What You Need to Know About Everyday Stress

In today’s world, stress is unavoidable. Everyone experiences it, especially around the busiest time of year! Since we all face these challenges, we might as well be talking about the cause and getting the effects under control before they can diminish the hard work that we all put into being our healthiest and feeling good. Though humans have evolved so that we don’t have to flee from predators every day, we still experience stress. Some of us even develop adrenal fatigue! Our bodies just aren’t built to deal with chronic stress, yet it seems to be everywhere!

Everyone has their hobbies, but most of us don’t need to use our fight or flight response every day. However, our adrenal glands don’t differentiate between the stress of needing to run away from a saber tooth tiger and the stress of driving in rush hour traffic. From the perspective of our adrenal glands, stress is just stress. The constant barrage of stressors in our everyday life can wreak havoc on the balance of hormones necessary for feeling our best. Over time, the sustained use of our body’s natural responses to stress can exhaust the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal fatigue, which can then negatively affect your health.

It is estimated that around 75-90% of patients visiting their primary care physicians are there due to the adverse effects of stress on our health. Adrenal fatigue occurs when our adrenal glands cannot release adequate amounts of the hormones and neurotransmitters that they are responsible for.

Symptoms you may experience with adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to the following.

 

–          Fatigue

–          Non-refreshing sleep

–          Lack of energy

–          Sugar and salt cravings

–          Mild depression

–          Frequent infections

–          Inability to get out of bed in the morning

 

–          Panic attacks

–          PMS

–          Allergies

–          Low libido

–          Feeling overwhelmed

–          Irritability

–          Joint pain

–          Reduced Memory

The adrenal glands are small and are located right next to your kidneys. These glands may be small, but they have a big job overseeing how our bodies react to stress. By secreting hormones such as cortisol and signaling that familiar rush of adrenaline, the adrenal glands are great at handling stress in short bursts. The reason we have this “short term solution” approach to stress is to provide our bodies with the means to run away from immediate impending danger. You are probably familiar with the “fight or flight” response that all animals have in order to ensure the survival of their species.

If our adrenal glands are not functioning properly, other hormone pathways may also be negatively affected, and our overall health may decline.  When it is impossible to eliminate all stress from our lives, it can seem hopeless! Don’t worry. We can help you cope with adrenal fatigue. In addition to improving your diet, exercising regularly, getting more sleep, and other lifestyle modifications such as meditation, our pharmacists recommend some supplemental products that will help you improve your adrenal function and improve how you react to stress.

 

–          Coenzyme-B

–          Relora

–          Super Stress Support

–          L-Theanine

Makers Brand
–          Catecholacalm

–          Stress Arrest

Designs for Health Brand
–          Cortisol Manager

–          HPA Adapt

Integrative Brand
–          Vitamin D (boosts your immune system to reverse adverse effects of chronic stress)

–          Vitamin B (reduces inflammation and lowers Blood Pressure)

–          Magnesium Glycinate (Muscle relaxing, helps your body use vitamin D)

–          Lavender Oil (in moderation can help reduce stress)

Additional Vitamins and Supplements

Finding Hormone Harmony

Many of us are far too familiar with the symptoms of hormone imbalances. Often times, we write it off as something that’s “just a part of life” or tell ourselves there’s nothing to be done because an aunt, mother, grandmother, etc. had the same issues. The hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, lack of libido, and inability to get a good night’s sleep are all things that should not be a part of your daily life.

Your time is far too precious to be spent feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Besides, when it comes down to it, most hormonal imbalances aren’t written into your DNA. They are usually much more reliant on environmental factors and are much easier to control and manipulate than most women are led to believe.

To understand how to deal with hormone imbalances, it’s important to first understand a little bit about how hormones actually work in your body. Cholesterol is the mother of all hormones. Therefore, if you are on cholesterol lowering drugs, you may have hormone imbalance symptoms such as depression, acne, disrupted sleep cycles, etc.

If you suspect a hormone imbalance, the first step would be to explore different testing options. We have available take home testing kits that would allow you to measure hormone levels throughout a normal day in your life all from home. The test results will be forwarded to your Makers pharmacist and your physician so you will have two people on your team who are on the same page!

If you are currently on hormone replacement therapy medications and are unhappy with your results, now is not the time to give up! There are different types of hormones, including bio-identical hormones which are much more accessible to your body’s natural enzyme pathways than synthetic hormones. In addition, trans-dermal hormone creams are much better at mimicking the body’s physiology and getting the hormone where it is needed in the most efficient way.

On average, it takes 2 years for a woman to re-address a symptom that is not taken care of by a visit to their physician. You don’t need to spend that much time minimizing your symptoms and not living your most comfortable life. No one deserves to be forced to live with symptoms that are the result of a very treatable problem. Start with the basics instead of treating the symptoms and feel healthier!

For questions or comments about this blog, please call 360-757-6677 anytime M-F 9:30-5:30 to let your Makers Pharmacist help you!

Bone Health

Improving bone health is a bit more than taking calcium. Drinking milk, eating cheese and the like was once thought to provide calcium for healthy bones, but this simply isn’t true today! Calcium is important, but Vitamin D3, K2, Magnesium, Strontium and Boron are even more important. Testosterone and especially Progesterone are essential for strong, healthy bones in our 20’s through our 80’s. Healthy Thyroid function all the way to the cellular level needs to be checked regularly to keep calcium in the bone and not pulled out to make thyroid enzymes. Scientific studies are showing us that American’s wind up with Osteopenia & Osteoporosis later in life due to thyroid imbalance and a lack of nutrients essential for bone building. So take your vitamins! Drink lots of water, exercise moderately, and test for hormone & thyroid balance. Our testing is very affordable and does not require a doctors note.

What’s Normal?

So you go to the doctor because you have a concern, maybe many issues. You have some blood work done, and the lab values say everything is normal. But you still have symptoms, so what do you do? Maybe you have mood swings, aches & pains, sweating, _can’t sleep at night or your stomach really bothers you. _ ere are many connections between these issues and hormone levels. I know, all your labs came back normal! Normal is feeling good, not putting up with anything less. _ ere are answers out there! And you don’t have to look very far! We have charts that can help sort out the symptoms to build a systematic approach to resolving the problems and the symptoms. From there, we can help with testing and recommendations for medications, if needed.

Men’s Health

Guys usually don’t talk too much about their personal issues, I get that. Helping understand the causes and getting to the heart issues can lead to eliminating the problem. It’s doesn’t have to be embarrassing or complicated. We have simple testing and medications that have helped many men with low energy, large bellies, premature issues and ED. Skin care, weight loss, libido and insomnia can be addressed too. Whether you are looking for books to read or just want someone to help, we’ve got you covered. Everyone is a bit different so we customize your solutions for you.

Ladies ONLY!

Ladies often face a few challenges throughout their lives that can cause increased pain and irritation. You don’t have to live uncomfortably! Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, mood swings, irritability can all be helped with balancing hormones. There are a few estrogen products available commercially and sometimes the dose fits. When the dose needs to be somewhere in between what is commercially available, compounding can help. Some pills and vaginal creams are derived from horse urine or synthetics. These chemicals do not match a woman’s hormonal needs. Natural estrogens like Estradiol and Estriol can be compounded in a form that is easy to find the right dose. Often a cream, drop or oral capsule is prescribed. Vaginal dryness creams do not cost $150 HERE. If you have any of the above issues and would like more information and help, Come by! I have a lot of suggestions. See our updated seminar schedule too.

Scar Therapy!

New scar, Old scar, Surgical scar or stretch marks are o_ en benefit from our formulas! Infused with unique ingredients, our formulas give potential healing and soothing power, emolliency and mild penetration to allow for medicines to work deeper in the skin. _ ese compounds are rich with organic acids providing anti-oxidant, antibacterial & anti-fungal properties. Many have also found its benefits for psoriasis, skin spots, acne and rosacea. Not only have many found improvement in scar pigment intensity but also texture and smoothness of their scars.

BEACH TOES!

Want to have beautiful toes free from yellow, thick, fungus filled nails? Have you tried everything but still battle the infection? And what about the copays for the commercially available prescriptions, WOW are they HIGH! We have made several formulas that can be painted on toes and fingers. More than 80% of our patients have reported seeing great results in just a few months, just in time for flip-flop weather. You deserve to have beautiful feet without all the mess. In just a few months, you should see your new, lovely nails begin to grow out just in time for fun in the sun. We can help with internal yeast and fungal issues as well with professional probiotics. Let us help you be a healthier you.

Perk Me Up!

Isn’t caffeine great? A little in the
morning maybe another boost in
the afternoon. But, do you have
a hard time “shutting it off” at
bedtime? What if you could feel
refreshed all day long and sleep
like a baby at night? These issues
are very common and have a
variety of issues behind them, but
there are great and easy answers!
Many times we are lacking a vitamin or two. Sometimes
it’s a matter of how we combine our foods or drinking
enough water. Getting your daily vegetables & fruits
is very important and we have a single packet that can
help! We have information sheets that explain why
certain vitamins help with vitality, energy, pain, thyroid,
detox as well as hormones and sleep. Sign up for our
vitamin club and receive great discounts of professional
supplements.

DEPRESSION

The blues…sometimes its a bit
more than feeling down. Some
can’t get out of bed, others are
suicidal. What causes depression?
Many suffer silently and put on
a quick smile for others because
they feel like they should just
“handle it” & “everyone else is
dealing with life just fine.”
The chemical imbalances can be
due to a lack of nutrients that are key for the brain to
turn on the happy center. Prescription medications,
smoking, diabetes and a diet high in canned and
processed foods can contribute to the lack of nutrients
needed to feel happy. Many medications cause vitamin
deficiencies in the body!
Crazy, huh? We can help! Let’s look at your medication
list and see what you may need!
It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but good
vitamins will put you on a road to feeling better pretty
quickly.