On the road to recovery!

Many of you know I had another “horse accident” this was one of my best for sure and was in the hospital for quite a bit. So for those of you that have had a hospital stint, which is probably most of you, you know that food is pretty bad, you rarely if at all get outside for sunshine, you don’t move much, you can’t open a window for fresh air, and you are loaded with drugs which are toxic to the body and the skin. So I will be in total hospital detox and rehab for the next several weeks, getting the crud out of me, healing my bones, and repairing the damage to my skin. Quick note….I am by no means knocking the hospital or the meds I received, they are a necessary evil sometimes. My goal for my patients health is to get them off medications for chronic disease I feel the majority of chronic conditions can be treated with diet and lifestyle modification. However, if you are in an acute situation such as horse accident, car accident whatever, our health care system for sure shines, and I could not have asked for better medics, nurses, doctors, even ancillary staff during my time at the hospital. Now back to fixing my face and body…

Diet-intermittent fasting-cabbage and lot of cruciferous veggies why? Like most other vegetables, cruciferous vegetables are good sources of a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that synergistically contribute to health promotion. Cruciferous vegetables are unique in that they are a rich source of sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates . Glucosinolates and their breakdown derivatives, especially isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol, exert a variety of biological activities that may be relevant to health promotion and disease prevention in humans. Intermittent fasting I have talked about maybe excessively but as a reminder studies suggest that fasting and calorie restriction, in general, have beneficial effects on the aging process and may optimize cellular repair. Research has shown that it’s associated with a variety of health benefits, including weight loss and reduced blood sugar, cholesterol, triglyceride, insulin, and inflammation levels . Additionally, fasting may help enhance the production and activity of certain enzymes involved in detoxification, as well as promote the health of your liver, one of the main organs involved in detoxification.

Walking-While I would prefer to be back on a horse with the magnitude of broken ribs I have that will be a few months off I am afraid. Walking is a weight bearing exercise that builds and maintains strong bones and is an excellent exercise. Not only it improves your bone health, but it also increases your muscle strength, coordination, and balance which in turn helps to prevent falls and related fractures (unless you fall off a horse). Walking is easy for most people to do. But how does this strengthen bones? Bone is living tissue and becomes stronger with exercise. Walking involves your feet and legs supporting your weight so that your bones have to work harder and this makes them stronger. For my situation with most of my ribs broken the walking does engage my core which will cause an indirect strengthening as well as direct weight being effect on Increasing bone healing and strength. Additionally there is the circulatory benefit of just moving your body. Getting the blooding flowing helps speed healing. When we break a bone, oxygen and blood flow are both extremely important for helping the fracture heal. So when we exercise, our blood vessels enlarge, allowing more oxygen, nutrients and growth factors to flow to the fracture site. Exercise also triggers the release of an energy molecule called adenosine triphospate (ATP). Studies with bone cells in a petri dish show that mechanical stimulation (similar to what would happen during exercise) triggers the release of ATP – and this encourages the formation of new bone, a vital step to bone healing.

Face-Without question the level of physical and emotional stress has taken a toll of my face and I am a big believer in healing from the inside out so hopefully the steps above will starting getting things in the right direction. In addition to diet and exercise I will probably go big and stack a few treatments to get some to these top layers of beat up skin off. My favors to do when I really want a jumpy start to feeling and looking better almost always involves the pro-fractional laser. This is an ablative laser that takes small fractions of your skin off at a time so it requires a series but each individual treatment can be catered to how aggressive you want to be. The deeper the laser is set to go and the closer together the ablation points are set the more skin and more depth of penetration is achieved. I like to do this with the IPL (aka photo facial) to even out my skin more or with the Ultherapy which goes into the deeper muscle of the face and tightens and lifts them if I am felling extra saggy…which I am. Then…follow with good skin care my go to is always the HQ pads we custom blend them in the office depending how bad your pigment problems are. The retinol which has Vit C and E in…some of the few things clinically proven to rebuild collagen and of course our homemade body body that is all natural and has everything your skin needs in it to heal and feed It from the outside in. See here https://www.thesshh.com/fat-for-skin/

Work-Yep, you will all be seeing me soon. I believe we all need to take the time we deem necessary to heal. For me straying busy is good for my brain and as long as I can physically work, I will. Plus, I love all of you dearly and greatly appreciate everyone’s kind words of support I also work with some pretty amazing gals at my office that have been so supportive and kind, so I can happily say I will see you soon😊

“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you they are sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.” – Gautam Buddha