The biological Sons of Liberty and the War State of Stress

Flashback to your Revolutionary history; remember the Sons of Liberty? Our founding fathers were great at beefing up political problems. Oh those rabble-rousers! Those inciters! Those stirring up the system to fight against a repressive, invading regime!

The biological rabble: Cortisol and Adrenaline

A dog barking, a flashing light, a pinging phone, all catch the attention of a small, primal area of our brain called the amygdala. If threatened, it sends a distress signal to our command system- the hypothalamus, activating our nervous system into action. The adrenal glands respond to rouse the troops- adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline signals “move it, freeze it or fight it!” Cortisol directs different systems to power up or power down.  It all happens in a second.It’s a wondrous system when we’re pursued by a wild boar. Not so great when that dang dog next door wakes you up AGAIN with it’s stupid barking, your phone pings, or when spilled milk feels like a personal attack.

We can proactively reduce the risks associated with stress. 

(It takes more then yoga.)

Chronic environmental, relational, work, money  and tech stress causes 77% percent of Americans regularly feel stress in their daily lives. 60-80% of all doctor visits are for stress related illnessesOften poor health rears its ugly head, ironically, just about retirement time.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can lessen stress’ impact starting with getting really clear and true about our own levels of stress. Click here for a super  quick tool to assess your level of stress..  Anything over a score of 50 is a warning sign, especially if there is a family history of disease.

Might a consultation with me be right for you or someone else you know?

Someone with high stress or anxiety plus a family history of disease would greatly benefit with a personal consultation. I help people unveil their unique response to stress and provide a truly personal support program designed to blunt the effects of stress so my clients feel less captive to those rabble rousing stress hormones.

If you’re pretty healthy and don’t have a strong family history of disease

Here are my favorites for a 90-day starter program. Order either package through the links provided and you’ll receive my  “90-Days to Success” consulting absolutely free!

An easier and better package would be

Thanks for reading!

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Tech is Made for Stress

“Monkey Brain” is a common name for the part of our primal brain that is always alert, searching for anything novel. If “Monkey Brain” thinks it’s in danger, it will ping our adrenal system – the one that does fight, flight, or freeze and releases stress hormones. “Monkey” jumps all over the place, assessing what to do, whether to worry, questioning ourselves, etc. Monkey keeps us up in the middle of the night and obsesses on problems.

Notifications are specifically designed to hold our attention and get that monkey brain curious. Notifications shout to Monkey, “Over here!” “Is everything okay?” “Oooo, eye candy-take a look!” “Who liked my post? –  Am I’m important????” Alerts are precisely why social media, gaming, YouTube, Instagram, and the king – Snap Chat, are addicting. “Monkey Brain” is fully stimulated and therefore being richly fed.

People expect us to reach us. Some get cranky if don’t follow their stuff or respond to their emails quickly. Some are hurt when their posts are unread. Replying tells their “Monkey Brain” that they are socially important. Replying fast tells “Monkey” you are safely in their tribe.

The stressful always “on” state might be our #1 major health problem in the US. Plus, it’s the stressed who are creating a wold of tension. Who are the moody ones? Who are causing political upheaval? We see the changing moods and opinions of our President who is tied to his phone and media. He’s cranky, inconsistent, and doesn’t rest. We are microcosms of these tendencies.

It’s harsh, but calming down requires detaching from e-anything.

Some tips to reduce tech stress:

  • Turn off notifications! Brains relax when they don’t expecting the pings.
  • Let your friends know that you are sometimes unavailable, being productive and reaping the benefits.
  • An hour before bed, turn off the tech and allow your brain to rest with prayer, meditation, a book, etc.
  • Choose what you want to allow into your life. Angst breeds angst. Delete that FB page, or whatever doesn’t add to the quality of your life.
  • Learn to be quiet and alone. 10 wonderful things happen when we get used to being alone.
  • Can’t sleep? Mind Insight or HeadSpace apps are helpful if you can resist the urge to turn on stimulating apps.
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Vitamin Programs for Adults with ADHD and ADD

Adults with attention deficits have their own challenges. Focus can be improved when our system has everything needed to support its best function.

Here are my recommendations to support nutrition for adults who want better focus.*

Start by eating the best, balanced diet with the widest range of colors and variety that you are willing to do. You get better, faster results.

Exercise – Yes, another exercise recommendation! If you don’t exercise, get off your duff. Besides fitness and a healthier heart, you also get endorphins – the feel good hormones – and be happier as you commune with nature. Even 10 minutes of walking helps!

More nutrition helps!

ADHD for instance, has been associated with iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, vitamin and certain amino acid deficiencies, even if people follow healthy diets.

Cover the basics to cross possible deficiencies off the list.

Here’s a good supplement package to support focus:

A Better Nutritional Package

Other really helpful supplements:

  • Stress Relief Complex – takes the edge off stress and helps many sleep.**
  • Gentle Sleep Complex – promotes relaxation and a calm state**
  • Moodlift – supports positive mental outlook**
  • OmegaGuard – It’s a fish oil commercial- again! The Omega-3’s in fish oil are associated with better focus.** If you use the Vitalizing Plan, three  small capsules a day would be beneficial. If not, research suggests EPA/DHA equivalents of at least 6 of our small capsules a day. You’ll like that these aren’t horse pill sized!

Contact me if you have questions about a personal program for you. I’m glad to arrange for a 15 minute free consult to listen to your personal needs.

A couple of important notes:

*What I recommend is never intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent or take the place of your doctor’s care. You can be sure that these recommendations are always safe and the products are 100% guaranteed.

** The FDA hasn’t evaluated these statements. They are based on published scientific research.

 

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Boost Nutrition with Vitamins for Kids with ADHD, Memory or Focus Deficits

When I look at the range of nutritional deficiencies that have been studies for people with ADHD or other behavioral / control issues, I think, “Well screw it. How long are we going to do good science on single supplements and not build the science block upon block so people get real relief?”

Though the biology is a bit mysterious, a commonality in ADHD is nutritional deficiencies. And the best success I’ve seen to calm overactive bodies is to functionally support the nervous system and brain health. That means examine a kid’s diet closely, promote a healthy lifestyle, and  support the body with a wide range of effective vitamin supplements.

I help stressed out parents with ever-moving kids and who have their hands full with behavior issues with vitamin and environmental  programs that have helped many kids calm down and improve their focus.

What does a basic program look like for children?

  • Increase essential amino acids through easily digested protein sources
  • Use a daily, high quality multivitamin/multimineral with all the USRDA to cover the basics. Be careful! Most brands are synthetic (made from oil products), do not provide enough complete nutrition, and are loaded with dyes and fillers. “Gummy” is not part of the USRDA!
  • Probiotics support better digestive health so nutrients are absorbed better. We make important brain chemicals in the gut so brain health starts there!
  • Brains need lots of Omega-3’s. Is your child eating, for example, cold water fish 2-4 times a week, a daily handful of walnuts or 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds, every day? If not, it’s time to supplement!
  • Magnesium is important muscles, nerves, and electrolytic balance. Magnesium especially is strongly linked to mental function.
  • B-complex (all 8 of the B’s!) is used by every cell at all times. Extra B-complex supports the nervous system and can be helpful especially during, meltdowns, anxiety, thrashing, or panic attacks.

Here are the links to the products I recommend. Most of these basics are selected so they can be combined into a delicious, fast breakfast! My products are always dependable, safe, and backed by an unconditional, 100% money back guarantee.

A great starter pack of Meal Shakes, Incredivites and Mighty Smarts is just $4.11 per day. What a great breakfast that makes an amazing difference! Plus, quite often, a nice side benefit I see with this package is fewer sick days.

What are other suggestions do you that have worked?

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When Going to School is Excruciating Because of Behavior

For some kids, going to school, well, sucks.

This blog is for parents of kids who dread going to school each day because they are afraid of getting into trouble – again.

Often these children are very active and sitting quietly is horrible. They fidget, cause distractions, and squirm. Adults may label these kids as disruptive. Teachers call home alot. Ritalin™ or Aderoll™ might be suggested by a doctor to help them “focus.”

What if, as multiple research studies indicate, attention deficits and disruptive behavior, restlessness, and lashing out are exasperated by hidden nutritional inefficiencies, deficiencies, and/or food allergies?

Diet, behavior and mental health have a well established link. (see also the many, many references at the bottom of the article.)  “White food eaters” have it the worst. These children have more ADHD, behavior “issues” and mental health problems as teens then those who have sustained and absorbed a more balanced diet.

Absorbed? That’s new!

Parents may offer a great range of healthy foods and children still may have hidden nutritional deficiencies. Children with ADHD for instance, commonly have iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, vitamin and certain amino acid deficiencies, even if they are offered  healthy diets.

It never hurts to try a higher level of safe, supplemented nutrition suggested by these studies. I help parents by recommending a sensible range of nutrition that’s personalized for their child. The results can be quite stunning. See Joshua’s story below.

For the kids who act out in frustration, anger, and anxiety, I also help guide families in the quest for hidden, key food allergies. These allergies aren’t associated with hives or breathing difficulties. Eliminating seemingly benign foods can seem miraculous!

I’ll post another blog next week with common vitamin and supplement recommendations for kids. In two weeks, I’ll post common recommendations for adults with ADD/ADHD.

Read on for Joshua’s story:

Note: I’ve edited Kathy’s story about her son, Joshua. If you’d like the full story, just ask.

“Joshua started kindergarten and right away, his teacher told us she thought he had an attention problem. Sure enough, he tested for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The doctor strongly suggested Ritalin so we tried it. If the dosage was weak, it did not seem to do any good and a higher dose made him a zombie.

We chose to take him off the drug and went to a psychiatrist who recommended alternating Imipramine and Zoloft. When that failed, we tried Clonidine then later Dexedrine. Not more than 2 days would go by that we did not get a call from a teacher, the principal, bus tickets from bus drivers, or calls from school counselors. I cannot begin to tell you of the frustration, anger, turmoil and the strain it put on our marriage.

I (also) cannot begin to tell you how drastically it [supplementation] changed our lives in such a short time. Joshua is calmer and more relaxed than he has ever been. In 5 weeks he only had trouble once. He is the wonderful child I always knew was inside that body!”

 

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