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DHRE Health Corner: Mindfulness Always Matters

DHREA 09/07/2018

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The legendary American poet known to the world as “Snoop Doggy Dogg” once prophetically said, “I got my mind on my money, and my money on my mind.”

Wise, wise words indeed. But, while your mind is on your money, what are you doing for/with your mindfulness? There is a huge difference, and both should be equally healthy and focused.

So…what is “mindfulness”?

Mindfulness is basically the practice of being consciously aware in the present moment, without judging your experience. It’s about being ‘mindful’ of every detail in the here and now. This helps us reconnect with the simplicity of life, by living in the moment. By achieving this state of awareness, we can enjoy a sense of peace within.

But…why is this important?

Mindfulness gives us a glimpse into the moments that really matter. And, rather than trying to fight or change the way we feel, we can find more peace with non-judgemental acceptance. It’s human nature to try and change things. Quite often, we’re a slave to the emotions, distractions, and the internal dialogue within us. Thus, we’re not really free.

We’ve partnered with John Parrot over at RelaxLikeABoss.com to bring you a fantastic blog John has written. It’s well researched, written, and filled with great information. Being mindful can enhance every aspect of your life, and John delivers great practices and exercises to help strengthen this trait.

His blog, along with a myriad of other great topics, can be found…HERE!

 

 

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The Benefits of Elderberry!

DHREA 16/06/2018

 

There’s a new wave of health and wellness, and it doesn’t include pharmaceutical drugs. Natural suppliments and alternative medicines have been on the incline fore quite sometime, but we’ve seen a dynamic wave of quality products to help those who choose an alternative path to wellness.

Today, we’re focusing on the wonderful benefits of Elderberry.

Helen Sanders, editor at Health Ambition, wrote, “Elderberries have been used for centuries in the practice of folk medicine. Lately, modern science has been catching up, however. This tiny berry truly defines the phrase “small but mighty” when it comes to potential benefits for your well being. It’s no surprise that with the health and nutrition community keeping up with the latest scientific revelations, elderberry supplements have started to become increasingly popular.

(Click here to view the full writing! It’s wonderfully written, and filled with great information!)

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus, is rich in antioxidants. In fact, elderberry contains twice as many antioxidants as blueberries. These antioxidants are called flavonoids and they can help to stimulate and strengthen the immune system and help reduce flu symptoms!

Elderberry also has anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanin, and these are believed to help reduce the common flu symptoms, such as body aches and pains, as well as fever. Research has found that Elderberry gives people a significant improvement from type A and B flu strain. But, that just scratches the surface of what elderberry can do for overall wellness.

There are lots of elberberry juices, candies and treats on the market, but which is best for you? Once again, we recommend the fantastic article written by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition! Helen outlines all of the benefits of elderberry, and has quality products available to try out.

NOW Foods Elderberry Liquid

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DHRE Mental Health Spotlight: Bipolar Disorder, Mania, and Depression

DHREA 25/05/2018

Every human will experience highs and lows of life, but some people experience more than the proverbial mood swing. For people with bipolar disorder, highs and/or lows can interfere with daily life. Work becomes harder, decisions are tougher, and relationships can suffer.

Knowing the symptoms of mood episodes of bipolar disorder, which include mania and depression, can be an important first step in getting treatment and support for yourself or a loved one. Most people associated bipolar disorder with the highs and lows in mood, but the disorder affects much more than that. Symptoms also can include changes in sleeping, eating, energy level, attention, and other behaviors. The average age of symptom onset is roughly 25 years old, although children and teenagers can also exhibit signs.

Mania

Mania is a term used to describe a high-energy or elevated mood state. A person with mania may feel on top the world or cranky for no reason. They don’t need as much sleep, and they might talk quickly as they struggle to keep up with their racing thoughts and stay focused on a single task. They also might feel they are capable of great feats, even to the point of having superpowers or being a celebrity. Because of this elevated sense of self-worth, they might be in danger of making risky decisions that can be damaging to their health or their future.

A manic episode must include at least three of the following symptoms:

  • increased talkativeness
  • increased self-esteem or grandiosity
  • decreased need for sleep
  • increase in goal-direct activity, energy level, or irritability
  • racing thoughts
  • poor attention
  • increased risk-taking (spending money, risky sexual behaviors, etc.)

Mania often results in problems in work, school, and relationships, and in some cases, it may require hospitalization. A less severe form of mania is known as hypomania, where a person exhibits high-energy symptoms but is able to continue with day-to-day responsibilities and may even see an increase in job performance. However, a hypomanic episode can easily lead to depression or a full episode of mania and should be treated.

Depression

Depression is a low-energy or decreased mood state commonly experienced by people with bipolar disorder. A person who is depressed can almost seem as if they’re moving in slow motion. They have trouble making decisions and feel discouraged when fun activities which lifted their mood no longer work. A person who has experienced 5 or more of the following symptoms may be experiencing a depressive episode:4

  • depressed mood
  • changes in sleep
  • changes in eating
  • fatigue or lack of energy
  • loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • restlessness or slowing down
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • indecision or difficulty concentrating
  • thoughts of suicide

Not everyone who has bipolar disorder experiences depression, but if you have experienced manic symptoms, you may also be at risk of developing depression. It’s also important to remember that a low mood can sometimes take the form of anger or irritability, so you don’t necessarily have to experience stereotypical sadness to have depression.

Using Symptoms to Diagnose

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor or a mental health professional may give you one of several diagnoses. First, they will need to rule out whether the bipolar symptoms are caused by drug or alcohol use or another medical condition. People who are not receiving treatment for bipolar frequently use drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms, so you may need medical assistance in detoxing from substances first before an official diagnosis can be made.

If you’ve experienced the full criteria for a manic episode, you may get a diagnosis of Bipolar I disorder. If you have manic symptoms but are not seriously impaired by them and have also experienced depression, you may receive a diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder. Finally, if you’ve experience manic and depressive symptoms without meeting the requirements for a full manic or depressive episode, your doctor may diagnose you with Cyclothymic Disorder. 

If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing a typical shift in mood or one that might merit a diagnosis, ask yourself, “Have these symptoms interfered with work, school, relationships, or other daily responsibilities?” If so, then talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about your concerns.

Above all, it’s important to remember that the symptoms of bipolar disorder are treatable. People can move on to live healthy and successful lives rather than be governed by shifting moods. What steps can you take today to get the support you need for your mental health?

 

Articles referenced in this blog:

1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-causes/dxc-20307970
2. http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Bipolar-Disorder
3. http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/book/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
4. https://www.icsi.org/guideline_sub pages/depression/diagnose_and_characterize_major_depressionpersistent_depressive_disorder_with_clinical_interview/
5. http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/bipolar-disorder-and-addiction/
6. http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/book/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

 

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Elderberry!

DHREA 24/05/2018

 

There’s a new wave of health and wellness, and it doesn’t include pharmaceutical drugs. Natural suppliments and alternative medicines have been on the incline fore quite sometime, but we’ve seen a dynamic wave of quality products to help those who choose an alternative path to wellness.

Today, we’re focusing on the wonderful benefits of Elderberry.

Helen Sanders, Chief Editor at Health Ambition, wrote, “Elderberries have been used for centuries in the practice of folk medicine. Lately, modern science has been catching up, however. This tiny berry truly defines the phrase “small but mighty” when it comes to potential benefits for your well being. It’s no surprise that with the health and nutrition community keeping up with the latest scientific revelations, elderberry supplements have started to become increasingly popular.

(Click here to view the full writing! It’s wonderfully written, and filled with great information!)

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus, is rich in antioxidants. In fact, elderberry contains twice as many antioxidants as blueberries. These antioxidants are called flavonoids and they can help to stimulate and strengthen the immune system and help reduce flu symptoms!

Elderberry also has anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanin, and these are believed to help reduce the common flu symptoms, such as body aches and pains, as well as fever. Research has found that Elderberry gives people a significant improvement from type A and B flu strain. But, that just scratches the surface of what elderberry can do for overall wellness.

There are lots of elberberry juices, candies and treats on the market, but which is best for you? Once again, we recommend the fantastic article written by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition! Helen outlines all of the benefits of elderberry, and has quality products available to try out.

NOW Foods Elderberry Liquid

Don’t be a prisoner to OTC remedies and the same old, same old that never seems to work. Try a more natural approach and start seeing the difference today!

 

 

 

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DHRE Mental Health Awareness Month: Signs To Look For In PTSD

DHREA 15/05/2018

Recognizing the signs of unresolved trauma can be tricky. Sometimes people who are having difficulties enter therapy without even knowing that they have suffered the trauma that is causing disruptions in their daily lives. The very nature of trauma lends itself to that. Often, when a person goes through a traumatic event, there is some degree of dissociation that happens and the person essentially “blocks out” all, or part, of the event, so his or her awareness of the trauma isn’t accurate, making diagnosis difficult. However, there are some common signs of unresolved trauma that you can look for.

THE EFFECTS OF UNRESOLVED TRAUMA

Just because someone who suffered trauma blocks out (consciously or unconsciously) what has happened, it doesn’t mean that he or she won’t feel the effects from it.

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., who has treated and researched trauma for over 45 years, says, “The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease, not to mention leading to a range of self destructive behaviors.”

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF UNRESOLVED TRAUMA

Even when memories of the trauma are hidden from a person’s awareness, there are signs that will become noticeable in his or her daily life. Below are some of the most common signs that someone is suffering from unresolved trauma:

  • Anxiety or panic attacks that occur in what would be considered normal situations
  • A feeling of shame; an innate feeling that they are bad, worthless, or without importance
  • Suffering from chronic or ongoing depression
  • Practicing avoidance of people, places, or things that may be related to the traumatic event; this also can include an avoidance of unpleasant emotions
  • Flashbacks, nightmares, and body memories regarding the traumatic event
  • Addiction and eating disorders in an attempt to escape or numb negative emotions
  • Sleeping issues including trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
  • Suffering from feelings of detachment, or feeling “dead inside” (This is perhaps the most devastating of the signs, because it creates a feeling of loneliness and isolation.)
  • Dissociation as a real disconnect in situations and conversations
  • Hypervigilance (a constant feeling of being on guard)
  • Suicidal thought or actions
  • Uncontrollable anger; acting on it
  • Self-harm, cutting, and mutilation
  • Not being able to tolerate conflicts as they once would have
  • Unexplained or irrational fears of people, places, or things

If you identify with any, or all, of the signs above, then you may want to ask yourself if it’s time to talk with a therapist about your trauma. Is it easier to function as you are, or to work through the pain you have suffered? It’s a question that only you can answer, but rest assured, you are not alone.

There are many people who have been traumatized, may even have developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who have worked through the events of their past, and recovered. There is help and support out there. If you’re experience one or more of the aforementioned symptoms, contact a professional!

(We are not professionals, but care about the well being of others. This should be used as a guide only.)

 

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Medications To Avoid For A Healthier Stomach!

DHREA 24/04/2018

 

Your stomach isn’t just where digestion and metabolism happens. The gut is full of bacteria, yeast, and viruses (all of which help to keep you healthy). There’s a delicate balance, and we can throw it off with a poor diet, too much stress, and even medications. Why is it so important to keep your stomach balanced and healthy? According to Yale-trained physician and midwife, Dr. Aviva Romm, “Disruptions in the microbiome (google it) have been associated with diabetes, weight problems, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disease, sugar cravings, fatigue, PCOS, fertility, immune health, adrenal dysregulation, and much more.”

Protect your digestive system and stay healthy. Beware of these medications that are known to wreck the gut:

Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be particularly dangerous because they don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. Therefore, while they are useful in wiping away bad bacteria, they also clear out good bacteria, leaving your gut vulnerable to illness.

Non-Antibiotic Drugs

Research now shows that 25 percent of non-antibiotic drugs stifle the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Prilosec and Metformin are two common non-antibiotic drugs that can harm the digestive system with long-term use.

 

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

If you’re not sure what a NSAID is, it’s a common pain medication like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. But taking Ibuprofen for just five consecutive days can lead to digestive problems, including leaky gut, gastritis and stomach ulcers.

(Sometimes, it’s necessary to take these medications. However, if it’s possible to avoid them, it might help to keep your stomach healthy. If it’s necessary to use them, be sure to take extra good care of your stomach to re-balance bacteria and prevent illness and digestive problems. Also, we’re not doctors, and we’re not trying to play one on TV.  Ultimately, consult your physician with any concerns.)

 

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Relieve The Stress For Success

DHREA 27/02/2018

Downtime, decompressing, me-time, recharging, unplugging, de-stressing, or refreshing. Whatever you want to call it, it’s safe to say that most of us don’t spend enough time doing it. And if we don’t take time to de-stress, it can build up and make us feel unwell emotionally and physically. Needless to say, it’s super important to recharge, and here are five simple ways to that.

CREATE A CALM HOME SPACE

One reason you may feel stressed is because your home is cluttered. And sometimes, creating a calm, clear environment can help you de-stress. You can also create a calm space by lighting candles, switching on your fairy lights and keeping plants on your shelves and tables.

GO FOR A WALK

Walking is a wonderful way to give your thinking mind a break, or to help you break out of old thought patterns. No matter what the weather, step outside for a 20 minute walk to feel refreshed.

MEDITATE

When you practice meditation consistently, you can experience greater equanimity and also calm your nervous system. Consider trying it for 10 minutes each day for long-term benefits.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, we’re often stimulated and over stimulated. But when’s the last time you put on your favorite playlist and just listened? Not as background music, not as filler sound, but as an mindful act of listening? When was the last time you put in your favorite album (*ahem* Laterlaus *ahem*), and allowed yourself to get lost in the music? Try it! You’d be surprised by the benefits.

WRITE A LIST

When you’re stressed and frazzled, it may be because you have so much to do. To stop the overwhelm and worry, write lists. The act of writing is therapeutic by itself, but writing a list also helps settle your cerebellum because you’re focusing on a singular task, rather than allowing your mind to open 1,004 metaphorical browser windows for you to keep up with.

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TAKE A BATH

Treat yourself to a warm bath, which can help to relax and calm your entire body. If you have some bath salts (not that kind), essential oils, or other aromatherapy solutions, you can utilize those as well.

READ A BOOK

You probably read news feeds and social media platforms in your downtime. So, take a break and pick up your favorite book instead. Reading can help take your mind off whatever’s stressing you out and let you escape to another place.

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Healthy Snacks You Won’t Regret Later!

DHREA 21/02/2018

 

When hunger strikes, you’ll do almost anything to quell that rumbling in your stomach. Unfortunately, our mid-morning and afternoon snacks can be a source of unhealthy fats and sugars. So, to curb your hunger’s enthusiasm and keep you well-fed, here’s some tasty and healthy snacks nutritionists recommend.

YOGURT PARFAIT

A parfait combines all three nutrient groups (fat, protein and carbohydrates) for a balanced snack. And while you typically top parfaits with berries, you can also add local seasonal fruit, too.

GREEK YOGURT WITH COCOA POWDER

Loaded with protein and fiber, Greek yogurt helps you feel fuller longer. Cocoa powder helps to stave off mid-afternoon sugar cravings.

BERRIES AND CHEESE

Fiber and nutrient-rich blueberries keep you hydrated and nourished with antioxidants.  Cheese gives you a kick of healthy fat and protein to fill you up until dinner time.

ALMONDS

This study shows that, as a snack, almonds can satiate without leading to unwanted weight gain, thanks to their unsaturated fat content, along with fiber and protein.

TUNA AND CRACKERS

Tuna in oil, especially anti-inflammatory olive oil, with a handful of wholegrain crackers is another tasty combination of carbs, fats and proteins to keep you going until dinner.

TOASTED CHICKPEAS

Protein-rich chickpeas are a convenient, non-perishable snack, perfect for when you’re on-the-go. Plus, their salty taste and crunchy texture is just so satisfying.

LEFTOVER SOUP

When you make soup for dinner, set some aside for your office snack. Vegetables and legumes, along with a comforting broth, are a healthy way to fill up.

PEANUT BUTTER WITH APPLE SLICES

A spoonful of peanut butter with a few apple slices give your stomach something to work on so that you can focus on the rest of your day.

VEGGIE STICKS WITH HUMMUS

Hummus is rich in protein and healthy fats, and veggie sticks offer a fresh, invigorating source of fiber, water and flavor. Perfect for when your stomach starts to rumble.

 

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Quick Tips For Restless Nights

DHREA 13/02/2018

 

 

Nothing is more frustrating than being tired but not being able to fall asleep. The tossing. The turning. Neither of which will help you relax and fall asleep. You just end up in a vicious cycle. So, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, check out these potentially calming nighttime tips.

GET OUT OF BED

If you’re in bed, and all you do is toss and turn, you might think that it’s best to just stay put and tough it out. But instead of laying in bed, get up and and take a break from trying to fall asleep. Avoid screen time, so keep your iPhone on airplane mode and resist the temptation to watch TV. Instead, read a book or listen to calming music.

COUNTING TECHNIQUE

Dr. Andrew Weil created a breathing technique that calms the nervous system, and relaxes the body and mind. First, inhale while counting to four. Then, exhale while counting from one to seven. Then, exhale slowly over eight counts. Do this several times before bed each night to help you relax.

NIGHTTIME STATIONERY

On reason why it’s difficult to fall asleep at night is because your mind is racing and won’t shut off. So, have your favorite journal and pen in your bedroom. When your mind is racing, jot down everything that’s keeping you awake or that you’re worried about. Getting it out of your head can make it easier to relax…and usually tires out your eyes.

GO HERBAL

There are so many herbal remedies to support relaxation. One good place to start is with magnesium. You may be able to find magnesium concentrates that also contain chamomile and clary sage essential oils, which will also help to relieve restlessness and stress.

 

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