Month: November 2012

Seasonal Affective Disorder Prevention

Along with the fall and winter comes the potential for seasonal affective disorder appropriated abbreviated as SAD.  Some quick prevention tips to start now:

  1. Vitamin D – one of the best cold and flu preventers there is and has also been shown to help prevent SAD
  2. Exercise – a natural mood booster
  3. Support the adrenal glands – studies have shown that SAD is associated with lower morning cortisol levels which is indicative of adrenal fatigue.  Adrenals need lots of B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, potassium and tyrosine to function well.
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Tips to Cultivate Gratitude

Practice makes perfect – spend 2 minutes each evening thinking of one (or more) thing(s) that you are thankful for.  Here are some things you might be thankful for:

  1. Be grateful for your physical and emotional healthy – we take for granted the ability to walk across the street or kick a ball
  2. Be grateful for what you accomplish
  3. Be grateful for the ability to help others
  4. Be grateful for obstacles or challenges, they provide the opportunity to grow as a person
  5. Be grateful for friends, family and pets
  6. Be grateful for food, shelter and clothing
  7. Be grateful for a beautiful sunset/sunrise, the colour of the fall leaves, the softness of a cosy blanket – use all your senses to appreciate the world around you

Make Gratitude a Habit

Research on gratitude suggests that a conscious focus on blessings has emotional and interpersonal benefits. 

 

We can foster a healthy sense of well-being through a habitual focusing on and appreciation of the positive aspects of life and those around us. 

 

People who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:

 

Physical
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

Psychological
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

Social
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.

 

Source: Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/

Natural Medicine Headlines This Week

I spend hours each day reading articles and new research.  Here’s a quick list of some of the natural medicine research headlines:

  1. Salvia officinalis Reduces Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  2. Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with PCOS
  3. Vitamin D Therapy for Glucose Metabolism and Menstrual Frequency in PCOS
  4. Laughter Therapy for Depression, Quality of Life and Sleep in Community Dwelling Elders
  5. Mind/Body Intervention Increases Pregnancy Rates in IVF
  6. Resveratrol Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetics
  7. Lactobacillus reuteri Lowers the Incidence of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
  8. L-theanine Improves Attention and Reaction Time in High AnxietyIndividuals
  9. Green Tea Extract and L-theanine Improves Memory and Attention in Mild Cognitive Impairment
  10. Astaxanthin Improves Oxidative Stress Markers in Obese Subjects
  11. Standardized Cranberry Powder Reduces Symptoms and the Reoccurrence of UTIs in Women
  12. Prenatal DHA May Help Neurological Outcomes in Children
  13. L-arginine Supplementation for Women at High Risk for Pre-eclampsia
  14. DHEA Increases Baseline Follicular Phase Progesterone Levels
  15. DHA Supplementation During Pregnancy Lowers Postpartum Depression
  16. Cobra, Cat and Fish Yoga Poses for Dysmennorrhea