Personal Perspectives: The Value of Almased® in Brain Fatigue

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / November 10, 2014

Tired Brain? Brain Fatigue? Slow Brain? Brain Fog? Brain Sluggish?

Brain fatigue. Tired brain. Fuzzy brain. Slow brain. Brain fog. Adrenal fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Exercise challenge? Writers challenge? Not knowing what James Brown, the R/B singer really meant when he sang "I feel good, knew that I would", that concept for many individuals applies to a personal perspective about the value of Almased® use.

Its support to increased alertness and desire for exercise is documented in the literature...and by personal use and discovery. Who here occasionally or regularly feels "brain sluggish? For many writers, being "brain sluggish" does not translate to expressed creativity in delivering...through the written word...the intended message.

Consider the adjustments (offered among many others that can occur) to general well-being that an individual can experience following regular use of a meal using 8 tablespoons of Almased® in 12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk:

-Appropriately full (stomach neurotransmitters no longer are sending signals to brain)

-More alert (supports cortisol and serotonin levels)

-Mentally balanced (satiety)

-No sluggishness (no thoughts about taking a nap)

-More energized (readiness for activity)

-Exercise desiring (an additional weight loss support)

-Ready for upcoming tasks (for a writer-initiative to write)

-Stress reduction (tension relief)

With these observations regarding various mind-body connections, how might you feel if you used Almased®? Why wouldn't any individual not value these experiences?

A Surprising Revelation

Who would think that an all-natural meal replacement comprised of energized soy, probiotic yogurt and honey would offer these mind-body adjustments? Of course, many individuals become involved with meal replacement programs because of their desire to lose weight. Yet the manner in which weight loss occurs can offer many mind-body adjustments...some positive, some negative. Almased® supports weight loss without challenging the primary body functions need for energy (balanced calorie intake) and more importantly, has a low glycemic index (27) and almost nil glycemic load (4). Many individuals, following a traditional meal which often demands higher insulin level release to convert sugar intake to energy, suffer from a fatigue feeling caused by the brain's necessary work and adjustment to the neurotransmitter "flood" being sent from various organs in the body. This does not occur with Almased®. In actuality, it is the reverse...alert and energized.

Appropriate Cortisol Levels Are Supported by Almased®

Brain fatigue or sluggishness is a result of a series of complex signals the brain receives from various neurotransmitters sent by different organs in the human body. Oft times the two most important agents that impact brain readiness for action or thinking are serotonin and cortisol. Postmenopausal women can also be greatly impacted by fluctuating hormone levels. Anyone can be impacted by fluctuating glucose levels...particularly individuals with diabetes. Individuals taking high blood pressure medication may well reflect "brain sluggishness".

Perhaps unknown, cortisol runs unnaturally high as a result of stress-filled lives...and creates long-term health problems later in life. These high levels are a "twix-tween" may be very productive but typically comes at the expense of required sleep and the wired feeling. Most individuals are unaware that cortisol levels in the body are part of a daily cycle-the circadian cycle. Studies have shown that cortisol is usually lowest, for most individuals, between midnight and 4AM, increasing to its maximum around 8AM in the morning. After 8AM, cortisol declines incrementally through the day...unless you receive stress challenges.

As most know, too much "of a good thing" works against any healthcare balance. Such is the case with cortisol. Higher and prolong levels of cortisol in the blood stream have been shown to have negative effects including impaired cognitive, brain sluggishness or brain fatigue. Cortisol levels that regularly remain high often lead from feeling wired to feeling tired/wired until exhaustion occurs. A final result is adrenal imbalance or exhaustion. And...not surprisingly...cortisol levels also affect blood sugar by increasing fasting blood sugar, regulating blood pressure, supporting immune function and inflammory response while lowering serotonin levels which often makes one hungry.

Who here wants to go there with unbalanced cortisol blood levels? Almased®, the meal replacement, on the other hand, supports cortisol balance.

The Soy in Almased® Contributes to Increased Cortisol Levels

Studies completed and published in the 2006 Archives of Internal Medicine (166, 79) verified increased levels of cortisol with Almased® use in a blood pressure study involving some 4700 individuals (the INTERMAP Study). Initial studies regarding the effect of soybean protein (an Almased® ingredient) on blood pressure and other health-markers, including cortisol, was demonstrated by Dr. Jiang He at Tulane University in Louisiana in 2005 prior to the INTERMAP large population of focus study. His research was published in the Annuals of Internal Medicine, 2005 Jul 5;143 (1): 1-9.

Often described as a health multi-tasker, Almased® through its meal replacement approach offers many assists to a more healthy quality of life...including readiness to be creative...oft required in today's stress-filled environments.

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