Don't be SAD this winter

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Don’t be SAD this winter

dont be SAD this winterSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), sometimes known as the ‘winter blues’, is a mood disorder characterised by mild to moderate depression that follows a seasonal pattern usually starting in autumn, running right through winter and eventually subsiding in spring. Shorter days and less sunshine can lead to lowered mood, less energy and the need to spend more time indoors resting.

Symptoms of SAD

While most of us can adapt to these seasonal changes, others find it difficult. SAD is generally diagnosed if you have had the same symptoms for two or more years during the winter months including:

  • Loss of energy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Oversleeping
  • Craving foods high in carbohydrates
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
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Lifting mood after childbirth

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Becoming a new mum, whether it’s your first, second or third time can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. During pregnancy and after childbirth, your body goes through quite a few physical, emotional and hormonal adjustments, and many women’s expectations of being a capable and happy mother can change to feelings of unhappiness as the reality of exhaustion, irritability, stress, low mood and sleep deprivation begin to take effect.

Postnatal low mood

Many women feel confused and uncomfortable about experiencing sadness or low mood after childbirth, after all, isn’t having a baby all about being happy and content? Not so for 1 in 7 new Australian mothers each year. Ongoing low mood following childbirth is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ which affects 8 in 10 Australian women each year. The ‘baby blues’ is a mild and short-lived mood disturbance where you may feel anxious or weepy between the third and fifth day following childbirth.

Postnatal low mood is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ and may start anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year after childbirth, taking many new mothers and their families by surprise. Postnatal low mood can affect women in many different ways, although the combination of hormonal influences and increased stress levels in conjunction with possible nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been implicated.

Signs & symptoms postnatal low mood

Signs and symptoms to look out for can be many and varied. If you think you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer, seek help from your healthcare practitioner. Early intervention leads to a faster resolution, helping to reduce the amount of time you suffer from postnatal low mood. Signs and symptoms may include:

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 Lower Bowel Stimulant – Nature’s Sunshine’s Herbal Laxative.

 This herbal combination blends strong, effective purgative herbs together with protective, gentle and soothing herbs to modify possible unwanted effects associated with laxatives. Together, these herbs enhance elimination, improve digestion, soothe the digestive tract and promote the growth of friendly colonic bacteria. This Senna free combination includes Cascara sagrada, Alder buckthorn, Liquorice, Couch grass, Oregon grape, Red clover, Rhubarb root. Also included in the formula are Capsicum and Ginger because they minimise griping and help calm the digestive tract. Because of the purgative effect, this product is not recommended for children under 12 years or if pregnant or breastfeeding, medical advice should be sought before taking this product. 

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant (LBS) has been one of Nature’s Sunshine signature and popular product for over 25years. The reason is how effective LBS is in providing gentle relief from constipation.

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant is also suitable for anyone experiencing the more common symptoms associated with constipation such as itchy/problematic skin, headaches, lethargy and bloating.

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Feeling wired and tired all the time?

Most of us lead busy stressful lives and trying to cram everything into one day can leave you feeling ‘wired and tired’. wired and tiredEveryone reacts differently to stress, and it’s how your body deals with stress that dictates your level of health. When you feel stressed-out all the time, it can make you feel anxious and unhappy, interfere with your sleep and leave you at risk for many chronic health conditions.

 Dealing with chronic stress

Chronic stress appears to be the new ‘norm’, reaching epidemic proportions. When you’re chronically stressed, relentless cortisol (your main stress hormone) production continues to drive overactivity of your nervous system and creates imbalances between neurotransmitters (brain chemical messengers) that help keep you relaxed and calm.

The ill-effects of chronically elevated cortisol can be felt throughout your whole body until finally, your adrenal glands become exhausted, leaving you tired and unable to mount any stress response at all. Problems associated with chronic stress include low mood and anxiety, poor focus, memory and concentration, and sleep disorders, including insomnia.

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stress a double edged sword?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Stress: a double-edged sword

Stress can be a double edged sword, both good and bad. Short term (acute) stress, is temporary and allows your body to react and respond quickly to demanding or dangerous situations. Once the danger has passed, your acute stress response resolves and you return to a state of ‘ease’. Long term (chronic) stress on the other hand, is detrimental to your health and is considered a major driver of ‘dis-ease’.

The 3 phases of stress

Different phases of your stress response, as proposed by Hans Selye, are classified into these 3 phases:

—  Phase 1 (Alarm) – your ‘fight or flight’ response; increases adrenaline and cortisol.

—  Phase 2 (Resistance) – persistent, prolonged stress where your body attempts to ‘adapt or normalise’; supports elevated cortisol production.

—  Phase 3 (Exhaustion) – chronically elevated cortisol levels leads to cortisol resistance and decreased cortisol production; your body’s resources become depleted, unable to mount any stress response (adrenal fatigue).

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Have you ever wondered whether or not you should supplement your Omega 3 intake?

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The Natural Cure to Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The 18th century theologian Charles H. Spurgeon once said “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” If anxiety is something you struggle with and your days are consistently emptied of strength it is worth exploring how you can combat this emotion. Anxiety can be a serious issue and if left untreated it can manifest itself as dysfunction and distress. In this article we will explore ways in which you can beat anxiety and regain tranquillity in your life!

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