’Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As the Christmas lights go up in the tree, the snowfall becomes increasingly more frequent, you get the lovely bulky snow tires on your ride for safety, and the holiday frenzies begin in preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. 

We are used to these cycles, we look forward to them, we count down to them. But just like we know that Santa Claus is comin’ to town on the 25th of December, and baby Jesus’ birthday is celebrated… we know all too well the cyclical pattern that occurs in the moods of those living more in the Northern Hemisphere, that affects every single cell of their body, mind and soul. 

The darkness descends when the sunlight goes down earlier in the evening. 

The trees feel it too, except the mighty luscious evergreens that never lose their light. The rest all look listless, overburdened, weighed down and frozen like icicles, but yet still shining and  shimmering like diamonds under their frost-bitten coat. 

The crisp cool winds add some speed to your step. And the fifty shades of grey you can see in the sky, hug the horizon and envelop the world like a great big present.  

Seasonal affective disorder happens in climates where there is less sunlight.

Even though there is a lot of glad tidings, gratefulness and cheer at this time of the year, simultaneously many of us feel an internal heaviness or gloom, spreading like a dark deep shadow over our soul, a sensation of sadness. Everything can feel gloomier at this time of the year, especially if you suffer or have been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it can only get worse as the winter drags on. 

Let’s face it, the warmth of sunshine, the comfortable heat that caresses your body is like a constant hug that you feel during the spring, summer and fall months. Lifting your mood, lightening your step and warming your soul and all those around you that you love. 

Whereas the snowballing of winter, although beautiful, feels cold, numbing and disconnecting to the inner love you have for yourself. 

This is especially difficult for people that are super in touch with their environment and sensitive to changes around them. I’ve noticed that SAD affects mostly those people who are very artistic and expressive. Perhaps they are an artist like Pablo Picasso, or perhaps they dress in a very creative way like Elton John, perhaps they are a thinker or a scientist like Einstein, or a great clothing, hand bag and shoe designer like Kate Spade (who took her life last winter). This time of the year, almost like the hibernation of the bear, can move us deep into a darkness that overwhelms and pushes us into despair. 

Mainly because we notice things slowing down… You feel less energy, you want to stay indoors, even your poops slow down. You may not go as often. To learn about what your poo says about you, download Dr. Marisol ND. and founder of Queen of the Thrones®; 50 Shades of Poo and start the journey. 

Your metabolism isn’t optimal, you feel like you gain 10 lbs every winter. Well hey, what do you expect? You’re not outside, not as active, plus you’re hibernating, just like the bear. 

This is all a natural cycle of quiet, rest and preparation for the blossoming springtime. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects mostly people who are very artistic and expressive.

The only problem is that it can freeze some of us in its wake. We begin to feel hopeless, unhappy, dark, almost like we have lost our inner sunlight and now the darkness has set in. 

What’s super important at this time of the year is to notice how you are feeling and be open to those light bulb moments, realizing that you possess everything you need to change how you feel, so you can feel better. 

Like Oprah and her favorite things, I’ve found a few of my favorite things that you can do to help your SAD transform to GLAD…. Here are my favorite things to keep the sunshine in your step this season.

FEED ME SUNSHINE!!!!!!

Necessities include adequate levels of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin), proper exposure to light, and most importantly, minding what you say to your mind! When there is absence of the sun it’s an important time to connect with your soul and come to some amazing realizations about yourself that everything you need is found within and that you are your own best inner sunshine. 

To help you come to this realization faster, more promptly, say this to yourself:

“I am the sunshine that grows my dreams, I walk in faith with grace and light, no matter the darkness that surrounds me. I am my own sunshine! “

Write yourself love letters saying this. You can put it in your calendar, send yourself texts, say this to yourself out loud while you look into the mirror. Physically send it by mail. Yes, by mail! Say a prayer before bed and include this command.  

Castor Oil Packs stimulates the production of oxytocin and helps to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Over time, this will sink into your subconscious, and even though you don’t initially feel like you are much of a ray of sunshine, over time you WILL begin to believe it and when you do, you will feel better and be sunny, just like a ray of sunshine. 

You truly are all the sunshine you need, it is all within you and moves through you! For real, you just need to learn how to turn it on, just like a lightbulb, and this is the recipe. It’s super easy, but you need to have faith and do the action in order for this to sink in and your sun light to start beaming, warming you, hugging you and brightening up the gloomy grey we see in the sky at this time of the year. 

Practice Your Health Practice – SLEEP 

Sleep is the most important health practice. This keep your rhythms in sunshine mode. Sleep sets the tone, it heals us, keeps our body clean, and resets everything, especially your sunshine!!! 

Here’s what I do to make my sleep solid! 

I have a kick a** routine that includes my Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™, because it helps me sleep better but also benefits me through the day to poop better, cleanse better, bloat less and stress less so I look and feel better! 

The Castor Oil Pack also stimulates the production of oxytocin, the love and connection molecule that calms our stress and literally feels like great big hug! So when you’re missing the hug of the heat from the sun… there is always a way to make it happen! 

Wearing a sleep mask to bed naturally increases your melatonin. Because of the change in daylight in the northern hemisphere, it can have an effect on our natural melatonin production. 

An eye mask helps you to naturally increase melatonin before you go to bed. When the sun goes down at 5 o’clock, you start to produce melatonin, but by the time you actually go to bed at night, your stores are depleted. Wear the eye mask to stimulate melatonin production, and  Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow and Lash Kit will also help to improve eyelash and eyebrow growth, and naturally boost the gentle area around the eyes, reducing the visible signs of aging like darkness under the eyes.  

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Now whenever we are weighed down by a health concern, or simply don’t feel good, don’t forget to get checked out by your doctor just in case!

Make sure to get checked out for anemia (low iron), vitamin D levels, B12 and folate (especially if you’re a vegetarian), food sensitivities and your hormones. These can all affect how you are feeling. 

So there you have it, it’s your time to shine, don’t you think? Living your life in hibernation mode is over, you are meant to shine your big bright light in our world and be sunny like the sunshine to all those that you come in contact with. Because you matter, your gifts matter to the world and all you need to learn is how to nurture your inner light. 

Shine baby, shine, like a super nova…. 

No one can do it like you and no one can do it better! xoxo 

This blog was inspired by my patients that suffer from seasonal affective disorder and one of my fave instagrammers, @thebirdspapaya, sharing her beautiful creative artistic daughter’s struggles with seasonal affective disorder, and Oprah… because she loves her favorite things… and these are mine for seasonal affective disorder. 

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Why Is My Poop Green?

Picture this: It’s Christmastime and the Grinch lands in your toilet bowl, totally ruining your Christmas festivities! It causes a *gasp* and a “wtf”?!  Not everything that is red and green this time of year is a good thing!

So what gives? These monstrosities in the toilet bowl that you inspect shouldn’t be smiling back at you like the green goblin, an eerily foreboding sign of the dangers that are lurking in your daily meals. You think to yourself, what have I eaten? Green food coloring wasn’t on the menu? Could it be the green smoothie I had the other morning? Is it my intake of greens causing my poo to be green? 

It can be scary seeing green monsters in the throne, but the reality is it happens every day, all around the world, and could happen to you too! The thing is, the color you see in the toilet bowl is a sign of what is going on with the #1 thing that your body produces, your poo! It got a bad wrap being called #2, but it really deserves the throne!

Read more to get in tune with the signs your body is delivering from the divine! Right in time for the new decade, where you can make a massive positive change in your life.

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Is Green Poo Normal?

 Green poo isn’t normal, FYI, it’s actually a sign that something may be wrong in the manufacturing plant, A.K.A. your digestive tract.

There may be 50 Shades of Poo (if you haven’t downloaded your copy, get yours now!)… but in general, if you’re healthy and well balanced, your poo should always be brown. Anything along the spectrum of the color of dirt is acceptable.

Outside of this realm, and we don’t have happy campers.

How the Digestive Factory Works to Color Your Poo

Poo gets its color from bile, which is a combination of substances that are to be eliminated out of the body. A part of it is bilirubin (produced from the breakdown of red blood cells). Bilirubin gives it its brown color, in general. 

Problems with color are typically caused by problems with the gall bladder, swelling, stones blocking the opening of the duct into the intestine, and sometimes ominous masses in the intestine. 

Green poop is a sign of low stomach acid

What Does it Mean When Your Poop is Green?

 There is another mechanism of action that is especially important when it comes to those green poops. That is stomach acid

Stomach acid wilts green vegetables. Think of it like this, if you leave a salad sitting on the counter and it is emerged in vinegar (that is the same physiological pH as our stomach acid) you will see it wilt and turn brown. This could be a chemical transformation of chlorophyll, or simply just the acidic pH transforming the components of the green vegetable. 

Either way, green poops after drinking a green smoothie is a sign of low stomach acid. Sometimes it also indicates a lack of protein in the smoothie, because protein is the signal for stomach acid to be produced. 

Low stomach acid can also be caused by many factors; too much stress, low protein in your diet (thus not simulating stomach acid), lack of important nutrients such as vitamin B12 and zinc, or autoimmune reactions that affect the stomach acid-producing cells,  to simply name a few.

Green poo can be a sign of stress, low protein in your diet and lack of vitamin B12 and zinc.

What To Do About It

To find out how to test and what to do about it, please download my 50 Shades of Poo. It’s the blueprint for the color of your poo, teaching you how to become body conscious about what is going on as well as diagnostics, inspection techniques and how to fix. 

There really is an entire science behind your poo. In your poo, you have the power to understand and be conscious of what is going on inside your body. It’s like having your own personal doctor on dial. It’s time for you to get dialed in my friends xox

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How to Be More Mindful | Body-Connection Movement

mindfulness and body connection by Doctor Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones®

Consciousness is the greatest gift that we have ever been given. You may not even realize it, but it’s probably the most important thing that we have; our most valued possession that separates us from other mammals – blue blooded reptiles, birds, plants and all other beautiful living things created by the source of life. 

Consciousness is like having the great big white light flow through our bodies. It is a gift from the divine, the ability to utilize our senses to look, feel, smell, taste, hear, intuit, and turn all of those exquisite, brilliant sensations into ideas that then create reality. 

Consciousness is about thinking about the possibility of what can be. As Stephen Covey states in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Everything is created twice, first in your mind and again in reality.”

That is the power of consciousness and awareness. 

Dr. Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones® teaching about consciousness Without conscious thought, we would still be living in the Savannah hiding out in caves without all of the incredible modern advances that we have now. So please, don’t spoil or waste this gift that we have all inherited. 

Instead, I want to encourage you. If you have been feeling disconnected, alone, isolated, or unsure of what your body is doing – like it’s working against you and not for your greater good – I want you to lean into this and take the lessons from it so you can become the best that you can be. All it takes is time and practice. 

Practice what? You may be asking.

Mindfulness Practice: Body-Connectedness

Thoughts become your reality (whether you’re thinking good things or bad). So when we want a positive reality, we need to think about these positive thoughts more often. We want to train our mind to observe what our body is telling us, and then have our mind think of what we want more often. 

This is how we can become conscious and connected to our body. This is the reason why the very first thing I teach people in my clinical practice is: “What does your poo say about you?”. It’s because this serves as the first and easiest step to developing your body-consciousness. Not in an obsessive or unhealthy way either, but in a way that allows and observes… plus, pooping is something that you (hopefully) do everyday.

Learn about the body-connection movement with Dr. Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones®To create a habit or practice, it needs to be repeated daily1. I like the term body-connectedness; there’s no negative connotation as there may be with body-consciousness.

So let’s start a body-connection movement, where we learn how to listen and interpret all of the beautiful and important messages that our body gifts us. Let’s move on, because as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

What is Body-Connectedness? 

It is the ability to be aware of what is going on inside our bodies. 

You wouldn’t believe how many people are so disconnected. I was, and sometimes I still am. You have been, and sometimes you still are. How do I know this? Because I am not only an examiner of popular culture, but I am also a naturopathic doctor; I have an intimate connection with the inner workings and understanding of my patients and this is where I see a major gap. 

Especially when they first come in to see me. 

It’s a constant job. Directing our thoughts into our awareness, and frankly, many of us are not highly skilled or trained. Quite the opposite actually… We are highly distracted and disconnected. 

Being disconnected goes something like this:

  • You block the gut feelings that you get
  • You avoid feeling what is happening in your body, mind and soul by distracting yourself with habits and addictions (such as drugs, booze, food, sex, and anything else you can think of – disrupting your ability to have awareness and create new habits2)

Having body-connectedness bring us back to our beginning. Our root and our core feelings are an understanding of what the signs and symptoms our bodies are telling us. 

Because as Oprah’s favorite author, Maya Angelou, says:

“When you know better, do better.”

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Many of us are walking around not knowing.  It’s time to get in the know of your body. It is your one and only temple gifted to you along with your consciousness. 

Let’s find out what the messages are that we receive from the body… the signs and symptoms.

What is a Symptom 

From a medical perspective, I see patients and ask them how they are feeling.  When they recount what is going on, they are telling me about their symptoms. 

Symptoms are like storytelling about your daily life experience and how you are feeling in your body. These symptoms are super valuable, and it’s important to become aware, conscious, and connected to what is occurring in your body. 

Examples of symptoms include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Brain fog
  • Sadness
  • Difficulties pooping
  • Cravings
  • Itching
  • Sleep issues
  • B*tchiness

The list goes on! These are all expressions of what is going on within the body.

What is a Sign

Signs are not so much our experience but rather what you or someone else can objectively see. 

Examples of signs include:

  • Acne
  • Itchy and inflamed skin
  • Bloated belly
  • Loose stools
  • Trembling or shaking

My job on this earth is to help you have body-connectedness and to put it in socially relatable words. As Ace of Base said, “I saw the sign” and you should also be seeing your signs daily.

So What Does This Mean To Us?: Your Next Steps 

It means let’s take the first step in the “I love me” department and learn what your body is trying to tell you. Let’s learn how to connect to it and become conscious of the cries for help and the love letters it sends us.

1. Download my guide the 50 Shades of Poo, and begin this journey. The very first and best way to learn about your body is in the most crucial of functions: your poo. 

It isn’t number 2, but rather the number 1 product that your body produces and as such it’s the gateway to body-connectedness. Plus, it’s accessible and it’s easy to measure all of its characteristics.

2. Wear your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™. This ancient health practice helps connect the body and spirit, while supporting bowel movements, microbiome balance, cleansing and so much more.

So it’s time to show up in your skin and learn the signs that your body is showing you. Show up, take notes, and learn what you can do about it. 

Life, after all, is a journey of discovery and you are in charge of the direction that you go in.

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xoxo

Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.


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