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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.

The Horrors of PPSD. Huh?

Let's go surfing now. Everybody's surfing now...Ode to the Beach Boys!

A recent Province newspaper editorial by Gordon Clark (Gordzilla in the City) was entitled ‘Don’t Go to Maui Unless You Can Risk the Horrors of PPSD’…so what’s he talking about? As that part of the paper was destined to be used as a parrot dropping catcher, I snatched it up before our Hawk Head parrot, Godzilla (Zilly) had a chance to make a deposit on Gordzilla’s story! I haven’t been to Maui but I’ve only ever heard people say they love it so I definitely wanted to know why he was ragging Maui. As it turns out, he too loved it and it was going home that was the pits. PPSD stands for Post Paradise Stress Disorder!

Godzilla the Hawk Head Parrot

So I get that it was warm and after all it was a holiday so no work and there was probably yummy food and swimming with the dolphins, surfing, etc. but we all know that holidays come to an end so why such a bother. Well, those of us that live in the ‘frozen north’ need to realize that we get very little sun exposure for a good part of the year. So off we go to paradise and get a suntan only to return to the grey days of winter. Granted, those of you on the lower mainland (Vancouver) and I here on Gabriola Island (looking across the straight to the mainland) don’t have it as bad as some people in our vast country. Having lived in Inuvik many years ago, I do know what it’s like to have only a few hours of sun a day. However, we ‘the blessed’ still spend most of our fall and winter inside. AND those of us that aren’t athletically inclined aren’t out there skiing, skating and whatnot either. My experience with skiing left me with a toenail that fell off (the dreaded ‘black’ toe) and my day was spent mainly rolling down the hill looking for people to help me up. So here I am in the house or office holed up waiting for spring to show up.

So big deal. Suck it up.  I totally accept that I’m here because I want to be but 2 weeks of sun in the middle of the winter isn’t enough to avoid certain health problems that can creep up on us unsuspecting northerners. We don’t need much sun, just a few minutes a day but at this latitude, the strength of the sun is lacking this time of year. So what do I do, you ask? Every morning I take a drop or 2 of Biotics Research Bio D Mulsion Forte. In fact I do this every month except July and August. This gives me enough Vitamin D without sun exposure to get me through the grey days without any trouble. Email us to order. cchs@shaw.ca

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Susan Van Dueck

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