Priority One® – Featured Brand

PriorityOneSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorFounded in 1988, Priority One® is a third generation family owned and operated supplement company located in the Pacific Northwest. Purity, quality and integrity in manufacturing have always been their priorities, and as such maintains a full-service cGMP FDA registered facility with an additional dietary supplement manufacturing certification from Washington state. Rigorous testing protocols guarantee raw materials and finished products are free of adulterants, such as heavy metals, microbials and other contaminants. Testing models unique to each ingredient ensure identity, strength and composition, substantiated by third party verified and validated monitoring to assure the highest purity standards.

Untreated antibiotic- and growth hormone-free glandulars renowned for their impeccable quality and balanced naturally occurring hormones are sourced from Denmark and New Zealand. Compliance with cGMP labeling guidelines includes a quality assurance labeling team that continually monitors accuracy and full disclosure of all ingredients. Priority One® is confident that their professional grade clinical strength formulations are designed to provide the necessary tools for optimum nutritional health.

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Thyroid 300 mgThyroid 300: This clinical strength professional formula provides whole gland bovine thyroid sourced from New Zealand in support of healthy thyroid function. Glandular concentrates are formulated to aid the maintenance of organs already within a healthy state.

 

Biofilm Phase-2...Biofilm Phase-2 Advanced™: This physician formulated clinical strength product is designed with the latest scientific data to aid the disruption of advanced or chronic Phase-2 biofilms. Similar to dental plaque, biofilms are a collective of one or more types of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria or parasites, that can adhere and grow on different surfaces. Biofilms generally progress from an early Phase-1 state to a stronger Phase-2 stage. Preservative, BPA and phthalate free.

 

Magnesium OrotateMagnesium Orotate: Magnesium is an essential mineral necessary for numerous biochemical and enzymatic processes. This clinical strength formulation provides support for energy production, nerve conduction, and muscle contraction and relaxation, as well as cardiovascular health.

 

Cal-Mag Plus Vitamin...Cal Mag + D3: This synergistic highly bioavailable blend of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol is formulated to support optimal calcium balance, the maintenance of strong bones, and adequate blood storage levels of stored vitamin D.

 

Super Bio-Vegetarian...Super Bio-Vegetarian™: Formulated with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, botanicals and medicinal mushrooms, this vegetarian formulation helps to synergistically enhance and maintain a healthy immune response, supporting overall wellness.

No Excuses

ExcusesExcusesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

For far too many of us, the most challenging part of our daily schedule is prioritizing the time, as well as finding the energy and motivation to exercise. While we may convince ourselves that we are just too tired or too busy to workout, are we really just procrastinating? If you adhere to the philosophy that if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would actually be accomplished, it may be time to re-evaluate your time management skills. If you often wonder why busy people seem to get so much done and still manage to find time for physical activity, a faulty sense of time may be to blame. It’s true that many with free time on their hands, often accomplish less than those who are busier but use their time well. When the idea of going to the gym or outside for a brisk walk seems overwhelming, excuses often follow. Breaking physical activity down into smaller segments of time may be one way to gradually increase the level of activity, as well as build energy and stamina.

Failure to exercise can also be attributed to low energy, physical or mental fatigue and poor self-image. While low energy levels can have various causes, such as medications, thyroid dysfunction, medical issues, depression, vitamin deficiencies, poor sleep quality, and unhealthy lifestyle habits, it can also be the result of a sedentary existence. A consult with a healthcare practitioner can determine if a medical condition is responsible for persistent tiredness. Those  deemed healthy overall, but not physically fit, can help boost energy levels, improve mood and elevate self-esteem by making physical activity a part their daily routine. Enhancing the diet with nutrient dense energizing antioxidant fruits and vegetables, sufficiently hydrating and prioritizing sleep are good ways to support a quest for improved health and fitness.

Barring a medical diagnosis, unusual time constraints or unforeseen circumstances, procrastination may be all that’s preventing exercise from becoming part of a healthy lifestyle. When making the commitment seems daunting, place the focus on the health benefits of small amounts of daily exercise, rather than the intimidation of unrealistic lofty goals. Adjust your mindset and concentrate on the now to get past mental roadblocks preventing you from taking those first small but significant steps toward improved energy, mood and self-esteem. There are many different ways to be active, and you have the freedom to choose any activities that you enjoy. Whether your eventual goal is to run a 10K, lose weight or reduce chronic disease risk, set yourself up for success and address complacency by scheduling specific times for exercise that work with your regular daily schedule.

Motivation doesn’t happen on its own; it has to be created by you. Don’t set yourself up for failure by scheduling an early morning workout if you’re more likely to hit the snooze button than make it to the gym. If you often work late or have a tight schedule of family commitments in the late afternoons, perhaps a regularly scheduled twenty minute walk with a coworker or friend during the lunch period would work best for you, as well as hold you accountable. Accepting exercise as a necessary part of health maintenance, acknowledging your own responsibility, and realizing that all exercise has value provides strong motivation for a positive and rewarding approach to physical fitness and overall wellness.

Exercise promotes restful sleep, improves circulation, strengthens muscles, provides more oxygen to cells and organs, supports increased energy production, relieves stress and releases hormones that support positive mood. Simply by banishing excuses and making some smart health supporting choices each day, many achieve a higher lever of  satisfaction and happiness, as well as improved vitality and overall quality of life.

Supplements such as CoQ10, ashwagandha, cordyceps and ginseng may help to reduce stress, as well as support cellular energy production and healthy mood. CoQ10, or its reduced form ubiquinol, is central to energy production, especially for seniors as we produce less of this vital substance as we age. Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, aids a normal stress response and supports restful sleep. Cordyceps appears to facilitate oxygen intake, helping to increase endurance. Ginseng helps to boost energy production and supports healthy mood.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products in support of overall health and vitality:

CoQ10 100 mgCoQ10 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics®: This easy to swallow softgel provides 100 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinone per serving in support of decreased fatigue and energy production. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, preservatives and artificial coloring and flavoring.

Ayur-Ashwaganda 300...Ayur-Ashwagandha 300 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Utilized as a general tonic in Traditional medicine, Ashwagandha is believed to support energy production, as well as mental and physical performance. By supporting a healthy adrenal response, it provides calming support during stressful times. Free of wheat gluten, soy, dairy, yeast and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

Super CordycepsSuper Cordyceps by Mushroom Wisdom: This medicinal mushroom mycelium extract is known to support stamina and endurance. It contains a wide variety of active bio-metabolites with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomodulating, anti-viral, neuroprotective, anti-fatigue and many other health benefitting properties. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Ginseng PlusGinseng Plus by Pure Planet: This minimally processed White American ginseng extract supports a balanced stress response and promotes increased energy, stamina and endurance without jittery side effects. Contains only American ginseng and California grown spirulina. Non-GMO, vegan formulation.

References:
11 Ways to Fight Fatigue. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/quiet-your-mind-and-get-sleep/201501/11-ways-fight-fatigue
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/better-perfect/201703/11-ways-overcome-procrastination
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
6 science-based secrets to staying motivated at the gym. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/pop-culture/how-motivate-yourself-get-out-bed-work-out-today-ncna743006
Why Aren’t You Motivated to Exercise? https://www.verywellfit.com/why-arent-you-motivated-to-exercise-1231389

This Is Your Brain on Stress

BrainStressJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

 

When eight of ten Americans report feeling frequently stressed, one might wonder what’s causing so many to feel so stressed out. Per the American Psychological Association, there’s a significant percentage of Americans worried about the future of the country, followed by a high percentage who are worried about finances, work or family responsibilities. Almost half of Americans worry about healthcare, while a third find the economy, unemployment, high taxes and low wages worrisome. Three of four Americans report experiencing high levels of stress during the previous month, almost half have trouble sleeping, and one third feel chronically anxious, irritable or fatigued.

The National Institute of Mental Health simply defines stress as “the brain’s response to any demand.” Stress can be classified as acute (good), tolerable or chronic (toxic). Good stress can occur as the result of a single, short-term event, such as recovery from an illness or injury, or when we rise to a challenge, often with positive outcomes. Tolerable stress refers to a situation where one faces a difficult situation, but is able to cope with support of family, friends or others. Toxic or recurring stress can be the result of adverse life events not within our control, such as managing a chronic illness or dealing with an exceptionally demanding workload. When stress is both intense and sustained over a period to time, it becomes particularly problematic, as long-term stress can cause significant harm to normal and proper body and brain functioning.

Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the brain is the central organ of stress and adaptation to stress, as it perceives and determines what is threatening, as well as the behavioral and physiological responses to the stressor. Stress can cause an imbalance of neural circuitry affecting cognition, decision making, anxiety and mood. While it’s well known that chronic stress is detrimental to overall wellness, it now appears that long-term stress and stress related illnesses, such as post traumatic stress disorder, can actually change the physiology of the brain. This can negatively affect brain size, connectivity and mood, and quite possibly memory and cognition down the road. Simply put, persistent stress may actually rewire the brain, strengthening the part of the brain focused on survival and weakening the part of the brain tasked with more complex thought.

Often called the “stress” hormone because of its connection to the stress response, cortisol is actually a steroid hormone critical to protecting overall health and wellbeing. It plays a key role in the sleep/wake cycle, the maintenance of blood sugar levels, energy metabolism, sodium and water balance and blood pressure regulation, as well as the immune system’s inflammatory response. One of the primary functions of our many biological systems is the maintenance of  optimal balance or homeostasis. Cortisol aids the body in regaining homeostasis after a stressful event. As cortisol regulates a wide range of bodily processes, almost every cell contains cortisol receptors, including the hippocampus, the region of the brain where memories are processed and stored.

Normal cortisol levels have no adverse effects on the hippocampus, heavily associated with memory, emotion and learning. When chronically high cortisol levels overwhelm the hippocampus, atrophy and significant memory loss may result. Brain patterns may predict how the body physically reacts to stressful situations. Constant stress and the accumulation of stressful life events may make one more vulnerable to brain shrinkage when faced with future intense traumatic stressors, especially when the next demanding situation requires determination or emotional control. Studies have found that chronic stress has a negative impact on spatial memory, as well as memory retrieval. Additionally, an exaggerated stress response could mean a faster heartbeat and higher blood pressure, which can result in negative health consequences in the long run.

While not all stress is unhealthy or avoidable, taking steps to reduce persistent stress may protect brain health as one ages, as well as increase one’s ability to cope when the next stressful event occurs. Working to redirect behavior in more positive directions can help to promote wellness and enjoyment of life. Maximizing the time spent in a resting state can help address long-term elevation of stress-related biological factors. Finding ways to relax, prioritizing sleep, a healthy diet and moderate exercise, as well as social interaction can effectively reduce stress and help one feel more balanced and in control, as well as significantly promote overall health and happiness.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality formulations to help promote homeostasis and overall wellness:

Cortisol Manager™Cortisol Manager™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This safe, non-habit forming product provides standardized proprietary blends to help stabilize cortisol levels, thereby supporting a more balanced cortisol response to stress, as well as natural restorative sleep. Gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, artificial flavor and artificial preservative free, vegan formulation.

 

HPA AdaptHPA Adapt™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This non-stimulant formula combines five powerful adaptogenic herbs shown to support a healthy stress response, while reducing stress-related fatigue and mental tension. Gluten, wheat, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Cortisol CalmCortisol Calm by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula is designed to help maintain healthy cortisol levels, while supporting relaxation, restful sleep and positive mood during stressful times. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Advanced Cortisol...Advanced Cortisol Balance by Life Extension: This unique formulation features patented ingredients to support healthy cortisol levels, thereby promoting a healthy stress response, healthy mood and a sense of vigor. Non-GMO formulation.

 

Diurnal Cortisol...Diurnal Cortisol Test by Professional Supplement Center Test Kits: This four panel adrenal function hormone test kit provides a full diurnal cortisol profile at four points during the day. This test is recommended for stress, chronic fatigue and/or symptoms of adrenal imbalance. Saliva collection instructions, prepaid shipping and all materials for the test included, as well as a 15- minute in person or phone consultation with one of Professional Supplement Center’s health professionals to discuss test results.

References:
By the numbers: Our stressed-out nation. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/12/numbers.aspx
The Mind and Mental Health: How Stress Affects the Brain. http://www.tuw.edu/content/health/how-stress-affects-the-brain/
Chronic Stress Can Damage Brain Structure and Connectivity. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201402/chronic-stress-can-damage-brain-structure-and-connectivity
Inflammation: The Common Pathway of Stress-Related Diseases. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5476783/
Effects of Chronic Stress on Memory Decline in Cognitively Normal and Mildly Impaired Older Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864084/
Neurobiological and Systemic Effects of Chronic Stress. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5573220/
Protect Your Brain from Stress. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/protect-your-brain-from-stress