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Holiday Stress? There’s a Supplement for That

holiday_stressJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

While the holidays are expected to be joyous occasions for everyone, surviving the fantastical holiday expectations is no easy feat. Obligations, seemingly endless tasks, lack of time or budget constraints can all contribute to anxiety or depression. Throw in family conflicts, loneliness and meaningless gifting and you have a recipe for a pressure driven season.   Along with the added stressors comes overindulgence, which may contribute to feeling bad about excessive eating, drinking or spending. Perhaps it’s time to give yourself a present. Give yourself a gift of sanity by getting back to the basics to simplify the very overblown holiday expectations.

Unattainable expectations can lead to stress, disappointment or even depression. Many of us spend hours at the mall or online looking for the perfect gift for everyone on our sometimes overwhelming list. Extravagant gifts that put you in debt come the new year are often appreciated more by the giver than the receiver. Often times a simple gift of time or attention will suffice. Show someone how much you love them by spending time together doing something special, a gift of homemade presents or treats, or perhaps provide a simple meal for someone who may be confined to their home. Focusing on someone else’s real needs can help you feel grateful for the blessings you have. When you stop to think about it, you likely have a lot to be thankful about.

One simple and free holiday gift is starting a family tradition to help others less fortunate. Perhaps each family member would agree to a few less presents for themselves in order to help a needy family put food on the table or buy small presents for their children. If a friend or neighbor is alone during the holidays, invite them to share in your celebrations. Social support not only helps to ward off holiday blues, it can help to lift everyone’s spirits. Giving love and showing kindness to others are powerful tools for changing the game plan and getting back to the spirit of the season.

If you know there will be conflicts at a family gathering, be prepared to neutralize the situation by simply finding a reason to walk away, such as a need to check on the children or help out in the kitchen. Or take the advice of Don Draper, star of Mad Man, “If you don’t like what someone is saying, change the conversation.” Set aside grievances for discussion at a more appropriate or private time when life is less stressful. And, if you really can’t deal with the obligatory family visit, skip the trip entirely and leave your guilt on the doorstep. It really is okay and no justification is required if you simply want to enjoy a pleasant time at home.

One way to ward off holiday depression is to make a plan that includes not only shopping and decorating but restorative routines as well. Don’t abandon all your healthy habits or let the holidays become a free-for-all. Failure to get some exercise or skimping on sleep can make you feel guilty and stressed. To restore your inner calm, take a breather when you need it. Stress takes its toll on your mental and physical health, so be mindful and listen to your body. If you are feeling persistently tired, anxious or irritable, it’s time to take a time out and clear your mind. Sometimes all it takes is 15 minutes of alone time, a short walk or a restful break to restore your energy and enable you to cope with all that’s going on around you. Set priorities, let the rest go and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with your family and friends.  

Supplements to aid in stress or anxiety relief include:

Daily Stress Formula
Daily Stress Formula by Pure Encapsulations – This blend of herbs and nutrients is designed to provide powerful defense from the mental and physical factors associated with occasional stress.
GABA 750 mg
GABA 750 mg by Physiologics – This amino acid, produced naturally in the central nervous system, has an inhibitory effect that calms overexcited nerve impulses, aids in relaxation and promotes restful sleep.
Stress B-Complex (B107) (Formerly B-Complex #5)
Stress B-Complex (B107) by Thorne Research – This supplement contains active forms of 8 water soluble B vitamins that are essential for cellular energy production and healthy adrenal, neurological immune function.
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Not So Merry?  http://www.mhawisconsin.org/holidaystress.aspx
Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544
Holiday Stress: A Resourceful Survivor’s Guide. Online. http://psychcentral.com/lib/holiday-stress-a-resourceful-survivors-guide/00039?all=1

The Impact of Chronic Stress on Your Health

ImpactOfStressBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Many of us have difficult days where we are pulled in too many directions, trying to balance our work, home, family and social lives.  We have come to accept the fact that stress is a normal part of everyday living.  Short term acute stressors, such as meeting deadlines, sitting in traffic, tending to an unhappy child, taking final exams or dealing with an unpredictable event, are all generally manageable situations.  The body responds by instantly releasing stress hormones designed to help both the mind and body rise to meet whatever challenges you are facing in that particular moment.  And that’s actually a good thing.  Naturally occurring performance enhancing chemicals heighten our abilities in the short term. 

In response to acute stress, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system is activated. Cortisol, adrenalin and neurotransmitters are released as heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, breathing becomes more rapid, and our primitive “fight or flight” response to threat is switched on.  Once the threat has passed or the traffic eases or the baby stops crying, the body’s system returns to normal homeostasis.  It’s the repeated exposure to prolonged and continuous stressors that results in the chronic over-release of stress hormones and the subsequent breakdown or deregulation of many bodily systems and degenerating health.

The reality is that we live in stressful times.  We worry about the economy, climate change, job performance, our health or whether our favorite team will win the World Cup.  One-third of Americans feel they are under constant extreme stress that negatively impacts their lives.  In reality, 43% of adults suffer from the adverse health effects of chronic stress, and 75% of doctor visits are for stress-related ailments.  Chronic stress is linked to heart disease, hypertension, high blood sugar, diabetes and decreased immune response.  If you are genetically predisposed to any of these chronic illnesses or you have unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as poor food choices, smoking or high alcohol consumption, chronic stress can accelerate the onset of disease. 

Some of us have become so used to dealing with chronic stress that it begins to feel “normal,” and we don’t realize what a huge impact it has on our physical and mental health.  Finding ways to eliminate the stressors that we can control, and a way to deal with stressors that are out of our control, can go a long way towards improved mental health and physical wellbeing.  For example, if commuter traffic is heavy every day, leaving home or work a bit earlier or later removes that one stressor from your life.  When you’re not grumbling about the traffic, you can listen to soothing music, which is calming and immune supportive.

As some of the more simple problems are solved, stress becomes less overwhelming, leaving us better able to deal with more complex difficulties.  Stress affects everyone differently and there is no simple fix to solve all stress inducing experiences.  Taking a broad based approach to dealing with stress involves coming up with different strategies for stress management, which can include reducing pressures or increasing coping skills or a combination of the two.    

  • Be physically active.  You don’t need to run marathons to get the stress-reducing benefits of exercise.  Exercise not only keeps our cardiovascular systems healthy, it helps to deplete stress hormones and releases mood enhancing endorphins, which modulate appetite, enhance the immune response and help us cope with stress.  Keep your motivation levels high by selecting any form of physical activity that you enjoy.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.  Sleep is a powerful antidote to stress.  When you are sleeping, the body’s stress hormones return to normal levels.  Plus a good night’s sleep gives you the energy to deal with the stressors you may encounter the following day. 
  • Engage in a hobby.  It can be anything you love doing that allows you to disengage from your thoughts of to-do lists and other stressors.  Repetitive activity keeps your attention focused in the present.  Read, create, paint, build something, learn to cook or knit. 
  • Spend time in nature.  Being outdoors is a natural stress reducer.  Take the dog for a walk, go hiking, biking or fishing.  Create a flower or vegetable garden or sit and enjoy the warm sunshine. 
  • Be social.  Stay connected to loved ones, friends and those around you.  Socializing releases oxytocin, a body chemical that helps combat stress hormones and lower blood pressure. Whenever possible, avoid stressful people or situations. 
  • Give yourself 10 minutes of peace and quiet every day.  Sitting quietly can trigger natural relaxation responses.  Try yoga or meditation or take a warm, relaxing bath.  Turn off electronics and dedicate this time just for yourself.   
  • Revise your calendar to the extent possible.  Finish current obligations and then cut back on some things if you are overscheduled.  Learn to say no to taking on new tasks if fitting them into your schedule is going to cause additional stress. 
  • Find time for fun.  A good laugh can help reduce stress hormone levels and help relieve built up pressures.  Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which promote a general sense of wellbeing.  If life is all work and no play, make changes that support your physical and emotional good health.    

Products for stress relief include: 

Stress-B-Plus (7452)
Stress-B-Plus (7452) by Douglas Laboratories provides a complete array of B vitamins and related nutrients for support of blood cells, hormones, energy production, the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters, and nervous system function. 
GABA 750 mg
GABA 750 mg by PhysioLogics provides an amino acid naturally produced in the central nervous system that has an inhibitory effect, calming overexcited nerve impulses, aiding relaxation and reducing anxiety.  GABA promotes natural sleep and balanced mood.  
MyoCalm by Metagenics supplies a specialized blend of calcium, magnesium and herbs for relaxation support and support of healthy muscle function. 
De-Stress by Biotics Research supplies a patented, all natural, clinically effective bio-active peptide derived from milk and formulated for natural stress and anxiety relief. 


Gluten Free Supplements

Gluten Free SupplementsBy Susan Brown

Those who are avoiding gluten in their diets know the obvious foods to avoid, such as rye, wheat and barley as well as flour-based breads, bagels, cookies, cereals and the like.  Those with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivities, who must try to avoid even minute amounts of gluten, know that gluten lurks in many products that might surprise the rest of us.  Did you know that condiments such as ketchup, mustard and soy sauce often contain gluten?  Gluten may also be found in many other foods such as yogurt, candy, soda, canned soups, frozen vegetables and ice cream.  Surprisingly, gluten is also found in soaps, personal care products, makeup and medications. 

For those people who are avoiding gluten for health reasons, allergies, dietary restrictions or weight loss, here is a sampling of some of our more popular gluten-free products from trusted brands such as Thorne Research, Douglas Laboratories, Integrative Therapeutics, Biotics Research, Dr. Wilson’s Original Formulations, Innate Response, PhysioLogics, Designs for Health, and Nordic Naturals.  Be sure to look for the designated “Gluten Free” icon on the product page. 

OsteoPrime® Ultra
OsteoPrime® Ultra by Integrative Therapeutics contains multivitamins, minerals including calcium and magnesium, and other nutrients that support healthy bone, bone density and connective structures of the bones. 
Bio-D-Mulsion Forte
Bio-D-Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research supplies 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per drop in a concentrated, highly bioavailable, micro-emulsified form for enhanced absorption and utilization. 
Multi-Probiotic 15 Billion (200900)
 Multi-Probiotic 15 Billion (200900) by Douglas Laboratories supports intestinal flora with a proprietary blend of potent amounts of beneficial prebiotics and probiotics. 
Super Adrenal Stress Formula
Super Adrenal Stress Formula by Dr. Wilson’s Original Formulations helps to neutralize stress by providing optimal nutrition for healthy adrenal hormone production and function. 
Women's One Daily
Women’s One Daily by Innate Response Formulas is formulated exclusively from nutrient rich whole foods to support and promote the health of women in their reproductive years. 
Al's Formula (Basic Nutrients For Men Over 40) (VMM)
Al’s Formula (Basic Nutrients for Men Over 40) by Thorne Research provides comprehensive vitamins and minerals for men over age 40 for cardiovascular, energy, prostate and overall wellness support. 
GABA 750 mg
GABA 750 mg by PhysioLogics acts as a precursor to L-theanine and glutamine, amino acids that aid in the production of calming neurotransmitters. 
B Supreme
B-Supreme by Designs for Health provides a potent blend of active coenzymated forms of B vitamins for energy production, neurotransmitter balance and immune function. 
ProOmega Lemon 1000 mg
ProOmega Lemon 1000 mg by Nordic Naturals supplies high potency omega-3 essential fatty acids for overall wellness support.