Diet, Lifestyle and the Right Supplements Can Reduce Symptoms of Lightheadedness

Diet, Lifestyle and the Right Supplements Can Reduce Symptoms of Lightheadedness

Have you had experience of feeling lightheaded?  That strange feeling of trying to stand up, only to fall back down on the chair can be frightening.  When you find yourself knocked back down on your butt, and are startled from the lack of control, it can cause some anxiety.  This is one of the many symptoms of hypoadrenia, which is more commonly known as adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue is the result of underperforming adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are actually quite small – the size of a walnut – but they can contribute to some bothersome health issues, which may affect us in our day-to-day lives.

Here’s why. When we experience chronic stress, the adrenal glands react to this stress as a perceived threat and, in essence, initiate the fight-or-flight response. The adrenals – in response to stress – cause a rise in blood pressure, increase the body’s ability to clot blood, suppress the immune system, and transfer blood to your extremities. These processes serve a vital purpose; they enhance our ability to fight or flee during a challenging situation

This fight-or-flight response is meant to be short lived, but this isn’t always the case. Why? Quite simply, the adrenal glands cannot distinguish between perceived danger and real danger, and that’s why they can become compromised when we encounter long-term stressors. When the adrenal glands are compromised over a long period of time, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Irritation and Anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Frequent influenza
  • Reduced concentration
  • Serious injury or illness
  • Reduced memory function
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty losing weight with extensive effort

The good news is that there are ways to assist your adrenal glands in functioning more efficiently, and it’s easier than you may think. Consider changing your diet. In fact, dietary changes can go a long way toward regulating your body’s functions.

To begin with, timing your meals is the key to adrenal gland regulation. The adrenals have to work harder when you do not nourish your body on a regular basis, so it’s important to eat breakfast within an hour of rising each day. Keeping your blood sugars at a healthy level by eating frequently will also decrease the body’s stress response. Eat six small meals a day instead of three larger meals. Of course, you don’t want to dramatically increase your overall caloric intake; instead, consume a healthy number of calories and distribute them throughout the day.

Also, pay close attention to the drinks that you reach for to quench your thirst. Gatorade, alcohol, and drinks that contain caffeine will exhaust the adrenal glands. On the other hand, vegetable juices that contain salt, herbal teas, and ginseng will enhance the functioning of the adrenals. Drinking high quality water like distilled or spring water will also support adrenal health.

Avoid quick-fix fast food restaurant cravings and sugary drinks. Instead, consider juicing and adding vegetable to your meals, preferably five to six servings a day. Also, replace table salt with sea salt to enhance the functioning of the adrenals. Adding supplements to your diet can also help. Consuming 2,000-5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day, taking a B-complex supplement, and spending some time in the sun so your body can get its daily fix of vitamin D will have positive effects.


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If you’re having any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to check out our at-home, saliva-based Adrenal Fatigue test.

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizzy spells
  • Irritability
  • Morning or Evening fatigue
  • Stress

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Sleep Apnea And Our Health

A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining a good state of health.  Our bodies need that uninterrupted six to eight hours of sleep to repair and reset.  While science is still deep in research trying to ascertain exactly what is happening internally while we’re sleeping, it is undeniable that interruption of sleep is a health hazard.  And, one of the primary causes of sleep interruption is sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea And Our HealthSleep apnea is a condition that affects the way you breathe while you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow while you’re sleeping.

These breathing pauses can last anywhere between 10-20 seconds, and they can occur hundreds of times per night – which interrupts your natural sleeping rhythms and consequently can contribute to a number of related symptoms and complications.

When your body is deprived of the deep restorative sleep cycle (known as REM sleep), it will affect your ability to be mentally sharp and productive throughout the day.

Not only that, but chronic sleep deprivation also results in daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue, poor reflexes and concentration, and an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain!

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Had Your Blood Pressure Checked Recently?

We often have questions about what those numbers are that we hear when our blood pressure is tested.  There is a lot of misunderstanding as to what the numbers mean, and what is considered normal as compared with high. We want to help you with a basic primer.

Had Your Blood Pressure Checked Recently?Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio such as 120/80.

The top number (higher number) is called the systolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries with each heartbeat (contraction). The bottom (lower) number is the diastolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries between each heartbeat – when the heart muscles are at rest.

In order to get an accurate perspective on these important measurements, it’s necessary to monitor the readings over time.

A single high reading will not be an accurate measurement of your average blood pressure … home monitoring over time is the best way to get a true picture of your blood pressure measurements.

The textbook numbers for a healthy blood pressure have been 120/80. However, these numbers are not age adjusted, sex adjusted, or condition adjusted. Just like other medical parameters, nothing else is taken into consideration except the numbers.

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What’s the Right Amount of Water to Consume?

Drinking enough water for maintaining adequate health is important – make that essential.  You need water to keep your overall metabolism running smoothly.  Water is involved in every type of cellular process, so without adequate water all of the cells in your body begin to perform sluggishly.

What’s the Right Amount of Water to Consume?You’ve probably heard it many times – drinking enough water throughout the day is essential to your body’s wellness and maintaining a healthy metabolism. But if you’re struggling with health concerns – if your body is waging a battle against degenerative disease or chronic symptoms – you may wonder if you’re getting enough water throughout the day … or if there’s even such a thing as “too much” water in your daily intake.

Although there is such a thing as water intoxication, it’s very rare and usually seen only in cases of infants or athletes that are pushing their body to extremes. Conventional medical wisdom used to be that everyone needed their eight 8-ounce glass of water each day.  But that conventional wisdom has evolved into a more personal approach based on your size.

However, even if you’re simply waking up every morning and turning on the television and sitting on the couch until you go to sleep each night, your body would excrete up to 2.5 quarts of water just through your body’s typical baseline functions.

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Hormonal Balance and Our Body’s Biochemical Environment

Many of our readers have suffered from chronic symptoms such as weight gain, skin problems, fatigue, depression, or mood swings.  If these symptoms are part of your daily life, then chances are you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance.

Hormonal Balance and Our Body’s Biochemical EnvironmentHormones are tied to every one of the body’s symptoms, so it’s crucial to have well-regulated and balanced hormones to enjoy good health … both from a physical standpoint (growth, metabolism, and reproductive health) and from a mental and neuro-chemical standpoint as well!

Hormones are created from good fats and cholesterol. Without the proper biochemical environment however, your body doesn’t have the materials needed to create a healthy balance for optimal health. The wrong kinds of fats and other toxins within your body’s chemistry can have far reaching, damaging effects on hormones.

In fact, if you are in an environment that is biologically stressed, either internally or because of things you’re exposed to in life, and you’re producing high levels of stress hormones, a common side-effect is the suppression of other critical hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone – as well as insulin!

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What to Learn from People Living the Longest, Happiest lives

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your warm and enthusiastic response to my last letter. In case you missed it, I started an open conversation with our Optimal Wellness Labs community about how you experience aging—whether you see it as a good thing or a bad thing.

I cited an emerging body of research that revealed those of us who wake up in the morning with a purpose tend to live an additional 7-10 years longer. I was truly overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of heartfelt stories I received in reply. Many of you graciously shared your purpose in life, and I learned a great deal.

Here’s just a few of the many, many inspiring stories you shared with me:

Steve, Age 66: Active in work, family, community and church. City council water board and theater board; married 42 years, 11 grandchildren; loves golf and yard work; believes happiness and engagement with life reduces stress.

Bob, Age 74: Great health; daily walking, hiking, climbing hills and mountains; swims in ocean; manages farms and gardens; leads project helping school for under-privileged Filipinos; enjoys a happy, healthy life.

Maxine, Age 72: Scuba instructor; photographs underwater sea life in Kona; swimming; fun, thrilling life by the sea.

John, 85: Works on vintage aircraft; pilot, takes hunting trips; takes a lot of vitamins and supplements.

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Should You Use Fish Oil as Your Source for Essential Fatty Acids?

Recently there has been a debate about how to supplement our diet to get the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we need.  This debate is centered around the notion that fish oil is a less effective source of EFAs than is what has been called “Parent Essential Oils” or PEOs for short.

Should You Use Fish Oil as Your Source for Essential Fatty Acids?Is it true that PEOs are a more beneficial source of EFAs rather than traditional sources of Omega 3 such as fish oils?

The reality is most of what you’ve heard about PEOs is simply marketing hype – yet another “latest and greatest” product touted as a more “proper” way to benefit the body.

The whole issue with essential fatty acids boils down to one thing – the quality, reliability, and safety of the processing of the supplement you’re consuming.

What’s important here is not so much where the EFAs come from – it’s how they are handled and processed.

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The Real Story About High Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is produced in the liver in response to inflammation as a result of excess acidic waste products that build up on the exterior walls of the blood pressure.

Because 80% of the cholesterol in your body is produced by the liver, the effect of your dietary cholesterol is actually quite negligible.

Until the mid-80s, the only treatment for high cholesterol was niacin – Vitamin B3 … but with the proliferation of statin drugs in the late 80s and into the 90s, average cholesterol levels began to lower – so in part to justify the continued dependence on these patented drugs, the standard for cholesterol levels began to drop … first to 200, then again to 100.

The realistic aspect of this whole issue is that an average cholesterol level of around 200 is perfectly normal. 190 to 220 is the ideal range for most people, because if your cholesterol levels run too low, there is an increased risk of cardiovascular incidents, stroke, and brain hemorrhage.

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Choices for the Best Vitamin C for Natural Home Remedy

With many vitamin manufacturers being somewhat untrustworthy and with claims that the efficacy of vitamin C is being depleted during the production process, many people are asking the same question:  Is there a difference between one vitamin C pill and another—other than the manufacturer?

There are differences, such as the different forms of vitamin C where some are synthetic while others are natural.  The source of Vitamin C is also a distinguishing factor.  Some manufacturers extract the vitamin from the peels and pulps of the fruits and vegetables while others synthesize it in the lab.

An L-Form vitamin C is the shape of the molecule itself.  The natural and synthetic L-ascorbic acids are chemically identical.  There are really no known differences in their biological activity.  The possibility that the bioavailability of L-ascorbic acid from natural sources might differ from that of synthetic ascorbic acid is not established.  Two human studies found there are no clinically significant differences observed.

So what is the bottom line?  While there is difference in form, there is no difference between one vitamin C and another other than the possible dilution of the effectiveness of the pill during the manufacturing process.

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