Extreme Exercise May Be Hurting You

 

“I’m so tired that I can barely get out of bed, but I force myself to go to the gym anyway because I need to lose weight.” This is the story of about 80% of my patients on their first visit. Most have been pushing it to the max for months and seeing no results. What if I told you that pushing through the fatigue might not be the best way to achieve that gym bod you’re looking for?

 

When most people think of how they can best maintain metabolic function, they think of exercising more and eating less. However, this can really backfire. You see, the thyroid gland, when working properly, should ideally maintain our metabolism. However, we can influence her activity with our activity.

 

Our bodies are incredible at adapting to change. Evolutionarily, our body does not want us to lose weight, so when we influence our metabolism in one direction, our body responds to counteract it (enter plateaus 2 weeks into a weight loss journey). The driving force behind our metabolism is our thyroid so it makes sense that when we push our bodies to the max in the gym, our thyroid will be the first organ to slow down to counteract the expenditure. Thus, if you’re in the gym on a cardio machine for 2 hours straight, you may actually be pushing yourself further away from your goals.

 

When we completely exhaust ourselves in the gym over and over, our bodies have a difficult time recovering. We only have so much “gas in the tank” before we start running on empty. When your thyroid slows down, you start to feel tired, drink a little more coffee, and turn on your adrenals to pick up the slack. This works for a while, until they slow down too. If this cycle continues you can be left with no energy, crummy metabolism, and poor digestion. Sound familiar?

 

Don’t feel like this means that you can never have a super extreme workout. As a crossfitter, I am very much looking forward to lying on the floor gasping for air and making sweat angels following “Murph” in a couple of weeks so I get it. It simply means that just like with anything else, you need to train your body to be able to exercise. So if you’re super gung ho about your new regimen, don’t start by running 10 miles. Do what you are capable of, while still increasing a metabolic burn. Lift weights (with instruction from a trainer if you’re a beginner) and improve strength before jumping into extreme cardio. Try doing 10 minutes of high intensity intervals and build up to 20 and eventually 30 minutes. Your body will build up a tolerance to this level of exercise and stop trying to fight against you.

 

If you’re already feeling like you’re running on empty all the time, try taking one intentional week off from the gym. Avoid all sugars in your diet and fill up with clean, whole foods (no calorie restrictions!!!). Get 8 hours of sleep per night for the entire week. Try to limit caffeine to 1 serving per day during this time as well. Think of this as an “energy cleanse” to reset your hormones. Then start your exercise regimen again at a more sustainable pace, building up to your personal peak.

Admin | May 9, 2017

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Classical Homeopathy

The homeopathic approach to healthcare strives to understand the connections between all of a patients symptoms and identify the underlying state of imbalance. Carefully selected homeopathic remedies are used to treat the patient’s unique state of imbalance to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability and help restore balance to mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic medicine is an integrative approach to healthcare, combining the innate wisdom of nature with advances in modern science. Naturopathic medicine is founded upon traditional healing principles and focuses on treating the root cause of disease rather than symptom management.

Individualized treatment plans facilitate the body’s innate healing ability to restore balance and maintain optimal health and wellbeing. Patient education is an essential component to Naturopathic care, empowering patients to have an active role in creating the level of health and vitality they desire. Treatment plans may include homeopathic and botanical medicines, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical prescriptions, dietary recommendations and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Purdy serves patients throughout the Dallas metroplex.  Many patients prefer meeting at their home, as opposed to the office, for convenience as well as the opportunity for additional lifestyle education.

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Train For Your Next Event

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Get Your Energy Back

Find Freedom From Pain

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The Holistic Health Center of Dallas utilizes Naturopathic Medicine, a distinct system of health care emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health. We utilize a combination of traditional and alternative medicines. Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are primary health care practitioners that have found success in blending both sides of the health care paradigm to find healing for their patients.

The scope of diseases treatable with Naturopathic medicine has no limitations. Common primary care issues such as infections, hormonal imbalances, skin issues, and minor injuries are successfully treated everyday by Naturopathic doctors. Even more important is the prevention of, relief from, and reversal of chronic, serious, degenerating illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, chronic headaches, allergies, and many more.

As featured in:

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Dr. Purdy has always been passionate about health. With a background in the gym industry and as a competitive athlete, she has always held fitness in high regard. However, it wasn’t until later in life that she realized there was more to fitness than physical appearance and body composition. After using nutrition to treat health issues in her own life, she became passionate about the idea of using food as medicine. She believes that every patient can find healing faster if they have a healthy foundation.

Dr. Purdy aims to eliminate obstacles to health for her patients by treating the whole body as one unit. She works with many different health concerns including depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune disorders. She spends the majority of her practice helping patients achieve long-lasting weight loss and has a special interest in optimizing performance level in athletes looking for an edge.

In her spare time, Dr. Purdy enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and Olympic weightlifting. She loves to spend Sundays watching football with her husband and rescue puppy, Maleah, while dominating in her fantasy league. She also spends a fair amount of time trying to find new whole food versions of her favorite southern recipes.

HELLO

I love that Dr. P does house calls.  We went through my kitchen and outlined meal plans together to help keep me on track.

Amy J.

Dr. Purdy did wonders for me through her healthiest you program.  I started the journey just to lose weight, but ended up healing many other health issues along the way.  I'm healthier than I was ten years ago and still improving.

Gina G.

Dr. Purdy is so knowledgeable when it comes to combining traditional and alternative medicine.  She helps me know which alternative therapies are safe to try while using my diabetes medication.

Rebecca L.

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