The Impact of Trauma: Books to Help You Heal and Understand

Trauma reorganizes the nervous system. One’s brain, body and behaviors can be altered tremendously. Thousands of research studies show that brain chemistry changes, the immune system is compromised, and overtime their physical and psychological health is impacted greatly by traumatic experiences, especially without the right forms of healing. Whether you are helping someone who is suffering from PTSD or you yourself have experienced trauma, these books are excellent and highly recommended to help you understand and heal the impact of trauma on the brain and body. » Read more..

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Online Now! The Children’s & Teen Health Summit

Come join Pam and Emily along with 27 experts and learn about research, parenting, health and wellness, as well as parenting your child and teen at The Children’s & Teen Health Summit. It’s online and free this week only.  » Read more..

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Why the Scariest Part of Halloween is the Candy

Let’s face it there is a certain amount of dread parents have around the Halloween festivities. The cuteness of kids costumes wears off after they have ingested their weight in sugary sweets: tantrums, hording away snack-size candy bars, and sneaky behavior are bound to happen. Are you ready for the Halloween mania? Sugar rushes, hyperactive kids (maybe some adults too), not to mention exposure to dyes and allergens all impact your child’s brain chemistry. » Read more..

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New Research on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Serotonin

Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to depression in the winter months, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Difficulty regulating a chemical in the brain, serotonin, may explain why some people suffer from SAD, according to new research. » Read more..

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Tossing and Turning? Sleep Deprivation and Your Health

There aren’t many people who are happy with their sleep: They get too little, they feel restless, they don’t wake up refreshed, they can’t stay asleep. In fact, most Americans admit to having erratic sleep patterns, especially through the work week. So what does sleep deprivation actually do to the body? And if we can’t add more hours to our sleep, how can we make the sleep we do get better? Top-Nursing-Programs.com shares their tips:

Sleep

 

Sleeping Beauty? 8 to 8.5 Hours of sleep per night adults generally require (1).  Are you getting enough?

1 in 3 Adults who have insomnia at some point in their lives (1)

43% of Americans ages 13-64 say they rarely or never get good sleep on weeknights.

60% admit to suffering some sleep problem every night (snoring, waking constantly, feeling groggy in the morning). (2)

15% of adults 19-64 say they sleep less than six hours on weeknights. (2)

The Science of Sleep

Our bodies experience two types of sleep on a nightly basis: NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Since sleeping is a cycle, NREM occurs as we first fall asleep, with REM following about 90 minutes after and recurring about every 90 minutes.

Stage 1: Light sleep, between sleep and wakefulness.

Stage 2: Onset of sleep, during which we become disengaged with surroundings. Breathing and heart rate are regulated and body temperature drops.

Stages 3 and 4: Breathing slows, muscles relax, tissue grows and repairs, energy is restored and hormones are released.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Body

Lack of sleep or insomnia can have multiple negative effects on the human body and mind. Here are some of the most common and dangerous problems.

  • Fatigue. It is estimated that fatigue due to sleeplessness is the cause of 100,000 car accidents every year.
  • Dulled cognitive processes. Sleep consolidates and affirms memories in your mind. Without it, people have a hard time retaining learned information from the day before.
  • Increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. 90% of those with insomnia also have other health conditions.
  • Lack of sex drive. For men especially, lack of sleep can contribute to lower testosterone levels.
  • Depression. In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, it was found that those with insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression.
  • Premature skin aging. The stress hormone cortisol is released in great amounts in those with insomnia. Cortisol can break down collagen in skin.
  • Weight gain. People who sleep less than six hours each day are 30% more likely to become obese than those who sleep seven to nine hours.

How to Sleep Better

Most of us could use help falling and staying asleep. Just a few daily changes could mean the difference between a restless night and a restful one. (4)

1. Set a regular bedtime and stick to it. Wake up at the same time every day; even on days off.

2. Test your neurotransmitters. Unblanced levels lead to sleep cycle issues.

3. If you really need to make up for lost sleep, opt for a short (30-minute) daytime nap. Don’t sleep in.

4. Fight after-dinner drowsiness by remaining active at home before bedtime.

5. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine late in the day.

6. Light sources suppress melatonin production. Try not to use a computer, TV, smartphone or tablet just before getting into bed. Consider orange tinted glasses to block the blue light, aiding in melatonin production.

Source: Top-Nursing-Programs.com

Sources:
1. http://deltasleeplabs.com
2. http://sleepfoundation.org
3. http://www.webmd.com
4. http://www.helpguide.org

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Trade Homework for Workouts: How After-School Exercise Improves Focus

Does homework time at your house make you and your kids want to scream? Contrary to what many schools push, and some parents believe, starting homework or staring at a computer after-school does not bode well for academic success. Playtime and afterschool exercise does. Sound too good to be true? A new study published by Pediatrics shows that afterschool exercise has more benefits than many parents—and teachers may believe. Children who exercised after-school showed better self-control increased executive functioning and improvements in memory. » Read more..

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New Research on Depression: Scientists Discover a “Dimmer Switch”

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

UC San Diego researchers have discovered that ratios of neurotransmitters may be more important than the brain chemicals themselves when treating depression. Two neurotransmitters, Glutamate and GABA which have very different roles are important in depression and how our brains react to bad news. » Read more..

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4 Snack Ideas to Fuel Your Brain and Body

When you go too long without eating you get hangry.  You get moody, lack focus, and make poor decisions.  Your blood sugar waxes and wanes making it hard to -have a stable mood or thought. Which means that the drive-through looks mighty tempting.  The best way to keep your brain fueled, stomach happy, is to keep some on-the-go snacks with you at all times. These four snack ideas are gluten-free and filled with protein.  Protein is an essential part of developing healthy brain chemistry. Grab them and go on with your day!  » Read more..

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Why You Need More Serotonin and How to Get it

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We know that serotonin is the “feel good neurotransmitter” but new research shows that it can keep you stay calm and patient in frustrating circumstances. Waiting for the light to turn red may make your blood boil, but with balanced levels of serotonin, your system is hardly phased by the stress. It is also improves impulse control. The urge for giving into the sweet treat or bad habit won’t be as strong with enough serotonin in your system. » Read more..

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Back-to-School Savings on All Children’s Programs

Children’s Program Back-to-School Savings Starts Now

 

From now to August 31st:

New Children’s Program Package – $50.00 off!
Children’s Program Retest Package – $25.00 off!

Neurogistics Children's Programs are now on sale for back-to-school

Parents! The first day of school is just around the corner. The transition back to the classroom, tests, and homework can be too much for many children. We want all of our kids to feel focused, confident, and excited when headed back to class. This is the perfect time to save with our Back-to-School Special! The more balanced your child’s brain is the better their school year will be.  So let’s set them up for academic, emotional, and behavioral success by testing now! You can learn more about how The Neurogistics Children’s Program can help your child by clicking here.

How to Order

If you are new to our Children’s Program, please click here to route to our home page, and click on the “Get Started” button.  To ensure enrollment in our Children’s Program, enter the practitioner ID – ‘BALANCE’ when prompted.  For retest orders, simply order a retest through your child’s online account.  If you already have a pending retest, please contact our office to order over the phone.  Our toll free number is 888-257-9068 for questions please email childquestion@neurogistics.com.
This special cannot be applied to pending or recently processed orders.
Take advantage the Neurogistics Children's program back-to-school special with a sale on all test kits

Back-to-School Tips

 

The transition back-to-school can be challenging for children and their parents.  The more support they have for their brains and their environments the more successful their school year will be.  Try these tips from our Child Therapist – Emily Roberts, MA LPC,  to help your family feel confident about the upcoming school year.

1. Organize Effectively

Help your child prepare for the upcoming school year today. Use a visual cue such as a calender to show them when they will be going back, what activities they have (note the days and time) and ask them what they want to put on the calender, get them invested in the process. As school assignments pour in, pick a time each day to sit with your child and put the due dates on here too. It helps feel secure and safe, and sets them up for learning how to organize their life.

2. Snack Smart

Have healthy snacks on hand that can enhance focus and prevent meltdowns is easier than you think. Make sure that the snack contains a protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat. This combination is imperative for cognitive functioning and blood sugar stability, which means better moods! Many prepackaged and portable foods contain additives, dyes and more sugar than a can of soda. Try these smart snacks to boost brain power.

3. Sleep Tight

For a seamless transition back to school students of all ages need a consistent sleep schedule (adults do too). Studies show that back to school success correlates with a proper sleep cycle. Enough sleep means higher test scores, better behavior and more focus. How do you get your little learner back to bright and early mornings? This Back-to-Bedtime Post has you covered.

We wish all of you the best back-to-school year yet!

In Good Health,

Neurogistics Corporation

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