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Caffeine Withdrawal

There are many sources of caffeine: coffee, tea, cocoa beans and kola nuts to name a few. Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant and causes a degree of physical dependence. That is why people often say they can’t start their day without a good strong cup of coffee or tea. Caffeine itself is not inherently bad for most people; the key is moderation. If you believe you have gotten hooked on caffeine and wish to lower your daily intake, it is best to go about it slowly.

Stopping caffeine quickly, especially if you have been routinely consuming two or more caffeinated beverages per day, can cause you to suffer from some very real symptoms. These include but are not limited to: fatigue, headache, anxiety, irritability, sadness and trouble concentrating.

The good news is that these symptoms only last a few days. However, there is a simple way to decrease the likelihood of suffering unduly. The key is to only decrease your intake by 10% every two days. For example, if you drink 48 ounces of caffeinated beverages per day, each two days you will drink 4.8 ounces less.

Just because you are giving up or limiting your dependence on caffeine, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice some of the benefits. Support your adrenal glands with scientifically researched botanicals (herbals) such as, ginseng, rhodiola, ashwangda and cordyceps. The rationale for these recommendations is simple and twofold.

When people have been using caffeine to keep themselves going, instead of as an energy boost every now and then, there is a price. It is not physically possible to continuously borrow from tomorrow’s energy to survive today; thus, caffeine addicts become adrenal fatigued. The herbals above are known as adaptogenics, which means they help the body adapt to stressors and that can be in the form of stopping caffeine or helping nurture your adrenal glands that you have been borrowing energy from over the course of weeks, months or years.

In Conclusion:
Start slow when you are dropping your caffeine dosage. Don’t drop more than 10% of your caffeine intake per two day period of time. Remember it is the turtle that wins the race, not the rabbit. Support your body during this transition with adaptogenic herbs and make sure you stay well hydrated.

Start the Year Right: Changes You Can Make in Your Health Regimen This New Year

Everyone has room for improvement when it comes to their health. Many of us can readily make a list of areas we would like to see on our wish list of health optimization. Here are areas you can focus on; go through this checklist and see how you measure up.

Dietary Improvement

Embrace the full reality that your body will not perform optimally unless it is fueled properly.

Step one — avoid processed and fast foods.

Step two — eliminate genetically modified foods to the very best of your ability.

Step three limit the consumption of liquid carbohydrates, including soda pop, processed juice, high fructose beverages and alcohol.

Step four — Focus on organic veggies, fruit and grains. Limit all non-organic or free range meat, such as chicken, pork, lamb or beef.

Step five — Adopt the following dietary ratio:  3+2+1+1, which stands for the fact that by the end of the day, if you were to add up all the food servings that you had, the following ratio would apply: three veggies, two fresh fruits, one grain (rice, corn, millet, etc.) and a large portion of protein equal to 40 to 70 grams.

Step six — Stay hydrated. The average adult needs to consume at least two liters (quarts) minimally per day of clear fluids.
Stress Identification and Elimination
Challenge your definition of success each and every year. So often we get stuck in our daily routines and don’t reevaluate our priorities regarding pursuit of career, advancement and financial success. Look at your daily life and see where you can trim unneeded and unwanted stress. If you are stressed, you are not in a state of ease, thus you are in a state of dis-ease.

Restoring the Body

There are a couple of simple ways to improve the harmony of your life and help recharge your body and encourage it to thrive. First and foremost, if you are not getting the right amount of quantity and quality of sleep, you need to rearrange your priorities. The ideal amount of sleep is seven to eight hours. Quality is also essential. If you are not recalling your dreams at least two times a week your sleep quality is inadequate. Additionally, if you wake up more than once per night to go to the bathroom, then your sleep is unduly interrupted. If you snore or toss and turn a lot at night or know you have sleep apnea (your breathing is interrupted while asleep); you must invest in your sleep quality by getting a sleep study. Many times it can be ordered by your doctor and be done at home. Remember, restoring your body starts with quality and quantity of your rest.

Find Balance

Life is not a destination, it is a journey. You must find balance within your pursuits. To work all of one’s life and not incorporate fun is ultimately not considered maximal success. Don’t be fixated by the future or wear yourself out in preparation for retirement. There are cases of individuals that reach retirement with their bodies that are too exhausted to enjoy the last 10 or 15 years of their lives. Spiritual, mental and physical balance and harmony is a must. You need to work on all three dimensions of your essence. To ignore one of these is like thinking a stool can be functional with only two legs versus all three.

In Conclusion

Honestly evaluate each of these areas. Even better, you can do so with a friend or family member, to help each other become healthier. It is possible to achieve your health goals if you are determined and focused, and the New Year is the perfect time to get started! Make 2015 a year of good health and wellness.


Health Tips On the Go!

Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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