I couldn't find a picture of myself getting all angry and crazy, bur I did find this picture of a stunning male Macaque and I must say the similarities are striking.
To be honest, he doesn't look half as terrifying as I do. See his eyes? He don't got those wild Iraqi eyes. What can I say. When you got it, you got it.
I wish I knew how to put a caption bubble next to his face. "GO TO SLEEP ALREADYYYY!!!" I would write. "STOP TALKINGGGGG!!!"
As much as I like to believe I'm high energy, when the clock strikes 9 in da p.m., I turn into the Wicked Witch of South Beach. But I don't just get nasty. I get over-tired, super-irritable, ravenous, and sometimes anxious. Did I mention super-irritable?
Of course, if my kids aren't asleep yet, that just multiplies my irritability by a factor of 10. Obviously.
Okay, so let's talk about irritability. And anxiety.
Turns out much of it is in our brains.
Not necessarily our minds. Our monkey brains.
To be more accurate, it's in our blood, which leads to our brains.
Anxiety and other mentally-related issues such as low mood, anxiety, (oops, already said that one!) and fear actually start in the blood, according to Chinese medicine.
The blood, aside from bringing oxygen and nutrients to every organ and body system, nourishes the mind. It's considered the physical basis for mental health. If you have "strong blood" according to Chinese medicine, you sleep well, wake up feeling rested, have a good memory, are grounded and calm.
Strong blood gives people the feeling of being alive and ready to take on the day. Their minds are clear, their reactions are calm, and their focus is sharp.
I hate "strong blood" people.
Blood is made up from the food we eat, and how we eat it. If we eat too quickly, not enough food, not enough blood-building foods, too much at once, too late at night, on the run, etc., our blood constitution will be weak. And as a result, we will be weak, both physically and mentally.
What Chinese medicine calls blood deficiency might correspond in Western medicine to any one (or more) of these health issues: chronic fatigue, infertility, arthritis, anemia, restless leg syndrome, eating disorders, migraines, gynecological problems, trouble focusing, being scatterbrained or in the clouds, muscle pain and/or weakness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, even depression.
Interestingly, people who tend to be blood deficient are people that give too much of themselves and don't take care of themselves enough.
They literally deplete themselves because they are imbalanced.
Ummm.... like, "ALL MOMS EVERYWHERE??"
Hey, I just thought of a tagline for a great TV channel! "All Moms... All The Time." Then you'd have 24-hour-long shows of moms doing everything they do, not sleeping included.
So! What's my point?
A few points:
-If you suffer from any type of imbalance, mentally and/or physically, start taking better care of yourself! Eat healthier, exercise for 20 minutes every day, get enough sleep, and pamper yourself, for G-d's sake!
-If you want to figure out what's causing your imbalance, you can get a blood test, which is great. BUT! I think it's a fatal flaw in western medicine to look at the parts and not at the whole.
For example, anxiety can actually be a symptom of low iron! I know, because I have it. Low iron, I mean. The unease I would feel usually happens after my witching hour, which makes sense because by the evening, I feel totally drained. Like I just can't go on.
Incidentally, I started taking an Iron with B complex under the direction of my Chinese doctor who happens to be a rabbi, and it's done wonders for me! I'm even sleeping better at night, and have no problem falling asleep any more! I used to toss and turn all night.
If I had gone to a regular MD, he would likely have given me some magic pill to help me fall asleep. But he wouldn't have connected the low iron to sleeplessness. That's why I always say western medicine is great for emergencies and acute issues.
But it doesn't aim to get to the root of the problem.
That's what I like about natural approaches. They look at the entire mind-body connection through their own wisdom and knowledge.
So many people are tired, overworked, undernourished, walking zombies who are just surviving. They're not living. I can see by the way they drag themselves around with no energy. So blah.
It's so common, maybe people think it's normal. But it's not.
Hashem gave us life, and we have to do our best with what He gave us. We are responsible for our health. Not our doctors.
We are responsible for our knowledge. Not our doctors, who incidentally have little or no formal training in nutrition.
Let's take control of our health and stop relying on doctors and overpriced magic pills with thousands of side effects to "fix" things for us.
If you're not feeling great, do something about it! Today!
Wishing you a day full of vitality and strong blood!
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