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5 Fast and Easy Solutions for Stress- Tuesday, September 02, 2014

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

September 2nd, 2014

Most people feel there is nothing they can do to reduce the amount of stress in their lives, impossibly full schedules, driving in traffic, financial problems, arguments with a spouse, and caring for loved ones. Day in and day out demands take a toll on our health. While reducing stress factors in your life is ideal, it is often just not possible. So, I would like to give you 5 fast and easy ways to combat the negative effect stress has on our bodies.

1. Eat - Well, I said it would be fast and easy, but we forget to eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day in order to keep our bodies functioning at an optimal level. Too often when we do eat, we will often forgo healthy choices for what seems like faster ones. Having an apple in your car is actually faster than driving through a fast food restaurant. A little pre-planning can save tons of time, hassles and calories.

2. Supplements - Herbs such as Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Rhodiola and B-Complex vitamins can all help the body adjust and respond to stress while increasing energy.

3. Exercise - Consider not only the typical weight training and cardio workouts, but yoga is a fabulous form of exercise that studies show will reduce an exaggerated stress response and also combat anxiety and depression.

4. Laugh - Laughter decreases stress hormones and reduces physical tension. Your muscles will remain relaxed for up to 45 minutes after a good laugh, and it also increases endorphins producing an overall sense of well being. Don’t take life too seriously - laugh it off sometimes; it could save your health.

5. Sleep - When we don’t get enough sleep our bodies are much more sensitive to stress and have a harder time recovering from stressful events. This leads to higher cortisol levels at night and that makes it very hard to sleep! It’s a vicious cycle, but it can be turned around. Make getting enough rest a priority, and go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday.

For more information about ways to combat the negative effect stress has on our health or other health topics, come visit us at the Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

http://www.medicinehunter.com/health

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression



The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Back to School Focus: For kids, back to school doesn’t have to mean back to stress.- Friday, August 01, 2014

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

August 1st, 2014

As the summer draws to a close, and we turn our attention to the upcoming school year, we know our children need pencils, paper and new clothes, but you may be wondering what else you can do to prepare your child for the challenges ahead.

Many children suffer from anxiety during the school year, and this stress can affect their ability to focus and concentrate. High stress levels, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise and high sugar diets can combine to trigger attention deficit and concentration problems. School places high demands on our young ones. They are under pressure socially, academically, artistically, athletically etc. and are often required to focus and comprehend information that they might find boring or uninteresting. That’s a hefty load! Many kids struggle with this balance, and more and more children are having such difficulty that they are being diagnosed and medicated just to get through the day.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as of 2011.

The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011.

Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.

With new school year comes plenty of anxiety, but there are measures we can take to help our kids have a healthy and productive school year.

When kids are overwhelmed and stressed out, it can affect their ability to focus and concentrate, and it also can have a negative impact on their immune systems.

  1. Rest. Kids need some down time and plenty of sleep at night. Aim for 8-10 hours.
  2. Exercise. It is important for children to expend any extra energy they have built up over the day. Walk or ride a bike to school, if possible. Include physical activity after school before sitting down to focus on homework.
  3. Diet. Protein at every meal and snack will help prevent blood sugar crashes that make them feel tired and grumpy and prevent their minds from thinking clearly. A great way to start each day is to have a protein-only breakfast. Also include protein in the after school snack to make homework time easier.
  4. Supplements. Supplementation can be a vital part of your plan to support your efforts. There are several great products on the market formulated specifically to help improve focus and concentration. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin B complex, DHA (an omega 3 fatty acid), DMAE, Magnesium and Zinc. 

For more information about nutrition and supplements to help your back-to-schooler stay calm and focused, come visit us at the Sunflower Shoppe and we will help you get this year off to a great start.


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Resolve to be healthy and feel your best in 2014!- Friday, January 10, 2014

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

January 10, 2014

Ever find yourself caught up in this unhealthy cycle: stressful days lead to overeating and an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep which leaves you exhausted and stressed again the next day? Here are 4 resolutions that will help you break this cycle in 2014:

1. Manage stress - When talking with our clients I usually get laughed at if I suggest they reduce stress. We all live such busy and active lives that it sometimes seems impossible to reduce the amount of stress we are under in spite of how healthy high amounts of activities and commitments may seem. However, chronic stress leads to overeating and making poor food choices. It will also disrupt our bodies own circadian rhythm, leading to sleep problems. Yoga, meditation and laughter are proven to calm the mind and spirit. Supplements such as B-complex and Holy Basil can also help. Check out our website to view the latest Ask The Expert video on stress for timely tips.

2. Choose energizing foods - Opt for foods that create energy rather than zap it. Complex carbs such as raw fruits and vegetables and lean protein create lasting energy. Try snacking only on fruits, nuts and veggies. Drink lots of water and include teas that boost your metabolism such as green tea or Yerba Mate. Include high quality protein shakes such as RawFit by Garden of Life. Ask us more about our new Everyday Diet program coming soon!

3. Sleep tight. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. You have heard this repeatedly, and it is another recommendation that gets a good laugh out of my clients. Our bodies heal and repair overnight, and we are better able to manage stress effectively when we are well rested. There are even research studies that prove that weight loss is easier if you get enough sleep at night! Resolve to have a regular bedtime and routine. Supplements that support your efforts that we at Sunflower Shoppe like are Deep Sleep or 5-HTP.

4. Do this last thing first thing every morning: Exercise - Just 15 minutes a day can dramatically change the way you feel both physically and emotionally! It does not have to mean an expensive and time-consuming gym membership - walking, biking and weight bearing are simple and effective. Find something you enjoy and start your day doing it. If you would prefer to have a more structured guide to your work out we have a fabulous fitness DVD now available to help you customize your personal plan. Ask one of our Nutrition Specialists about it today!

Make small steps toward a healthier you! For more information about these topics come see us at Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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