Micronutrient Support for Overworked Adrenals

August 24, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Supporting every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional body is always important.  It’s especially important to be intentional with supporting your adrenal function when going through difficult times. Emotional and mental stress can become so burdensome that your body takes over the responsibility of coping in an effort to give your tired mind and heart a break.  This is something to be thankful for.  Overtime, however, this can result in overworked adrenals, as well as other physical issues.Without proper balance between cortisol (aka the stress hormone) and DHEA (the hormone that balances cortisol), cortisol becomes a burden on the body. If left untreated, this can result in adrenal fatigue.  Supporting the adrenals with targeted nutrition and supplementation can make a big difference in coping with unavoidable stresses.  Here are some micronutrients that can relieve overworked adrenals:Vitamin C: Vitamin C depletion is very common in adrenal fatigue.  It supports adrenals and … Continued

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Are Allergies Causing You Anxiety?

June 1, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Is your sleep disturbed?  Are you tossing and turning, or maybe having a hard time falling and staying asleep?  Are you feeling more stressed out than normal? Do you feel depressed but don’t know why? There are many factors that cause insomnia, depression and anxiety, but one of the most overlooked causes is allergies.  While taking an antihistamine can treat runny nose and itchy eyes, long term use can exaggerate sleep disturbances and mood issues. What are histamines? Histamines are stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating, which helps control energy levels, motivation, and the sleep-wake cycle. Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases due to a toxin or insect bite, other neurotransmitters such as epinephrine (adrenaline) may be affected.  Epinephrine helps lower large increases of histamine.  While allergies often present as itchy eyes or sinus congestion, anxiety and insomnia are also common symptoms due to the increase … Continued

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Chronic Stress & the Three Stages of Adrenal Fatigue 

August 18, 2017 | Adrenal Fatigue

Stress is a natural and healthy reaction to everyday life problems. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is healthy and necessary when released at appropriate times.  Stress factors such as mental/emotional stress, sleep cycle disturbances, blood sugar imbalances, and inflammation trigger the release of cortisol.  In appropriate doses, this is a healthy response, but when these factors compound for prolonged periods of time, cortisol is released too frequently and causes physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Without a proper balance between cortisol and DHEA (the hormone that balances cortisol), cortisol becomes a burden on the body. Overtime, this can result in adrenal fatigue.  Chronic stress release of cortisol takes its toll on the body in three stages of adrenal fatigue: Hyper, Dominant, or Hypo.  Stage 1: Hyper-Cortisol The first stage of adrenal fatigue is characterized as being in constant alarm.  At any point in the day, a person will feel stressed and wired, … Continued

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Stress Relief and Better Sleep – 6 Tips

February 22, 2017 | Stress Relief

The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. Many times this chronic stress leads to insomnia. Here are some tips to help you manage your stress and enjoy a better nights sleep. 1) No TV or other electronics for 1 hour before bed- instead read positive books 2) Make sure bedroom is dark to help your body make melatonin (sleep hormone). Don’t use bright clocks. 3) Lay on your right side- this makes the left nostril more dominant for breathing and supports your calming nervous system. If you are cold first lay on your left side as that supports more right-side nostril breathing and brings heat to the body. 4) Extended exhale breathing-focus on making your exhales longer than your inhales. This supports our parasympathetic nervous system (calming). 5) Body scan-Bring your awareness to your … Continued

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Treating Allergies May Aid Insomnia

October 6, 2016 | Allergies

When most people think of allergies they think of itchy eyes or sinus congestion. But did you know that allergies can also cause your brain to be overstimulated leading to insomnia, anxiety or stress?  Histamines, which are typically responsible for allergy symptoms, are also stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating but when a foreign substance such as a toxin or insect bite is introduced the body may produce large amounts of histamine.Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases other neurotransmitters may be affected. With an increase of histamine the body produces epinephrine (adrenaline) to help lower histamine. This extra epinephrine may lead to anxiety or insomnia and over time adrenal fatigue.Classical anti-histamine medicines cause drowsiness as they are blocking the influx of histamines. Long term use of allergy medications also comes with potential side effects such as fatigue. Histamine is not only involved in … Continued

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Day 7 of 7- Congratulations on finishing your detox

January 15, 2013 |

Congratulations!  You’ve finished your 7 day detox. While we all had a reason for doing this detox, I hope you’ve realized: • Taking an active role in your health will make a difference. • Eating right, and choosing to live healthier, is easy if you have a plan. • Making better choices in your lifestyle can give you more energy. • The benefits of detoxification: 1. Weight Loss 2. Hormone Balance 3. Increased Energy 4. Healthier connections to food • The importance of detoxification.

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Day 6 of 7- Almost there!

January 14, 2013 |

Hopefully with one day to go on your detox you are feeling healthier and more energetic. By now I’m sure you have found a few new favorite recipes from the patient guide. I’ve personally enjoyed the rice and beans and the stuffed peppers. I also juiced this weekend and mixed my shake with pomegranate, carrot, ginger, and apple juice. Very yummy.

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