4 Cardiovascular Risk Factors Doctors Aren’t Talking About
 

Video Transcript:

Happy Heart Health Awareness Month! I am going to share with you today four very important cardiovascular risk factors to be aware of that your doctors are not detailing fully that can literally change your life and can prevent heart disease, heart episodes like heart attacks, stroke, and all of the other assortment of imbalances in your heart health.

1. Too Much Sugar

So, the first cardiovascular risk that nobody’s really zeroing in on is that your sugar intake from both a dietary perspective and or your body’s natural production like insulin, is one of the greatest risks or risk factors that leads to breakdown of your cardiovascular health. And you might ask, “Dr. Melissa, how is that possible? I thought salt was the thing we’re supposed to be aware of,” and actually sugar is the worst. Out of any other element that influences the heart health, sugar is a direct leading source of cardiovascular imbalances. And I would gauge to state that it’s one of the number-one factors in terms of individuals who might be experiencing pre-diabetic states or consuming your standard American diet that have insulin imbalances.

So, if you are looking to get control of your heart health, be preventive, or reverse some of the staging of heart disease and heart cardiovascular imbalances, really understanding your blood sugar levels and your daily hourly insulin levels is going to be critical.

You might see a lot of people now have these patches that they put on their arm and it connects up to their phone where they can literally track after I eat a meal, insulin either spikes or stays maintained. Everybody’s biochemistry is different and so it’s really important to be able to track your blood sugar as well as the insulin on a not just morning fasting basis like we usually see in lab tests, but throughout the day. And there are influences, and particularly number four in this video for you is going to highlight this further.

2. Magnesium Deficiency

So number two, the second cardiovascular risk is deficiencies in magnesium. Last year, I talked about magnesium, our Magnesium 7, and the connection to heart health, but it’s really, really important to know that over 95% of individuals here on earth are lacking in some degree of magnesium.

There are different types of magnesium. There are certain forms of magnesium that are better for your heart health. There are others that are more productive for minimizing fluid retention, which can be really helpful if folks have chronic vascular insufficiency or have assorted fluid retention related to heart failure.

But there’s also other magnesiums that are really good for your heart tissue. Magnesium, most importantly, when it comes to your overall cardiovascular health, when we have optimal, not just normal in the middle range, but optimized high level, in the range but optimized magnesium, we minimize the body’s accumulation of plaque, particularly bone matter in our cardiovascular system.

For anybody who’s had a family member that has suffered from arterial sclerosis, that’s a thickening or hardening of the arteries. The thickening and the hardening that narrows the walls of that artery, it’s bone matter, and so magnesium minimizes calcium from getting into your cardiovascular system. That is absolutely critical.

3. Not Exercising Every Day

Number three, as far as cardiovascular risks, are individuals who are not doing daily cardio. This is really important. Exercise is important. 30 minutes minimum of cardiovascular effect where you’re getting your heart rate, you’re getting a sweat on – brisk walking, swimming, even rebounding for 30 minutes is really great. But not doing that every day is a risk factor.

So, I have a lot of folks that are fitness enthusiasts, they’re in the gym, and individuals that may be only lifting weights and not doing cardio or they’re not doing the HIIT and the intensity, getting the blood pumping that might not qualify as cardio specifically.

4. Neglecting Stress Levels

Now number four, this is really important. The really, really key critical factor for minimizing both stress levels in your body, the cortisol hormone, as well as minimizing the spikes of insulin or imbalances in blood sugar, is getting control of the stress hormone. So, high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, high cholesterol, and even elevations in triglyceride levels, all are contributed to an increased cortisol level.

So, cortisol is our stress hormone that our adrenals produce. This is a fight-or-flight stress response mechanism. And cortisol is a natural, innate hormone that helps us either get our bodies ready to fight or flight, to run, and that activity naturally requires a spike of energy. So, insulin increases, which is bad for the heart, talked about that first, but it’s also going to trigger a central nervous system response, elevation in blood pressure, elevation in heart rate and cortisol is clogging and overwhelming to your liver, which leads to increases in triglycerides and cholesterol.

So, the traditional model is to combat cholesterol by giving you a statin drug. But what that doesn’t address is the source, which is stress hormone called cortisol. I do a lot of cortisol testing with my patients. We actually do saliva-based testing. You can get a four-panel snapshot throughout the day, gives us a really good idea of this ideal cycle, very much like our circadian cycle, but cortisol management and keeping cortisol calm and in the levels we need at certain times of the day can really turn around the state of your heart health.

So, those are four powerful risk factors that many people, especially your clinicians, are not discussing that I know will literally change the state of your heart health, will help prevent heart disease, and might save you or maybe a family or friend’s life. So, I’m excited to share this information with you today.


Magnesium deficiency is linked to stress, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, sore muscles, migraines, and many more debilitating health conditions.

If your body needs magnesium, you want the most beneficial kind your body can actually absorb. Organixx Magnesium 7 gives you seven (7) of the very best, most bioavailable types of elemental magnesium available.

Magnesium Supplement
Doctor-Recommended Supplements for Heart Health
 

Video Transcript:

I’m so excited to share with you today four of our favorite, best resources here at Organixx for improving your heart health.

1. Collagen

Number one is collagen. Our Clean Sourced Collagens are amazing for helping muscle and soft tissue repair. Our assortment, five different types of collagen, it’s very powerful. These collagen types are helpful at supporting the turnover of the cellular process of your heart health, as well as muscle health, and your vasculature. So, overall, collagen is a good repair agent for supporting the functionality of your heart and cardiovascular health.

2. Turmeric 3D

The second supplement that I love is our Turmeric 3D, or T3D. It’s very turmeric-forward, and turmeric is a powerful herb for supporting our heart health. One of the overwhelming benefits of turmeric is that it’s an anti-inflammatory. So, when we’re talking about heart health, and heart disease risks, and risk factors behind stroke and heart attack, and that kind of vascular inflammatory disorders, turmeric is very helpful at lowering overall systemic inflammation, and it also serves to function as a natural diuretic.

Now, quick warning on this, if you are taking any kind of blood-thinning medication like a warfarin, you want to be very cautious of taking also turmeric. So, turmeric is kind of the nature’s natural alternative to a warfarin or a blood thinner, and that’s the other powerful benefit that turmeric provides, is it does thin your blood and helps to move your blood.

So, folks that have been diagnosed with thicker blood or notate a little bit higher elevations of LDL being transported through the blood, that would be a very powerful resource.

3. Magnesium 7

Now, third is honestly one of my favorites, and it’s our combination, or multi-form magnesium, or Magnesium 7. So, magnesium, overall, is going to be one of the most powerful minerals for your heart health. And simply put, magnesium is like a cardiovascular bouncer. It helps to keep out calcium from all aspects of your vasculature.

So, it will help minimize the buildup of hard, kind of gunky bony plaque, which is simply from calcium that is not being articulated and remineralized in other areas, like our bone or our teeth. So, when we’re talking about magnesium in the function of supporting our heart health, calcium blocking is the core powerful function magnesium provides for your heart health.

Now, magnesium, again, this is all different forms, we’re giving you seven different forms of magnesium. Some forms of magnesium are going to be more functional and helpful at moving your bowels, and that is very powerful at helping lower cholesterol levels, keeping things moving. There’s also a lymphatic function where we get the lymphatic fluid moving, which helps minimize the arterial pressure. This is really complex, but basically, there’s this connectivity between our blood vessels and our lymphatic system. It’s how the blood gets rid of toxicity, and it also is the way that it moves the lymphatic system. And there’s this pressure, there’s this kind of interweaving of vessels where there’s a transport mechanism and there is a pressure. It’s pressurized. Well, magnesium helps to get things moving out and through your blood, your lymphatic system.

So, when we’re talking about, maybe you’ve got some congestive heart failure, or edema, or swelling of the ankles, or even maybe are dealing with gout, all of those things can influence the fluid levels and constrain your heart health. Magnesium is great for helping excess fluid that is in the interstitial space, the kind of open space in our vasculature and in around our body. It helps articulate it and move it out. That is very helpful for reducing the overwhelm the heart has in pushing the volume of blood and other fluids in our body.

4. 7M+ (soon to be renamed “7 Mushrooms”)

Now, our fourth, and just powerhouse, is a functional mushroom that you’re going to find in our 7M+ product. And the functional mushroom here is called chaga. Chaga is one of my favorite adaptogenic functional mushrooms. Adaptogenic, meaning it helps your body adapt to everyday stressors. So, if you are studying and doing a lot of reading and are doing mental work, it helps you adapt to that mental work. If you, later on in the day, are doing a lot of physical activity, it helps your body process and recover and repair after that physical activity.

Chaga also has some really powerful heart-healthy benefits, and I highlight this in another video here this month. I’d have you reference that, but specifically, chaga is great for lowering your elevations of LDL, and it’s an anti-inflammatory.

So, overall, these four supplements, our collagen, our Clean Sourced Collagens, T3D, our MAG7, and our 7M+ functional mushroom blend that’s chaga-forward. They’re great. So powerful for helping support your heart health.

And if you are looking at being proactive and reducing your heart health risk and helping reduce the inflammation levels in your body systemically, that is a powerful thing to do to reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attack. So, I hope you check out these four items in our catalog here at Organixx. They are great for heart health.


One easy way to keep your health on track? Consider subscribing to the supplements you take regularly to help maintain consistency. Organixx Subscribe & Save makes it simple and stress-free for you to receive automatic, ongoing shipments of best-in-class supplements right to your doorstep… and you’ll always get 15% off the price, free shipping, priority stock, and you’ll never run out when you choose this option.

S&S Blog CTA
Why a Full-Spectrum Magnesium Supplement is Essential for Optimal Wellness
 

Video Transcript:

Are you feeling stressed, fatigued, maybe slightly constipated, or notice after you work out, you still have sore muscles and, just, there’s tension, or even holding fluid in your body? Maybe you’ve experienced heart palpitations or an increase in your blood pressure.

I’m going to share with you an amazing solution that I recommend to all of my patients, regardless of their age or gender, and it is a full-spectrum magnesium. We call it Magnesium 7 here at Organixx, and magnesium is a powerhouse. It’s honestly one of the most essential macro-minerals that you need to be consuming on a daily basis.

One of the things that makes magnesium so critical for keeping you and your body and your health and wellness optimized is magnesium is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions that help your body run efficiently and optimally. And one of the things that we know through scientific research is that magnesium is absolutely critical, optimizing those levels to keep your body healthy.

It not only functions as an electrolyte, which helps maintain your fluid balance, but it’s also the second most critical intracellular element, which means it is really, really important that you consume a magnesium on a daily basis, to help support your bone health, your heart health, and even your neurotransmitter health.

Magnesium for Stress Reduction & Sleep Support

So, let’s talk about if you are feeling stressed, or you notice maybe you’re not sleeping well, magnesium – simply adding magnesium into your body in a full-spectrum supplement like the Magnesium 7 – there are magnesium types that we offer you that can literally increase one of the most stress-relieving neurotransmitters called GABA. What we find is that the magnesium that you can get in Magnesium 7, the magnesium glycinate is the most efficient and most effective magnesium form to promote relaxation and a reduction in your stress levels.

Now, many people might experience an elevation in blood pressure or heart palpitations, or just notice they’re not sleeping well and even the digestive process slows down when we’re under stress.

Maybe you’ve taken cortisol tests and you know that your cortisol is elevated or you’ve got basement level cortisol because we have the stress response mechanism in your body that is imbalanced. That affects all aspects of your body. And where magnesium and its involvement in over 600 enzymatic reactions in your body, magnesium helps to support muscle and nerve function, which is so optimal.

Breaking Through the Blood-Brain Barrier

There are actually three forms of magnesium that can break through the blood-brain barrier and you’re going to find those here in our Magnesium 7. So, that’s really important when we’re looking at, how do we keep you youthful? How do we keep your body and cells optimal, and optimizing, and efficient? How can we support the stress response mechanism and lower your body’s reactivity to stress?

And also, how do we help optimize your body’s transport of essential minerals, thereby increasing your energy production?

Magnesium can do all of that and more.

Magnesium is an Essential Macro-Mineral

Magnesium is an essential mineral, macro-mineral, that can help make protein. So, your body can actually make critical proteolytic, or what we would consider metabolic enzymes, that support bone density – enhancing the remineralization of your bones – as well as enhances your DNA from any oxidative stress.

So, if you are looking to protect your cells, protect your DNA, and to also support your heart health, improve your digestive process and balance your stress response mechanism, magnesium is one of the best minerals, in a full-spectrum form, meaning multiple forms.

When to Take a Full-Spectrum Magnesium Supplement

We have seven different types of magnesium in Magnesium 7. That’s going to be really critical for addressing assorted deficiencies, like the symptoms of imbalanced sleep, constipation, anxiety, and even depression, bone loss. Those are all going to be signs of some magnesium deficiencies.

So, powering up your body on a daily basis with magnesium, you’re going to notice a difference. And in fact, my patients, when I recommend they take a magnesium in the morning and in the evening – so, a dose of Magnesium 7 would be, we have on the supplement facts, two capsules. Take two capsules in the morning. Two capsules in the evening. So, you’ve got kind of a sandwich. Start of the day and end the day with magnesium. You’re going to get a steady stream of enzymatic support to help enhance your muscle and nerve function, as well as lower your stress response mechanism. You’re going to notice it within 24 hours.

I’m so excited to share the amazing capacity, the healing capacity that magnesium can deliver to you. So, I hope you will put a Magnesium 7 in your cart today, and I can’t wait to hear all the great results that you experience in adding this absolutely critical powerhouse of a supplement into your daily life.


Magnesium deficiency is linked to stress, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, sore muscles, migraines, and many more debilitating health conditions.

If your body needs magnesium, you want the most beneficial kind your body can actually absorb. Organixx Magnesium 7 gives you seven (7) of the very best, most bioavailable types of elemental magnesium available.

Magnesium Supplement
3 Proven, Powerful Ways to Reduce Heart Issues in Men
 

Video Transcript:

Today, I want to talk to you about heart health for men, specifically any of the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or gentlemen seeking to support their heart health. I’m going to share with you three really powerful supplements to add to your daily regimen that have a ton of clinical research and are proven to be helpful in minimizing the inflammation of heart disease. They are great at supporting the heart tissue and will also target the reduction in the overall accumulation of calcium, which calcium is one of the leading reasons for heart disease and heart attack and arteriosclerosis. But calcium that is not blocked appropriately in the body can go rogue. And so I’m going to share with you a supplement we have here at Organixx that’s going to be extremely powerful for reducing that. So, make sure you stay with me through this whole video.

Address Systemic Inflammation: The Leading Cause of Heart Disease

So, number one, let’s talk about inflammation. Inflammation. Systemic inflammation is a leading source of the cause of heart disease. This ranges from high blood pressure and blood sugar, metabolic imbalances, and all the way through to arteriosclerosis and strokes and heart attack. So, targeting inflammation and the inflammatory markers, cytokines – these are certain cells that are inflammatory producing and trigger a whole bunch of other inflammation in the body – targeting that is going to be really critical in reducing your propensity or likelihood to develop heart disease, have a stroke, or have a widowmaker heart attack.

So, Magi-Complexx is my favorite go-to. It’s a three-herbal blend that has the most potent forms of anti-inflammatory herbals in them. The combination of turmeric and frankincense and myrrh – these are the gifts of the Magi, that’s why we call it Magi-Complexx. It is so wonderful for reducing inflammation in the body. Turmeric is amazing at not only reducing inflammation, it supports the lymphatic system. So, this helps support the detox process of not only the heart tissue, the overall body, and the glymphatics, that’s a lymphatic system of our brain.

The Magi-Complexx is something that you can use for pain. It can be used for inflammation of the joints. But also deeper, systemically, it can target inflammation in the cardiovascular system. And free radical damage tends to be this leading source of the body’s creation of cholesterol, and reducing inflammation targets those free radicals. So we can reduce free radical damage by reducing inflammation in the body, thereby limiting the amount of cholesterol your body’s having to produce to heal open wounds in the vascular channel.

Repair Damaged Heart Tissue with Coenzymes

Now, the second thing that I love to recommend is a supplement that is a more recent modern find. This was back in the 1970s, the Japanese discovered the amazing potency of ubiquinol. And now we have the mitoquinols, an even more potent form of a coenzyme our body naturally produces.

It’s been discovered that our heart and our gum tissue is primarily comprised of coenzyme Q10. And quinols and the mitoquinols, that category of enzymes, coenzymes, are known to directly target the turnover and the restoration of our heart cells and ultimately our gum cell, gum tissue.

So, if you may have had a heart attack or maybe have had a stint or CABG procedure or any type of heart-disease-related surgery, maybe from a heart attack or arterial blockage, and maybe the heart is also dealing with congestive heart failure, CoQ10 or a mitoquinol, a very potent form of CoQ10, is extremely powerful at adding this into your daily regimen. I use it with my patients. There’s massive amounts of research. Particularly in Japan, they use the quinols to reverse heart disease and recover and repair damaged heart tissue.

I promise you, I’ve seen it in my own practice. I have had gentlemen who’ve had near widowmakers and have been awaiting surgery. And we put them on massive doses of coenzyme Q10 or mitoquinol. And we actually see their heart tissue repair, where cardiovascular doctors have said, “There’s no way we’re going to see change in the heart damage and the heart tissue. It’s impossible for it to repair.” Within a year, sometimes as little as six to nine months, we see a reinvigoration and a change in that cellular tissue.

And the reality is, is that our cells are constantly evolving and changing. By adding a mitoquinol, which you can find in my supplement store, actually. This is a more potent form of coenzyme Q10, and you can only get it through licensed professionals. We have mitoquinol that you can use on a daily basis. And it’s as small as 10 milligrams or 20 milligrams, but it gives you a massive potency to heal the heart and also any periodontal disease or gingivitis. It’s great for gum tissue. And gum tissue is very… it mirrors the heart tissue. So, if you’re dealing with any type of gum dental issues, likelihood, we might be also seeing some heart imbalances or heart tissue imbalances. So, mitoquinols are great for heart and gum tissue.

Manage Your Body’s Calcium Production

Now the last and final, let’s talk about calcium production in the body. There is a very special mineral, a very important mineral that is needed in over 600 different enzymatic body reactions. This mineral is often going to be in a deficient state with all of us. We calculate about 85% to 90% of the population globally has a deficiency in magnesium.

And magnesium in the body is like a bouncer for the nightclub. So, if the nightclub is our heart or a vascular channel, magnesium functions to keep calcium out. Calcium’s like a firecracker inside the vascular channel. So it is bouncing, it’s keeping the magnesium out or calcium blocker. And it’ll help push the calcium to the bones instead of getting into the vascular channel. And ultimately, arteriosclerosis is a disease where our body is putting bone matter, calcium, into the vascular channel. And we see a hardening, an actual calcification, a “bony” vascular channel. That is something we need to avoid for improved… and for our longevity, we need to see better balanced vascular health that is deficient in calcium accumulation.

And the way to minimize calcium accumulation is to add Magnesium 7. This is our multi-blend magnesium. This is wonderful. Adding it as a powder into smoothies. You can even add it into a tea or a coffee in the morning. So, we have capsules you can break open that are really great to add into your daily regimen. But magnesium functions as a natural calcium blocker. And a lot of individuals, particularly men that might be on calcium-blockers or beta-blockers, calcium is a factor for enhancing the state of our blood pressure. It can also lead to conditions like congestive heart failure, arterial blockage, and can ultimately lead to the need for surgeries and additional medications and therapeutics. So, adding Magnesium 7 right now to your daily regimen is going to be something that will help support your overall vascular health.

So, I’m excited to share these three items with you. Because overall, this is a powerful way to enhance your heart health. And this is not just for men, but for women. But for men, we see a lot of heart attacks being a leading source of fatalities. And so we can avoid and lower inflammation, power up the heart cells, lower the exposure of the vascular channel to calcium, then we can create a more supple, flexible, dynamic vascular channel that helps support you through the aging process.


Magnesium deficiency is linked to stress, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, sore muscles, migraines, and many more debilitating health conditions.

If your body needs magnesium, you want the most beneficial kind your body can actually absorb. Organixx Magnesium 7 gives you seven (7) of the very best, most bioavailable types of elemental magnesium available.

Magnesium Supplement
5 Easy Tips to Fall Asleep Faster – Naturally
 

Video Transcript:

I want to share with you five really impactful and very easy tips to help you get to sleep in the healthiest and most optimized way. This answers the question of a lot of you viewers and consumers here at Organixx who are having a challenge with getting your body and your brain to calm down so that you can get optimal sleep.

And these five tips are going to be very impactful for individuals of all ages. So if you have children that might have this challenge where they’re not slowing down or their body seems like they’re awake, but maybe they’re a little grumpy and tired, these tips can also be applicable for our younger kids, as well as preteens and teens and young adults.

Avoid Blue Light Before Bed

All right. So kicking off with number one, this is really simple, and it is avoiding blue lights like your phone, your TVs, or any of the electronics that you might be using or working on within two hours of bedtime. And I recommend getting these blue light blocking glasses. And so these are a non-prescription glasses, these happen to be one of I think five pairs that I have. I have them everywhere.

And what these allow you to do, if you do have to work or you’re checking your phone, or even if you prefer to watch TV at night, when you wear these, it minimizes the impact of the blue light. And the blue light, these blocking glasses, they have these for kids as well, so if kids are using iPads or they’re working on computers for homework, have them put on their glasses from 6:00 PM until bedtime. So by wearing blue light blocking glasses, or even putting a little screen on your computer, they have those you can grab easily on Amazon. By wearing these, it helps to minimize the impact of the TV or the phone or the iPad light in affecting your sleep cycle.

And so the first thing is that blocking process is really stopping the impact of blue light that might keep you awake longer than what you prefer. So again, 6:00 PM and on wear these. These are non-prescription, super easy to grab, you can find these at your pharmacies, online, but really great – the blue light blocking glasses.

Set Your Thermostat for Sleep

Now, the second thing is to set your temperature. And I love to automate this function because it’s super easy. But you want to be sleeping in ideally the low seventies, high sixties. That ideal temperature range for optimal sleep is 68 to 72. Now, this depends on your budget, where you live, humidity levels, all different factors. But that temperature we find is ideal for good restorative, rejuvenative sleep. And it’s a part of that getting to sleep better when you’re under your blankets and you’re feeling cozy, it signals to the brain to go to sleep.

Supplementation Assistance

Now, third is an assortment of supplementation. Sometimes we need assistance, and the assistance comes in the way of assorted herbals and minerals that can support your body’s natural downgrading and getting into the sleep cycle. So we have that circadian rhythm, basically, it’s the day and night rhythm. We want to be ideally most awake in the morning. And we start to see the circadian rhythm drop, and it’s at its lowest point right before we are going to bed and engaging in sleep.

Magnesium

So, I first reach for Organixx Magnesium 7. Magnesium, especially now we have the seven assorted magnesium types and forms, they’re going to target different body systems. And magnesium has been clinically studied to help calm our central nervous system and eases the whole sleep cycle.

Magnesium is great if individuals find that they have insomnia or just that difficulty getting to sleep, magnesium is great. So again, that’s the Magnesium 7 here at Organixx.

Herbals and Teas

Now, sometimes we need some herbals and I love to incorporate herbals, very central-nervous-system-calming herbals, like passionflower and valerian. You can find these in teas. And I also like to add in a holy basil – that is an adaptogenic stress-reducing, cortisol-lowering adaptogen. And I grabbed this from my medicine cabinet. I drink tea a lot. I’m a tea lover and I have different teas that I drink throughout the day.

In the later part of the evening, after dinner, I will brew up a toasty sleep tea, I’ll brew up a valerian sleepy-time tea, and also just a passionflower tea. Sometimes you can get loose-leaf passionflower at your bulk natural stores and online. So, you can blend those also, you can make your own kind of sleepy-time tea combo.

But those are very impactful for just calming the system, helping slow things down, drop that circadian rhythm so that the body’s entering into that lower phase circadian rhythm so that we have the sleep cycle kicking off in the right form.

This is critical. I’m going to share additional tips in future video content, where I’m going to share with you how to stay asleep fully. So not wake up during the middle of the night. And how to wake up refreshed. But the kicking off, getting your body and the central nervous system balanced and lowered is really critical.

Melatonin

Now, often I get asked, “Hey, Dr. Melissa, what are your thoughts about melatonin?” Because that often gets billed as a neurotransmitter-focused supplement that can help balance sleep. And even GABA falls into that category. I recommend before using melatonin or GABA, that you’re going to often find in some natural sleep aids, I recommend having your neurotransmitters tested. Because too much melatonin actually will keep you awake and it won’t help you sleep solidly.

So, melatonin is one of those things that I use sparingly, I use it specifically, I want to have more clinical data, IE labs, to understand where your values are. Because sometimes we have to trim your melatonin or elevate the balance of other neurotransmitters to ease that increase in melatonin that might be causing your brain to race before you go to bed.

Bach Flower Therapy

Now, speaking of brain racing, number four, I love to incorporate this really amazing option. So, tip number four is this amazing natural therapeutic that involves flowers. And this might sound a little like, okay, what in the world are flowers going to have to do with sleeping better and actually getting to sleep easily?

I’m going to share with you a therapy that a psychiatrist analyzed in a psychiatric hospital a hundred years ago, that when psychiatric patients were brought out into the garden, if they were parked, their chairs or their wheelchairs, were parked near certain plants or trees, that they started to have some emotional relief. And they started to see and notice changes in their outlook. And even patients rebounded from whatever diagnosis or mental illness they had.

Well, fast forward to lots of research in identifying the different flowers that are associated with emotional challenges or really our emotions connect to certain flowers. And so what this therapy is, it’s called Bach flower remedies or Bach flower therapy. And it is incorporating specific flowers that can ease stress, can calm the mind. This is really, really impactful.

And what I recommend for any of my patients that are going to usually tell me, “Dr. Melissa, I’m always physically tired, but my brain is wired. I’m thinking about my day, I’m rehashing meetings, or oh, I could have said whatever with so and so, or I’m running through the list”, and your brain is awake, but your body’s really ready to go to sleep. But the brain is wired, it’s alert.

Bach flowers, so I’m going to share with you, it comes in an assortment of remedy forms. This happens to be a pastille. I have one I can show you, it’s a little like suck on, and you put it in your mouth and suck on it like you would a lozenge. They also have sprays, they also have drops. They have non-alcoholic drops for kids. They even have this for pets. And I’m going to share with you … There are five particular flower types that are in the overall remedy. This is going to categorically address stress, emotional trauma, grief. It addresses the general state of folks that have that mind that’s awake.

And how we use Bach flower remedies is to begin taking either a few sprays or a few drops an hour before the desired bedtime. And what my patients experience instantaneously is a releasing of that mind going, and it just calms down the mind so that you’re not thinking about the list. You’re not thinking about the meeting tomorrow. You’re not thinking about the meetings from today or the conversation with your spouse or your kids. Those all go away. And the emotions just root, so that the body can sleep. It’s by far one of my most spectacular remedies and resources for folks that have a hard time getting to sleep. And it’s the brain that’s going. It’s not always the body that’s a challenge, but it’s the brain. And it’s the thinking, the constant thought pattern.

Your Sleep Environment

Okay. So, last and final, I want to share with you, is really setting the right tone for the sleep environment. I call this the right bedroom environment. Meaning, is your bedroom space ideal for optimal sleep? And there’s several steps to this. But I want you to assess, and even some of my patients, I’m having them take pictures from different angles of their bedroom. And I want to make sure that we have no clutter in the bedroom. I want to make sure there’s nothing being packed or stuffed underneath the bed. I want to make sure that their beds are made. When they’re getting into bed, it’s really nice clean, crisp sheets, because you’re not having to worry about a messed up bed.

But more importantly, I want to make sure we don’t have a TV in the bedroom. I want to make sure that the bed itself is comfortable and conducive for the right sleep environment. Meaning, how do your sheets feel? Are they the right thread count? Are they breathable? Are you under enough or too many blankets? What’s your pillow like, are you dealing with a pillow that might be causing you to wake up or just cause you discomfort?

Weighted Blankets

I also like to have patients who need that extra support to getting them to go to sleep, I incorporate a weighted blanket. This really targets folks that have anxiety, just underlying anxiety and even depression. Weighted blankets have a ton of research. They come in different weights and sizes. They have little younger kiddo ones to teens and adult versions. But my weighted blanket, it’s 15 pounds. Brian calls it my iron curtain because I have it just on my side. And it is glorious. It just feels like I’m a snug little bug in my bed. And it just is like … I bring it up to here and it just feels like you’re being hugged.

That action of the weight on the body is a sensory signaling. It creates sensory signals that literally calms the mind, calms the body. We have hormones that get produced, happy, healthy, good sleep-inducing hormones that come from the activity of being in a weighted blanket.

Now, if any of you are parents, think about when you brought your newborn home from the hospital. The effort was to create that fourth trimester where you really swaddled them and have them wrapped up where they felt like they were still inside their mother’s uterus. Weighted blankets take us back to that primal state as humans. And it’s very effective for getting somebody to sleep better and faster. So that is a game changer, total game changer.

Sleep Clothing

The other thing is I want to look at what is the sleep clothing that you’re wearing. Are you wearing breathable clothing? For some of my patients that might experience night sweats, I want to make sure we’re wearing wicking, bamboo-related night clothing and nightwear – shirts, tank tops, camis for ladies, and pants for men. But I want to make sure that sweat is not going to cause you grief in getting to sleep because that can be a big factor. Get into bed, and all of a sudden you’re sweating. You’re not going to be comfortable. Even if that temperature is 68 degrees in your bedroom.

White Noise & Air Purifiers

The other thing is to deploy white noise via an air filter. This is one of those things where I’m using this tool as a way to create a space where your body is not being bombarded by allergens, dust. As well as enhances that whole airflow so that we’re not maximizing or you’re not experiencing inflammation that will register when you wake up, puffy eyes, gunkiness in your nose.

So, that’s really important to look at maybe adding a white noise machine. That’s another way, the brain just zeros in on it and just lulls you into a sleep. It’s almost like when babies and young toddlers are driving around in a car, I mean, it’s like magic. That was actually what Gabriel … we’d have to drive him around to have him take a nap. And so white noise is highly effective now he’s older. But adults can benefit from that white noise.

And I just like to blend that where, let’s have your air filter, a good clean HEPA high-quality air filter. Maybe even with a little UV, have that function as your white noise machine.

Himalayan Salt Lamps & Green Plants

And then last and final environmental-wise. I want to make sure we are also emitting good negative ions into your air via a Himalayan salt lamp, as well as maybe having a green plant like a lily. I love lilies in the bedroom. They’re very oxygenating and they clean the air. That’s really important though, just have that nice, clean, crisp environment where it’s just soothing.

Essential Oils

You can even incorporate essential oils. Here at Organixx, we have really wonderful lavender. I love lavender and frankincense, you put those two together on a little cotton ball. And I will stick them on the Shakra points. So, I’ll do one where your hips might be, mid-back, up here around the neck, and then even I’ll tuck one in the pillow. Frankincense is very grounding, it’ll bring down your energy and it’ll root you into that whole circadian rhythm. Lavender is just so calming.

So, you can incorporate sight, sense, smells, just that feeling of comfort, great sheets, an excellent pillow, weighted blanket, cool temperatures – very, very impactful for helping you get to sleep better.

I hope these five tips were helpful. Let us know how you do with them. And if you have any other challenges you want us to address with the sleep cycle. And make sure you subscribe and follow us along here. As well as read your emails … As well as watch future emails coming out with additional ways to help you sleep better.


Magnesium deficiency is linked to stress, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, sore muscles, migraines, and many more debilitating health conditions.

If your body needs magnesium, you want the most beneficial kind your body can actually absorb. Organixx Magnesium 7 gives you seven (7) of the very best, most bioavailable types of elemental magnesium available.

Magnesium Supplement