle and the folate cycle connects to the biopterin cycle. All of this requires numerous nutrients and enzymes to function correctly for the super highways (so to speak) to function correctly. The enzymes of all pathways can be inhibited by substances as well – including high levels of vitamins, deficiency of vitamins, heavy metals, unwanted bacterial infections, yeasts and inflammation. The system is complex and an issue in one area potentially impacts the next. Your body really is about a balance of everything (maintaining equilibrium and homeostasis is the key).
If we use too much of one thing it can impact the next. This is where it is important to learn to understand your body and what is occurring. If you use one nutrient in excess, it can ‘’push’’ others ‘’out’’ or push too ‘’hard’’ against the cycle affecting enzymes and their ability to do their job effectively. A perfect example of this is our electrolytes. If we push hard on one of them for example calcium then this will push out the balance of magnesium.
An Activated B-Complex often has many B vitamins within it and sometimes other nutrients as well. It is important to support your pathways however over time you will find that an individualised approach is needed. You need to be assessed based on your holistic picture – what is expressing in your body and treating that along with the underlying issues occurring. When viewing genetic SNPs (23andMe or Ancestry.com) it often becomes highlighted in a profile which ones are the ‘’main’’ areas that require ongoing support. It is much more than taking a supplement. There are aspects of a person’s life that often need attention – i.e. environmentally mould in a house, a diet needs some attention, blood pathology signals problems with thyroid function or perhaps a person is not sleeping due excess stress. These are all aspects that require a skilled practitioner to look at and understand holistically and then the impact MTHFR is having. We need a holistic well-rounded view of our health and life (not pointing to one gene as the cause to our health issues – a reductionist view it is called). MTHFR is definitely here to stay. Learning how to manage this with more than activated-B vitamins is the key. Tuning in and getting to know yourself is part of that journey.
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Mulla Mulla – For Fire, Heat & Sun
Commonly known as Pink Mulla Mulla or Tall Mulla Mulla belongs to the Amaranthaceae family of which there are 131 species found in Australia (FloraBase, 1998).
Years ago, as a Tour Director, I was touched by the vast spread of Mulla Mulla found across the Pilbara (WA) and in the Red Centre of Australia. As this bush flower originates in some of the hottest regions of Australia, its ability to help with conditions that relate to heat is well documented. It can assist in menopause when women may experience hot flushes. It’s pinkish (purplish) hue is reminiscent of sunburnt skin and can be used to spray on the skin to alleviate heat generated from the sun. It could of course also be taken internally for this.
The flowers are densely packed, with a soft downy ‘’hair’’ which provides the appearance of pink emerging through white which indicates the ability of this essence to release stored heat (i.e. from sunburn).
- It can be used as a remedy with Fringed violet to release stored radiation. When used for this it assists in tolerating higher radiation doses and reduces the amount of radiation burning people suffer in cases studies.
- It can be used with Little Flannel Flower to deal with past burns and anger.
- As it grows in the hottest of climates it can be used where there is any burning sensation in the body – for example: eczema, vaginitis, or burning feet (taken internally and sprayed directly on the area or in a cream).
- Used in travel (flying) when above 12,000 m above the ground with increased possibility of radiation.
Used with Little Flannel Flower to deal with past burns and/ or repressed anger (White, 1999).
With the recent ravages of bush fires across Queensland with more to come as we enter into Summer across Australia, this bush flower essence could be used to assist the fear associated with burning fires that pose a threat to our lives.
FloraBase (1998) https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/21388
White, I. (1999) Australian bush flower Healing, Bantam Books, NSW.
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One on One Mentoring
Stepping stones toward Success
One on One Mentoring with Karen
Practical business, treatment strategies, marketing and overcoming your fears is part of being a successful Naturopath, Nutritionist and/or Herbalist. When you first start it can be overwhelming, daunting and at times a lonely journey as a new practitioner. Sharing and learning from an experienced professional Naturopath, Nutritionist & Herbalist maybe all that you need to guide you along the way to be the best you can be. We all need a little support and Karen is here to help.
If you have recently graduated or almost finished your studies one on one mentoring may be for you?
Karen works with you to fine tune, find your niche, find your way in this profession and to assist you in making wise decisions on your path.
Karen works with you with on your individualised mentoring plan based on where you would like to head and the concerns and areas that you would like to focus on.
Karen is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Western Medicine Herbalist and GAPS Practitioner who is passionate about helping others lead, happy healthy lives. She has completed practitioner training in MTHFR with Dr Ben Lynch (USA) and has a special interest in genetic profiling for health, including analyzing and writing genetic reports. She is a Fitgenes Practitioner and is fully registered and a member of the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia NHAA. She has also studied Education and NLP (neuro linguistic programming). Read more here
January and February 2018 price includes a Tea Reading for your initial mentor session. Find some inspiration in the maze of life.
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