Natural Anti-Depressants to Combat Holiday Season Burnout

Holidays are supposed to be full of cheer and happiness, but for some of us, the combination with less sunlight, cold weather and epic to-do lists leads to a 3-4 month serious emotional struggle. Here’s my top tips of how to bolster your body with natural anti-depressants and beat the holiday blues.

1. Get as much sunlight as you possibly can. Our body’s storage of vitamin D gets easily depleted this time of year, so take action to get your fix anyway you can, even for 10-15 minutes. I even recommend people to go to tanning salons to boost levels. Low levels of Vitamin D affects adequate production of Serotonin and Dopamine which might make you feel even more in the dumps.

2. Make room in your life to sleep longer. Many folks make the mistake of not adjusting their lifestyle or diet with the change of seasons. Less sunlight means you may find yourself more tired or wanting to take naps. So take the time and schedule a power nap for 5-10 minutes, put on a guided meditation for a mid-day reset or just get to bed earlier in the nighttime. Aim for 7+ hours.

3. Plan your holiday party recovery. If you’re like me, you’ve already had your fair share of holiday parties. Like any other drug, you WILL begin a withdrawal period from the sugars within alcohol and of course the holiday sweets you cant resist. Sugar Detox usually begins about 24 hrs after your last indulgence. Sugar withdrawal will exacerbate feeling of overwhelm and make you feel scattered with a loss of focus. The antidote? Doubling your fiber levels the next day after a holiday party, i.e. steel cut oatmeal, brown rice, using flax meal, or any high fiber cereal will help dampen the withdrawal symptoms. Don’t forget to drink more water!

3 FACTS BAY AREA WOMEN SHOULD KNOW TO REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK

3 FACTS BAY AREA WOMEN MUST KNOW TO HAVE HEALTHY BREASTS THAT ARE RESISTANT TO CANCER

It's important that every woman living in our tri-county area, which has the highest rates of breast cancer in the state of California, to understand fully how to protect yourself against breast cancer and create a plan of action to reduce the impact of these 3 elements in your life.

It may change the course of a future cancer diagnosis !

1. UNDERSTAND YOUR GENETICS: 

Have members of your family had cancer? Are you genetically susceptible  i.e. BRCA1/2 or have VDR (vitamin D), CYP1B1 or GST/SOD detoxification mutations)? This area of medicine is very new AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE EVEN HEARD OF THIS, but can have huge impact on factors that may make you susceptible to cancer based upon your genetic blueprint.

2. UNDERSTAND YOUR METABOLISM OF HORMONES:

Do you have adequate methylation and active liver enzymes to eliminate cancer causing environmental xenoestrogens like BPA or Oral/topical hormones like in birth control, IVF hormones or menopausal hormone replacement? Many women DO NOT SUPPORT THEIR BODIES THROUGH DETOX over the years to reduce this risk of hormone exposure.

3. KNOW YOUR BREAST AND LYMPHATIC TISSUE: 

It's not just breast tissue to examine, most often our circulation and lymphatic or drainage system needs MAJOR attention. Your immune system uses the lymphatic circulation to monitor your body for foreign growths.  If immunity is weak and lymph circulation are poor, your natural protection is weakened. 

THERMOGRAPHY IS THE ONLY SCREENING TOOL TO DETECT METABOLIC CHANGES WHICH MAY EXPOSE HIDDEN CANCER ACTIVITY.

Thermography is a wonderful tool in addition to mammography and for some women who don't want yearly radiation exposure, it can be used as THE primary tool for prevention.  Thermography can visualize what ultrasounds and mammograms cannot using a heat signature and mapping, and that's why we're able to see the pattern of cancer forming very early on. 

TWICE A YEAR, I HOST A THERMOGRAPHY CLINIC WHERE YOU'LL HAVE ACCESS TO SCREENING THAT MAY COMPLETELY CHANGE HOW YOU CARE FOR YOUR BREASTS. WE OFTEN FILL OUR CLINICS UP IMMEDIATELY ONCE THE SCHEDULE IS OPENED BECAUSE WOMEN ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THIS OPTION!

NO DOCTORS REFERRAL IS REQUIRED!

YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK, ELIMINATE INFLAMMATION, AND THIS PAINLESS SCREENING WILL NOT EXPOSE YOU TO HARMFUL RADIATION.

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http://drverasingleton.com/thermography

3 Facts about Cannabis that may surprise you

Since adult use of cannabis passed in 2018 in CA, and hospitals and clinics are restricting the prescribing rates of opiods,  I get tons of questions about using cannabis for medical purposes.  Let’s review some facts you should know before beginning.

  • It’s the cannabinoid THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in cannabis that is responsible for the high feeling, but other cannabinoids like CBG, or CBN or even the CBD/THC acids can confer healing to the body. Terpenes, the aromatic aspects of the cannabis plant can also help decrease inflammation. Terpenes are essentially essential oils found naturally in the plant and we already know how potent EO's can be. This adds an extra punch to your cannabis medicine. 
  • CBD, or cannabidiol, does not confer a high, rather this cannabinoid modulates the high effect of THC. Hemp contains less potent amounts of CBD, therefore will not get you high, and hemp oil is highly unregulated. So you must be careful on where you get your supply. Ask for certificates of quality and whether the batches are tested for fungicides and herbicides.
  • You should inquire and ask about strains with the appropriate ratio to get the kind of medicine  you want delivered to your body.  Ex) strains with higher amounts of CBD than THC are less likely to get you high. Most dispensaries have this information on hand. They will also have information about terpene profiles.

Many chronic health issues have inflammation as an underlying cause and the right combination  and dose of cannabis can be a healing haven for your body.  No budtender or cannabis specialist can ever predict how your body will respond since we are all genetically different and will respond differently to each plant.  Your best bet is Microdosing (taking a small amount of cannabis) and find what works best for you. Start low and go slow with your dosing and of course keep track of how you feel.

Overworking may cause early onset demetia

Or at least make you feel that way.

You may notice, after a hard day of intense focus and pressure, you may find yourself a bit absent minded.

Chronic stress elevates levels of glucocorticoid stress hormones, can suppresses the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, impairing memory. Your hippocampus is critical to memory because it is one of few areas in the brain that can actually grow when stimulated by new memory or events-even as an adult. Kind of like stem cells. 

Short term stress makes us sharp, focused and alert, but chronic + sustained exposure to stress is an insult to the Hippocampus and can dampen recall, increase forgetfulness or even lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.  All the ingredients to make you think you are headed towards dementia.

Improve your hippocampal/memory performance with nootropics.  These nutrients love, love, love to support the brain and nerve function. My favorite is good old fashion plant based fats and loads of it. 

You may have heard of Omega 3's, but may have no clue what it does. This nutrient literally restructures your nerve cells so they communicate more effectively.  This means you'll be able to think clearly, be more focused and squeeze a bit more juice for when you need it most.

Natural Dermatology- Sun & Skin cancer

Prevention 101: Post summer skin protection and restoration!

As the summer season wraps up, I can't help but to relish in the information from my skintastic seminars.  It was a life saver!  For those of you who could not make it- i'll share some snippets.

Again-The basics: Know your risks!

Skin types: There are 5 types. The more fair and freckled you are (type 1), the more susceptible you are to burn easily. Darker skin Type (3/4/5)  will burn in twice the amount of time. Restoring sunburned skin for each skin type is a bit different.

Type 1/2 will need more intensive support with a broader spectrum of antioxidants- combining topical, food and supplement.

Your best bet? Combine powerful antioxidants internally and on the skin as they work together to deliver more synergistic protection! 

Top "Love Your Skin" Nutrients:

  • Vitamin A, C, E, D
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • CoQ10
  • Sulfur as table salt or MSM
  • Liposomal Glutathione


Dosages vary based upon your overall health condition, skin type and quantity of antioxidants your body has used this summer!  Schedule some time with me if you'd like a more personalized prescription!