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Too Much Stress?

Stress is part of life. We generally think of stress in negative terms, and it’s well-established that too much stress can lead to a range of health problems. But stress also makes us feel alive. It gives us the gumption to play the lead in a play, apply for that  dream job, para-sail off the coast of Mexico, even get out of bed.

For some people, though, the prospect of even the smallest amount of stress is debilitating. Others have had so much stress for so long that they now have trouble coping with it.

If the normal stress in your everyday life has become overwhelming, you may need help to increase your stress tolerance.

How to Increase Your Stress Tolerance

The underlying causes of stress intolerance are numerous. I have found that nutrient deficiencies, insufficient sleep and lack of proper exercise are the most common. Addressing these issues and introducing natural supplements into your daily routines can help increase your tolerance for stress.

  • Diet: It’s best to eat regularly scheduled meals and snacks that will provide your body with the nutrients you need. Also focus on foods that will keep your blood sugar stable.  Skipping meals or consuming excessive amounts of sugar or carbohydrates causes fluctuations in blood sugar which can lead to poor stress tolerance. Protein, fiber and healthy fat, on the other hand, will keep your blood sugar stable. This, in turn, will help keep stabilize your energy and your mood, and help you attain a healthy weight and body composition.
  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours a night) is always helpful, of course. If you’re having sleep problems, read our “Short on Sleep” article for tips on how to get back to a regular sleep cycle.
  • Exercise: Gentle exercise can help improve your stress tolerance. Just walking 30 minutes a day will usually do wonders.
  • Natural Supplements: Everyone’s nutritional needs are different. To determine your unique needs, I would suggest a Vitamin and Mineral Saliva Assessment as well as running appropriate lab test for iron, thyroid and adrenal hormones.

If running these tests are not possible, at very least, take a full spectrum of highly bioavailable nutrients at a high potency, especially formulas designed with a high enough potency to really address stress.

Three-month protocol

To help increase your stress tolerance, I recommend the following supplement protocol for a minimum of a three-month period: This combination has never failed to greatly enhance energy and stress tolerance.

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Joan L.

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Lynn L.

Your IBS and probiotics helped my son with his stomach problems that no one else had been able to help with. The combination really is what did it. And I think the stabilized probiotics really made the difference as I had tried others before with no effect.

Janice G.

Your vitamins and minerals work better than anything I’ve ever tried before. Improve growth and revitalization of my skin, nails and hair, more energy, feeling calmer and more optimistic about life in general. What a huge improvement.

Lou G.

I went from having no energy and being in a poor mood to having energy, in a better mood and thinking more clearly when I started taking your high absorption Vitamins, Mineral Capsules and IBS Powder.

Erika F.

These natural substances have worked wonderfully well for my chronic sinus issues. Your high potency Olive leaf and Immune Support together cleared me up quickly. And I had tried other brands before with no success. I am most grateful.

Bill C.

Just wanted to let you know that the first night I took your Cortisol Balance, I slept through the night without waking. I wasn’t sure at first, but I have slept every night since without waking!! It has been years! I’ll be dipped. This is amazing. Do you know the trouble I’ve gone through just to get a good night’s sleep?

Andrea G.

After being tired all the time I finally found the Essential Naturals “Adrenal” formula. These capsules help me maintain good energy with no side effects and no overstimulation.

Natural Relief for Allergies

Pollen, mold and dust allergies can trigger days (or months) of sneezing; stuffy noses; watery, itchy eyes; and headaches.

On the other hand, prescription and over-the-counter medications that help relieve allergy symptoms can cause uncomfortable symptoms of their own — from drowsiness, a foggy brain and nausea to dryness in the mouth, nose and throat.

Here’s what I recommend for natural relief:

  1. Minimize your exposure to allergens.
    • Use an air filter in the house — in every room if possible, but especially in the room where you spend most of your time. Normally this is the bedroom. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are recommended; they force air through a fine mesh that traps particles including pollen, pet dander and dust mites.
    • Invest in a good vacuum cleaner with a built-in HEPA filter. Vacuum often.
    • Wear an allergy mask when you mow the lawn and any time you’ll be exposed to large amounts of allergens. Or better yet, let someone else do the mowing for you.
    • Resolve any mold issues in your home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides helpful guidelines for controlling mold and moisture in the home. We also have air purifiers (purifiers get rid of mold, filters get rid of dust) available that we RENT as well as sell.  You can check them out at www.airoasis.com.   We do recommend you rent before you buy, so you can see if this helps your symptoms before spending a lot on a system. Call us for details at (203) 797 8412.
  2. Avoid sugar in your diet.
    Sugar in any form increases inflammation in the body and suppresses the immune system, weakening its ability to fight the effects of environmental allergens. So eliminate sweets and alcohol as well as processed foods that contain sugar as an unexpected ingredient (especially be on the lookout for high fructose corn syrup). Also limit your intake of fruit. Even natural sugars can increase inflammation in the body.
  3. Support healthy digestion.Did you know the gastrointestinal system comprises 75% of the body’s immune system? If it’s not functioning optimally, you may be more prone to allergies or your existing allergies may worsen. Gas, bloating, bowel irregularity and acid reflux are all signs of digestive imbalance. Yeast (or candida) infections in the gut may also cause issues.
  4. Basics for digestive health include a eating diet that’s high in vegetables and low in sugar and processed foods, drinking plenty of water and chewing your food thoroughly. See your naturopathic physician for a treatment plan for your specific imbalance needs. If you are not local to Danbury, CT,  Dr Gazsi can work with you long distance via PHONE CONSULTATATIONS as well as running nutritional and other ASSESSMENTS long distance.
  5. Take natural antihistamine products. I recommend pure amylase, an enzyme that digests the carbohydrates in food. (Incomplete of carbohydrates has been linked to blood sugar imbalances, allergies and asthma.)
  6. Take natural anti-inflammatory products such as bromelain, an extract derived from pineapple; nettles, an herb used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms; and quercitin, a bioflavonoid that supports the immune system. Our AllerQC formula has all three together.

If you have allergies and need more help, call or email us for a time to talk.

Won’t it be wonderful to enjoy summer without sneezing all day?

Rena B.

After years and years of struggling with regularity, I no longer have a problem thanks to your Mineral Capsules. In addition I stopped getting colds all the time and I have lots more energy.

Short on Sleep? It Could Affect Your Health.

In my 20 years of practice, I have found that most people don’t get enough sleep. They may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or their busy lifestyles don’t leave enough hours in the day for a solid night of zzzs.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should sleep 7-9 hours each night. If you’re falling short of that number, you probably feel tired, irritable and more prone to stress. What you may not realize is that over the long term, sleep loss can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and increased chance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression and even cancer.

These steps can help you recover from too-little sleep and get back on track with the daily dose your body needs.

First, help your body repair any damage.

If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, your body may be running on adrenaline during the day. If sleeplessness is a chronic problem, your adrenal glands may run the risk of burning out. To help repair and build up your adrenals:

  • Take a well-balanced adrenal formula that strengthens the adrenals, but doesn’t over stimulate them (overstimulation will make the problem worse in the long run).   Our Adrenal Capsules are excellent for this purpose.
  • Eat small, frequent meals containing protein every 2-4 hours. Avoid carbohydrates; their sugar content can cause spikes in your glucose levels which creates additional stress on your adrenal glands.

Manage your stress levels.

Constant stress is a classic cause of sleeplessness. That’s because stress causes your adrenal glands to go into overdrive, pumping cortisol and adrenaline into your system. While these hormones may provide the boost you need to respond to the demands of your day, the excess that remains in your system into the night will affect your ability to fall asleep.

So minimize your daily stress in any way you can, and take time out during each day to do something that relaxes you. Take the dog for a walk. Meditate. Do yoga. Drink a cup of tea. Take a warm bath. Whatever works for you. Even a few deep, relaxing breaths can help.

Adopt new sleep habits.

  • Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room. Darkness enhances melatonin production, a hormone that regulates sleep. If you need to get up during the night, try to avoid turning on the light. Even a few moments of light can inhibit melatonin production and make it difficult to get back to sleep.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night to reinforce the regular rhythm of your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  • Avoid napping during the day. Naps can interfere with night-time sleep.
  • Avoid stimulating activity after 6 p.m., including strenuous exercise, TV, computer and video games. Choose soothing activities instead, such as knitting or reading.
  • Steer clear of using backlit devices such as an iPad in bed. They’ve been shown to cause melatonin levels to drop, making sleep elusive.

Modify your diet.

Your body’s sugar levels can make or break a night’s sleep. Fluctuations can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back to sleep. These dietary guidelines can help stabilize your sugar levels:

  • Eat small, frequent meals with protein—not carbs—every 2-4 hours during the day.
  • Avoid alcohol. It is high in sugar and will interfere with the quality of your sleep.

Also limit your intake of caffeine to the morning hours.

Try these natural remedies.

These remedies can help calm the nerves, quiet anxiety, and help you fall and stay asleep:

  • My favorite formula is called Tranquility.  2-4 capsules at bedtime can help you fall to sleep quickly.
  • Another of my favorites is Cortisol Balance, which has shown to be quite helpful with staying asleep, especially for those that wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. It also has shown great promise in helping those to lose weight who need to by suppressing cortisol production (one of the causes of belly fat).

And remember: Take time to take a deep breath, smell the roses and enjoy the moment. We call it the present because every day is a gift.