Keep­ing­mum full of en­ergy

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mother is not well sup­ported. Hor­mon­ally, nu­tri­tion­ally and emo­tion­ally, things can take time to re­store.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence, it is crit­i­cal for amumto work with a health pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­enced in this area, one who un­der­stands the way bio­chem­istry, nutrition and emo­tions in­ter­play. Typ­i­cally, iron and zinc will be too low for the body to make the sub­stances re­quired for hap­pi­ness and op­ti­mism, and these often need to be sup­ple­mented.

Test­ing these lev­els first is im­por­tant. Other nu­tri­ents that may need fo­cus in­clude vi­ta­min C, vi­ta­min D and mag­ne­sium.

The omega-3 fat DHA is an es­sen­tial sup­ple­ment for a de­pleted mum. This is vi­tal for ner­vous sys­tem (in­clud­ing the brain) sup­port, as well as hor­monal bal­ance. Oily fish sup­ply DHA, and there are now some good-qual­ity sup­ple­ments de­rived from al­gae. Also, the body If you feel as though you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing post-natal de­ple­tion, let a friend know and seek pro­fes­sional sup­port, such as the help of a psy­chol­o­gist.

can con­vert an­other omega-3 fat found in plants (such as flaxseeds and chia seeds), known as EPA, into DHA; how­ever, the ef­fi­ciency of the body to do this seems highly in­di­vid­ual. Some stud­ies sug­gest this con­ver­sion is up-reg­u­lated dur­ing preg­nancy but not lac­ta­tion. The fo­cus for the de­pleted mum­needs to be on easy, practical meals made from whole, real foods that are nu­tri­ent-dense.

Seek­ing sup­port is also crit­i­cal.

If you feel as though you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing post-natal de­ple­tion, let a friend know and seek pro­fes­sional sup­port, such as the help of a psy­chol­o­gist.

Restora­tive prac­tices that ac­ti­vate the rest and re­pair arm of the ner­vous sys­tem are also a crit­i­cal part of re­cov­ery from de­ple­tion. Restora­tive yoga, Still­ness Through Move­ment, and acupunc­ture are all beau­ti­ful and highly ef­fec­tive.

Hi Rob. Sev­eral stud­ies sug­gest that sup­ple­ment­ing with the amino acid ly­sine may help re­duce the num­ber of re­cur­ring out­breaks of cold sores.

A few stud­ies also sug­gest that ly­sine may help to shorten the length of an out­break.

Tak­ing ly­sine or ob­tain­ing more ly­sine in your diet, from foods such as chicken, fish, eggs, and pota­toes, may as­sist re­cov­ery and re­duce the chance of re­cur­rent break­outs of this her­pes in­fec­tion.

It’s al­ways best to con­sult a health pro­fes­sional be­fore tak­ing sup­ple­ments, par­tic­u­larly if you take pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion or have any health con­di­tions. I would also stress that zinc is supportive for the im­mune sys­tem and stress management tech­niques are also im­por­tant – often cold sore out­breaks oc­cur when the ner­vous sys­tem is over­whelmed.

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