Self-Care and Stress Management: Tips for Caregivers

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it

Last week I discussed cortisol - what it is and natural ways to lower it. Cortisol helps us deal with a multitude of stressors and stressful situations. It is important for survival, but too much can cause problems.

What happens if your cortisol levels are always high?

If you live a very stressful life or happen to be a caregiver to a loved one, you need to set boundaries and start taking care of you!

 Read on for ideas to help you better manage stress, especially if you happen to be a caregiver.

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Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

We’ve all experienced stress.

Maybe you live in a constant state of stress with seemingly no way out. 

If you can’t sleep because your mind is constantly buzzing, if you are fired up and cannot turn off your brain, or if you feel so exhausted all the time that you cannot complete even one of the items on your never-ending to-do list, then you understand what I’m talking about.  

If this sounds like you, read this week’s blog post to discover what cortisol is, what too much cortisol can do to our bodies, and most importantly, what we can do to lower it.


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The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

If you've got kids in sports, you should educate yourself on the dangers of football. Here's a look at how football concussions affect your brain.

Ever had "your bell rung" or "dinged your head"? 

Sounds trivial, right?

Wrong! A concussion is never trivial. Researchers now consider a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to be cumulative. This means that the effects of injuries may not be seen for many years and that the total of all injuries can be devastating.

Pediatric neurologists have long advocated protection of children's heads with proper helmets for bicycle riding, skateboarding, skiing and other sports. But what about football? Is there any danger with the advanced helmet technology today?

If you have children in sports, educate yourself about the dangers of football and traumatic brain injury.

Read on to learn more.


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TBI and Neuronutrition: How What You Eat Can Help Improve Brain Injuries

TBI and Neuronutrition: How What You Eat Can Help Improve Brain Injuries 

Have you, or someone you love, been the victim of a traumatic brain injury and you feel like its taking too long to recover? If so, then you'll want to read this article and learn how neuronutrition can help speed up the brain's healing process.

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health: Continued

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health: Continued

Last week, I introduced you to the ketogenic diet and how it can benefit brain health, especially after a traumatic brain injury. 

The benefits offered by the ketogenic diet may have far-reaching effects. It can help a brain injury survivor with cognitive and motor impairments and the metabolic changes that occurred upon injury. It can also help improve cognitive performance and prevent age-related cognitive decline in anyone - from those who have a strong family history of Alzheimer’s who would like to prevent getting the disease to professionals wanting to improve performance to students looking to improve focus.

In a nutshell, the ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein approach to eating that switches the body’s metabolism to using fat as a main source of fuel.

Read on to discover some important considerations when implementing the ketogenic diet, what foods to eat on keto, and how to achieve a state of ketosis.

 

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health and TBI

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health and TBI

  • Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury?
  • Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Are you experiencing signs of cognitive decline?
  • Did you know that sustaining a TBI dramatically increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life?
  • More importantly, did you know that the right diet may help?

Read this week’s blog post to discover how healthy and damaged brains process glucose for energy differently and how nutritional therapy can work to improve TBI symptoms, energy creation, and cognitive function - wether you’ve experienced a TBI or not.

You’ll also discover what the ketogenic diet is, which fats are good for the brain, and several benefits of the keto diet for brain health.

So Read On!

 

 

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Concussion Protocol 10 Things to Do When You Have a Concussion

Concussion Protocol 10 Things to Do When You Have a Concussion

Concussion Protocol: What to Do When You're Concussed

Suffering a concussion can be extremely debilitating. However, if you know what to do, the recovery should be much smoother. Read this concussion protocol to learn how.

I want to talk to you about something very serious: concussion protocol.

Now, I know movies would have you think that head injuries are this gateway to a new life: something someone gets for a second chance at life.

However, if the current news circulating NFL and brain injuries has taught us anything, it is that head trauma is nothing to be entertained by. And this form of injury affects way more people than the protagonists in films and thirty-two football teams. In fact, nearly 3 million people a year in the US suffer from a TBI (traumatic brain injury).

This is a topic I hold very close to my heart, due to how much just one traumatic brain injury changed my life forever.

Keep reading to learn what to do when you or someone you love has suffered a concussion.

 

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Traumatic Brain Injury: What is it and What Survivors Want You to Know

Traumatic Brain Injury: What is it and What Survivors Want You to Know

March happens to be Brain Injury Awareness Month. As this is a topic near and dear to my heart 💚 I will be dedicating this month’s blog posts to brain health!

I’d like to start off by sharing something personal.

In 2012, the love of my life was struck by a car while cycling and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), among many other injures. Needless to say, this event changed the course of our lives, including being the catalyst that launched me into Natural Nutrition.

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Confessions of a Sugar Addict (Part I)

Excess sugar consumption is a major factor behind skyrocketing rates of obesity, cancer, cardio vascular disease, dementia, and type 2 diabetes.

 

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The Full Story

I grew up, like most, eating all those horribly delicious engineered foods that line our North American grocery store shelves...

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