I can’t help but feeling a little anxious regarding everything that is happening in the news.
Q. Dear Terry, “I can’t help but feeling a little anxious regarding everything that is happening in the news. I would like to know some short and long-term strategies for overall health and wellness.”– Dorota Z., Colorado Springs, CO
A. Dear Dorota, I think diet and lifestyle choices can make a huge impact on our overall health. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I also think that regular exercise in the form of kettle bells, strength training, aerobic activity, and other forms of movement are necessary.
For a healthy foundation, I think a high-quality multivitamin and mineral formula is important to help bridge the gap with any nutrients that may be missing from the diet. I prefer a multivitamin and mineral formula taken several times per day and includes vitamins and minerals in their most absorbable and active forms. For example, the B vitamins should be in their active forms, which don’t require conversion in the liver. Also, minerals in the formula should be chelated, meaning attached to an amino acid for better absorption.
Omega-3 fatty acids are often lacking in our diets and are very important for all of the body systems, including immune function. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to beneficial phospholipids, along with peptides as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients.
When it comes to addressing anxiety in the short and long-term, my favorite ingredient is Echinacea angustifolia. Clinical research shows fast-acting results. In one study, the special extract of E. angustifolia was tested with individuals experiencing increased anxiety and tension. After just one day, the participants noticed a reduction in stress and anxiety, with an even greater reduction in just seven days. I would take 20 to 40 mg once or twice per day of the coneflower extract. This extract is safe enough to be taken daily to help prevent anxiety as well. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Lastly, for immune support there are many ingredients that can be taken daily to enhance our natural defenses. Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for numerous generations. Andrographis is a very safe and effective ingredient for viral illnesses. I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content and does not have a bitter taste. Curcumin also has strong antiviral properties that sometimes go overlooked because of all its other health applications. I prefer clinically studied curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. Other immune supportive ingredients include red ginseng, elderberry, propolis, and vitamin D (as cholecalciferol).
Terry . . . Naturally