The Daily Benefit Blog from The Morrison Center
Sail Through the Winter Without Feeling "SAD"

Sail Through the Winter Without Feeling "SAD"

by Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel January 23, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short, is a type of depression that occurs during the winter. This type of depression, which affects more than 30 million Americans, is likely related to the changes in the amount of daylight to which a person is exposed. 

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Dr. Morrison's Hangover Hacks

Dr. Morrison's Hangover Hacks

by Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel December 18, 2018

'Tis the season for holiday celebrations, family get-togethers, travel and general merriment, which (for many of us) mean enjoying a cocktail or two! Did you know that there's plenty you can do to prevent a hangover by helping your liver to process alcohol? As a part of The Morrison Center family, it's our duty to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning after so you can celebrate and wake up feeling fresh! 

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Cheers to 2018

Cheers to 2018

by Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel December 29, 2017

We’ve had an amazing holiday season with our friends and family, and hope you have too. Now that we’ve moved into the New Year, it’s a great time to remember that there’s still a lot that you can do to keep yourself active, happy, and healthy.

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Stressed Out: Adrenal Fatigue and How to Heal

Stressed Out: Adrenal Fatigue and How to Heal

by Jeffrey Morrison November 01, 2016

Everyone gets stressed out from time to time, but did you know your body can get “stuck” in a stressed-out state? It comes down to an imbalance in the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

The sympathetic nervous system is essentially the gas pedal of the body. It tells our body that there’s a (perceived) threat and we need to act accordingly. Our pulse quickens, our pupils dilate, we take in more oxygen, our adrenal glands start pumping out the “stress hormones” cortisol and adrenaline, as we prepare for a “fight or flight” response.

By contrast, our parasympathetic nervous system is akin to tapping on the breaks. It’s our “rest and digest” mode, and it’s where we want to be most of the time. Long periods of stress, both physical or emotional, can result in a dominant sympathetic nervous system, whereby the “gas pedal” overrides the “breaks,” and adrenal glands become overworked. This may manifest as exhaustion, sleep problems, anxiety, or the feeling of being “tired and wired.”

The good news is that certain herbs, along with stress management techniques, adequate rest and a healthy diet, can help rebalance and support a healthy stress response.

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