To some of us, the stresses of the holidays are just part of the chaos that makes up the holiday season, and we can take it with a grain of salt. But to many of us, the holidays are a very unhealthy time. Stress ( from shopping , cleaning and cooking for Passover ) has been shown to raise heart rate and blood pressure levels. Even after the holidays are over, we have the stress of paying the bills for all the kosher for Pesach food that we have purchased and we are beginning to think about paying and doing our taxes.
Every challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands, the walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney. These glands release a particular group of hormones that bring about physiological changes that help our body cope with stress. When these hormones are released over a long period of time they have negative effects. They can contribute to insomnia, belly fat production, weight gain, high blood pressure, migraines and poor immune function.
Taking active steps to beat stress and calm your nervous system is essential for optimal health. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to take the edge off in stressful situation. During times of stress, most of us take shallow breaths from our chest. Abdominal breathing is much healthier, more relaxing way to breathe. Just four deep belly breaths will do the trick and get your body out of the “flight or fight mode” so common with stress. Simply inhale for four seconds (while expanding your stomach like you are filling up a balloon) and then exhale for four seconds. Pause for two seconds before the next breath and breathe this way for a minimum of four breaths. Studies have shown that massage increases endorphin release, which is excellent for treating anxiety. Going for a massage during your lunch hour or after work may do you a world of good. Many nail salons offer 10 minute mini-massages. Done on a regular basis, yoga and meditation combat abnormal responses to stress.
It is important to take care of your adrenal glands so they respond appropriately to stressful situations. Consumption of caffeine, tobacco products and alcohol are believed to exhaust the adrenals. Also, high fat diets and diets loaded with sugar should be avoided since they put the adrenals through an unneeded workout. Eating a well balanced diet, having a solid workout regimen and proper hydration all help the health of the adrenal glands.
Pure Encapsulations ‘ Phyto-ADR Formula can assist in keeping the adrenal glands healthy . Their Cortisol Calm Formula may help reduce anxiety. Order them online at HeleneKaplanHealth.com
Questions? Contact me at HeleneKaplan@yahoo.com or 516-538-6799.
***These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.
You may have heard the good news – last week the NYS Assembly
overwhelmingly (103-40) passed a 2-year fracking moratorium bill in
order to ensure the health impacts of fracking are considered. While it
would have to be passed by the Senate and signed by the governor to
become law, this is a clear recognition of our momentum and an
auspicious sign for the days ahead.
The bad news is on Monday, Cuomo’s Department of Health Commissioner,
Dr. Nirav Shah said that they “anticipate that they’ll be done in the
next few weeks” with the states internal health review and when asked
if they would wait for critical health studies just underway in the
U.S. to be included in New York’s review, Shah said, “no.”
What this means is that Governor Cuomo could announce fracking in a few
By finalizing the health review and the supplemental Generic
Environmental Impact Statement (sGEIS) without looking at critical
health studies, without releasing the review to the public and without
any public participation, Governor Cuomo would be breaking his promise
that this process and decision would be a rigorous one made on all the
facts and science.
Call Governor Cuomo Now – 866-584-6799 – tell him not to make New
Yorkers guinea pigs in a human fracking experiment. Wait for outside
health studies and do a New York specific comprehensive health impact
assessment before making a decision.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process that the oil and gas industry uses to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations buried deep within the Earth. Fracking threatens the abundance of farmers markets, community -supported agriculture and locally grown produce and food product. It requires large quantities of water mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, which are injected underground at high pressure to crack dense rock and release oil and gas.
Contamination of fracking is no just an on site problem and the risks extend beyond the drilling sites. Traffic accidents, spills, well blowout and leaks can all put farm and agricultural land in jeopardy. Fleets of trucks are used to ship hazardous waste water and toxic materials. Traffic accidents have caused fracking waste water to be released into nearby freshwater bodies and private property. Many townspeople (in states where fracking is going on like Pennsylvania ) are unable to use their own water due to contamination. Tongue blisters and body warts have been a common occurrence due to water contamination. Farm land is threatened and have effected not only crops but animal life. Cattle have been stillborn, many losing their tails, deer have lost their beautiful coat color and are “glassy-eyed”. Pond frogs rarely “chirp”. Both gas and water are released through the water faucets (including showers ) causing headaches and dizziness in many people. Volatile organic compounds, cause ground level ozone which damages crops and threaten food security.
Recently, the news media leaked information that Governor Cuomo of New York is considering a plan to allow fracking in New York’s Southern Tier counties. For New York state’s agricultural sector to grow and thrive, Governor Cuomo must ban fracking in all of New York State. Contact the Governor today and make your voice heard. Go online to foodandwaterwatch.org to learn more about fracking and ways to help fight against it.
The best way to start controlling your fasting blood sugar level is to monitor your daily sugar intake. Your fasting blood sugar should be no higher than 85. Limit yourself to 10 teaspoons of total sugar a day including the pasta and breads that are converted to sugar. Packaged foods are labeled according to grams of sugar and carbohydrates, not teaspoons. Use this formula to find out exactly how much sugar is in your food:
(total grams of carbs-total grams of fiber) divided by 5= total teaspoons of sugar.
This will give you the total teaspoons of sugar in a serving of that food.
If you seek additional support for sugar control, try adding the herb cinnamon to your coffee and recipes . Pure Encapsulations’ Glucose Control Formula is a combination of many herbs that can also assist in blood sugar control. Order it online at HeleneKaplanHealth.com
***This product is not meant to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.