Stress Increases Heartburn Symptoms

When you are experiencing stress – either chronic stress or ongoing tension from life’s little stressors – your digestive health is impacted and you may be more susceptible to heartburn. Psychological stress can impair contraction of the GI tract, induce inflammation and even increase your susceptibility to infection.  The connection between your brain and digestive… Read more »

Ten Stress Relieving Summer Foods

When we’re stressed, we eat. It’s the way it is.  Our daily stress causes cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol leads to food cravings, especially for carbs and sweets.  But unfortunately, the more of them we eat, the worse our mood gets.  So, when you’re stressed, instead of reaching for so-called comfort foods, try these stress-relieving summer… Read more »

More Stress = More Headaches

A recent study has confirmed what many people have suspected all along — that stress can lead to headaches.  The study found that people who reported headaches had more stress compared to those who never reported headaches. Researchers collected data on more than 5,000 people aged 21 to 71. Four times a year for two… Read more »

The Many Benefits of Vitamin B

Good nutrition is tied to good health, as well as to the prevention and treatment of many conditions. Getting the recommended amounts of vitamins each day is an important part of the nutrition equation, and B vitamins in particular are essential for preventive care. Abundant in green vegetables, whole or fortified grains, dairy, and meats,… Read more »

Stress – Eat These Foods

It can be hard juggling the demands of life and work commitments.  Stress is almost inevitable.  But it’s how you handle the stress that can be the difference between feeling you’re barely surviving to actually thriving. Stress is a health hazard that has been linked to everything from diabetes and high blood pressure to Alzheimer’s… Read more »

Stress – Vitamin D Deficiency

If you’re stressed and not getting enough sleep, go get your vitamin D levels checked.  There is new research suggesting a significant correlation between excessive daytime sleepiness and vitamin D deficiency. It is well known that vitamin D is a primary regulator of calcium and phosphorous, helping to protect bone density.  However, more recently scientists… Read more »

Stress – Surprising Side Effects

Health experts say that stress can come with some pretty surprising symptoms—from forgetfulness to nausea to skin rashes. Here are some of the most common side effects of stress: Increased Risk of Stroke – If you’re stressed, you may have a higher risk of stroke than your more mellow peers, according to an observational study published… Read more »

Calcium, Magnesium and Stress

Stress can come at you in many forms—both physical and mental. Our bodies respond to both types by increasing the use of and need for magnesium and calcium to manage the stress. If you’re like most people, when you’re exposed to stress, you become irritable, easily fatigued and lose concentration. Your blood pressure may increase… Read more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is here.  The once beautiful fall colors are quickly fading and unless the sun is shining brightly, everything appears to have a gray hue.  It’s no wonder that your mood has darkened with the days.  It is estimated that half a million Americans are negatively affected by this changing season.  They feel depressed, irritable… Read more »

The Calming Effect of Calcium and Magnesium

Does the holiday season stress you out?  The anticipation of spending time with relatives, the financial strain and the craziness that comes with it all.  You need to relax, but it seems almost impossible.  Let’s talk about the calming effect of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is an essential nutrient for maintaining total body health.  It’s necessary not just… Read more »