TriVita’s Weekly Wellness Report With Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer

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Stress and Your Health

There are four common causes of imbalance that affect our health:

  • Trauma
  • Toxins
  • Deficiency
  • Emotional distress

Stress triggers a flood of hormones that sacrifice healthy organs in order to solve the stress crisis. Chronic stress causes us to wear out and age prematurely.

According to the book, “Who Gets Sick?” stress is reducing the quality and quantity of life of most people in North America – including you! It strangles the joy and pleasure from your days and nights. It makes you miserable, and then it makes you sick. You become susceptible to diseases such as heart attacks, cancer and diabetes. Once you are sick, stress keeps you from responding as well to medical care. Yes, stress is a killer!

Know your enemy!
Stress is short for distress. Distress describes an unpleasant influence by forces outside or even inside your body trying to tear you apart; it can come from your environment, your body or even your thoughts.

Stress triggers the fight or flight mechanism. Your body will prioritize resources to meet specific demands of stress. In fight or flight, your body prepares to do battle or run away. Either of these actions will require fuel – and right now!

Where do you get that fuel? From organs you don’t need at that moment to survive.

So, if you are being chased by a lion, you don’t need digestion. Stress will take nutrients from digestion as fuel to meet this particular crisis. The same is true for other organs and systems: Stress will literally rob nutrients from your reproductive system, your bones, and aspects of your immune system, your nervous system and more – all in an attempt to survive.

Now, assuming you survive the stress, are the nutrients returned to those systems? No, not at first. They are taken out quickly and returned slowly, just in case there is another lion around.

Gradually, you begin to show signs of chronic stress that we call premature aging: your blood sugar becomes more difficult to control; your arteries begin to clog up with cholesterol; and your muscle and bone mass begins to melt away. Then, enzymes in your cells begin to turn off and caramelized sugars begin to damage your brain and nerves. You can’t think and you have no energy. Your body cannot stand that kind of stress and it breaks down.

Fighting back
This illustrates why we need nutrients from food and supplements to combat stress. The more nutrients we have “on board,” the less fuel your body will have to rob during a crisis.

The opposite of stress is homeostasis. So, while stress is constantly trying to pull you apart, homeostasis is constantly working to put you back together. Homeostasis is the priority process your body uses to combat stress. It requires nutrients to function. So, a key strategy for helping reduce the impact of stress is to take Healthy Aging nutrients (including a robust supply of Sublingual B-12) every day.

Rather than being just an isolated event, stress accumulates over time. A single stressful event can affect you for up to two years or more. Therefore homeostasis must be constant, relentless and dynamic in working to return you to a normal state. It must do this no matter which direction stress is pulling you.

Homeostasis is a very important process in our body and we need to support it in every way we can. Homeostasis encompasses all of our resources: our brain and nervous system, our immune system, our hormonal system and every other body function.

  • Adaptogens support homeostasis in all body systems. Adaptogens are “non-specific” in that they help your body reclaim balance. Adaptogens are non-toxic at any level, so you can feel free to take an added serving of Adaptogen 10 Plus as needed in order to break the cycle of stress. A daily serving of adaptogens can help keep you calm and relaxed.
  • A specific target of stress is the thyroid gland. Specific proteins found in Energy Now! support healthy thyroid function when stress creates thyroid imbalance.

Healthy Aging nutrients along with Adaptogen 10 Plus and Energy Now! can help protect against the relentless stress we all face. We need nutrients and nurturing; these lifesaving resources are found in the 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness. Learn them and live them, and you will be able to resist the relentless killer: stress!

Take Control of Your Health
  • Practice deep breathing at least 20 minutes daily
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Eat high protein foods; avoid sugar and caffeine
  • Take Healthy Aging nutrients
  • Use adaptogens to fight off the effects of stress
  • Support your thyroid with Energy Now!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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The ADHD/B-12 connection:a closer look

ADHD can cover several behavioral problems: inattentiveness, being over-active or too impulsive, or a combination of these. While most research into ADHD has focused on children, recent research suggests that the symptoms continue into adulthood in up to 50% of adults who had the disorder in childhood. Some ADHD-type behaviors are to be expected in children, but when several symptoms occur that exceed the normal range for a child’s age, a diagnosis of ADHD may be made. If you’re a concerned parent or grandparent, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms. ADHD isn’t restricted to children. It’s a long-term condition, but adults can often better control their behavior, and disguise their symptoms.

ADHD symptoms are grouped into two categories: 1. Inattentiveness 2. Hyperactivity and impulsivity Some children with ADHD may have a combination of these symptoms. The symptoms that make up ADHD: lack of attention, surplus of activity and impulsive behavior.

Inattentiveness 1. Doesn’t pay attention to details, or makes careless errors in work or school assignments 2. Has trouble maintaining attention in work or play 3. Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to 4. Doesn’t follow through; fails to finish schoolwork, chores or workplace duties 5. Has trouble organizing tasks and activities 6. Resists activities such as schoolwork that require sustained mental focus 7. Tends to lose items needed for tasks or activities, such as toys, pencils or books 8. Is easily distracted 9. Is often forgetful

Hyperactivity 1. Has restless hands or feet, or squirms in a seat 2. Leaves a seat when staying seated is expected 3. Runs around or climbs in inappropriate situations 4. Has trouble playing quietly 5. Is often excessively active or talkative

Impulsivity 1. Blurts out answers before questions are finished 2. Has difficulty waiting his or her turn 3. Interrupts or breaks into others’ conversations or games

While the cause of ADHD isn’t yet pinpointed, we do know this: it’s one of the most commonly-diagnosed behavioral problems. As much as 5 percent of schoolaged children have this disorder.

The brain-boosting power of B-12: proven vital to mental wellness, essential to healthy lives There are prescription drugs available to treat this disorder. But as you may know, these powerful drugs can have serious side effects. There is strong clinical evidence to support the link between essential nutrients and vitamins – particularly Vitamin B-12 – and mental function. Studies have shown that a B-12 deficiency may decrease levels of substances needed to transmit nerve signals. This reduced ability to transmit nerve signals has shown up in brain tests conducted on children with ADHD.

In people of any age, this problem with nerve signals can lessen or damage mental functioning. Other research indicates that those who have a B-12 deficiency can have mental and physical problems, including inability to focus and forgetfulness. So, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, I recommend that everyone get enough essential vitamins like B-12. One of the best ways to make sure that you or a loved one get enough B-12 is to take TriVita Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic Acid. Millions of people take Sublingual B-12 daily, and it couldn’t be easier: You just place a pill under your tongue and let it dissolve. This ensures that you get maximum absorption of B-12 into your bloodstream, for maximum benefit. TriVita Sublingual B-12 provides over 100% of the daily recommended intake of B-12, B-6 and Folic Acid. What’s more, it’s manufactured strictly to Dr. Libby’s original, patented formula, and produced under pharmaceutical-grade scrutiny. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to do all we can to promote optimum health. During National ADHD Month, I encourage you to enjoy and share the proven benefits of Sublingual B-12. Consult your healthcare provider before giving Sublingual B-12 to anyone under age 10.
Find Dr. Libby’s Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic acid @: http://www.visittrivita.com/13170419


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