Beyond Tangy Tangerine

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Ben Fuchs | Pharmacist Ben

– dedicated to Robert Y.


· We have two nervous systems.   One for handling stress (sympathetic) and one for relaxation (parasympathetic)

· Under normal healthy circumstances our body’s activities should be dominated by the relaxation nervous system based activity (activated upper digestion, relaxed lower digestion, lower heart rate and a sense of well-being)

· The signs of PTSD are the signs of an overactive sympathetic stress system

· Work mentally and emotionally first.  Use hypnosis, visualization, religion, whatever it takes

· Deep breathing can be very effective.  Stress and shallow breathing go hand in hand.  Oxygenations the fastest way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system

· Nutrition and diet strategies can help too

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By English: Cpl. Andrew Johnston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As if the trauma of war wasn’t horrific enough, upon cessation of battle and stateside return, many soldiers are destined to confront continued traumatic mental and emotional stress despite the absence of immediate emergency.  The ensuing constellation of stressful symptoms, so called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), affects, according to the Congressional Research Service, 27 percent of soldiers returning from undeclared wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And you don’t have to be war veteran to suffer from PTSD.  The same constellation of symptoms that affects returning vets can occur with victims of violence, sexual abuse, or emotional battering and mental harassment.   Concentration camp victims and survivors of accidents and natural disasters are also prone towards the symptomology of PTSD.  In fact, according to WebMD, over 5 million people in the United States are suspected of having some of the symptoms of PTSD which can be grouped into three general categories:

Reliving-(hallucinations, flashbacks),

Avoiding- (sense of detachment and isolation)

Increased arousal -(anger, jumpiness, anxiety, insomnia)

To understand PTSD, we have to understand the nervous system or more specifically, the nervous systems.    Plural, because we have two of them.  One which regulates the stress response is called the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).    Constipation, oily, skin, insomnia, low sex drive and anxiety are all signs of an activated stress response nervous system.  The second nervous system is called the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).  It regulates the relaxation response.  PNS activation is manifested by relaxed lower digestion, activated upper digestion, lower heart rate, high libido and a sense of well being.

Under normal circumstances the body operates in a PNS dominant state.  It would like to always be in a PNS dominant state.  The sympathetic nervous system is an emergency system and chronic activation is bound to create mental emotional and physical health havoc.  PTSD is a classic example of an SNS running amok. Consequently the best strategy for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is to return the body to a PNS dominant state.

Probably the most important therapy for dealing with PTSD and returning the parasympathetic to its rightful biochemical place as the dominant nervous system is to address the mental and emotional causes.  Do not underestimate the importance of this component.  Work with any mental and emotional strategies you can come up with.  Meditation, visualization, hypnosis, Landmark Forum or God.  It doesn’t matter.  This is the most important component of dismantling of PTSD or any other emotional/mental   health challenge.

Deep breathing can also be helpful.  When the anxiety of PTSD kicks in the body tends to contract and breathing becomes more rapid and shallow.  Contractions and rapid shallow breathing alert the adrenal glands to a threat and stress hormone kick in.   This causes more shallow breathing and a further contraction old the muscles and connective tissue.    Which causes the secretion of more adrenal stress hormones, which causes even more contraction and shallow breathing.  The resultant downward spiral can continue unabatedly until it shows up as the chromic emergency type symptoms associated with PTSD.  The key to breaking the spiral is to practice deep breathing.  In fact, there is no faster way to activate the relaxation response than to deep breathe.  For extra benefits, practice relaxing facial muscles on the exhale.

From a diet and nutritional standpoint, there are many strategies for activating the body’s PNS regulated response.  Below are my Top 14 nutritional strategies for activating the relaxation response and dealing with PTSD:

1.      Maintain stable blood sugar; eat more protein, less refined carbs.  Refined food is also more likely to contain excitotoxins which can exacerbate anxiety.

2.      Veggies and protein – Recipe for building serotonin, the body’s most important stress management biochemical.   Starchy veggies and protein from whey and eggs can be especially helpful.

3.      Lithium Oratate (5mg active elemental lithium) – mood stabilizing nutrient, used as prescription medicine, but available at a health food store, very relaxing.

4.      GABA 100mg – (500 to 1000mg once or twice a day)-relaxing brain chemical, made by the body so there’s no toxicity.

5.      Theanine (100-200mg 1-3 times a day)– an amino acid found in tea theanine has been shown in numerous studies to have psychoactive effects, thought to increase the brains levels of GABA, theanine may have excitoxicity benefits too.  You can drink decaff green tea to bump up your theanine levels in the middle of the day.

6.      Glycine (500 to 1000mg once or twice a day) -like GABA it’s a brain chemical and made by the body so there’s no toxicity.  Whey protein is an excellent source of glycine.

7.      Vitamin C (5-10 grams a day) – The quintessential anti stress vitamin.  Deficiencies are common. The greater the stress the more you need.  The more sugar you eat, the more you need.  Take the powder and save money, 1teaspoonful = 5grams.

8.      B-Complex (B-100 every few hours with water) with timed release niacin (100mg once or twice a day) – mood stabilizing, promotes serotonin synthesis.

9.      5HTP (100mg at bedtime) – precursor to serotonin, has anti anxiety and anti-depressant effects, take at bedtime.

10.   Melatonin (3 mg at night)-major relaxation biochemical, anti-aging, supports immunity and digestive health as provides a sense of well being.  Causes drowsiness, take at bedtime.

11.   Beyond Tangy Tangerine – nutritional deficiencies =can trigger the symptom of PTSD.  Sipping on Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine all day long can prevent drops into nutritional deficiency status. [Buy Beyond Tangy Tangerine here]

12.   Celtic Sea Salt – manna for the adrenal glands.  Put a teaspoonful or two in a glass of water and sip on it, if it tastes delicious you’re adrenals are gonna love it!   After a while, when it doesn’t taste as delicious you’ve had enough.

13.   Magnesium (1200-2000mg a day glycinate form is the ideal.)  Green veggies are a great source of magnesium.  Involved in production of stress management hormones.  Gall bladder or other digestive health problem may impair absorption.  Take with apple cider vinegar, lecithin, digestive enzymes, bile salts, fatty meals to maximize absorption.

14.   Inositol (500mg 2-4 times a day) – This vitamin-like substance improves serotonin’s stress management properties.  High doses (18) grams a day shown to work as well as Prozac with no side effects.

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Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine

I’ve been designing consumer chemistry products for over a long time. I’ve developed oven cleaners, paint, paint removers, toothpaste, shampoos, skincare products and a whole bunch of nutritional products; hundreds of different products in all. I’m making this point because I want you to know that I know a good formulation when I see one and Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine (BTT) is not just a good formulation, in my opinion it’s a great one!

Beyond Tangy Tangerine CanisterBeyond Tangy Tangerine is a powder that you add to water and drink. Although most folks tend to underestimate the therapeutic advantages of fluids over solid medicines, pharmacists don’t. Because we are steeped in the importance of absorption and dosages forms, we know it’s not only the medicine that counts it’s how much is medicine absorbed and used. That’s why in pharmacy school students are trained to understand the singular and unique effectiveness of the liquid format.

This potability affords the Beyond Tangy Tangerine numerous important benefits that you don’t get with ordinary capsules and tablets.

For example, because the BTT nutrients are in solution, there’s no need for dissolution, i.e. the dissolving of nutrients by the action of digestive secretions. The liquid format also allows for rapid absorption form the stomach and intestines. Rapid absorption means quick action.

This bypassing of the digestive mechanics makes liquid nutrition ideal for patients and clients who have some kind of impairment of digestive secretions i.e. acid and enzymes.

When you swallow a capsule or a tablet, that capsule or a tablet has to be processed before it can be used. That means digestive chemicals and juices such must be secreted for said tablet or capsule be disintegrated and dissolved and for the included nutrients to be released. If you’re not making enough of these digestive juices and many Americans aren’t you can quite literally be flushing your pills down the toilet.

Beyond Tangy Tangerine Supplement FactsThe facility with which the nutrients in the BTT enter into the blood can also be important for folks dealing with inflamed or irritated or otherwise broken down digestive lining.

What’s more important, if you’re dealing with celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, or ulcerative colitis you are at especially high risk for nutritional deficiencies as absorption through the intestinal wall may be compromised. High concentrations of liquid nutrients can be used to “drive” vitamins and minerals and accessory nutrients through a damaged digestive lining.

The liquid format of the Beyond Tangy Tangerine also allows for formulation of a super concentrated nutritional supplement. There are over 100 different nutritional components in a scoop of BTT; it would impossible to deliver this kind of this kind of nutritional density in a tablet tor capsule. And if you have problems swallowing a pill, once again the liquid nature of the BTT makes dosing yourself with nutrition much easier to accomplish than with the more traditional capsules and tablets.

There’s yet another advantage to the powder/liquid nature of the BTT: flexibility. Because the powdered nutrients can be dissolved into liquids in a literally infinite variety of concentrations, dosages can be tailored to both need and taste. You need more concentrated dose of nutrition? No problem, just add a bit more powder. Your BTT tastes too strong? Again, no problem, just use a little less. Sometimes I’ll just put a half teaspoonful in a glass of water when a need quick pick-me- up. This kind of flexible dosing once again gives the Beyond Tangy Tangerine an ease and convenience that is impossible to achieve with tablets and capsules.

The liquid format of the BTT also allows for what is in essence a sustained release of nutrients. In other words, you can sip on the stuff. In fact you should sip on the stuff! Delivering the nutrients in the Beyond Tangy Tangerine to the body slowly gives you several important benefits. First of all, slow delivery means slow excretion. That means more time for the body to absorb the vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. In the world of nutrition what we don’t use we lose. An overly rapid delivery of nutrition to the body will inevitably result in overly rapid excretion. Even if the digestive tract and system are healthy, this means that much of the nutritional benefit of the BTT vitamins and minerals and accessory nutrients will be lost. That can be unfortunate. But, if the digestive tract is not healthy, swallowing down your BTT to quickly can lead to even more distressing results. Rapidly delivered nutrients will not only be lost via excretion, but even worse, they will tend to attract water as the body attempts to excrete the unabsorbed material. This can cause loose stools and diarrhea. If you use your BTT and find yourself running to the bathroom, for an evacuative emergency, chances are you’re dealing with impaired nutrient absorption. By sipping slowly and using a less concentrated dose you’ll be assuring a more complete absorption of the BTT and preventing the distressing diarrhea that can be caused by malabsorbtion and disturbed digestive chemistry.

Would you like to try some? You can get Beyond Tangy Tangerine at the Youngevity Shop.

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Since 1991, Youngevity has been providing innovative health care products to satisfied customers. This stability is unique in the industry, giving you products with impressive history and benefits.

Beyond Tangy Tangerine Youngevity FavoritesBEYOND TANGY TANGERINE
Beyond Tangy Tangerine ® contains a base of Majestic Earth ® Plant Derived Minerals ® blended with vitamins, amino acids, and other beneficial nutrients to make a balanced and complete daily supplement.

Great tangy tangerine taste Supports overall health and a healthy immune, cardiovascular, and digestive system
Gluten-free with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives Low glycemic index/glycemic friendly Promotes health blood sugar levels.
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Ultimate Classic Youngevity FavoritesULTIMATE CLASSIC
When dinosaurs roamed the earth 70 million years ago, they likely walked on soil abundant with minerals. Plants and fruits likely contained at least 77 minerals, which became water-soluble as they transmuted through the root system to become part of a luscious, succulent, vibrant and life-sustaining source of food.

Plant-derived minerals have been encapsulated in the earth as a pure food since that time. Ultimate™ Classic® provides Majestic Earth™ Plant Derived Minerals™, up to 77 minerals from prehistoric plants in their unaltered colloidal form, plus a complete array of vitamins and key nutrients for optimal health.


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Delivering a healthy balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9s, 100% organic Ultimate™ EFA™ is a must-have for people who want to derive the benefits of a full range of essential fatty acids–organically.

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