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Is Your Phone Causing You Adrenal Stress?

I just watched an interesting 60 Minutes Show named Brain Hacking by correspondent Anderson Cooper. The impact of our modern day high tech gadgets on human behavioral patterns and health is discussed. Allow me share some personal takeaways from the wellness perspective.

I recently watched an interesting 60 Minutes segment called Brain Hacking by correspondent Anderson Cooper. The impact of our modern day high tech gadgets on human behavioral patterns and health is discussed. Allow me share some personal takeaways from the wellness perspective.

  • The giant high tech companies that we all know (and perhaps love), which I will not name here (but you know who they are), have their software engineers design their systems to capture users habits and advertise and direct you to form habits that they desire you to have. This claim was made by Tristan Harris, a former Google product manager.
  • Psychologist Rosen and his team at California State University Dominguez Hills have found that when people spend time away from their phones, their brain signals the adrenal gland to produce bursts of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol triggers a fight-or-flee response to danger. While our primitive ancestors would be using it for primarily survival purpose, you and I are being regularly bombarded by cortisol in our body due to anxiety created by the small modern day gadget related events.
  • Anderson Cooper visited the California State University and was hooked up to their system to monitor for his brain waves and cortisol hormone response. The monitor clearly showed a small amount of cortisol injection into the blood system by the adrenal gland every time his phone rang and/or he gave thought to who/what might the incoming message be.
  • Some experts believe generally speaking we go through this level of anxiety every 15 minutes or so while away from the gadgets. Thus explaining most of us check and recheck our mobile devices so very frequently throughout the day to calm our nerves.
  • Cooper and the 60 Minutes team found that teens are among the most susceptible to phone anxiety. “The early science suggests that heavy users of technology, of smartphones, for example, become very anxious when they’re not using the technology,” says 60 Minutes producer Guy Campanile in the video above. “Teenagers already are the most anxious people you’re ever going to meet, so when you toss into that mix a device that, when they’re not using, makes them anxious, it just ratchets everything up three or four levels.”

Is it a wonder why there are more and more of us having anxiety attacks (some small and some not so small)? In my previous blogs dedicated to stress, I discussed about how low-level but frequent occurrence of stress events can affect our cortisol levels and insulin production. The cortisol and adrenaline stress hormones play an important role in preparing us to fight-or-flight from an adverse event at the expense of creating a temporary imbalance in our body’s mineral (salt), insulin (sugar), and hormone (sex) levels. If we gave it a time, our body has ways to bring back to balance these important areas of our health. However, the problem is that before the balance is restored, another stimulating event takes place and triggering another burst of adrenaline/cortisol into our system.

What are you and I to do when these small stress events are a part of our “norm” lifestyle? I suggested several ways in the following blogs that you are welcome to read on further:

  1. Eat Healthy – http://www.healthyindeed.com/top-5-anti-stress-foods/
  2. Supplement to help to cope with stress – http://www.healthyindeed.com/8-amazing-stress-relief-natural-supplements/
  3. Learn and keep healthy anxiety-free habits – http://www.healthyindeed.com/10-habits-of-anxiety-free-people/
  4. Consider that cell phone of yours as a nerve-stimulating device, set a time every day to put aside that mobile device and walkaway for at least 1 to 2 hours or longer.
  5. Create habits and lifestyle to help you diminish any unnecessary stressful events of life no matter how small they are. That is, keep your life simple and easy!

To your health and wellness….

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hooked-on-phones/

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8 Amazing Stress Relief Natural Supplements

Like foods, nutritional supplements are effective in helping us to establish sufficient amount of nutrients needed to achieve and maintain our body’s ability to handle stressful events. As a matter of fact, unless you have your own organic garden, our food sources are more and more depleted of foundation nutrients in them that more than before we need supplementation to cover the nutritional deficiency we may have from food sources.

Like foods, nutritional supplements are effective in helping us to establish sufficient amount of nutrients needed to achieve and maintain our body’s ability to handle stressful events. As a matter of fact, unless you have your own organic garden, our food sources are more and more depleted of foundation nutrients in them that more than before we need supplementation to cover the nutritional deficiency we may have from food sources.

Following are top 8 stress relief natural supplements that are worth your read and consideration:

Nutri-Calm

During times of stress, the body rapidly loses B vitamins. B-complex vitamins support the nervous system and replenish needed nutrients. Nutri-Calm is a special formulation of vitamins and herbal combinations for the purpose of attaining calming and peaceful effect. It also contains rich amount of nervine and adaptagenic herbs. It helps calm the nerves without causing drowsiness. Improves a person’s ability to cope with day-to-day stresses. I keep a bottle of Nutri-Calm on my work desk and my wife carries Nutri-Calm tablets in her purse.

AnxiousLess

When you are having a noticeable moment of anxiousness, AnxiousLess may be your first go-to supplement. This product is specially formulated using various potent nutraceutical ingredients such as Sceletium tortuosum, a time honored herb, and other key nutrients that replenish your body’s stress-coping reserves. AnxiousLess targets feelings of anxiousness from multiple pathways with fast acting effects without drowsiness. It aids in dilating blood vessels to the brain to improve mental alertness and focus.

Nervous Fatigue TCM Concentrate

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) would consider this a fire-enhancing formula. Its Chinese name yang xin translates to “nurture the heart.” Weakness in the fire element usually manifests itself in the digestive, cardiovascular or reproductive systems. Biota seed contains aromatic compounds that have a sedative effect. These compounds also have a mild laxative effect. Jujuba seed contains bitter compounds that help promote relaxation. Schisandra fruit, a supporting herb in this formula, allows the body to respond quickly to stress, thus increasing the body’s capacity to work. Its bitter compounds also support circulation. Ginseng acts as an adaptogen to help maintain balance in the body and help the body adapt to stress. This particular formula is great for relieving “burn-out” symptoms. Promotes a restful night’s sleep and increases energy during the day. It is well balanced with adaptagenic, adrenal tonic, and nervine herbs.

Adrenal Support

As discussed in our previous blogs, the adrenal hormones and their functions are linked to virtually all of the body systems. Thus, many physiological processes and bodily functions, including cardiovascular health, sex drive, pH balance, skin conditions, energy levels, mood and overall psychological outlook often correlate to adrenal gland function. Adrenal support supplementation is therefore critical to our overall health and specially dealing with stress. The product Adrenal Support is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs specially formulated to nourish and strengthen the adrenal glands and to promote glandular secretion.

Mood Elevator Traditional Chinese Medicine Concentrate

Traditional Chinese Medicine would consider this a “fire enhancing” combination to regulate and untrap the chi (vitality). Its Chinese name jie yu can be translated to mean “relieve anxiety and tension.” According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when the liver is functioning at its peak, positive mood may be maintained.

Because the liver helps provide filtered blood to all cells of the body, liver health and function can greatly influence mood. Undesirable blood compounds must be properly neutralized by the liver. Chinese Mood Elevator contains Chinese herbs that help cleanse and support the liver. Bupleurum is thought to strengthen the liver, providing a “yang” energy that the Chinese believe raises the chi (the body’s living force) in the digestive organs. Cyperus also influences the liver and improves digestion with its bitter and aromatic properties.

Adaptable

During stressful times, we need more energy, better sleep, a level head, and a strong immune system. AdaptAble® is a plant-sourced, adaptogenic herbal stress blend to help support each of the above-mentioned needs. Solle Naturals’ Adaptable™ is a blend of 6 top adaptogenic herbs that are uniquely balanced using proprietary combination of standardized and concentrated plant extracts. A balanced extract of St. John’s Wort is also included. Click the link here to read more about its potent adaptogenic herbs.

ProbioIQ

Probio IQ is formulated with specific probiotic strains studied for their concurrent body and mind benefits, in addition to long-proven GI tract and immune system activity. Probio IQ is combined with our clarifying herb blend which includes adaptogenic herbs and herbs for mental focus, making this formula truly a next generation probiotic.

Distress Remedy (Homeopathy)

When under the stress, a quick homeopathy product to give you the “pick-me-upper” deal would be the Distress Remedy. Formulated with 7 potent flower essences, the Distress Remedy may help with following emotional occasions: keeps one caught up from panic or hysteria, promotes calmness in the midst of crisis; helps a person to overcome fear, terror and panic; helps one to disassociate shock and trauma, restores awareness and presence.

Other stress relief aids: Aromatherapy, avoid stimulants, sugar, and alcohol

Feel free to contact us if you have question and/or interest in any of these products.

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