Lifestyle Strategies to Help Youth with Anxiety

Being a teenager means experiencing a wide range of physical, emotional and social changes, which can often make them vulnerable to anxiety. If you have a teen in your life who has experienced anxiety, you know how hard it can be to help them.

It is useful to acknowledge that anxiety is a perfectly normal reaction to stress. 

Anxiety lets us know when we’re in danger, or when something important is happening so we can perform at our best. It can help youth deal with overwhelming situations like exams, presentations, or going out on a first date. It’s something that everyone experiences occasionally. It’s critical to our survival. But what happens when there isn’t any actual danger? 

A good formula to remember is that anxiety equals an overestimation of the danger, plus an underestimation of your coping skills, plus intolerance for uncertainty, unpredictability and feeling uncomfortable.

Helping youth cope with anxiety involves encouraging realistic estimates of danger, boosting their confidence through coping skills, and building their tolerance for uncertainty, unpredictability and discomfort. 

Preventative approaches

Sleep is a non-negotiable foundation of managing anxiety. A dark, cool bedroom and avoiding screen time an hour before bed can be helpful to encourage your teen’s natural ability to sleep.

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Helping Teens Be Kind to Themselves

Shame is seen as a dark emotion, much like grief and anger. It makes you feel inferior, unworthy and not good enough. The society we live in is a pressure cooker for breeding shame in our youth.

Brené Brown’s work shows shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, eating disorders, violence, suicide, bullying and aggression. It shows itself when we close off from others and distance ourselves through a sense of not belonging.

Have you ever taken the time to think about the definition of shame?

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Iodine Purification Symptoms

When you begin your Truehope Nascent Iodine Protocol it is important that you start slowly, and gradually increase the Iodine as tolerated. If you go too quickly you may experience detoxification or purification symptoms while eliminating Bromide, Fluoride, and Chlorine. In some cases even though you have started very gradually on the Iodine you may still experience symptoms of detoxification that might cause some discomfort.

If this happens there is a solution. Iodine users often use the salt-loading protocol to clear bromide and many other detox symptoms.

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July 25 is Self Care Day

What is self care?

You might have heard the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. For some of you it’s a normal and everyday part of your vocabulary and daily routine. For others it might sound wishy washy, selfish, and a waste of time. 

At Truehope we believe self care is an essential part of a holistic approach to maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Self care is choosing to do the hard thing that’s good for you, rather than taking the easy option that isn’t.

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Why You Still Have Hypothyroid Symptoms Despite Normal TSH

In Canada, doctors rely on the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test (TSH) to determine if your symptoms are due to hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, you can still have hypothyroid symptoms even when your TSH results are “normal”, which can severely impact your health and quality of life. 

The thyroid makes and stores the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 that affect nearly every cell in your body, and the varied symptoms attributed to hypothyroidism reflect that. 

Common symptoms your doctor may look for include fatigue,

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Support Your Thyroid With Truehope Nascent Iodine Advanced

Many people struggle to get enough iodine in their diet. This mineral is naturally occurring in sea vegetables like dulse, kelp and nori, plus fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs and iodized salt. Unfortunately conventional medical wisdom tells us to minimize egg consumption due to the cholesterol they contain, to minimize sodium consumption, and for most of us, fish and sea vegetable consumption is saved for the occasional sushi. Not to mention that the mineral depletion of our soils makes it hard for iodine to find its way into our food chain. 

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New study has linked ADHD with fatty acids

In May 2019, researchers in Spain published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Brain Sciences, showing a connection between diet and ADHD.

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4 reasons why EMPowerplus is better than generic multivitamins

It’s not uncommon for us to hear from people who say that our products are just too expensive, especially since most insurance plans won’t cover them. On the surface, EMPowerplus does seem expensive, especially if you’re under the impression that they’re just as good as generic multivitamins.

However, there are 4 specific things that show that EMPowerplus is actually great value for your money.

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Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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This diet may reduce anxiety, distress & depression

In June 2019, the peer-review journal Nutritional Neuroscience published a study by researchers in Canada and Iran that shows a connection between diet and mental health.

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