Nutritional Calm – How to Balance Stress

STRESS – It’s what most of us have too much of. Coping with day to day tasks and problems can sometimes be overwhelming.
Being CALM, RELAXED, and WELL RESTED helps almost everyone be less stressed.
I like to look at BASIC NUTRITION to help with stress because I find that most people are deficient in basic nutrients. Most notably, B vitamins and magnesium.
Look at the following signs of B-VITAMIN DEFICIENCY:
Worry, anxiety, insecurity, or highly emotional state.
Trouble with concentration.
Constantly fatigued.
Wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep.
Moody or depressed.
Always tense, can’t relax.
Mind races or excessive worry.
STRESS and LIFESTYLE choices make us burn B-vitamins. I find that supplementing small doses of the best quality B-vitamins in the correct ratios makes most people feel better to the point that they are happier, less stressed and sleeping well.
MAGNESIUM is the next great stress buster – most people are deficient in it as well as it is hard to get in the typical diet.
Nervousness and anxiety
Low energy
Inability to sleep
Weakening bones
Hormonal imbalances
ADRENAL GLAND imbalance is another issue that will cause stress. Symptoms of adrenal imbalance are:
Tendency to anger
Poor memory
Supplements that FEED the ADRENAL glands will help balance stress.
These are the most COMMON ISSUES that “underly” stress. I recommend addressing a deficiency or underlying cause to promote long-lasting health, rather than just fixing a symptom.
However, if you just stressed and NEED TO FIX IT NOW, there are some great products available. Here are my favorites: Perfect Calm, a great multi-vitamin that works; Total Calm, awesome stuff; Phenitropic, a GABA precursor; Total Calm Advanced; ASF – stands for anti-stress factors; and Calming Essence – homeopathic flower essences that work well and are kid safe.

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Supplements for the Brain!

BRAIN and NERVE function are important. Preserve them and make them better with supplements and lifestyle changes.
Some of the KEYS to long-term health for brain and nerves involves keeping insulin, blood sugar, inflammation, and toxicity at low levels.
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR and high insulin can damage the fine tissues of the brain and nervous system. You do not have to be diabetic to experience this. Eating a low glycemic diet is important. If you want more information, a good book is “The Glycemic Load Diet.”
TOXICITY is also an issue in terms of brain and nerve health – especially heavy metal toxicity. All heavy metals act as neuro-toxins. Avoid unnecessary chemicals when possible – this includes pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, cleaning products, smoking, etc.
Quality NUTRIENTS are important. Take a high quality multi-vitamin – I recommend those that are either food based, or those made with phosphorylated B vitamins to get good results.
B12 is also important. It must be sublingual – meaning either drops or lozenge. If you are swallowing it, you will not absorb it. I like either methylcobalamin or even better, hydroxocobalimin.
VITAMIN D is good for lots of things including the brain. Blood tests are very good at determining if you are deficient in this vitamin.
ACETYL L-CARNITINE – this is a great product that protects the brain from age-related degeneration and has been shown to improve mood, memory, and thought process. It combines well with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Co-Q 10 to help maintain function of the cells.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID is a super antioxidant that helps lower blood sugar, is useful for neuropathy, helps detoxify heavy metals, and helps recycle and extend the useful life of other antioxidants such a vitamins C& E and Co-Q 10. There is a lot of research on Alpha Lipoic – it needs to be the correct form – which is R-lipoic – reputable companies will use this form.
CO-Q-10 – Research shows that this supplement helps slow neurological degeneration. It provides energy to the cells and is very useful in conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.
GINKGO BILOBA is an herb that acts as an antioxidant to the brain and it also increases blood circulation to the brain. It has been used for centuries to help memory.
GREEN TEA – is another antioxidant that is helpful for the brain. Also useful is L-theanine, which is an amino acid from green tea that helps the brain be calm and focused.
OMEGA 3 OILS, particularly the DHA ,component help feed the brain.
PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE is important to brain function. It has been shown to slow and even reverse age related memory loss. It helps with mood, memory, concentration and word recall.
PHOSPHATIDYL CHOLINE is another supplement that helps preserve brain and nerve function by supplying necessary nutrients.
Some combination of these ingredients will help INCREASE your brain and nerve function. There are great combinations available. Most of the really good products are expensive, so remember that quality and correct doses really count when it comes to these anti-aging supplements.

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What Is CoQ10 For?

COENZYME Q10 provides energy for cell growth and cell maintenance. It is a valuable antioxidant that is normally produced by all cells in the body, but is much more abundant in the heart, liver and immune system.
We PRODUCE LESS Co Q10 as we age. Low levels of Co Q10 have been linked to several chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular disease. Low levels of Co Q10 are also linked to people with severe allergies, auto immune disorders and muscular dystrophy.
There are a number of SCIENTIFIC STUDIES showing that Co Q10 may be effective against diseases such as heart disease, heart failure, breast cancer, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s.
For the CARDIOVASCULAR system, Co Q10 stabilizes heartbeat in arrhythmia patients, prevents atherosclerosis in the arteries by preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol, improves blood circulation, assists the heart to function normally in the presence of blood clots, alleviates congestive heart failure, improves 91% of heart attack patients within 30 days of initial Co Q10 supplementation, lowers blood pressure, improves the heart’s ability to survive and produce energy in limited oxygen situations, helps to prevent stroke, counteracts the toxic effects of ischemia on the brain and heart, and normalizes heart function in mitral valve prolapse patients.
For the IMMUNE system, Co Q10 can double the body’s level of protective antibodies, alleviate allergies, suppress proliferation of cancer cells, boost immune system chemicals that attack cancer cells, increase the body’s resistance to virus, and greatly enhance the general function of the immune system.
In terms of METABOLISM, Co Q10 increases energy production in the body improving athletic performance and also alleviating chronic fatigue syndrome. Co Q10 also helps to reduce blood sugar levels by 20 to 36 percent in diabetes patients.
The NERVOUS system is another area benefiting significantly from Co Q10 supplementation. Nervous system disorders helped by Co Q10 include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. For those of you without a chronic disease, Co Q10 retards the aging process within the brain and increases energy within the brain.
Co Q10 also helps the SKIN. It is an effective therapy for psoriasis. Topical Co Q10 improves the visual appearance of the skin and helps to prevent and treat wrinkles. Internal Co Q10 helps reduce tendency to sunburn.
For SUPPLEMENTATION, soft gels (as opposed to dry capsule form) are better utilized in the body. The latest trend in Co Q10 is Ubiquinol, which is what the body makes when we take ordinary Co Q10 or ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is more expensive per milligram than the ubiquinone form or Co Q10, but each milligram of ubiquinol is equivalent to 2-10 times the same amount of Co Q10.
Buy the LARGEST MILLIGRAM you can afford. The clinical trials tend to use 100 to 150 milligrams per day, with some of the studies using 200 to 1200 milligrams depending on the condition. Note that CoQ10 is one of the supplements where quality really matters. Cheap CoQ10 tends to be crystallized and not useful to the body. Instead of wasting your money on the cheap stuff, buy quality to get the benefits of this incredible supplement.

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Age Gracefully with Antioxidants!

ANTIOXIDANTS are for anti-aging. They help to retard the aging process, lower cholesterol levels, decrease risk of atherosclerosis, protect against heart disease and stroke, reduce risk of all types of cancer, slow progression of Alzheimer’s, suppress tumor growth, detoxify carcinogens, protect eyes from macular degeneration, defend the body from pollutants, and protect against COPD (pulmonary disease).
Antioxidants PROTECT against oxidation which is a result of normal metabolism. Free radicals are created when the body uses oxygen.
Free radicals become DANGEROUS when they accumulate and cause damage to the cell walls and also to the genetic coding of the cells. When the cells are damaged, they do not function correctly. When the genetic coding is damaged, the cells lose their ability to reproduce normal healthy cells.
Our LIFESTYLES contribute to an abundance of free radicals. Factors that increase free radicals include exposure to radiation (this includes cell phones and wifi), and exposure to toxic chemicals such as those found in cigarette smoke, polluted air, and industrial and household chemicals. Dietary sources that increase free radicals include foods fried at high temperature, foods charcoal-broiled, food preservatives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, and cured meats.
STRESS is another major contributor to free radical damage. Stress triggers and intensifies the effects of all other causes of disease and aging and accelerates the use and depletion of nutrients needed for health.
ANTIOXIDANTS work synergistically. This means that it is better to take smaller doses of several different antioxidants than a large amount of only one. For example, a mix of natural carotenoids provides more health benefits than beta-carotene does alone.
VITAMIN antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E.
HERBAL antioxidants include bilberry, burdock, turmeric, garlic, ginkgo biloba, grape seed extract, green tea, milk thistle, and pycnogenol (pine bark).
MINERAL antioxidants include selenium and zinc.
Other SIGNIFICANT antioxidants are alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, glutathione, n-acetyl cysteine or NAC, and superoxide dismutase or SOD.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (ALA) is notable. It functions as an antioxidant on its own, plus as a recycler of vitamins C and E. ALA stimulates the body’s production of glutathione and aids in the absorption of coenzyme Q10. ALA has been used in Europe for almost 30 years to treat peripheral nerve degeneration and to help control blood sugar levels in diabetics. It also helps to detoxify the liver, block cataract formation, protect nerve tissues and reduce blood cholesterol levels.
COENZYME Q10 is also a very important anti-aging, antioxidant supplement. It supports both the cardiovascular system and the nervous system. For more information on Co Q10, please come back and read next week’s article.
SUPER GREENS and TRACE MINERALS are also worth mentioning here, as they both increase antioxidant levels in the body, in addition to the other good things they do.
Note that QUALITY really counts on all of these antioxidants – low quality versions end up creating more free radicals – so they defeat the purpose of taking them.

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