It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can affect every physiological system in your body including your thyroid and adrenal glands. It can make you anxious and irritable, lead to weight gain and bone loss, contribute to diabetes and heart disease risk, and deplete your energy levels.
Cortisol is also known as the aging hormone. When cortisol gets too high it puts you into a “fight or flight” response which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and your adrenal glands. When this occurs there is a decrease in your digestive secretions and a increase in blood pressure. This puts your body in a state of constant stress which will burn out your adrenal glands, stress your digestive tract, and cause you to age more rapidly. So if you want to look younger, feel younger, and be healthy you must get your cortisol levels balanced. (more…)
Life has its ups and downs — but for an easy way to make sure you’ve got more ups than downs, take your vitamins.
Ordinary multivitamins can help protect your mood, slash your stress levels, and help keep you happy overall, according to new research — and that’s on top of giving you the essentials needed for overall good physical health.
The new study looked at data from eight “gold standard” double-blind trials in which multivitamins went head-to-head against placebos — and the multis came out on top by nearly every mental measure. (more…)
In a pill-popping world, the idea of simply providing your brain and body with what it needs for mental health is nothing short of revolutionary. 1 in 5 Americans currently takes one or more psychiatric drugs on a daily basis.
“Psychiatric medications are among the most widely prescribed and biggest-selling class of drugs in the US. In 2010, Americans spent $16.1 billion on anti-psychotics to treat depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, $11.6 billion on antidepressants and $7.2 billion on treatment for ADHD, according to IMS Health, which tracks prescription drug sales.” (Source)
Psychiatric drugs can cause many horrible side effects, some of which are worse than the original condition they were intended to treat. In fact, there is a very clear link between psychiatric medications and the violent actions of the “mass shooters” over the past few years. In many cases, these drugs are harmful and unnecessary. (more…)
Benzodiazepines, the generic name for a family of prescription drugs that include Xanax and Valium used to treat anxiety and insomnia, raise the risk of developing dementia within 15 years by 50 percent. An alarming study found that the drugs, which are used to treat anxiety and insomnia, increased risk in people over the age of 65 who had used benzodiazepines.
French researchers studied men and women (average age of 78) for 20 years. All were free of dementia when the study began in 1987. During the first five years of the study, researchers indentified which factors led to people taking benzodiazepines. (more…)
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behavior, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc. Scientists tell us that the number of different genetic combinations possible in a child from the same two parents exceeds 42 million. It’s interesting to note that we do not possess a combination of characteristics from our parents, but instead have a diverse collection of characteristics from many ancestors on both sides of the family.
Except for identical twins, each human being has unique biochemistry resulting in quite diverse nutritional needs. Shakespeare was correct when he wrote “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” For example, some of us are genetically suited for a vegetable-based diet and others are not. Some persons can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone and others must have nutritional supplements to overcome genetic aberrations. (more…)
Do you ever feel the need to just take the edge off?
Well a lot of us get extra stressed around the holiday season, and if you
don’t want to take something that will totally knock you out, try a gentle
relaxing cup of sedative tea instead of popping a pill.
Now opinions may slightly differ amongst herbalists as to what the best
herbal sedative is, but I think we can all agree that the best herb is the one
that works best for the individual. Here are my top fifteen favorites for making
in to herbal tea as they are widely available and not endangered species (to my
I have included a brief blurb so that you can get an idea of the herbs that
will work best for your constitution. Please always check with your naturopathic
physician before combining herbs with prescription drugs. Do not take sedative
herbs during pregnancy or breastfeeding. (more…)
Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, plays a crucial role in activating over 300 chemical responses. It is responsible for the proper formation of bones, maintaining normal muscle function, regulating body temperature, and proper absorption of calcium. Increasingly, medical science is coming to believe that magnesium and other minerals missing from today’s diet might prevent cognitive disorders such as ADD, ADHD and bipolar disorder, as well as help prevent Alzheimer’s and mental decline as we age. (more…)