Worrying Won’t Solve Anything

WorryStressJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Most of us worry sometimes, many of us often worry, and some of us worry constantly. We worry about all kinds of things, our finances, our relationships, our responsibilities, our health, climate change, and politics. We worry about things we can control, as well as things we can’t. No matter what we worry about or how often we worry, the impact of constant worrying on our health is actually what is worrisome. There’s some truth to the expression “worried sick,” as worrying is stressful, and stress can undermine physical and mental health. Excessive worry can lead to anxiety and that, in turn, can erode the ability to function well in daily life. While some anxiety is normal when we face temporary stressful situations, prolonged worry and anxiety can have wide ranging effects on bodily systems and organs, as well as emotions, mood and behavior.

When the automatic stress response activates, the body is flooded with hormones that ramp up the systems necessary for survival. This elevates heart and blood pressure to circulate more energy throughout the body to prepare one to deal with an imminent challenge. At the same time, systems not necessary for immediate survival tamp down, hindering digestion, the immune response and the reproductive system. Worry and anxiety on a continual basis contribute to chronically elevated cortisol, which can profoundly impair health. Even short lived minor stress can have a harmful effect.

Numerous physical and emotional disorders are linked to stress. In addition to hypertension, increased susceptibility to infections, and a higher risk of depression, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke, the negative effects of stress can contribute to autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel, dermatitis, and degenerative neurological disorders. In short, the side effects of stress and its detriment to long-term physical health and emotional wellness are likely much worse than what you are worrying about. The ability to handle and manage stress can make all the difference in maintaining homeostasis and reducing the risk of stress-related illness.

While chronic stress can be highly unpleasant and even emotionally debilitating, we have evolved and adapted to deal with a certain amount of short-term stress. Stress responses are meant to be protective, not harmful. It’s only when stress becomes chronic that it negatively effects our wellbeing. Short-term stress can be a positive advantage, enhancing performance, giving one a competitive edge and building the enthusiasm to rise to a challenge. Stress is negative when its exceeds our ability to cope and overwhelms normal bodily functions. Contrarily, stress is positive when we can perceive a stressful situation as an opportunity that will lead to a good outcome.

As some stress is unavoidable, using stress to one’s advantage by managing reactions to situations that trigger it, can enhance overall wellbeing and result in feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment. Per the World Journal of Medical Sciences, there are important factors that help individuals view and respond positively to a stressful situation. This includes the belief in one’s ability to manage the stressor or task, the perception that one has power and control over the situation, and a mindset of hope, great expectations and a positive outlook on life. When used correctly, stress, or eustress, can have a positive impact on performance and productivity, and leave one feeling optimistic and energized as the body returns to a normal state of balance.

The understanding that worry is an indicator of the importance of a situation rather than a reason to panic can result in a more rational reaction to stress. Worrying limits the ability to think clearly, hindering one’s ability to focus on positive solutions. Viewing stress as a challenge rather than a threat allows one to bring forth more possibilities. Concentrating on the things one can control allows for concrete action that can begin to broaden one’s thought processes to overcome difficulties. Rather than worrying, focus on what matters most, and very importantly, respond accordingly.

Professional Supplement Center carries many fine quality products formulated to support a healthy stress response:

L-TheanineL-Theanine by Enzymatic Therapy™: This product supplies a clinical dose of Suntheanine®, a trusted and well regarded powerful amino acid that helps manage stress and promotes daily relaxation without diminishing alertness. Gluten, soy, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

PheniTropic™PheniTropic™ by Biotics® Research: This product supplies GABA, a naturally occurring inhibitory neurotransmitter that supports the natural relief of stress and anxiety, and may also aid restful sleep. Gluten free.

 

Stress ArrestStressArrest™ by Designs for Health: This synergistic formula delivers comprehensive support for relief of stress and anxiety with ingredients that include GABA, glycine, niacinamide, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Non-GMO formulation.

 

Daily Stress FormulaDaily Stress Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypo-allergenic all-encompassing formula provides a blend of botanicals and nutrients designed to provide synergistic support for mental relaxation while counteracting the metabolic effects of occasional stress. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

B-Complex Stress...B-Complex Stress Formula by Pioneer®: This comprehensive clinician-formulated product provides balanced support for stress relief with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and coenzymes delivered in appropriate ratios. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Stress Effects. https://www.stress.org/stress-effects/
Time to Worry About Worrying Too Much. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201112/time-worry-about-worrying-too-much
9 Stress Side Effects That Are Worse Than What You’re Worrying About. https://www.prevention.com/mind-body/side-effects-anxiety-and-stress-management-tips
How stress affects your health. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress.aspx
Life Event, Stress and Illness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341916/
What is Positive Stress? http://stress.lovetoknow.com/about-stress/what-is-positive-stress
The Eustress Concept: Problems and Outlooks. http://www.idosi.org/wjms/11(2)14/6.pdf
Turning Stress into an Asset. https://hbr.org/2011/06/turning-stress-into-an-asset

 

The Impact of Environmental Mold on Your Good Health

MoldHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Mold. Just the thought of it makes people cringe. Yet, molds grow naturally in the environment and are necessary for the breakdown of organic plant and animal matter. Mold is actually a type of fungus that is neither plant nor animal, nor a type of bacteria. Fungi, which occupies a kingdom of their own as a separate types of living organisms, includes not only molds, but also yeast, mushrooms, lichen and truffles. Molds are responsible for medications such as penicillin and cyclosporine, as well as foods such as tempeh and blue cheese. Without yeast we would have no leavened bread or wine or beer. While some of these organisms offer benefits, others wreak havoc on the ecosystem and human health. Fungi is known to cause illness and diseases linked to allergies, respiratory problems and skin infections.

Mold pollution is a key element of indoor air pollution. Long-term exposure to indoor molds is unhealthy for everyone, as indoor molds can produce extremely potent lipid-soluble mycotoxins that are readily absorbed by the skin, airways and intestinal lining. While the type and severity of health effects varies widely from person to person, those with respiratory conditions, allergies, asthma, and compromised immune systems, as well as the young and the elderly are more likely to develop severe symptoms. Molds grow and reproduce by releasing spores into the air, and can grow on virtually any surface when moisture and oxygen are present. Mold grows in obvious places, such as damp basements and shower stalls, and can also grow in damp areas behind wallpaper or drywall, under carpet, ceiling tiles, sinks or appliances, on wood, around plumbing, and anywhere humidity levels are high. Mold spores can enter a home or building through open doors, windows or vents and can be carried indoors on shoes, clothing and pets.

As mold is virtually everywhere, we are constantly exposed to airborne microscopic spores. Health problems that can occur from mold exposure include allergic illness, irritant effects, infection, and toxic effects. Per the CDC, in 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence to link indoor mold exposure to general upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughs, and wheezing in otherwise healthy persons. Other studies suggest potential early mold exposure is linked to the development of asthma in children, particularly those genetically susceptible to asthma development. While the effects of mold on health continue to be studied, a 2003 environmental medicine symposium in Dallas presented results of a study of 1,600 individuals suffering health issues related to fungal exposure. Patients experienced medical problems including muscle and joint pain, headache, anxiety, depression, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, and memory, immune, and visual disturbances.

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease. Though difficult to classify due to their diverse chemical structures and biosynthetic origins, they are typically categorized by the organs they effect, such as hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, and immunotoxins. Cell biologists group them as mutagens, carcinogens, allergens and teratogens. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many occupants of modern, sealed, airconditioned buildings, especially water-damaged ones, have reported adverse health effects. Exposure to fungi in home and work environments is an increasing area of concern. Although much more research is needed, there is sufficient evidence from human and animal epidemiological data to conclude that mycotoxins pose an important danger to human health.

Exposure to mycotoxins occurs more frequently in areas with a hot and humid climate favorable to the growth of molds, but they can also be found in temperate zones. Per the World Health Organization, (WHO), mycotoxicosis, the effects of mycotoxins on human and animal health, often remains unrecognized by medical professionals, except when large number of people are involved. Currently, there are no accepted standards for environmental molds in indoor environments or for analyzing and interpreting data regarding their effects on human health. However, the IOM identified damp indoor spaces as a public health problem that needs to be addressed, and highly recommended that any type of mold present in homes or buildings be quickly remediated.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support detoxification and overall wellness:

S-Acetyl Glutathione...S-Acetyl Glutathione Synergy by Designs for Health®: Comprised of three amino acids, glutathione is the single most powerful antioxidant produced and recycled by the body. It’s made in the liver, the organ most responsible for detoxification. As natural production decreases with aging, boosting glutathione levels allows the body to detoxify, protects DNA from damage, and helps maintain optimal immunity. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Mold Mix #1 (A-21)Mold Mix #1 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates: This homeopathic antigen medicine is specifically formulated to address allergic reactions resulting from exposure to toxic metabolites. The formula provides a blend of homeopathic dilutions to neutralize the body’s response to, as well as moderate the symptoms caused by this type of allergen.

 

MycoCan-ChordMycoCan-Chord by Energetix: This homeopathic combination formula addresses symptoms associated with candida and exposure to mold or fungus, as well as the symptoms of imbalanced terrain in which mold, fungi and candida thrive. Gluten free formulation.

 

Toxic Fungi - Mold...Toxic Fungi-Mold Nosode by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This professional homeopathic nosode formulation supports improved resistance to and recovery from toxic fungi and mold exposure. Used throughout homeopathy’s history, nosodes may assist the body in recognizing a disease-causing entity and may stimulate a level of natural protection that aids in the elimination of the pathogen or susceptibility towards symptoms. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Purify Coconut...Purify Coconut Charcoal + by Enzymedica®: This product assists the body’s natural detoxification process by aiding capture and elimination of undesirable toxins and heavy metals. The gentle absorbing action of ginger, enzymes, and coconut charcoal render this cleanse gas and indigestion free. Gluten, soy, casein, milk and artificial ingredient free.

References:
Fungus Vs. Mold. https://sciencing.com/fungus-vs-mold-5529716.html
Indoor Molds. http://enhs.umn.edu/current/5103/molds/harmful.html
Mold. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/mold/index.cfm
Mold and Moisture. http://www.floridahealth.gov/Environmental-Health/mold/index.html
Facts about Mold and Dampness. https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
Mycotoxins. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164220/
The effects of mycotoxins in humans. http://www.who.int/bulletin/archives/77(9)754.pdf

 

Biospec Nutritionals – Featured Brand

BiospecNutritionals-Susan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Biospec Nutritionals manufactures scientifically-based products that support holistic health and wellness. As such, their formulas contain ingredients shown to address the specific metabolic factors responsible for the majority of chronic pain and diseases. Their highly concentrated nutraceuticals contain clinically effective doses to address common metabolic imbalances, including oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, poor digestion, hormone imbalance and more.

Biospec Nutritionals purchases only the finest quality raw materials from trusted sources, and all products are manufactured under strict GMP guidelines. All finished products are third party tested for potency and purity. Their mission remains to supply the highest quality nutritional formulas with an unwavering commitment to science, effectiveness, and the best possible outcomes.

To see more products from Biospec Nutritionals please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Mood EaseMood Ease: This highly specialized complex delivers targeted nutrients to support balanced serotonin and dopamine levels to help regulate mood, sleep, memory, and learning. Ingredients include therapeutic levels of 5-HTP and St. John’s Wort for neurotransmitter support, superior absorption B vitamins to support healthy neurological function, adaptogenic rhodiola root extract for increased energy, focus and stress protection, and magnesium glycinate, a highly soluble form of magnesium for enhanced nervous system function and calmness. Gluten free formulation.

Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease: This highly effective biological complex takes a natural approach to the treatment of dysbiosis by helping to eliminate harmful microbes and yeast in the digestive tract, thereby promoting healthy intestinal microbial balance. Ingredients include berberine sulfate, an effective antimicrobial, myrrh gum extract, a highly effective antibacterial agent, and calcium undecylenate, a well-tolerated antifungal. To maximize effectiveness, use in conjunction with a high-quality probiotic, such as Probiotic-5, to ensure heathy intestinal ecology. Vegetarian formulation.

Probiotic-5Probiotic-5: Probiotic-5 provides high potency, multi-strain beneficial organisms stabilized at 5 billion organisms per capsule. This very unique complex is designed to re-establish and promote healthy intestinal flora in support of a well-regulated digestive tract, reduced chronic and gastric inflammation, as well as immune and overall health. Probiotic-5 includes specific strains indicated for candida, IBS, and H. Pylori. Acid resistant capsules help ensure probiotics reach the intestinal tract. Vegetarian formulation.

Cholesterol CompleteCholesterol Complete: Highly rated by our customers, this specialized formula is designed to help manage overall serum cholesterol levels, promote an optimum balance between LDL and HDL cholesterol, and enhance healthy homocysteine metabolism. Unique ingredients help to promote healthy blood lipid levels and support healthy lipid metabolism. Vegetarian formulation.

Stress-Ease AM/PMStress-Ease AM/PM: This adrenal calming complex contains specific botanicals and nutraceuticals that have been shown to help rebalance adrenal hormones, balance neurotransmitters, reduce anxiety, and support restful sleep. Ingredients specifically address the HPA axis in individuals who have stress related anxiety or difficulty sleeping.  Vegetarian formulation.