Food plays a massive role in our healing journey. There is no denying this fact. However, there are a number of other factors that MUST be addressed for us to allow the healing process to begin and flourish.
This is something I’ve been learning for myself over the last few years. It's been a journey, to say the least.
Basically, we need to simultaneously address our diet AND our lifestyle.
So since we’re in the middle of Winter here in Australia, my focus has been on sleep.
When we’re busy, sleep is often the first thing to fly out the window. I know you hear me! However for me, sleep is one of my non-negotiable because when I don’t get enough, my Hashimoto symptoms flare and my energy slumps.
They say a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep is one of the best ways to support our immune system and that it’s vital for our body’s ability to regenerate and repair. So I’m sharing with you some of my own personal sleep routine tips for a good night sleep:
Schedule | Establish a sleep schedule. Same bedtime/same wake up time, yes, even on the weekends!
Food | Stop eating a few hours prior to bed (you want your body’s focus to be on resting and repairing, not digestion while sleeping).
Bath | An evening routing of Epsom salt baths or a warm shower prior to bed can help signal to your body and mind that “you’re ready for sleep”.
Dark | Total blackout – if like me your room remains fairly light due to street lights, invest in an eye mask – I’ve found the routine of putting on my eye mask and putting in my ear plugs are now my body’s signals for sleep.
Magnesium | Helps to regulate the hormone melatonin which guides our sleep-wake cycle. Helping to quiet our nervous system. I get magnesium through Epsom salt baths and by using my Magnesium Oil Spray of an evening.
Essential Oils | Use a diffuser in your bedroom, adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils to help create a relaxed and peaceful environment. My fav at the moment – Cedarwood!