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.

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Hormonal Balance and Our Body’s Biochemical Environment

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.

Hormones 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

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?

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.

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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Sleep Your Way To Better Health (Part Two Of Two)


In our last blog post, we examined how lack of sleep can negatively impact the body. While the optimal amount of sleep varies from person to person, the general guideline for adults is seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. We emphasize quality because many people are in bed for the requisite number of hours but don’t wake up rested and recharged. If you put yourself in this category you’re in good company. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates about 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year. Let’s explore some of the most common disorders:


Nearly everyone has trouble getting to sleep now and then. Insomnia, however, is when a person has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep night after night, often for months at a time. Acute insomnia is short term and commonly caused by stress, which increases cortisol levels in the body. Chronic insomnia lasts for at least three months and can be triggered by a variety of factors, including shift work, certain medications, environmental changes and hormone imbalances. Because insomnia has so many causes, treating it is a bit of a moving target. Talking with your doctor is the best way to create a tailored, effective care plan.

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

The brain is made up of two types of neurotransmitter chemicals; excitatory, which stimulate brain activity, and inhibitory, which calm the brain. When these chemicals are out of balance they can have a significant, negative impact on a person’s sleep patterns. Fortunately, a simple urine test can determine the best course of action to bring neurotransmitters back into balance. Treatments often take time to be fully realized but a good night’s sleep is well worth the effort.

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Sleep Your Way To Better Health (Part One Of Two)


In our 24/7 society, there is pressure from all sides to forsake sleep in favor of other pursuits. The work project that keeps you at the office late. The DVR that makes it so easy to binge watch until the wee hours. And if you have small children at home, sleep is likely the first thing to go as you settle into your new normal.

Sleep deprivation has become so prevalent in the United States that last year the Centers for Disease Control declared it a public health problem. Proclamations like that usually get people’s attention, so why do we have such a hard time taking sleep seriously? Instead of making a good night’s sleep a habit and a priority, we reach for an energy drink or pour another cup of coffee and pat ourselves on the back for powering through another day. And another one. The cycle is hard to break, but not doing so takes a significant toll in a shockingly short period of time. Here’s what happens to our bodies when we don’t get enough sleep.

Our immune system is weakened.

The body is an amazing machine, particularly the immune system, which fights toxins and bacteria on a pretty predictable 24-hour cycle. Melatonin, prolactin and growth hormones work together in overtime at night to repair muscles, fight antigens and maintain a healthy level of inflammation that controls bacteria in the body. But when sleep is in short supply so is cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone. The result? A body that is in an inflammatory state and, by extension, a compromised immune system that can’t effectively combat infections and disease.

We gain weight.

When our bodies are in balance our cells draw in glucose and convert it into energy that keeps us going throughout the day. But just one week of sleep deprivation can disturb that delicate balance and cause glucose to be stored as fat instead, setting in motion a chain reaction. The body isn’t processing glucose efficiently because it’s sleep deprived, which makes you tired and hungry, which makes you reach for unhealthy foods, which puts more glucose into a body that is already having a hard time processing it as it should. The hormones leptin and ghrelin also come into play here. Leptin is an appetite-suppressing hormone normally secreted in high levels at night. Ghrelin, on the other hand, is an appetite-stimulating hormone that is produced in lower levels at night. In sleep deprived bodies, leptin levels go down and ghrelin levels go up, creating a perfect storm for overeating and weight gain.

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Avoid These Common Drinks If You Have High Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Furthermore, the AHA also notes that hypertension “was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 348,102 of the more than 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2009.”

These numbers are high, and more than likely, high blood pressure affects you or someone you know. It’s a serious health condition, but it’s one that can often be alleviated naturally.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension – or pre-hypertension – perhaps you’ve taken steps to lower your blood pressure by exercising, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Or, if you’re taking medication to treat the problem, you may worry that you’ll have to take that medication for the rest of your life just to keep your numbers down.

Ironically, even if you’ve made several positive changes to lower your blood pressure, you may be consuming drinks that cause your blood pressure to rise. The simple solution is to avoid them or – at least – minimize your consumption of them. Here are three drinks you’ll want to avoid if you are battling high blood pressure.

1.) Energy Drinks – Energy drinks pack a lot of punch, but it’s probably not the hit you’re hoping for. The main ingredients of energy drinks – taurine and caffeine – have been shown to contribute to a rise in blood pressure and to negatively impact the natural rhythm of the heart. The result? If you have pre-existing hypertension or a heart condition, energy drinks may elevate your blood pressure and contribute to an irregular heartbeat. In fact, you’ll want to avoid or limit any drinks that contain caffeine because of its correlation to these health problems.

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New Considerations for Managing those Relentless Chronic Symptoms

New Considerations for Managing those Relentless Chronic Symptoms

If you suffer from a chronic, unresolved symptom and are taking prescription medication prescribed to you by your doctor, chances are you might be experiencing some temporary relief. But don’t assume that the cause of the symptom itself has been identified and eliminated. The reality is that medications only temporarily mask the symptoms but rarely address the reason that the symptoms exist in the first place. This is how the pharmaceutical industry continues to keep you on its drugs.

The key to eliminating the symptom is to identify the cause and remove it. So while your doctor may be telling you the truth about your condition –such as chronic pain, diabetes, acid reflux, inflammation, high blood pressure, weight control, etc.– he or she may not have gone far enough below the surface in their evaluation of you to identify the source – the root cause – of the symptoms themselves.

It’s not your doctor’s fault

Conventional medicine only trains doctors to identify a disease once it’s already developed and then render a diagnosis, not to seek the actual cause of the symptoms. The result is that doctors frequently ‘miss the mark’ because they are either looking at the wrong things or are looking at the things they are trained to look at in the wrong way. So, unless your doctor takes the initiative to explore the relationship of your symptoms—any symptoms—to disease or aging, he or she is limited to what they have been taught. And the way they have been taught is to do X procedure or administer X drug when you complain of X symptom. It’s really not his or her fault. That’s just what they’ve been taught.

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Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Should you use sea salt or table salt? This has been the subject of debate for years. While it’s often a matter of personal preference, we recommend sea salt. Here’s why.

Sodium Levels: Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Regardless of the choice you make, sea salt and table salt are comprised of the minerals sodium and chloride. However, if you look beyond this similarity, there are some distinct differences between the two.

With all the harsh warnings regarding consuming too much salt, you may think that sodium is bad for you. This is simply not true. Too much sodium is bad for you.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans ingest twice as much their daily recommended sodium requirement. Adults need 1,500 mg. per day to maintain good health. Canned goods and restaurant foods are the big sodium culprits, adding unhealthy levels of sodium to our diets.

Many people think that sea salt has less sodium than table salt. This is a misconception. By weight, both salts contain approximately 40 percent sodium. The difference, however, is in the crystal size.

Because sea salt crystals are often larger than table salt, you’ll get fewer crystals on the spoon. When you measure a spoonful of sea salt and compare it to table salt, you’ll find less sodium in sea salt because there are fewer crystals. A teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 mg. of sodium, whereas a teaspoon of sea salt may contain 1,840 mg. of sodium.

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Do You Have a Nitric Oxide Deficiency?

Do You Have a Nitric Oxide Deficiency?

Ever heard of nitric oxide? It’s a gas that is produced in every tissue and every organ of your body. It’s essential for living a long and healthy life.

Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in nitric oxide (NO) but don’t know it because the signs are also symptomatic of other chronic issues.

If you’ve never heard of NO, read on. What you don’t know can be detrimental to your health.

The Importance of Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide is an important molecule. In fact, it is one of the components that will determine how long you are going to live. NO is linked to heart health as well as sexual health.

Nitric oxide is made by the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels. It’s sensitive to the physical and chemical conditions inside the blood vessels and reacts accordingly.

When the endothelium senses heart healthy conditions – such as physical activity and low cholesterol – it releases more nitric oxide. This is good for your health. Here’s why.

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