Sometimes all the excitement prevents you from being sleepy at night, but you need your sleep! Dr. Karlfeldt shares with us natural alternatives to sleeping pills. Also, he answers a question from a reader who will be wearing a corset on a film and is worried about the health impacts.
How do you feel about supplements? My whole family makes fun of me for taking them – they say that I am creating expensive pee? – Anna J., Denver CO
It is well known that conventionally raised produce contain far fewer vitamins and minerals than they did a half-century ago because of intense agricultural practices and pesticides and chemical fertilizers disrupting soil quality and depleting it of vital nutrients. An analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent, iron levels 37 percent, vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. In fact, another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Since it is harder to get the nutrients we need from our food, we need to be more vigilant in our choices of food, making sure they are as nutrient-dense as possible and free from nutrient depleting chemicals. Additionally, supporting your health with nutritional supplements to compensate for what we are lacking in our food is a very good idea. It is important to understand that not all the supplements are the same. Some nutritional supplements are poorly absorbed and will create expensive urine. Do your research and don’t just get the cheapest quality nutritional supplement at the supermarket.
I will soon be doing a film in which I will wear a corset. Can cinching a corset too tight do harm? – Cindy K., Albuquerque, NM
Medical experts are concerned with long-term use of corsets. It can cause organ compression, aggravating conditions such as IBS, heartburn, and acid reflux. It can also restrict your breathing and have a negative effect on blood circulation promoting tingling, numbness, and pain in legs and varicose veins. X-rays from the early 20th century illustrate that women wearing corsets developed squashed ribs and displaced organs. If you need to wear a corset for a film, minimize the time you are wearing it and try to keep it as loose as possible to reduce any possible health impacts.
When I’m on the set, I get super wired and have a hard time falling asleep. But I have to, because I need to be on the set early the next day. Can you recommend sleeping pills that are not addictive? – Matt. B., Sacramento, CA
There are some great natural alternatives. I would suggest initially trying melatonin 3-20 mg. Start with a low dose and gradually increase until you achieve the desired effect. Additional tools include magnesium, tryptophan, valerian, gaba, and lithium orotate. Magnesium is known to benefit the body in ways that counter stress, promote restful sleep, and support a healthy mood. What type of magnesium is important. Only magnesium threonate has shown to cross the blood brain barrier. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that acts like a natural mood regulator bringing on natural calming effects, induces sleep, fights anxiety, and can also help burn more body fat. Gaba is another amino acid that your body uses to dampen nerve activity on your brain, leading to calm and relaxation. Valerian is an herb that promotes the secretion of gaba. Lithium orotate is another mineral that is one of my favorites to calm down an overactive mind, promoting a good night’s rest.
– Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D
Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D, is a Board Certified Naturopath (CTN® ) with expertise in IV Therapy, Applied Psycho Neurobiology, Oxidative Medicine, Naturopathic Oncology, Neural Therapy, Sports Performance, Energy Medicine, Natural Medicine, Nutritional Therapies, Aromatherapy, Auriculotherapy, Reflexology, Autonomic Response Testing (ART) and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Michael Karlfeldt is the host of the popular TV show True.Health:Body, Mind, Spirit. Dr. Karlfeldt believes in the innate intelligence and healing power of the body and if properly supported spiritually, emotionally and nutritionally it can find its way back to health.
The views expressed by Dr. Michael Karlfeldt are his own and shall not be construed as advice from The Karlfeldt Center. We encourage you to seek professional advice or care for any problem which you may have.
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Last modified: November 13, 2017