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Tips to avoid holiday stress, work burnout

As the days grow shorter and colder, the holiday season is fast approaching. An inevitable side effect of holiday joy is added stress, whether it is in the workplace or at home.

Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a leader of The Landmark Forum and Advanced Course, said there are five telltale signs that someone has hit a “burnout wall” at work.
According to Herman-Saccio, these five signs are indicative of someone who has reached his or her stress limit in the workplace:

1.    Repeatedly complains
2.    Frequently participates in gossip and doesn’t enjoy being with co-workers
3.    Dreads going to work and/or is chronically late
4.    Is overly tired and feels trapped/stuck with no place to go
5.    Cut corners, tell lies (however small) to cover himself or herself and is just not doing as good of a job as possible

Herman-Saccio said that if someone is experiencing one or all of these five things in relation to his or her work, there are two simple questions that should be asked in order to evaluate the issue:
1.    What’s the source of the burnout?
2.    What’s the solution?

After asking these questions and working to identify issues, Herman-Saccio said there are several ways to get one’s head back in the workspace, such as making to-do lists, focusing on the positive benefits that a job has in one’s personal and professional life, and turning complaints into requests in order to see the positive side of things.

Dr. Suneil Jain, a naturopathic doctor with Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale, said the holidays can heighten stress in the workplace.

“There’s a lot of social gatherings and get-togethers. There’s pressure with seeing family and getting gifts, another year coming to an end and realizing that you’re getting older. There’s a lot of things coming on around that time,” Jain said.

Jain said in naturopathic medicine, taking care of the body as a whole is key to maintaining health and eliminating stress.

“If you’re not eating right, that puts extra stress on your body and that gets you even more prone to being anxious,” Jain said. “Exercise is important, too, because it … can help you relieve stress.”

Jain said an office environment that encourages people to voice opinions and offers time to take breaks and unwind can be key to diminishing stress.

“You can tell when somebody is stressed because they’re not performing the way they usually perform, they’re making mistakes, looking tired and not performing the way an employee typically performs,” Jain said.

Jain said stress often manifests itself physically with fluctuating weight, exhaustion and can age someone a lot faster if they can’t get the stress under control.     “Stress controls literally every function in the body,” Jain said. “Everyone can do some deep breathing, where you learn how to properly take a deep breath in and deep breath out,” Jain said. “Do that a couple of times a day and during stressful situations.”

Jain said proper deep breathing techniques involve breathing in through the nose, allowing the abdomen to expand and breathing out through the mouth. People usually take short, shallow breaths and deep breathing can help relax and rejuvenate the body, Jain said.

“Other than that simple technique, there’s other things you can do for stress, like yoga, meditation, tai chi. Those are all great exercises that I think everyone should be doing or at least familiarizing themselves with,” Jain said.

IV Drip

Keep Hydrated In The Summer With An IV Drip

Hollywood health craze, the IV drip, has found its way to the Valley of the Sun. According to Dr. Suneil Jain, Rejuvena founder and owner, intravenous therapy not only keeps you hydrated in the Arizona heat, it’s a faster alternative to regular vitamin intake.

“If you’re out in the heat, you are losing a lot of electrolytes,” Jain says. “We can replenish those through IV drip.”

Many outside workers and athletes have incorporated this into their routines. Phoenix Suns player Steve Nash has had the opportunity to stop in at Rejuvena and spoke of how it improved his performance in his testimonial.

According to Jain, many patients hear about IV drip in their social circles or have ailments that require them to use vitamins in this way.

“Some patients do their research, come back and say ‘Oh, Madonna and Rihanna are doing it’,” Jain says. “It makes them feel better about it.”

IV drip allows vitamins to be absorbed faster and more effectively because the vitamins are deposited directly to the bloodstream.

When vitamins are taken orally, there is a chance that only 30 to 50 percent of the nutrients are being absorbed due to the digestive process. Not only does the process take longer, many nutrients are lost due to various chemicals in the body.

“IV therapy forces the body to absorb all of the vitamins that are injected,” Jain says. The vitamins also continue to permeate the body long after the injection.

According to Jain, this quick absorption does not generally produce side effects. “There may be slight detoxification effects, but generally IVs are meant to replenish the body and provide nutrition and support,” Jain says.

The therapy is also beneficial for patients suffering from various illnesses. It can heal someone suffering from cardiovascular disease, metal poisoning or the common cold.

“When you take the vitamins in high dosages, you see the antivirus benefits,” Jain says. Dosages of upwards of 100,000 milligrams are often given to patients, which does more work than just 1,000 milligrams often coming from pills.

At Rejuvena, basic IV therapy session costs range from $150 to $200. “It’s a big part of our business,” Jain says. “It’s a tool we use a lot of on a daily basis.”

Although Jain says this tool is not an excuse to not eat properly, he acknowledges that it’s a great way to “get essential XYZ vitamins into the bloodstream.”

“In general, IV therapy in itself can be quite powerful,” Jain says.

For more information about IV drip and IV therapy, visit werejuvenate.com.

Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 551-9000
werejuvenate.com

Dadpreneurs

Move Over Moms, Dadpreneurs Are Taking Over

For years, mompreneurs have made headlines for their hard work balancing the challenges of being both a mother and an entrepreneur. Now moms are facing a little competition — and it may even be from their own husbands. The competition? Dadpreneurs.

As fathers to young children, dadpreneurs also face the challenges of running their own businesses.

Dadpreneurs: Steve Lopez, Clean Air CabAs an expression for his love for cars, Steve Lopez began his career as a professional race car driver. However, after realizing that “(his) voice wasn’t being heard,” Lopez made the decision to take his passion to the next level.

With sustainability and automobiles as two passions in Lopez’s life, he also recognized the necessity for transportation in the Valley. With this knowledge, Lopez established Clean Air Cab.

Lopez looks at Clean Air Cab as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s not money, not a coupon, not advertising … it’s cleaning your city … and helping to grow the community alongside the company,” Lopez says.

However, Lopez’s main concern does not fall with his thriving business, but instead, with his three young children. Although he finds it tough to be a dadpreneur, Lopez makes an effort to be home each night for dinner.

“I would much rather be the father who reads my kids a book at night than be kissing their cheeks once the lights are off,” he says.

Dadpreneurs: Joseph ScarpLike Lopez, Joseph Scarp, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, shares similar views when it comes to being a dadpreneur.

In 2001, Scarp found himself in an office where competition overtook the healthy business atmosphere. Soon after, Scarp established Phoenician Properties, where sharing is key and the business was built upon referral.

The business quickly rose to success and partnered with Better Homes and Gardens, now giving the company the combination of names to “help it grow as a national brand,” Scarp says.

One of the upsides to balancing being a father with being an entrepreneur is having the business make a positive impact on his children.

Dadpreneurs: Dr. Jain, Rejuvena Health and AestheticsDr. Suneil Jain is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. The practice focuses on offering services that uses natural products.

“If someone is coming in for an aesthetic procedure, we help them to go on a diet through holistic routes,” Jain says.

Not only does Jain practice healthy eating and lifestyles at his office, but he also implements them into his kids’ lives — as his “4-year-old knows the importance of eating healthy and drinking water,” Jain says.

Balancing fatherhood and running a successful business is difficult, but between the two, Scarp gives his children priority.

“There is nothing better than coming home at night and having two smiling faces … (kids) are the true meaning of unconditional love,” Scarp says. “(Also), there’s not a rulebook where it says when you have a parent-teacher conference or it’s snack day at preschool.”

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For more information about the dadpreneurs mentioned in the story:

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties
5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 663-1400
www.phoenicianproperties.com

Clean Air Cab
1600 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 390-9003
www.cleanaircab.com

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 540-9068
www.werejuvenate.com

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Food Sensitivities Test - Scottsdale Living May/June 2011

Eat The Right Foods, Prevent Food Sensitivities

Eat The Right Foods, Prevent Food Sensitivities And Food Intolerances

Food plays a vital role in the proper nourishment of the body. However, it can be difficult to know what effect food has on the body until one eats the wrong thing and experiences uncomfortable symptoms.

Believe it or not, symptoms such as stomach pains, headaches, irritability and fatigue can be treated not with medicine, but by eating the right foods for your body.

Using food in place of medicine is far from a new concept. The ancient Greek physician and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”

Unfortunately, this form of thinking has been lost as we make more advancements with medicines and solutions that treat the symptoms, but don’t fix the problem.

Arizona board certified naturopathic medical doctor, Suneil Jain of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics in Scottsdale, says food sensitivities are far more common today than many people might think. Although often equated with food allergies, food sensitivities also include food intolerances that, unlike allergies, are toxic reactions to foods that do not involve the immune system and can be more difficult to diagnose. This occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system, causing him to improperly digest or break down the food. Intolerance to gluten and pasteurized dairy are two of the most common food sensitivities.

According to Jain, the average American eats about 92 grams of sugar a day. However, the human body needs only about eight grams for energy, an amount that should be satisfied mostly through natural sugars derived from fresh fruits, vegetables and grains. Knowing these facts and the foods your body can tolerate can help reduce reaction symptoms.

Jain’s Food as Medicine Program teaches patients the right foods to eat and the ones to avoid. Each personalized diet plan is based upon a blood analysis to determine underlying food sensitivities.

The Food Sensitivity test involves running samples of one’s blood against a diverse panel of foods to determine intolerances. This might compare to a food allergy test, however, food sensitivities differ from allergies in that:

• Reactions are delayed and not immediate or life threatening.
• A small amount of food may not provoke noticeable reaction, but a large amount will.
• Symptoms can appear immediately or in up to three days.
• A person may be reactive to more than 25 foods and food chemicals.
• Even so-called “healthy” foods such as chicken, salmon, spinach, blueberries, apples or garlic can cause problems.

Knowing the foods your body can tolerate can result in fewer headaches, less bloating and more energy. It can also help you lose weight.

As the saying goes, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Different people can have very dissimilar reactions to exactly the same food. Symptoms can come and go and change throughout life. They may not be very harmful, but eventually they will affect an individual’s well-being.

Food intolerances and the symptoms associated with food intolerance can be prevented by taking the following simple steps:

Learn which foods in which amounts cause you to have symptoms, and limit your intake to amounts you can handle.
When you dine out, ask your server about how your meal will be prepared. Some meals may contain foods you cannot tolerate, which may not be evident from the description on the menu.

Learn to read food labels and check the ingredients for problem foods. Don’t forget to check condiments and seasonings. They may contain MSG or another additive that can lead to symptoms.

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics specializes in wellness and anti-aging. For more information about food sensitivities and food intolerances, visit www.werejuvenate.com or call (480) 551-9000.