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Stressed? It’s Not Just the Holidays

stressJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

December is the time of year when many of us admit to feeling stressed about the holidays, family commitments and time constraints. This short-term stress is generally not a threat to our long-term health, although we may be affected by some sleepless nights, digestive upset resulting from overindulgence, and what may seem like never ending fatigue. However, it’s the unremitting chronic stress, especially in older or less healthy individuals, that can damage long term health and make us more vulnerable to developing chronic diseases. Some stress is unavoidable and triggered by stressors that come at us in many forms. There are biological stressors, environmental stressors, cognitive stressors, situational stressors, and lifestyle stressors. Our reactions to these stressors and how they affect us is what matters to our health and longevity.

A national poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Heath showed that one in four Americans say they are under a great deal of stress and half reported experiencing a major stressful event during the past year. The poll showed that although most of us deal with stress daily, those in poor health reported the highest levels of stress. Adults living with a disability or a chronic illness reported that managing their disease was a major cause of their distress. There’s no question that managing stress can be overwhelming. More than half of those reporting high levels of stress say spending time with family and friends provided the most relief. However, failure to address chronic stress can be very costly, affecting not only health, but the health of family and social relationships and financial wellbeing.

Many may not realize that health and longevity is dependent upon maintaining a constant state of homeostasis. Homeostasis can be defined as any number of biological processes the body uses to maintain the complex equilibrium necessary for survival, such as body temperature and blood levels of oxygen, water, protein, fat, salt and sugar. As well, the body must maintain relatively stable homeostasis while under the adverse effects stressors. By definition, a stressor can be a chemical, biological, environmental or external stimulus or any event that triggers the stress response.

Acute stress is a survival mechanism, known as the “fight or flight” response that forces us to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. When under acute stress, the body quickly leaves the state of homeostasis in response to injury, fear or a dangerous situation. A healthy body returns to homeostasis when the risk is no longer present.

Traumatic stress occurs in response to a traumatic life threatening experience or helplessly witnessing an event as it happens. This type of stress can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder that is often seen in veterans returning from war zones, survivors of assault, or those who have lost their homes due to a fire or severe weather conditions.

Chronic stress is the result of the body’s inability to return to homeostasis. Though we may survive when homeostasis is under constant threat, we don’t necessarily thrive. Prolonged stress can keep adrenal hormones chronically elevated, causing the adrenals to struggle and ultimately paving the way for adrenal fatigue. Low adrenal function is often the result of prolonged stress, bringing about a sense of exhaustion and poor organ and bodily functions. When homeostasis is not maintained, it can negatively affect, not only energy levels, but carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, and fluid and electrolyte balance, as well as the proper function of the heart and cardiovascular system.

As a rule, the better your overall health, the easier it is to handle stress. Take the time to care for yourself during the holidays and year-round by getting proper amounts of sleep, eating a nutritious diet and exercising, which all support overall good health and wellbeing. Supplements specifically formulated to target the imbalances brought about by chronic stress can support homeostasis, aid adrenal function and provide the reliable support necessary for the maintenance of proper function and optimal health and vitality.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support adrenal function and overall wellness:

ADHS (Adrenal...ADHS® by Biotics Research – This non-glandular adaptogenic herbal formulation is designed to support the adrenals and provide support for bodily functions when under stress. The formula contains vitamins, minerals and a proprietary herbal blend to aid the body in supporting homeostasis. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

Cortico-B5B6®Cortico-B5B6® by Metagenics® – This formula provides significant amounts of water-soluble B vitamins necessary for healthy adrenal hormone production and energy metabolism. A full-spectrum citrus bioflavonoid blend along with vitamin C provides potent antioxidant support. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Adaptogen, Q.Adaptogen, Q. by Quantum Nutrition Labs – This dynamic formulation provides quantum-state nutraceutical blends that support the entire adaptogenic process, including whole body stress support. Gluten and lactose free, vegan formulation.

HPA AdaptHPA Adapt by Integrative Therapeutics – This non-stimulant formula provides five powerful adaptogenic herbs to aid the body’s response to mental and physical stressors. HPA Adapt helps to reduce stress and fatigue, as well as improve mood, calm anxiety and provide support for cognitive function. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Stress and Health: Psychological, Behavioral and Biological Determinants. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/
Concepts of Homeostasis and Stress. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/704866_2
For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/07/07/323351759/for-many-americans-stress-takes-a-toll-on-health-and-family
What is homeostasis? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-homeostasis/
Stress. Psychology and Biology. https://www.britannica.com/topic/stress-psychology-and-biology
Stress and the Adrenals. http://blog.professionalsupplementcenter.com/stress-and-the-adrenals/

Tired of Feeling Exhausted?

TiredExhaustedJacquie Eubanks RN BSNExhaustion may feel like an unavoidable consequence of daily life, especially when we often skimp on sleep and eat meals on the run. While it’s normal to feel tired after strenuous exercise or at the end of a particularly grueling day, chronic persistent fatigue is a debilitating whole-body mental, emotional and physiological response. With our extremely busy and overscheduled modern day lifestyles, many struggle with exhaustion that leaves one feeling completely wiped out on a seemingly regular basis. Along with underlying illnesses and a nutrient poor diet, there’s little doubt that prolonged fatigue takes its toll on our overall wellness. According to James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D. author of the book, Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, adrenal fatigue is the most widespread, yet under-recognized health challenge today.

The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis is essentially our stress response control center, activating the adrenals to release cortisol during stressful situations. Constant daily stress keeps the adrenals in high gear, eventually resulting in malfunction or low adrenal reserve. Medically known as HPA axis dysfunction, adrenal fatigue negatively affects inflammation levels, the immune system and homeostasis. As the stress response effectively blocks brain and body chemicals that promote relaxation, healthy sleep and positive mood, constant daily stress can result in exhaustion, leave us anxious and irritable, disrupt our sleep and eating patterns, and make us more vulnerable to developing chronic diseases.

Why is proper adrenal function so important? While we may think of the adrenals only in terms of our flight or fight stress response, the adrenals affect the function of every organ, cell and gland, and influence all the major physiological processes in the body. In fact, your state of health is directly affected by the adrenals. They influence your utilization of fats and carbohydrates, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, normal blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, muscular strength and stamina, proper cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and immune function and the inflammatory response. In fact, the adrenals release a cocktail of hormones to regulate these processes including male and female sex hormones.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body loses the capacity to overcome or hasn’t time to recover from the barrage of constant physical, emotional or psychological stress. Those with adrenal fatigue syndrome may not look unwell but generally feel unwell. They may have erratic blood sugar levels, increased difficulty concentrating, and frequent colds or respiratory infections. And while they feel exhausted, they have trouble getting adequate sleep, often resulting in a tired but wired state of being.

Signs of low adrenal function may include:

  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
  • Craving for salt or salty foods
  • Lethargy
  • Increased effort to accomplish everyday tasks
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Decreased ability to handle every day stress
  • Mild depression or decreased enjoyment

Fortunately, with proper care and nutrition, the adrenals can recover. The first step is to improve your nutritional intake by consuming a healthy, balanced, low-sugar, high-fiber diet to keep your blood sugar balanced and steady. Registered dieticians Kelsey Marksteiner, MS, RD and Lauren Shenfield, MPH, RD recommend a whole food diet that is approximately 30% good quality protein, 30% complex carbs and 40% healthy fats. An abundance of micronutrients is essential not only for good overall health but for whole body recovery from adrenal issues. Vitamins A, B5, B6, B12, C and D, magnesium, omega -3 fatty acids, zinc and probiotics are all important for optimal adrenal function.

Lifestyle changes and adjustments are equally important especially when it comes to stress management. Make a plan to reduce and eliminate stressors to the extent possible. Practice deep breathing, meditation, tai chi or any kind of mindful stress reduction techniques. Start with a few minutes each day and gently build over time. Make necessary changes to get a good night’s sleep each night. Keep the bedroom cool and turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Get some low intensity exercise, such as walking or yoga, 5 days each week to support your health and re-energize you. The amount of exercise you do should make you feel better, not worse, so be sure not to overtrain.

Consider adaptogens, such as ashwagandha, Asian ginseng or rhodiola rosea, used since ancient times to support adrenal functions. Ashwagandha helps to increase energy and stamina, and has been shown to normalize cortisol levels, raising them if too low and lowering them if too high. Asian ginseng has been studied extensively for its ability to help the body withstand stress and to strengthen the immune response. Rhodiola rosea supports cellular energy metabolism and also helps to normalize cortisol levels.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support adrenal functions:

Adapten-AllAdapten-All by Ortho Molecular – This balanced vitamin, mineral and herbal adaptogen formulation provides critical nutrients for comprehensive support for adrenal regulation. In addition to A, C, E and B vitamins, the formula contains adaptogens rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha and Siberian ginseng. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formula.

 

Cortico-B5B6Cortico-B5B6 by Metagenics – This formula provides support for healthy adrenal hormone production with B vitamins, magnesium and a full spectrum of citrus bioflavonoids, all necessary for adrenal hormone production and energy metabolism. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Support AdrenalsSupport Adrenals by BioMatrix – This product provides therapeutic levels of nutrients that support adrenal function, blood sugar regulation and a healthy inflammatory response, and defend against the damaging effects of stress. Contains vitamins, minerals, botanicals and adaptogens. Gluten free.

 

Adrenal SupportAdrenal Support by Professional Solutions – This formula contains a proprietary blend of certified organic or ecologically harvested adaptogens, including holy basil, rhodiola rosea, and ashwagandha, to aid in optimizing adrenal gland function and aid the stress response. Vegetarian formula.

 

References:
James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D. Adrenal Fatigue. Smart Publications, 2001.
Courtney Anaya, CPT. Stressing the Issue. Vitamin Retailer, March 2016.
Chronic Stress Can Damage Brain Structure and Connectivity. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201402/chronic-stress-can-damage-brain-structure-and-connectivity