5 Methods of Coping with Stress

It has been said that happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. Stress is unavoidable in daily life, but we do have a choice of how we handle and react to stressors. Having a plan before life goes haywire can help us stay on course. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

  1. Stay at cause rather than being at effect. You have no control over issues that arise, what you do have control over is how you react. No matter how chaotic of a situation you are in, take a deep breath and step back for 30 seconds’ minimum. There is no rule that says you have to jump the second someone else’s emergency demands it. Allow some of the initial adrenaline to subside before making any snap decisions or choices as to how to proceed.
  1. Take Time for Yourself. Many of us rush around in a blur. We take care of our spouses, our kids, our job requirements, and we put ourselves and our needs dead last. This leaves us feeling frazzled, exhausted and worn out. It can leave you with nothing left to give. Realize that you are the most important person in your life. Take the time to be nice to yourself.
  1. Deep breathing relaxes the body and the mind. Pause during your day, take 5-10 deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 5. Hold the air in for a count of 5. Exhale for one more count of 5. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat daily or as often as needed.
  1. Say No. People who are comfortable saying “No” to requests they really do not wish to do fall far higher on the happiness scale. We all like to help others, but when chronic people pleasing causes you to feel stressed out, it can affect your health both mentally and physically. Saying no to some requests is really saying yes to yourself.
  1. Pamper Yourself. Get a massage, take a hot bath, meditate, go for a walk, take a self-growth or improvement class, whatever makes you feel good, we highly suggest doing that at regular intervals. All of these activities raise your mood and lower your stress.
  1. Hug and or Kiss someone you care about. Hugging and kissing release oxytocin, the love hormone.

For more information on relaxation modalities, therapies and classes call us at 239-231-3208. Our central Naples location is 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples, Florida 34103. www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Published: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/01/5-methods-of-coping-with-stress/

 

Are You Suffering from Heavy Metal Toxicity?

Heavy metal poisoning can be subtle and mimic other health issues. It is not always easy to diagnose.

There are two forms of metal toxicity. Acute & Chronic. Let’s take a look at both.

Acute Metal Toxicity:

Sudden onset from immediate exposure can result in –

  • Severe cramping
  • Severe convulsions
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Impaired cognitive skills
  • Impaired motor skills

If you are experiencing any of the above, please seek medical attention immediately.

Chronic Metal Toxicity: Build up over time due to chronic and constant exposure are much more subtle and can easily be confused with other health issues. It can present as –

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Aching joints
  • Digestive issues
  • Impaired blood sugar regulation
  • Female reproductive issues
  • Watering eyes
  • Chronic headaches that keep coming back – generally one side of the head

Metal toxicity may sound like a far-reaching concept but we are all exposed on a regular basis to possible contaminants. Possible sources of metals can include:

  • Fluoride – in the drinking water and in dental products like toothpaste and rinses
  • Cookware – (beware aluminum and nonstick cookware as well as stainless steel which can expose you to nickel which is carcinogenic)
  • Vaccinations – mercury and aluminum injected directly into the bloodstream
  • Cosmetics – contain aluminum bases which can also contribute to Alzheimer’s
  • Dental work – Silver amalgam fillings as well as any dental work that contains metal alloy can contribute to toxicity. It is recommended for all crowns and bridges to do porcelain only.
  • Smoking – can cause cadmium poisoning
  • Buy only high-quality supplements – some colloidal silvers can lead to silver poisoning and other supplements can be high in lead, mercury, and can contain metals arsenic.
  • Conventional Household Cleaning Products – can contain metals and other toxins
  • Insecticides & Herbicides – can contain metals and other toxins
  • Costume Jewelry – Avoid wearing costume jewelry if you are sensitive to metals
  • The Food You Eat – If your body is deficient in essential metals it will use toxic metals it can find as stand-ins instead. Metals can come from pesticides, herbicides, soil, rain, air exposure, and processing.

If you aren’t feeling your best and you cannot seem to find relief or explanation, it is advisable to seek professional assistance. Left unchecked heavy metal toxicity can lead to permanent damage to the body and organs. Get back in balance and back to health with Nutrition Specialists of Florida by calling 239-947-1177. www.bonitaspringschiropractor.com

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_76326_are_you_suffering_from_heavy_metal_toxicity.html

Alzheimer’s Disease….. What?

Haven’t we had this conversation before? You think as you look lovingly at your mother, father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, friend or neighbor – humoring them, not wanting to make them feel bad that once again they are repeating themselves.

 

Alzheimer’s is a disease as of 2014 effects approximately 1.8 million people per year here in the United States. Some times referred to as Senile Dementia, Alzheimer’s is a disease of the mind that gets progressively worse over time. It may start out as an occasional occurrence but can quickly become more and more frequent. This is a highly frustrating and saddening condition not only for the sufferer but for those loved ones around them as they get to watch as the person they once knew and loved slowly disappear becoming a shell of their former selves.

 

The number of patients experiencing these symptoms is expected to increase in the coming years. So far medically speaking, there is no known cure or really even a treatment.

 

How can you tell if someone is just forgetful or actually has Alzheimer’s?

The list is long, but well worth educating yourself on. Dementia symptoms include difficulty with many areas of mental function, including: language, memory, perception (real or imagined), emotional behavior, calculation, abstract thinking, or judgment. The very first sign though, yes is usually forgetfulness.

Mild cognitive impairment is the stage between normal forgetfulness due to aging, and the development of Alzheimer’s. People with MCI have minor problems with memory that do not interfere with everyday activities. They are often aware of the forgetfulness. Not everyone with MCI develops AD so don’t automatically be alarmed. Symptoms of MCI include:

Forgetting recent events or conversations, difficulty performing more than one task at a time, hard time solving problems, trouble finding the name of familiar objects, misplacing items, getting lost on familiar routes and personality changes.

 

As Alzheimer’s becomes more advanced, symptoms are more obvious and interfere with your ability to take care of yourself.

These can include: forgetting details about current events, events in your own life history, losing awareness of who you are, change in sleep patterns, often waking up at night, difficulty reading or writing, loss of ability to recognize danger, using the wrong word, mispronouncing words, speaking in confusing sentences, hallucinations, starting arguments, striking out, and violent behavior due to fear and frustration, delusions, depression, agitation, difficulty doing basic tasks, such as preparing meals, choosing proper clothing, and driving.

People with severe Alzheimers can no longer: understand language, recognize family members, perform basic activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, and bathing, even incontinence and swallowing may become problems. At this point the patient will need round the clock care.

How do you deal with Alzheimer’s patients? – Its not an easy task. They are often mad, frustrated and confused. Mirroring this behavior does not help their stress level or yours. Try your best to remain calm. If you have to repeat yourself, do it. If they make reference to someone who is no longer with us, rather than shocking them with news of their death, maybe say something to the effect of “I wish Dad was here with us right now too” and move on to another subject. Personally? If it happens to be in the cards for me, what I would wish for was for someone to hand me a banana daqueri, a pair of snazzy sunglasses and tell me I am on a beach vacation in Tahiti. Just play along and make them as happy as you can. It will go easier on all involved.

 

Why do we develop Alzheimer’s? Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s. We cook in aluminum pans, wrap food in aluminum foil, and use antiperspirant that contains aluminum. Additional to these chem. trails being sprayed from airplanes contain aluminum that we all get the pleasure of breathing in. What can we do about this? Heavy metal detox – chelation therapy (it sounds worse than it is) will help your body rid itself of these unwelcome metals. You can detoxify your body from heavy metals with cilantro and algae which can be found in dropper form at most health food stores. And although the link has not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt I personally choose not to cook in aluminum or wear deodorant containing it.

 

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not known. Risk factors seem to include: family history and genetics, age (though this is not a normal part of ageing – symptoms begin to appear as young as 60), long standing high blood pressure and a history of head trauma.

 

What can you do if you have Alzheimer’s? There are two schools of thought. One being the medical drug based treatment in which drugs such as Donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), and Galantamine (Razadyne, formerly called Reminyl) affect the level of a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. Side effects include indigestion, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Memantine (Namenda) is another type of drug approved for treating AD. Possible side effects include agitation or anxiety.

 

Or you can do a more natural treatment option and take folate (vitamin B9), vitamin B12, and vitamin E. Some also have found that the herb ginkgo biloba prevents or slows the development of dementia. However, high-quality studies have failed to show that this herb lowers the chance of actually developing dementia. DO NOT use ginkgo if you take blood-thinning medications like warfarin (Coumadin) or a class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

 

Starting to take B12 as early as 30 has been shown to help ward off Alzheimer’s in those who are genetically at risk for this disease.

 

If you are considering any drugs or supplements, you should talk to your doctor first. Remember that herbs and supplements available over the counter are NOT regulated by the FDA and that we here at HCBL can only offer suggestions.

 

Originally Published: HCBL.com

Author: Sarah Barendse

References:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/10/18/health.vitamin.b12.alzheimers/index.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001767/

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-alzheimers-ess.html

http://student.biology.arizona.edu/ad/bbb.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8760703/Daily-Vitamin-B-pill-can-help-stave-off-Alzheimers-disease.html