Care for Caregivers

July 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm 2 comments

 

The Advance Wellness Center is increasingly seeing caregivers who are run aground, exhausted, at times depressed and suffering from related health issues.  When you’re caring for others, it is critical that you do not put off taking care of yourself.    It is harder to turn your health around when your body has been neglected, than it is to practice basic prevention and health maintenance.   Out of all the things you can do to help those you care for and yourself, the most important is to put your physical and spiritual needs first.   Then work on organizing your responsibilities.

BASICS PREVENTIVE & MAINTANANCE PRACTICES

 

Eat nutritious meals.  Resist junk foods, high carbs and sugar.   They will drive your immune system way down and make you susceptible to opportunistic viruses, bacteria and yeast.   Sugar here is not just your typical sweets, but includes sugary fruits except for the berries.   Also stay away from high glycemic starchy foods such as potatoes.  Eat simple balanced meals.  For the crunch times, have frozen organic foods which are quick to prepare.  Stay on a basic supplement protocol that includes anti-oxidants and adrenal support (for stress) and immune strengthening.

 Get Enough Sleep.   If you need to take even a short nap during the day, do it.  Lack of sleep affects your judgment and productivity.

 Schedule regular wellness checks.  Prevent health issues from getting out of hand.  You should see a health care professional at least every quarter.  It is worth coming in to see Dr. Bernstein for an evaluation to identify deficiencies and establish a basic nutritional support protocol.    

 Find time to Exercise.  Even if you have to ask someone else to provide care while you work out or go for a walk.

 Take a break. You must take time to relax and refresh yourself with friends!

Get Help.  Be smart.  Mobilize community help and search out a support group.  

 For a more extensive list of recommendations to caregivers go www. aarp.org/relationships and read Stressed Out by Caregiving: 10 Smart Tips on How to Relax.   Check out their Caregiving Resource Center.

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  • 1. Widmark  |  November 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Do you recommend someone who have been diagnosis with leaky gut syndrome to go on fruit and vegetable fast?

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    • 2. awellness  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Leaky Gut Syndrome is usually accompanied by candida (yeast). Candida thrives on sugar, and since fruit has sugar, we do not recommend any fruit until the candida is under control and the leaky gut is healed. The only fruits that we recommend, but in very limited amounts, are berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries). They have a low gycemic index and therefore will not be a significant food source for the candida.

      A vegetable fast is OK for a short time, but more important is what you’re eating over the long haul. It’s most important to avoid foods that contain gliadin, the allergy-causing protein that’s found in gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt and kamut. Gliadin is known to inflame the lining of the small intestine and further aggravate the leaky gut.

      Everyone has different metabolic needs. One size does not fit all. If you are interested in finding out the ideal diet for your metabolic needs, I highly recommend that you contact our office and ask about our Metabolic Typing program.

      Good question!

      Reply

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