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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Creating a Personalized Supplement Program

March 21, 2017 | Uncategorized

Why take vitamins to supplement our diets? Isn’t it enough just to eat properly? We’d like to think so, but the unpleasant truth is that the nutritional value of our food supply has been seriously compromised. Reasons for this include:Use of pesticides, herbicides and GMO’sInferior diets fed to livestockFood processingNon-sustainable farming practices which over time depletes soil nutrientsCreating a well-rounded supplement program has become imperative to maintaining optimal health.  A high quality, broad spectrum multi-vitamin can go a long way in replacing vital nutrients which likely are not being obtained from your diet.Due to our current toxic load, it’s also a great idea to take an antioxidant.  Some of these can be obtained in a multi-vitamin such as vitamins C & E but there are many other types. For maximum effect, find a supplement which provides a combination of things. PhytoMulti, contains a broad spectrum of plant based antioxidants such as … 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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Day Four of Seven – Food Never Tasted So Good!

January 12, 2013 |

I would imagine everyone is excited to be eating again.  I’ve noticed that food tastes better and my sense of taste is stronger now that I’ve completed the first two days of the detox.  There’s nothing like the real thing!

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7-Day Detox Program: 2 days down

January 11, 2013 |

We are in day three of our group 7-day detox. Great work in making it past those first two days. They are the hardest!  I had an extremely busy day yesterday so I actually ate a few pieces of celery in the afternoon and did an additional shake. How did you do?

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Fatigue and underactive thyroid function

September 22, 2012 |

If you are wondering why you are tired all the time you can do a temperature test to see if it may be due to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). This test is an easy way to determine thyroid function using basal body temperature (the body’s temperature at rest).

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