What to do if you have Covid Stress?
Last Update: May 27, 2020 at 10:10 am
DATE: May 27, 2020
SOURCE: News for the Soul
What to do if you have Covid Stress?
By Dr Holly heard at noon PST on News for the Soul Radio every Wednesday
Wednesdays at NOON PST / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly – An NFTS Global Luminary broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 – Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner. As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body. She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you. In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.
Stress is a very debilitating experience.
And all the huge amount of negative marketing, the conspiracy theories, the conflicting data, regarding Covid 19 can certainly create stress. Is there a virus; is it dangerous like they advertise; how many issues does 5G create; how do I protect myself and my family’ how come there are so many conflicting issues; should I wear a mask; can I hug my loved ones; what are we supposed to do with it all; etc etc
As if that weren’t enough added stress to our day to day life, we have all the added issues about finances; will my company survive; or will I be able to go back to work; in the meantime what about my mortgage, my car payments; the utilities; etc. Or what about our food supply lines; what about the farmers; or the meat companies; where did all the excess food go; etc.
Then there were the crazy ones like about whether we would have enough toilet paper and everybody going crazy hording…just in case. Never did figure that one out…
So what does all the stress, worry, paranoia do to our physical bodies?
Well the adrenal glands are considered the stress glands aka stress system aka stress organ (but they are glands not organs). However, they are not meant to be continually relied on. The stress response should be quick and resolved. Think of being in the forest and seeing a bear. You want the body to kick into stress mode fast – get the heck out of there – but once safe, the body needs a period of time to recover.
In Western civilization, we heavily rely on the stress response on a daily basis – and then we take it even further with prolonged “covid stress” responses. Oh dear. Those poor adrenal glands.
The adrenal response is a huge issue because while we can survive in hyper adrenal function for a prolonged period of time, eventually the adrenals give up and basically say “enough is enough”. It is much easier to recover from hyper adrenal function than hypo adrenal function aka adrenal fatigue aka adrenal insufficiency. So as usual, we want to take preventative action. Much healthier, much cheaper, and ultimately much easier.
First off, lets look at what hyper adrenal function does to the rest of the body:
- With hyper adrenal function we produce even more cortisol struggling to help your immune system; regulate blood sugar levels; and regulate your blood pressure
- High cortisol levels can interfere with immune function, digestion, sleep, mood (irritable, anxious), production of various hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen – which can affect our sex drive; and thyroid hormones – which can affect cellular and neural metabolism); and neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and epinephrine); high blood pressure, inflammation, feeling shaky and/or light headed and excess abdominal fat.
- With hypo adrenal function, you probably won’t produce enough cortisol, so your immune system gets depleted; you set yourself up for diabetes 2; and your blood pressure is affected
- Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Body aches and pains
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive issues
- Light headedness
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Foggy brain
- In the more severe cases you may also experience
- Low blood pressure
So what can we do to support our stressed out adrenals – ha ha.
Foods to eat:
- High – lean protein foods (remember a good quality hemp seed/oil has all the amino acids in it)
- Vit C foods – essential – the second highest concentration of Vit C is in the adrenals; because vit C is water soluble, it leaves the body easily. So we need a constant supply. In addition, vit C is necessary to make essential proteins to help repair skin, bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments; teeth, blood vessels, wounds, absorption of iron. In addition, it is also an important anti-oxidant. Low levels of Vit C not only affect the adrenals but also cause: anemia (can’t absorb iron), bleeding gums (lack of repair capacity), decreased immune function (many immune cells have 4-10x the amount of Vit C than in your blood; bleeding nose (lack of blood vessel repair capacity); rough dry, scaly skin, swollen and painful joints and more. So what are some good food sources of Vit C: red peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, etc
- Vit B foods – there are 8 common B vitamins which are essential and do a variety of functions. B1, 2 and 3 are hugely important to make ATP (the cellular fuel); B1 needed to produce various fatty acids and hormones and neurotransmitters. B2 is required to break down fats, drugs and steroid hormones; converting tryptophan into B3 and B6 into a co-enzyme; B3 is used in a variety of cellular processes, communication between cells and DNA; B5 is used to produce proteins and coenzymes and cellular metabolism; B6 is used to metabolize your amino acid, brain development and immune function; B7 is important to the hair, nails and skin, communication between cells and regulating DNA; B9 is important to the DNA and cell division, metabolizing amino acids and vitamins. B12 is used to create new blood cells, DNA, brain function. B vitamins are found in farm fresh eggs, whole grains (barley, millet); dark leafy vegetables, meat (red meat, poultry, fish); legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit (citrus fruit, avocados, bananas)
- Magnesium – used in over 380 different basic cellular functions; 180 times to make ATP; when stress is high, blood pressure high, increased flow to muscles and peripheral nervous system – we use up a lot more magnesium. In addition, under stress, magnesium shifts from intracellular and extra cellular to protect us, but then we lose it in the urine output. We also end up with a lot more free radicals and a loss of antioxidants. Common symptoms of low magnesium include fatigue, muscle aches and pains, depression/anxiety/irritability, migraines, sleep irregularities, heart irregularities, migraines, etc. Foods with higher magnesium content include real chocolate, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes (kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans), seafood (salmon, mackerel, tuna)
- Zinc is very important to the stress response because it helps to stabilize cortisol levels in the blood; with prolonged stress however, zinc gets depleted. Then we get a pro-inflammatory response. Zinc is also important to over 100 enzymes, plays a role in the immune function, protein production, DNA/cellular division, taste/smell. Foods with higher zinc levels include whole grains, oysters, red meat, poultry, baked beans, cashews and almonds, mushrooms and garlic
- Iron – the adrenals play an important role in the regulation of blood or plasma iron levels. Iron is important to our red blood cells that carry oxygen and consequently hugely important throughout the body; in addition, it is required by every cell in the body and it is also important to healthy skin, hair and nails, Iron is found in red meat, poultry, fish like tuna, shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels), vegetables (spinach, broccoli, ) legumes (black beans, navy and kidney beans, lentils, peas), seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp and flax)
- Healthy vegetables – NON-GMO, from your garden preferably
- Low sugar fruits – grapefruit, lemons/limes,
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews) and seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, flax, hemp, chia)
Foods to avoid:
- Coffee (caffeine of any type)
- Sugar (including alcohol, baked goods, candies, sodas, simple carbs, artificial sugars)
- White, processed flours
- Processed food/fast food/fried food/microwaved food
- Table salt – use sea salt or Himalayan salt instead
Behaviors to look at:
- Walk daily – keep the body moving but gently
- Avoid excess exercise – burns too much nutrient
- Eat balanced healthy meals – going without forces the body to burn stored nutrients
Herbs that like the adrenals include:
It is important to recognize that some herbs are better for hyper adrenal and other for hypo adrenal. In addition, herbs like Skullcap, Passiflora and Valeriana are important for the nervous system.
Ultimately, during these more stressful times, take care of your adrenals. Despite being small glands, they have a huge impact on the body.
Be wise – focus on what you have control over and what you can do as opposed to living in fear and anxiety.