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Chronic Stress part 2 for first responders, I bet you haven’t heard of this yet..

If you could pick a word/ phrase to describe the past two years as a first responder, what would it be? Mine, Burnout I did my fair share of beating myself up about it too That I didn’t handle the stress like I “should” have .. I knew betterBut I didn’t I do betterI rode …

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As First Responders, just because we cant change some things does not mean we are Powerless

“First Responders, we often hear“Change what we can” 📌Improve our diet📌Exercise📌Improve sleep hygiene for when we are off shift📌Incorporate mindfulness practices📌Prioritize rest and relaxation activities off shift This matters BUT What about the things we can’t change? Like… 📌Sleep deprivation on shift📌Repeated exposure to toxins and stressful scenes📌 Unpredictable meal times📌 Being away from family …

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Cortisol, what First Responders need to know

Cortisol This word often brings up negative connotations of stress and weight gain But cortisol is NOT bad In fact we cannot survive without it It’s part of a system that helped us to adapt and survive stress and still does But our stress is different now then primitive times We have a lot more …

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The Endocrine Systems role in Chronic Stress : 2nd Due

So now that we know Epi and Nor-Epi are the Nuero- hormones that play the main role in our Short term stress response Who joins the party when stress continues? CORTISOL 😀 🎉 ( gets no ❤️ but we couldn’t survive without it!) 🔹Fashionably late🔹The 2nd medic🔹2nd Due engine / water supply🔹Back up However you …

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The Chronic Stress Response for First Responders

We are brilliantly designed to handle short term stress A threat is perceived, the body chemically communicates to adapt to it, once the threat is over we return to baseline But what happens when one perceived threats end is met by a new one? What happens when we don’t get that break to return to …

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Grass Fed Butter, Nutritious or hype?

Is Butter healthy?Does grass fed really matter? It CAN beAndYes it really matters See below for a breakdown of the nutrition benefits of grass fed butter which include 📌Butyric Acid📌CLA or conjugated Linoleic Acid📌Vitamins A, D, E and K2 If we are what we eat ( and we are) literallyThen we are what we eat, …

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Real Butter vs. Non-Butter Spreads, whats healthier?

Lets dig in. See below for How each is made 👀 Disclaimer : I am not into food shaming, absolutes or extremes🙅🏻‍♀️ which only create food fears and more stress! I’m sure I consume some margarine and processed seed oils when I opt for a donut or other sweet treat here and there and I’m …

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Meal Ideas that support the Stress response : Breakfast Edition

See below for 5 Days worth of Breakfast meal ideas Each meal is packed with nutrients that support our Acute Stress ResponseBy including Antioxidants ✅Anti-inflammatories ✅Vitamin B6 ✅Tyrosine ✅And more The choices we make at the start of our day truly set the tone for the rest of the day! Starting off with a nutrient …

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Vitamin B6 & Tyrosine, Stress support nutrients

One night years ago I was driving home from a shift working on the ambulance in Brockton. There is a stretch of highway there called 24 which is or at least was really really dark at night I was coming around a bend in the roadway which it seemed I had to myself when… A …

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Antioxidant…Anti-inflammatory whats the difference?

Following up on yesterday’s post addressing the ACUTE Stress response I wanted to dive a little deeper into how to support our natural adaptations to stress During a stress response our vascular system can experience 📌Rapid changes to diameter ofthe effected vessels -which in turn causes…📌Rapid changes to internalPressure within the vessels This calls on …

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The Acute Stress Response, what systems are challenged and how to support them

The ACUTE Stress Response 📌Systems that are challenged📌How to support them-Nutritionally-Physically📌Most importantly -WHY-( remember I’m a big proponent of knowing the WHY behind information ) I will always be expanding on these but here is a bite size breakdownSee below for the WHY & more on each Coming up ‼️ 📌A list of Antioxidant and …

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Understanding our Fight or Flight Stress Response First Responder series. The systems and Hormones Involved

Who has been a victim of the mom seatbelt🙋🏻‍♀️ (who has been the mom seatbelt 🙋🏻‍♀️😂 ) You know when mom has to slam on the brakes and her arm comes flying across your chest 👀 Both of you are equally surprised… It all happens before either of you can consciously process the situation That’s …

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Stress, there is more than one kind for First Responders

Considering our jobs as First Responders evolve around STRESS, it’s not something we all understand all that well do you agree? We may learn about the stress response in relation to patient care but we are never taught much about how it relates to US! It’s time we take the time to really educate ourselves …

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The Lymphatic System, Why this unsung hero is so important for Fire Fighters

The Lymphatic System. This system is a huge part of our immune defense systems 🦠 I like to think of it as one of your bodies ways of taking out the trash 🗑 I have broken down… 📌 HOW it works 📌 WHY it’s so important for Firefighters to understand ‼️ 📌 PREVENTION measures 📌 …

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The gym is for building ourselves, leave weight loss for the kitchen

The gym is for building ourselves. It’s about growth both physically and mentally A place where you leave as More than when you arrived Weakness ➡️ StrengthThoughts ➡️ ActionFatigue ➡️ EnergyPain ➡️ Power To make working out about weight loss cheapens it’s power and yours. You are there to transcend all the BS. It’s a …

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