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Archive for November, 2012

Christmas Stress

Yes, it’s here again. Likely the most stressful time of the year. Why? Well, we can only speculate but often our finances are stretched, there’s a lot of social activities that press our time meaning less sleep and downtime, the consumption of too much food and food that isn’t good for us and so on. One other thing is that where we live (Vancouver area) it means less light at this time of the year which is tough on many of us. Some people experience SADS (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which among other symptoms can cause depression. So what do we do about this? Understanding how your body reacts to all this will help to reveal a solution. So here’s the story…And I have borrowed some of the explanation from Dr. Bob De Maria who is connected with Biotics Research our ‘go to’ nutraceutical company.

How would you like to be one of two paired glands in the body that most people think are totally insignificant and it is suggested have minimal or no significant purpose? The adrenal glands would fit the description of that commentary. Are you tired? Have you ever heard someone say, “I was only picking up my socks or a pencil; something insignificantly light and my back went “out”. The adrenal glands are your back up hormone system in the body creating the ingredients for strong ligaments and tissue. You may not realize that what you eat (sugar) and how you perceive challenges (stress) have the potential to exhaust or fatigue adrenal function. Waking up worn-out and experiencing pain with trivial actions is two of the most common body signals of “adrenal fatigue”. I know this first hand…my adrenals were stressed recently from doing a lot more physical work that I wasn’t used to and this went on for about 3 months. 2 months into it bam! I felt like there was a hole through my mid back to my chest. Very annoying and chiropractic adjustments didn’t help. So sure enough I tested for hypoadrenania and so I supplemented with Cytozyme AD and after a couple of weeks the symptoms went away.

Adrenal exhaustion is rampant in our society today. We ask you these questions – does bright light bother your eyes, do you get dizzy from a sit to a stand position – do you crave salt (chips, pickles and olives), twitching below the eye or in other muscles? If it’s a yes, you can almost be guaranteed you are in the later stages of adrenal gland impairment. Rest and minimizing commitments requiring full attention of adrenal function is absolutely necessary to achieve optimal adrenal function.

A little known fact by most is the steroids used and created by the adrenal get their basing structure from cholesterol. You may have been on cholesterol meds for years and still contend with annoying high cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol is created in the cascade of the hormonal function to either end up as cortisone, progesterone and or one of many other “adrenal” corticoids. We would suggest if you have long term or “stubborn” cholesterol levels that do not want to drop even with spectacular diet changes – always question stress. Stress and sugar from our observation are the two leading factors increasing ones cholesterol and sabotaging optimal adrenal function. Add red, yellow or orange Bell peppers to the diet, avoid sugar and we also encourage more protein with each meal. We recommend adrenal glandulars and other supplementation to support adrenal restoration.

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