Sticky Labels

Have you ever been labeled?  Were you ever called “slow” or “uncoordinated?”  How about “fat” or “dumb?”  Labels can be positive, too, as with “gifted” or “talented.”  Many times, labels stick far beyond the time they are verbalized, which is usually during childhood. Continue reading “Sticky Labels” »

Pesticides Linked With ADHD

Do you have your home “treated” for bugs more often during these hot summer months? Has your child ever had lice? Do you usually purchase nonorganic produce due to the cost of organic alternatives? Your answers may have lifelong implications for your child. Continue reading “Pesticides Linked With ADHD” »

The Best Way to Quit Smoking

Smoking can be one of the most powerful addictions for some people to kick.  Every time I see *or smell* a smoker, I want to sit them down and have a chat together.  Since I can’t, I’m writing this post. Continue reading “The Best Way to Quit Smoking” »

Running=Prozac, Ritalin

You know that exercise is an excellent way to improve your mood and health, but there is much more to know.  Did you know that going for a run is like taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin at once?  Here’s how:

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Calling All Diet Coke Addicts

Do you know anyone who drinks ALOT of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi?  I’ve had several friends who could drink 5-10 a day, and my mom just loved them so much that she often put the can in the freezer to make them icy cold. We occasionally ended up with brown ice when she forgot about the can, causing it to burst in the ice box.

Most diet soft drinks contain caffeine and aspartame, two ingredients which act synchronistically to create a “buzz-like” effect that some people feel more than others. Continue reading “Calling All Diet Coke Addicts” »

Motherhood Dementia

Has your brain gone down the hopper?  Do you ever go to the grocery store and return home without your much needed pomegranate poptarts?  I do and would like to thank the online grocery shopping department at Lowe’s Foods for improving the quality of my life, but this isn’t the topic for today.

Many women wonder if they’ve developed adult onset ADHD at some point during motherhood, but the cause often differs depending on age. Here the most common reasons that attention can wax and wane before age 35 (on average):

1. Multitasking-Forget it. Multitasking divides your attention and makes everyone less focused and therefore, less effective. Women are capable of multitasking thanks to our unique ability to use several different parts of our brain at once.

2. Anxiety-Anxiety makes our thoughts jump around and promotes divided attention. Relaxation techniques, exercise, and meditation are the best, healthy ways to decrease mild anxiety.

3. Sleep deprivation-Research has shown that sleep deprivation can cause lapses in attention and impaired judgement similar to alcohol intoxication. Snooze to improve your higher cognitive functioning skills.

After age 35: Perimenopause/Menopause

Our brains are dipped in varying amounts of hormones during different life stages. Female hormones have obvious roles in reproduction, but many women don’t know that these hormones significantly affect mood and concentration. Here’s how:

Estrogen-This hormone has antidepressant effects and promotes concentration and attention.

Progesterone-This hormone has mood stabilizing, calming effects. It lowers anxiety and irritability. As noted on The Oprah Show yesterday, an excess of progesterone can also cause depression. Too little can promote high anxiety and irritability.

Testosterone: Increases sex drive, motivation, and initiative. Young women who model and are below healthy weight can develop relative testosterone surplus due to decreased estrogen and progesterone levels. This can cause aggressive behavior, a boy lie figure, hirsutism (hair in places you don’t want it), and other health concerns.

Hormonal imbalances should be considered if you feel unusually blue, anxious, or scattered. Consider this possibility if you feel you fit the above descriptions and see a physician.