Healthy Spirits

Dr. Heather McCoy Shares Her Secrets to Living a Healthy, Headache Free Life

For most of us celebrating the New Year, it may result in a hangover the next day or multiple yawns. But for approximately 45 million Americans it could lead to debilitating headaches and missed work days that result in 13 billion dollars of lost wages to their employers each year. Most have tried home remedies and prescription medicine to rid them of these headaches without avail. Fortunately, there are talented specialists to help with this chronic ailment.

Dr. Heather McCoy, an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in headache disorders, has been practicing neuroscience nursing since 1994. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Arizona State University and graduated in 2007 from Columbia University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her class was the first graduating class of DNPs in the nation. She spent 17 years collaborating with neurosurgeons and neurologists. In 2015 Dr. McCoy opened her own practice, Integrative Headache Care, where she treats disorders such as migraine, cluster and post-traumatic headaches. Many people are more vulnerable to getting headaches and migraines that can be triggered by their environment, the foods they eat, certain smells, emotional stress, lack of sleep and their genetics. The goal she strives for with her patients is to reduce the frequency of reoccurring headaches and the intensity of them.

“There is always something you can try that may help,” states Dr. McCoy in reference to patients who mention they have tried everything. She uses allopathic medicine as well as non-prescriptive therapy alternatives. She continues, “Each patient responds differently to treatment and I need to be open to what works best for each individual.”

Staying Healthy

Dr. McCoy recommends the following important points that contribute to a good, healthy lifestyle.

Don’t Skip Meals

Make Sleep a Priority by having a regular sleep pattern, which means going to bed at the same time each night and getting the same number of hours of sleep.

Keep Hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

Avoid Sugar

Avoid Carbohydrates

•  Eat Fruits, Vegetables & Protein

For more information, please visit Iheadcare.com or call 480.758.4288

Peaceful Sips

As we begin the New Year it’s quite possible that you, like many others, are setting resolutions like eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep and getting more organized. With many setting resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, they find it takes advance planning and much discipline not to fall back into old patterns, especially if your friends want to meet to toast in the New Year.

Dr. McCoy shares that for some people drinking alcoholic beverages can trigger massive, debilitating headaches. Therefore, she suggests when meeting friends socially, to always have a couple of virgin, non-alcoholic beverages in mind to order. For those socializing at home, she has created a martini recipe that is very satisfying, low in alcohol content and high in anti-oxidants, substituting everything you’d find in a normal martini with ingredients that are lower in pro-inflammatory traditional liquors and high in anti-oxidant fruits.

Dr. McCoy’s Anti-inflammatory Martini

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces Soju (A Korean distilled spirit lower in alcohol content)

.5 ounce of Blue Curacao (To make your own pour 5 ounces of low pulp orange juice into a 32 oz. container, add 1-2 oz. of blue food coloring, then fill the rest of the container with spring water. Shake until food color is blended well.)

3 ounces Pom Wonderful® Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice

Directions:

1. Fill a shaker about 2/3 full with ice

2. Add the above ingredients

3. Shake vigorously for about ten seconds.

4. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a few frozen blueberries.

Yield: One Martini – 118 calories, 6g sugar