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I recently began working night shift (11 pm to 7 am) and I was
wondering if there are any natural supplements other than caffeine
that I could take to help me stay awake. Thanks!
Keefe, Halifax, N.S.
Response from Nutritionist: Heather Scott, RNCP, Wallace,
to working a night shift can take time both physically and mentally.
It's very important to support yourself nutritionally to ensure
consistent energy levels and overall good health. Avoid energy-robbers
sugar, alcohol, tobacco, fats, caffeine, white flour products,
and highly processed foods, all of which starve the body of essential
nutrients and fibre. Stress also depletes energy.
a good healthy, varied diet, rich in whole foods, complex carbohydrates
and a wide range of nutrients. Include more fresh vegetables and
fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. Eat less red meat and more cold
water fish, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna, rich
in essential fatty acids which are vital for the health of the
pollen and royal jelly, both bee products, are excellent for increasing
energy levels almost immediately. (Bee pollen may cause an allergic
reaction in some people. Discontinue use if rash, wheezing, discomfort
or other symptoms occur).
herbs contain natural substances that calm anxiety-causing exhaustion,
or stimulate the nervous system to combat fatigue. Siberian ginseng
is effective in reducing fatigue due to nervous exhaustion. Check
your health food store for a herbal combination formula that will
help to boost energy.
breakfast before work and frequent meals (i.e. every 4 hours)
will help to maintain normal blood sugar throughout your "day"
and avoid fatigue. Take a break or a nap, if possible, before
onset of extreme fatigue. Often, just a 15-minute walk in fresh
air can revitalize and refresh. Deep breathing exercises by an
open window are also useful for helping to oxygenate the body
and clear a fuzzy brain. When you're not at work, adequate sleep
and moderate daily exercise will support energy levels.
can be reached at (902) 257-2428
Response from Homeopathic Doctor: Sara Carrington, DIHom(pract),
each person needs to be assessed individually for the homeopathic
remedies and dosage best suited for them, these are some examples
of common homeopathic remedies I would suggest.
12C or 30C twice a day for a week is often used by those who have
difficulty readjusting to time changes. Those who have nausea,
dizziness/vertigo or diarrhea along with the tiredness will often
use Cocculus 12C or 30C. One would then take a "constitutional
remedy" (a remedy specifically for an individual's immune
system or vital force) to receives long-term effect for adjusting
to time changes. The "constitutional remedy" could be
one of twelve basic remedies or one of a number of other choices
depending on the client's symptoms.
Sara can be reached at (902) 892-9355
Response from Naturopath, Charlotte Tanquay, ND, Fredericton,
To help stay awake and alert, many men find it helpful to take
1 - 2 Korean Ginseng capsules with each meal on a regular basis.
It can be taken at night with your night lunch and then there
is no need to wake up from your daytime sleep to take it. Women
find it more effective to take Siberian Ginseng.
can be reached at (506)-450-9440
Natural Choice Journal,
friend is having cancer treatments, how does she go about buying
a wig? Linda Blanchard, Charlottetown, PEI
Response from Charles Caswell, from the Maritime Hair
Loss Clinic, Charlottetown, PEI
treatments do not always result in hair loss. If, and when it
does occur, it usually happens very rapidly. If you feel that
the loss of your hair will greatly disturb you, it is best to
be prepared. Before you begin treatments, contact a local wig
specialist so that arrangements can be made to have the perfect
wig ready for when you need it. You need to select a suitable
make, style and colour to meet your needs.
can vary dramatically in quality and price. Prices range from
$75 to $400 for synthetic hair and over $1000 for human hair.
Synthetic hair wigs require less maintenance as the style is built
into them. Human hair when washed reacts like your own natural
hair and has to be properly styled with dryer and curling iron.
hair loss due to cancer treatments is temporary, I recommend a
good quality synthetic hair wig as they look very natural, require
much less maintenance and are reasonably priced. Washing a synthetic
hair wig need only be done once every 3 to 4 weeks. When washed,
the style never leaves it and can be easily re-styled.
recommend you attend a Look Good, Feel Better workshop to get
help and information on wigs and other head coverings. Good luck
with your treatments and God Bless.
R. Caswell, Maritime Hair Loss Clinic, Charlottetown at 892-4247.
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