Take Time to Establish a Rhythm

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ Flatirons Naturopathic Clinic

Boulder, Colorado

For our families, the transition into fall is a big change from the long free-flowing days of summer vacation. One of the most important things we can do for our health is establish a predictable, internal rhythm. A predictable rhythm allows our bodies to function at their best, reduce our stress and is a key component for optimal endocrine system functioning.

The endocrine system influences almost every single function, cell, and organ in our bodies. Physical growth and development and immune system function; using, maintaining and storing energy; vital functions like metabolism, digestion, sleep, and stress response are all functions of the endocrine system.

Proper nutrition, the right amount of sleep, exercise and hydration in a set rhythm are the key components of healthy endocrine function. Consistent sleep patterning, exercising, walking, and even going to the bathroom at the same time each day promotes a positive and healthy sense of well-being. When we feel our best, we are much less effected by external stress.

Without a definitive rhythm, our bodies clunk and bang along like unbalanced washing machines. When we go to bed at varied times, our bodies do not know when needed rest is coming; this can result in feeling tired throughout the day and/or the inability to fall asleep or wake up at night. When we skip meals and eat at varied times we can feel hungry all day, or be tempted to snack; our bodies don't know when they will have sustenance. This lack of rhythm affects the adrenals, melatonin production, blood sugar levels and cortisol production (functions of the endocrine system). Ultimately, this has a very negative affect on our quality of sleep, mood, energy level, ability to concentrate and immune system. When we eat at consistent times throughout the day, and go to bed at a consistent time each night, we prepare our bodies and minds to function at their absolute best. During times of high stress, it is especially important that we keep a rhythm.

Try taking a small amount of time each day to focus on establishing a predictable rhythm. Provide your body with the comfort that you will provide what it needs, when needed. Rhythm is vital to our health and wellbeing. 

In my next blog I will discuss the importance of nutrition and provide some creative, easy ways for everyone in the family to get the nutrition they need to feel their best.

Dr.Pratt is a great team player and her work complements the other therapies and approaches we follow in conjunction.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

- Behavioral Issues and Family Naturopathic Care

I have to say, I have never seen anything have such a positive impact on someone's life.

- ADD / Memory Recall Patient

Dr. Pratt's approach was friendly, relaxing, reassuring and non-invasive, and the progress that we saw in our son's writing was immediate and remarkable.

- Specific Learning Disability Patient

I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt’s nurturing, life changing treatments to anyone who desires a better, easier way of living in this world.

- Anxiety / Learning Disability Patient

Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.


- Patient of Head Injury Patient

Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

- EI, Rye, NY

Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

- Best, Pooja

It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient