Monday, June 18, 2012
No More Panic Attacks
Your heart races, your head swims. You are suddenly in the grip of something quite frightful. The intense fear and heart attack-like symptoms of a panic attack come on without warning. By definition, these attacks are unprovoked, and figuring out why some people get panic attacks can be challenging. Sometimes they are triggered by fatigue…anxiety…phobias (such as fear of heights)…stress…stimulants (such as caffeine)…low blood sugar… or medication withdrawal. But the good news is that natural therapies can help. Mark Stengler, NMD, a naturopathic medical doctor who is founder and medical director of the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California, recommends several natural therapies to his patients. Here’s his advice… .
DURING A PANIC ATTACK
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. This homeopathic blend of flower extracts, which comes in a spray or drop form, quickly and gently relaxes the nervous system. For panic, use the spray form—and spray once under the tongue every five minutes until anxiety subsides. Available at health-food stores, this product comes in a small, easy-to-carry bottle.
TO PREVENT PANIC ATTACKS
Take AlphaS1-casein hydrolyate. This supplement, made of the milk protein casein, helps to calm the nervous system and has been shown to reduce stress-related symptoms. It is best used preventively for those with anxiety who are prone to regular bouts of panic attacks. Brand to try: Nature’s Plus Dreaminol (800-645-9500, www.NaturesPlus.com for a store locator).
Treat weak adrenal glands. People who are prone to panic attacks often have weak adrenal glands, which keeps the body from effectively coping with stress. Several supplements can help, including the herb ashwagandha and a B-complex vitamin.
Avoid sugar. Eliminating refined sugar from the diet helps to maintain natural blood sugar levels and makes it less likely that you will feel edgy due to a sugar-induced energy roller coaster. To keep your blood sugar on an even keel, eat small amounts of protein throughout the day, such as lean poultry, nuts, legumes and fish.
Have used the Bach Flower remedy, sure helps. Have also used B vitamins, they do too.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Essential Summer Skills for Guys (Part 1)
Now that the sun is shining and you’ve shed your winter "insulation" (right?), here are a few hot tips for any guy wanting to assert his coolness through the summer.
Hand-wash your car. Sure it’s easy to ride over to the local car wash and pay an arm and a leg to have someone else do it for you, but there’s a real satisfaction that comes with washing your own car. Hose off your car first and then use a soft mitt to apply a car-specific shampoo (never use dish soap or other harsh cleaners, as they can damage your paint). Rinse off and dry with a high quality chamois.
Look good at a summer wedding. It’s summertime, so it’s probably not your best bet to show up in a three piece wool number from your high school graduation, and a shirt that looks like you just got off the Big Island is far from a good idea. Daytime weddings offer a more casual option, so pair a flat fronted khaki pant and a pastel shirt (no jacket required). If you’re looking for a more formal option, consider a lighter material like linen or cotton and pair with a crisp white shirt. Forgo the tie (they’re stuffy anyway) and pick out an elegant pocket square to complete your look.
Make your own iced tea, with a twist. As a kid, do you remember your mom or dad making sun tea on the patio? Recapture those same childhood flavors by adding 2 cups of boiling water to a pitcher with 6 bags of orange pekoe or other black tea. Let them steep for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and add in 4 cups of cold water and a blended puree of peaches. Pour over ice for a refreshing summer libation, adding in an ounce of your favorite whiskey for an extra kick.
Create an awesome marinade. Combine one part balsamic vinegar with one part organic olive oil to an array of delicious aromatics like shallots, ginger or any fresh herbs. Salt and pepper your choice of chicken, steak or pork and soak in the marinade for up to 12 hours before tossing onto the grill.
Essential Summer Skills for Guys (Part 2)
Yesterday we gave you guys some hot tips on how to be cool this summer. Today we give you tips on how to be cool, for her.
Cool her off. Everyone loves a massage, but how about a cooling massage after a long, hot day? Stick a bottle of lotion like Kiss My Face Peaches & Cream in the fridge and help her unwind with a scented, cool massage.
Give her the sun, moon and stars. Grab a blanket and head out of the city on a starry night. Pack a pair of high-powered binoculars and see how many stars you can count. Most smartphones have constellation apps, so see how many you can name before checking for the answers. Bring a bottle of wine and relax while unwinding from the universe’s stressors.
Impress her at the beach with stylish trunks. Make sure your gal is staring at you on the beach this summer with a new pair of swimming trunks. You might not be ready for the Beckham baring tiny trunk, but make a statement with whatever you decide to wear while following these tips. Be sure you buy a lined pair of shorts, especially when opting for a light color. When trunks get wet they get see-through. Choose a color that’s right for you. If you’re fair-skinned, choose a light blue, navy or black; darker or tanned skin looks good in brighter colors. If you haven’t yet shed your winter "insulation," make sure you find trunks that don’t pinch your hips and do accentuate your waist. If you’re on the shorter side, don’t go for a trunk that reaches past your mid-thigh.
From Swanson Daily Health Tips email
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thanks to my naturopath I am feeling better. My rib is in, the muscles and cartilage are healing well as he gave me some natural products to help me along.
Hopefully will be back at the gym next week.
In the meantime, still working.
I find it so nice that my two oldest boys are taking a page from their mother. I have raised them to eat healthy but they are taking it to the next level. What goes around, comes around. They are eating a paleo, lower carb diet and also doing cleanses to get themselves in top shape. My second son has even decreased his RA symptoms - pain free yesterday, no meds.
Life is good. Have a great day! Donna
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Dad: I m very disappointed in you. Why is your January report card so bad?
Nick: You know how it is, Dad. Everything gets marked down after Christmas.
From Round Table email
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Junk Food Is Bad for Your Mood
Kimberly Beauchamp, ND
People who ate the most fast food were 36% more likely to develop depression than those who ate the least
Eating fast food and processed pastries could increase the risk of depression, according to a study in Public Health Nutrition.
More than just sad
Everyone goes through ups and downs. But being sad is very different than being depressed. Whereas sadness can lift when your situation changes, depression comes with a host of symptoms that may stick around for months or even years, long after the event that may have triggered it.
Depression symptoms can vary widely, and it’s sometimes hard for a depressed person to distinguish between everyday feelings and a clinical condition. People with depression may be more tired than usual, have decreased libido, an increased or decreased appetite, difficulty concentrating, and a loss in interest in activities that used to be pleasurable.
What can diet do?
Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish can help ease depression in some people, and getting enough B vitamins can help correct deficiencies that may contribute to depression. But not as much is known about the role of certain types of food, especially less nutritious foods, on mood and well-being.
A Spanish study including 8,964 people looked at the connection between eating junk food and the chances of developing depression. The people reported on how often they ate fast foods—including hamburgers, pizza, and sausages—and processed pastries including muffins, doughnuts, and croissants.
Over the course of six years, researchers noted how many people developed depression. Here’s what they found:
People who ate the most fast food were 36% more likely to develop depression than those who ate the least.
Eating more processed pastries increased the risk of depression by 38%.
This information joins a growing body of evidence tying inflammation in the body to depression risk. Processed foods may also increase cardiovascular disease risk and markers of inflammation in the body. The authors suggested that inflammation might be partially responsible for the increase in depression risk seen in the study.
“Public health nutrition policies should take into account the detrimental effects of these kinds of products not only on cardiovascular disease and its related risk factors but also on mental health,” commented lead study author, Almudena Sanchez-Villegas.
Eat to beat depression
In addition to bypassing junk food, these healthy eating habits may help you sidestep depression:
Get enough protein. The amino acids in protein-rich foods are the building blocks for many “happy” chemicals in the brain. Focus on fish, lean meats, eggs, and legumes.
Control inflammation. Eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains helps keep inflammation at bay and decreases your risk of depression.
Eat healthy fats. Salmon, avocado, olive oil, and nuts are all loaded with good-for-you fats. Avoid synthetic trans fats found in many processed foods.
Get your Bs: Folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 all play a role in maintaining a healthy mood. Black-eyed peas, broccoli, shellfish, tuna, lamb, lean beef, and yogurt are all rich sources of B vitamins.
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