Tara Skye Goldin,N.D. Newsletter Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
May 2008


Hello and Happy Beautiful May! May is one of my favorite months in Boulder with the blossoming fruit trees, the lilacs and irises and all of the new green leaves. Sure we can still get a little snow before mother's day and it can rain a lot, but it is so beautiful! And Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mommies and Mommies to be out there. And a special Happy Mother's Day to my own mother! Mothers know their share of stress so I hope that you will find this newsletter valuable. Blessings!

in this issue
Stress Management Pearls Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? Why is Sleep Deprivation so Harmful? High Stress Hormone Levels Impair Memory Dandelion Recipes!

Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?

Your job is hanging by a thread, and the credit-card bills are mounting. Your teenager wants to quit school and become a professional snowboarder. Or maybe it's the increasing tensions in the world, brought to you 24 hours a day on your TV screen, getting you down. From Web MD

Why is Sleep Deprivation so Harmful?

Sleep is probably best described as the loss of awareness of what is happening around us. The brain itself never sleeps and still continues to function, although the brainwave rhythms are altered and gradually slow as we approach the deeper stages of sleep.

We suffer sleep deprivation when we are not getting the sleep we need. This varies from person to person, the average adult requires six to nine hours per night, but some do well on much less. From the Insomnia Connection

High Stress Hormone Levels Impair Memory

ScienceDaily (Jun. 17, 1999) - St. Louis, June 15, 1999 -- If it's been a really, really tough week at work and you can't remember where you put your car keys, it may be that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol are interfering with your memory. In the June Archives of General Psychiatry, investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provide the first direct evidence that several days of exposure to cortisol at levels associated with major physical or psychological stresses can have a signifcant negative effect on memory. From Science Daily

Dandelion Recipes!

As I walk around Boulder I see dandelions growing in almost everyone's yard. Most people pick and / or poison their dandelions away so that they can have a nice uniform green lawn. While you are pulling out the dandelions you may want to save some if you lawn has not been sprayed with herbicides and your pets don't use the lawn as their toilet. They are actually quite good for you . The roots tonify and help to detoxify the liver and the leaves are loaded with good vitamins and minerals. Try these recipes if you are culinarily adventurous. I had some dandelion leaves braised last night and while they are a little bitter, they are delicious! From Mountain Breeze.Com

Stress Management Pearls

Everyone has stress from time to time, some more than others. While stress seems in my own life to show up in clusters, for any of us it can be a chronic lingering drag on the system. While in the following articles in this newsletter graphically elucidate all of the bad things that stress can do for you, I'd like to include some helpful stress relieving tips here.

1. Get enough exercise. A lot of scientific research has proven that getting enough exercise can increase your endorphin levels, thus relieving stress and helping to combat depression and anxiety.

2. Practice yoga and meditation. Unlike ordinary exercise, yoga and meditation can increase the activity of the parasympathetic glands and remove obstacles to relaxation and a feeling of well-being. Not to mention helping one get to a place of higher consciousness which sometimes can help put a good perspective on things.

3. Eat a healthy nutritious diet. Stress uses up good nutrients faster so it is important to supplement especially when under periods of extra stress. A good multivitamin, Calcium and even an adrenal support formula are the basics.

4. Learn to say "no". Setting boundaries for yourself can help to prevent you from overcommitting. This can be immeasurable in containing your stress levels.

5. Get adequate sleep and drink plenty of water. Impaired sleep can further stress the adrenal glands causing one to downward spiral.

6. Stay organized. Lack of organization in one's life can contribute to the feeling of chaos and being out of control. Learning time management skills and even in some cases employing a professional organizer can help prevent a lot of unnecessary stress.

7. Lastly but not least, get a massage when needed. This can also help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which slows down the breath and the heart rate and can also contribute to a feeling of well-being.

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