Let's get real: there are times when you're going to feel overwhelmed. Whether with work, school, social obligations or just life, we all feel anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed at some point. In this podcast, Dr. J and Evan discuss that giving yourself grace and patience when you have these feelings is essential as well as your gut health.
Different coping mechanisms work for each person. The following suggestions can help. If one doesn't work for you, consider trying a different one. The most important thing is to check your diet since what you eat can significantly affect your overall function.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani
In this episode, we cover:
0:00 – Introduction
2:28 – Foundational Physiology
12:51 – Mold and Fight and Flight Response
28:35 – Takeaways
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Hey guys. It’s Dr. Justin Marchegiani. I'm with Evan Brand today. We are so excited to be back at you with a live podcast. We're going to be chatting about stress and overwhelm, and how to deal with it. What's the functional medicine approach? Evan what's cooking, man? How have you been?
Evan Brand: Oh, really good man. The first thing. Let me make sure my camera looks good. The first thing is like people run to alcohol in modern society, it's socially acceptable to run to the liquor store, even as a soccer mom, and go buy enough alcohol to just kill your whole family and nobody bats an eye. And that's like our.Coping mechanism not just as Americans, but other societies too. So I'm hoping today everything people have been through. Overwhelm is huge, man. A lot of people are burned out. A lot of people are frazzled. The stress response is broken. Their fuses are short. They're nervous systems are stuck in fight or flight. So I was like, man, let's hit this as a topic because, let me tell you, the pharmaceutical route is nasty too. It's Gabba like products, but it's Xanax and lorazepam and all these benzos, which are benzos terrible. They're addicting.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: That could be hard to get off. You start at a, you know, 0.25 to 0.5 milligram dose, and then you keep on ratcheting up and then it's hard to come off it once you start getting really high.
Evan Brand: Now if you saw a VAT of adaptogenic herbs that you and I have consumed in the last decade between us it would be a large VAT of adaptogenic herbs, but that's what allows us to work hard with sick people and raise children and keep up with animals and wives and houses and all of that. And so for me, that's my first thing for someone. If I could take someone as a conventional American on the street going to drink alcohol tonight because they're stressed or overwhelmed. I'm gonna say, hey, instead of reaching for that bottle, reach for the bottle of water or maybe some herbal tea like chamomile if you want. But then let's hit some adaptogens. Let's go for maybe some Relora. Let's hit the passion flower. Let's hit Rhodiola, let's hit something that we can do to change the stress response. There's tons of studies but today's more free flowing conversation. But if you type in Rhodiola stress, there's many, many studies done on this and how it literally alleviates the feeling of stress meaning, you and I can't magically make the stress and overwhelm disappear from someone's plate. But what we can do is provide their body nutrients so that their brain, their nervous system, doesn't think that plate is as full as it really is. And that's the cool thing about these.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: 100%. So when I look at any type of stress, I always look at the foundational Physiology because if you take someone's Physiology and you throw it off kilter like for instance the easiest stressor to put someone under acute is acutely is just don't sleep for a night and then let me just kind of, you know, see you in the morning and list out all my problems and complaints and stressors that you have to then deal with. Well, you're gonna have problems being able to take that information in and be able to execute. So we have to look at the foundational Physiology. So the first thing is sleep means if you can just get 8 to 10, eight hours of sleep and get to bed on the other side at midnight. That sets your Physiology up in regards to recycling your neurotransmitters having a good healthy cortisol awakening response. That circadian rhythm or cortisol is higher in the morning and lower at night. So then you have this inverse melatonin-Cortisol ratio. Where your cortisol drops at night, your melatonin goes up and then of course, you know, making sure the food is nutrient dense, good proteins as fascinate meal and we're not overdoing the carbs, what our body needs and it's anti-inflammatory and we're stabilizing that blood sugar because people forget one of the biggest stressors on our hormones is that blood sugar fluctuation throughout the day the more this glycemia we have, the more our blood sugar goes up and down, like a roller coaster. We have to make stress hormones to bring it up and then insulin to bring it down, which then causes us to be in a fat storing mode. And so if we can manage your blood sugar, prevent these disc glycemic swings, we can make sure we have good proteins and fats. Stay away from the junkie process, fats, and we manage that blood sugar reading every maybe five hours or so and getting to bed on time. That sets the foundational Physiology and then we can come in there and biohack and add other nutrients and stuff as well.
Evan Brand: Meaning if you're a vegan, living on date bars and drinking yourself to sleep with wine. Yeah, you gotta stop.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Right. Yeah, yeah. I mean, again, like with alcohol, like every now and then is having a little bit of alcohol to kind of distress. Is it OK? Sure. Choose clean organic alcohol, do it after a meal, maybe have some activated charcoal or or some NAC. But that's like at the end you really want to have the foundational food, the foundational nutrients. Again, if supplementally, the easiest things I'm going to add and I like to stick to nutrients first, so I'm gonna do magnesium. That's a very kind of sedating, calming, supporting herb. I mean nutrients and minerals. It's going to have 300 enzymatic roles in the body, anywhere from blood sugar to relaxation, to relaxation in the heart, to vasodilation, to sleep. Very anti-inflammatory in the brain so I love magnesium. You can even do it with a magnesium salt Epsom salt foot bath which is great too. If you have gut issues that help with the absorption you could be doing theanine which is an amino acid that helps upregulate and support healthy GABA levels you can even add-in pharma GABA, maybe a sublingual GABA tablet, that's excellent as well. So a magnesium, GABA theanine, these are excellent things out of the gate from a nutrient standpoint. Anything else nutritionally you want to highlight?
Evan Brand: Well, I told you, I was texting you over the weekend. I got hit with something luckily I’m back in action. But my resting heart rate was pretty fast, so my nervous system was just kind of boom, boom, pumping, responding to whatever type of sickness I had. And so that kept me up. So I took some motherwort as you know, motherwort is one of my favorite herbs, because it's great for the heart. We use it for A-fib, we use it for atrial flutter or any kind of heart palpitation type symptoms. It's amazing, it’s calming that, but it's great it’s calming emotional stress too. So if you're overwhelmed, if you're frazzled, if you're even getting to the point where you're like.I'm going to have a mental breakdown. I'm gonna have a panic attack. Somebody put me on some kind of drug. A lot of times psychiatrists will prescribe antipsychotic medications, which are not the answer. They're not the root cause at all, but motherwort can really calm you. So it's an emotional support and it's a heart nervous system support and it's great if you wake up in the middle of the night and you can't get back to sleep. Take a little squirt, go lay back down. It's amazing. Doesn't taste great, but it works amazing. So I would rate that as more potent than something like theanine.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yep. And then also um ashwagandha I find to be very helpful as well. I'll take that before bed if I need to, I'll typically do a magnesium before bed. Ashwagandha can be really good, especially if you're stressed because that's going to help modulate the high cortisol, but also can help bring up any of the low cortisol as well, so ashwagandha is excellent. You can easily combine that with the Rhodiola. Two things like ginseng tend to be a little more stimulating so things like ashwagandha are going to be great and even phosphorylated serine. Serine can be very common. What serine does? It sensitizes the receptor sites on the hypothalamus to cortisol. So there's this natural feedback loop of cortisol circulating in the body. It binds to receptor sites in the brain and the brain is like, whoa, this is a little bit high, let, let's kind of calm down that cortisol secretion so it helps regulate that cortisol from getting too high, so phosphorylated serines are excellent. PhosphatidylSerine is kind of 1 electron. It's one step in the enzymatic process backwards. So phosphorylated it's better because it's a little bit more activated and activated state. So that's excellent.
Evan Brand: Man, I've been looking at some papers on mold toxicity and melatonin. So mold actually does a couple things. That's crazy. If you type in mycotoxins, dopamine, you can find papers saying that mycotoxins damage the part of the brain that makes dopamine, so then you're less likely to have energy and focus and concentration. So I'm sure that brain fog increases your stress and overwhelms you because you feel like you're less capable of being a parent, being a boss, whatever you got to do at work. So, that's one impact of mycotoxins and then also it's reducing melatonin. So, I know when I was out of my house, we were staying in a hotel for like six weeks with the kids. It was crazy, but I didn't sleep. I mean, it took me 3 different hotel rooms to find one where I could sleep and I just, I'm assuming now it was a mycotoxin issue, screwing up my sleep. I'm sure I was stressed from being out of my house. I mean that was years ago now. But I look back at that time and I go, Oh my God, anytime I'm exposed to mold, like in a hotel, I just don't sleep. And then the research proves that. So my advice is if someone is dependent upon medication and herbs, a supplement for sleeping. If you are sleep deprived, the first thing you mentioned is the foundation. If you are sleep deprived and that's creating stress, well, what's your environment look like? Do you have good air purification? Do you have dehumidifiers? Do you have a mold problem? Do you have water leaks? Are you living in a moldy apt, a condo or townhome? It has water damage because if so even the most perfect supplement protocol can't counteract us, so you may need to take steps to investigate your air quality, like some Petri dishes. And maybe there's something there. Maybe when you get out of there, you sleep better. That's a good clue that you're onto something.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. The problem is most people, they have issues and they take action, but they're still kind of anxious about what's going on. So it's really important. Action should help with the anxiety. Like the reason why anxiety is there from an evolutionary standpoint is to get you to take action to avoid, I don't know if there's someone gotten that woods. Last month they got eaten by a bear. Well, yeah, when you get near that woods you should be anxious because your body's hardwired and make you more alert so you don't get eaten by that bear. So you have to understand where the anxiety is coming from and as long as you're taking actions. And you're closing the loop, so to speak, on what that anxiety is coming from. You should feel better about it. And so I always say whatever the anxieties are, just try to have one or two solutions for each one of those. Then your brain knows, hey, I'm doing something about it, I can turn down that stress response because action are already being taken. So think about that as well. And then also like you mentioned, hey, if I have, if I'm uncertain about my environment, let's get that mole test. If the mold test is positive, let's do at least one thing to make sure that the environment gets better. Are there active leaks? Do I see water stains on the ceiling? Is there a chronic high level of humidity? Let's work on that.If not, we can always just get in some good air filtration. We can work on fog in that area, make sure there's no active leaks coming in. Then we're, you know, getting a dehumidifier in there. We're taking active steps. So you shouldn't feel as anxious about that environment because you're starting to make it healthier.
Evan Brand: And people say, what the heck are they talking about molds for on a podcast about stress and overwhelm? Well, here's the mechanism. Your immune system responds to the mold as a threat, and it is a subconscious threat, meaning you Evan, or you Justin sitting here, you might think, OK, I'm not very stressed right now, like, I'm having a good time, this is great. But your nervous system subconsciously is running all these programs that are saying, hey, look, there's actually a toxin in this room I'm responding to. And so you're amygdala, your fighter flight system, part of your limbic system sends out an alert. Danger, danger, danger. And you may not even know it. So you could be sitting here on your couch, anxious for no reason. And it's your limbic system. And many, many people report when they improve their air quality. They can settle down. So that's the mechanism. I want people to understand when you think overwhelm you think just emotions in your head. But no, these external factors, these external toxins and variables can impact you. I mean, what about a bad neighbor? What about every time you see your neighbor's car pull up, you're like, Oh my God, there's John again. And John stresses you out every time he pulls in the driveway because you guys got in an argument, so, you have to.Integrate some four of, I would say trauma release into all of this too. So you and I are big fans of tapping. So I would say if you're catching yourself in these loops, you mentioned closing, closing the loop, which I think is smart but if you're stuck in a loop well maybe you could integrate some tapping to pull you out of that. So tapping is basically acupuncture, but without the needles. You tap these points and then you say an affirmation. You know, I've done that many, many times here.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I think it's very good. Kind of helps calm down the nervous system response. There's different programs out there. I'll put some links down below like there's DNRS or the Gupta program. These are excellent programs that involve visualization, maybe some aspects of NLP. You really work on controlling the thoughts and the images in your brain, whether you do tapping or eye movement like EM DRI movement, desensitization, response techniques, these things help calm down that fight or flight response and then you kind of allow you to be using more of your frontal brain because the data is when you're in this chronic stressed out state, the amygdala right that. That forebrain or that hindbrain is kind of more active, that's the prehistoric brain that is involved in fight flight and that fear response. And so most people are all working from this reptilian brain versus that frontal cortex that involves thinking and looking at your options and coming up with solutions and problem solving and predicting outcomes based on where you're at, right. We need that frontal brain. But if we're using our reptilian brain right, then that's gonna be activated with a lot of these stressors. And so one study right here, I'm looking at, I'll pull it up here and we can talk about it. I think that kind of supports what you're saying regarding mold and this fight or flight response, being a big deal. So this one study here was looking at mold inhalation causes an innate immune activation, neural cognitive and emotional dysfunction. And they were talking about intranasally administering different, you know, this is black mold Stachybotrys. And they were looking at, you know, innate immune activation, toxic mold and how it affects your emotions. And of course it's going to impact inflammation. It's going to cause joint pain. It's gonna cause sleep issues. You mentioned earlier, it also has a major effect on dopamine. Can you highlight that again?
Evan Brand: Yeah. Dual control F is dopamine in that paper. It might be a different paper. See if you can find it.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, here you go. So exposing drosophila to 0.5 mil part per million of this chemical causes significant loss of dopamine neurons. So decreased dopamine levels and initiated onset of Parkinson's, suggesting that exposure to mold produces the chemical that may be another environmental risk factor for Parkinson's disease. So dopamine is really important for feeling good, for focusing, for dealing with stress. It's that neurotransmitter that gives you that kind of connection that makes you feel loved, so really, really important and it talks about long term inflammation following mold exposure and autoimmune changes in the brain. So that's that's powerful.
Evan Brand: Yeah, this is huge. Uh, trying to get Dale Bredesen on the podcast, he wrote a book called the End of Alzheimer's. And now he's really hitting the mold angle as an Alzheimer's link. I think it's a huge piece of the puzzle. That and heavy metals but many people may hear this and they may just glaze over what we're seeing. We're literally saying that your environment could be contributing to a neurodegenerative disease where your neurologist is not going to have a clue. They're not going to be testing you for this stuff. They're not going to ask you about your water leak under your kitchen sink. They're not going to be running mycotoxins in the urine, they're not gonna look at the Great Plains or organic acids test. So in terms of. We'll talk about testing in a second, but I think we should describe to people, how do you know if you're in a state of overwhelm? Because many people are so used to living in fight or flight that they don't really know how to downshift. So maybe we should go through symptoms, I will say inability to make decisions or analysis paralysis, like, if you're struggling just to decide what to make for dinner, or you're struggling just to decide what to do tomorrow, that's that's a huge problem. You can't comprehend simple decision making, I would say loss of libido, loss of energy, motivation, sleep disturbance, maybe some sugar cravings, brain fog, anxiety, I would say distractibility or escapism, meaning you're always jumping from like social media app to social media app. Like you just don't want to live in your reality because you're in a state of overwhelmed, that's like escapism. What else would you add to the list?
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Like, well, I would say it just depends where someone's at, right? If someones going into an acute exposure or an acute stressor and they have a good foundation. That's a good, that's good because a good foundation you know allows you to deal with and adapt to stress. So I always look at it's always good to model healthy people. So you work on the water, you work on the food, the blood sugar, the good fats, the good proteins, the sleep before midnight, getting enough movement so you feel energized but not tired. That's a foundation. And then if the stressor comes into your world like mold, right? In this study, they talk about not just mold, but pesticide exposure, smoking. Right. So basically I'm looking at air and living quality. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to just cross things off my list. I'm gonna get a mold test from my house, whether it's a plate test or an army test. I'm going to make sure I have good quality air filtration because even at my home there is no mold. You're going to still have some off gassing of some furniture or paint or carpet or hardwoods or professional grade vinyl. There's something in your air that's gonna be more stressful and so you want to make sure you have a good quality air filter. Whether it's an Austin air or an air doctor, you're going to want to make sure your water is filtered and clean, and then you want to make sure if you're in a human environment, you know, get a dehumidifier for your home and keep the humidity below 50%. I think that's really key out of the gate.
Evan Brand: Yeah, yeah. What other symptoms do you think somebody would experience if they were in a state of overwhelm? Well, it depends. I mean, chronic overwhelm can just happen by having a lot of open loops on someone's plate, a lot of stressors that are in your environment, emotional stressors, and you're not taking action on them and now you have 2, 3, 4, 5. And so your body is going to cause you to get really anxious, really stressed and really overwhelmed because you're not closing the loops. And so I just look at what are the top three things that are stressing you out from an emotional stress thing you haven't taken action on. Just pull out your phone or paper and just write down what they are and write down A&B options for each one. And then say OK, good, I got them down and I'm gonna execute it when the time's right, but I can at least put that to bed. And so that's a really important thing. It's kind of like that. Just trying to think of one situation. We had a, you know, mold issue in my home and it was like, OK, took action on it, got the remediation person out, got the air filtration, did it the right way, did in a negative air containment. Make sure we test it like.I just, I took action. But, you know, when I knew this problem, this environmental stressor was there, it was stressing me out because of all the unknown, right? And so I just said, I'm going to take action. I'm going to handle it the best way possible. I'm going to make sure we test, I'm going to make sure we clean it out. And I felt a lot better about it. But the more you leave these things open, it just kind of gnaws at you quite a bit.
Evan Brand: Yeah, I mean, this applies to the debt too, right? A bill here, a medical debt here, a debt here on the car and then the car is going back like, so those things, you got to try to chip away at those too, I mean, this is in the financial podcast, but I would tell people try to knock out your smallest debts. Because if you've got like this bill and this card and that card and that debt, like that really weighs you down emotionally. And I see it all the time with people. It's a huge piece of the stress. So like if you've got a credit card. Let's say you've got an Amazon or Target credit card with 500 bucks. Like knock that one out first and then go to your $5000. One, like you have to chip away at these things.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, I mean, I think biggest thing out of the gate, I mean you can look at some of the Dave Ramsey stuff on that, but if you use a credit card or not, like I use credit cards because they get 2% back on everything, right? So it's like, OK, I'm gonna get paid 2% for using it. Sure, I'll use it. The difference is I pay my credit card off every day. And the reason why I do that is running a business and doing all these things. There's lots of expenses and one if I have hundreds of transactions at the end of the week.What if there's fraud? What if there's issues? At least I can see it every day and then I can also monitor it. I can have my pulse on what's where money's going in and out. And so it makes me feel on top of it. And I would say just from a stress standpoint, financially, you know, three to six months of living expenses, I think is a good one to have in savings at all times. So if any issues happen, you have that to lean back on too many people. I think you don't have that three to six month buffer. I think that can be a big stressful thing. That's just kind of in the background for sure.
Evan Brand: Yeah so even some of I think it was Shaq or someone I saw it's been some, I think it was Shaq or someone I saw recently an interview, some extremely high level millionaire was saying that every day they still look at the numbers, they still check their numbers, the bills, where the moneys going, where the credit is, where the debt is, they still look at it even though they could buy anything in the world, they still take a look. So if you're just out of the loop on, that's a big problem.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And with phone apps, you know you can jump on it and you can finalize it and look at it in about one or two minutes. The more you kind of have your pulse on things, the better. I think it's really good and then you know you could talk about all the inflation that's happening. That's a whole different strategy in regards to investment and such like that that you know we do a lot of things on the investing side as well. But I think the biggest thing is to have about three to six months and just be on top of income coming in and expenses going out. So you have your pulse on it.That allows you to pivot and make changes.
Evan Brand: Yep. So that’s the financial piece, to try to get that buffer. The environmental piece, try to have a good clean Oasis where you can properly sleep, your nervous system can calm down.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I think a couple of good air filters. Couple of good air filters. Get your home tested. Even if you just get a couple of the plates and you just wait five or seven days and count the spores and make sure the spores are under five or so, that's fine. You can avoid setting it to the lab that is more than five, then we definitely want to send it to the lab. Um, you know, take a look at your ceilings. Go walk around, make sure you don't see any spots on your ceiling. You know, go hire someone to come out once a year and just do a roof inspection. Just make sure your roof looks good. Go take a peek in your attic right, get a moisture meter and just kind of test the walls out a little bit and make sure everything looks good there. You know, those are all good simple things you can do out of the gates.
Evan Brand: Keep the exhaust fan on if you're gonna take a hot shower. I've seen many, many people have issues with that just because of that hot steam of 2020 minutes or however long the shower you're taking, all that steams.Gotta go somewhere. So if you're not sucking it out with an exhaust vent, it's gonna have to soak into that drywall so that paper backing on that drywall can get real moist. We see that as a huge problem area.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yep. Or even just get a dehumidifier for your bath or even just a portable one. That's a big one. If you don't have an exhaust fan and you get a portable dehumidifier and just keep it on to at least pull that moisture out of the air and think that's important.
Evan Brand: Yeah, absolutely.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And then I would say, I would say message. Get body work done, whether it's chiropractic, that very coming on your nervous system, having your spine adjusted, that's where your central nervous system flows from your brain down the spine, making sure your spine and your vertebrae are moving. Make sure soft tissue is doing well, those good pliability in that soft tissue. Making sure that fascia is being manipulated. Myofascial release different things to help that fashion that connective tissue stay soft and supple like a tenderloin versus harden and flame like beef jerky. Chiropractic, I think it's powerful as well just to make sure all the joints in your hips are moving your upper cervical spine. Really important that that's all kind of dialed in as well. All these are all really important things that can calm down that nervous system and inhibit the IML, the intermedial, I think it's the intermedial cell column that kind of stimulates that fight or flight nervous system.
Evan Brand: Turn your screen share off. That way I can see your figure. Yeah, the message is huge. I went to get a massage a couple weeks ago and the ladies like, yeah, we're all fragrance free. And I went in there and my God, I left smelling like a dryer sheet. Like my wife is ready to kick me out of the car on the way home. She's like, you reek. And so I guess they're, they're sheets at the massage studio just had driver seats on them or something. So that was a stressor for me because here I am going to do something good like call my system and then I leave smelling like a dryer sheet. So double check the head.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: The best thing you can do, and I told you about it too, the best thing you can do is the cheapest thing is to get washed soda, which is basically baking soda for your washing machine. And then what you do is you do your wash and then you put like a 30 minute soak on there. Or one hour or soak you could do 30 minutes, right? Put a cup of the wash soda in there so you know it'll sit for 30 minutes. The baking soda absorbs any smell, any stink. I had a little lemon shirt that was moldy. It was so bad because it got washed and then it sat there for a couple of days and it got moldy and the washer, I couldn't get it out. I washed it like a dozen times. My mom comes into town, she's like, oh, here, it's just, it's an Italian trick here and she will put the arm and hammer in there, do an hour soak, and it literally kills it. It felt brand new and I had washed it dozens of times wiith all these essential oils and anti mold uh, shampoos couldn't touch the smell. So wash soda, especially if you're sensitive. Use that to suck all the smell out of what's in your detergent or anything else. And I'll use just like the free and clear, no sense. I'm like Evan. I'm very, very sensitive to smell. Just really. It's really ready to shop there for me, man.
Evan Brand: It was my skin though. My skin ripped. I had to take like 2-3 showers. I still smell. Maybe I should, like, scrub myself with baking soda. It was nice. It was like impregnated into my skin, man.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I don't know what it is, but there's like a I think it's like I'm not sure if it's younger woman today, but it's like it's like my parents generation that group wore at least the females a lot of perfume. Like you could literally be 15 feet away from someone and you could smell their perfume, it's definitely changed. Like my wife's generation, right, women in their 30s and 40s, there's a less perfume smell. I think people are using more essential oils and natural things, but it's funny how generations change how much perfume to last more and but I'm super sensitive to perfumes. We try to keep zero in our home and if we do anything, it's like an essential oil or like a lavender or like a little bit of cedar or kind of rose. Those kinds of things keep it simple.
Evan Brand: We could hit the smells for a minute too. That is a stress to the system. It's a big stressor, yeah, especially if you're burning it. So, like candles, throw them away. If they're not essential oil based, it's just garbage.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Dryer sheets. Throw dryer sheets away. If you want to get the benefit of dryer sheets, you can get one of those static balls. Just put it in there.It's like a little ball that knocks the static down. That's the purpose of dryer sheets mostly, right? But then you don't have all that scent and smell, so that's a good way to kind of mitigate the stress from that.
Evan Brand: Yeah, we hit the blood sugar, the sleep, the environment, the smells, the finances, I mean, those are a lot of pieces of overwhelm, really. What else are we missing?
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, I mean, I just think, you know, close those loops. Look at what's on your plate for stressors, what's bugging you out, what pops into your head. Be on top of that. Also monitor that self talk. Most people, if you look at how you talk to yourself, that inner voice. right? Behind your head that you hear. Most people would not be friends with a person that spoke the same way as their inner voice. So make sure you really upgrade the quality of your inner voice. Having that inner voice really gives you guidance, intuition. But also don't beat yourself up. I think it's super important. There was no Anthony Robbins quote that was really important as well. It's like, you're going to do so many things right in the day, so many things you're gonna do right and well. And you gotta give yourself a pat on the back. Because if you're not watching yourself succeeding and then giving yourself that congratulations to that PAT in the back and you're looking for your kids or your spouse or your friend to do it all the time, they're not going to see enough of it. So really make sure you're catching yourself doing a lot of the good things and pat yourself on the back for it. And you know, take your wins whenever you can take your wins.
Evan Brand: Yeah, no, that's great advice. The rumination, right this negative self-talk, ruminating about your problems, thinking about your past, the things you did wrong, living with regret. Those are big problems. So someone told me years ago,
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I want to hit that. It's really important. So the rumination, I find serotonin and acetylcysteine plays major major role that sulfur and serotonin for me I used to be a little more OCD and ruminating and getting my NAC up and getting my serotonin levels up five HTP and B6 really help rumination. It allowed me to kind of like OK that that's the issue and then allowed me to disconnect from it and and then just kind of focus on what the next thing is and not have to be playing the loop on repeat all the time, which is very stressful.
Evan Brand: Oh yeah, it's huge. So people don't understand that. They think once again negative self-talk, they think rumination they think .We're talking about these emotional things, but no, we're actually talking biochemistry. We're talking neurotransmitters also. So what I was going to say is someone told me years ago, if you want to get out of your head to get into your body. So that's what I do a lot of. If the weather is decent enough, I'm out there on the mountain bike, I'm out in the woods, I'm hiking, I’m biking and moving among the water. I'm doing something to get out of the head by getting in my body. So do that, and then the testing. Let's talk about that, because you brought up serotonin and then overwhelmed.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, go. Go ahead, go ahead. Hit that part. One more thing that you brought up, I wanna hit it too.
Evan Brand: OK, don't forget. So if you're overwhelmed, I would say do the following. Get the urine test, urine done at home. You can order it through our office. If you need help, reach out to Doctor J at justinhealth.com or Evan Brand on evanbrand.com. Let us help you order these at home from the Functional Medicine Lab so we can investigate the cause of this overwhelmed because there could be internal toxins. There could be pesticides, mycotoxins, bacterial overgrowth, parasites, worms, H. pylori, gut inflammation, brain inflammation, low neurotransmitters, nutrient deficiencies, all combining to create these emotional issues. So get the oh, we may want to look at stool, we may want to look at chemicals. But reach out and then we can help you develop a plan to figure this out.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Really important one last thing I wanted to highlight too is appreciation. Because most of the time when you're overwhelmed, you're thinking about what's missing in your life or you're thinking about this problem that you have to address and you're like, I don't know what, do I have time to do this? So you're thinking about this expense that you're thinking about things that you're you're missing or things that you have to expand or you have to lose, but when you appreciate your focusing on all the things that you have and you're really trying to create context for that and really feeling that sense of gratitude and appreciation and appreciate essentially like if your finances appreciated, if your investments appreciate, they get greater, they get bigger. So you're taking everything in your life and you're feeling that sense of gratitude, making everything bigger in your life in regards to how you feel about it and how appreciative you are and having a perspective of, you know, if you live in the United States like you're, you're a one percenter just living in the United States, right? I mean I think it's if you make $19,000 a year, right, which is poverty in this country. You're 1% in the world. It's like, whoa. That's like, that's perspective, right? Perspective also gives you appreciation.
Evan Brand: Yeah, I mean, I can have dark humor with my grandparents. Like my grandma called me the other day. Apparently my grandpa hit a curb and busted a tire. They were without their car, then the tires on backorder. Nobody has that size in stock. And I was like, well, it's better than being dead and she's like, you're right, you're right. I'm gonna enjoy this. This is fun. We're gonna get a rental car. It's no problem. And so I just tell her all the time, you know, if there's a complaint, like, at least you're not dead because, you know, her relatives have disappeared. And you know, she's one of the last women standing elf, that generation, you know, from the 40s. So I'm like grandma, like, enjoy it, you're alive. This is amazing. And usually it kind of snaps her out of the funk.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, appreciation is important, right? Because usually you're just focused on all the things that are going wrong and you're just flipping that switch. And if you look at NLP and kind of the work of Richard Bandler, he is a really interesting guy, but he would always take a look at successful people and he talked to them. He'd want to know what's the image in your head when you're in this peak state and you're succeeding and you're doing well, what are the images in your brain look like at the time? Meaning like, what are you thinking of? What's the picture real in your brain look like when you're achieving and doing these things? And almost always it's in the positive, almost always it's showing in visualizing the outcome and you're already seeing it happen multiple times already before you actually do it. And versus it's the negative, it's the worst case scenario. So really be aware of the picture screen on your brain almost like go within, pretend like you're in a movie theater and you're literally seeing the picture screen, which is what you're seeing through your eyes. And then you're really changing that screen. Like you're the director directing that movie screen while you're seeing it in the movie theater through your eyes. Does that make sense?
Evan Brand: It does. It does to me because I do it all the time. I'm always trying to visualize the outcome. This has already happened. The person I want to say yes, already said yes. What I needed? It's already here. Even though I don't have it yet, I've already got it. And that goes a long way.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And then also pretend like if you're there in that movie theater inside your brain, remember you have control over that. If it's in a bad space and you're just all negative and you're just looking at everything the wrong way, you can just put a new movie in, right? You're not a victim, you're not sitting there chained down like Clockwork Orange, right where they peeled the guys eyes open, right? It's like you have control over what you're watching, so put a different film in there.
Evan Brand: Yeah, the last thing I would say is just take a nap. Like if you're just so overwhelmed the middle of the day hits, you've got fatigue that can also be overwhelming because you're so tired. You have so many obligations you're trying to do, but you're so fatigued. Number one, get the labs run so we could figure out why you're so damn tired on paper will,
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Your adrenals looked at, yeah. See how stressed out there do you have that chronic low DHEA? Are your neurotransmitters VMA, HVA, 5-hydroxy, indoleacetic? Are they all depleted and down? Because this could take a while to get this thing repleted.
Evan Brand: Yeah. So if you're feeling that, get the data then. If you gotta close your eyes for a minute, close your eyes, lay there and take a nap. If you can do it, if your lifestyle allows you to take a nap, escape from the kids, whatever you gotta do, do it. And hopefully you'll come back a little more refreshed, a little more in control when you're not so exhausted.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And when your neurochemistry is depleted, it's really hard to willpower out, willpower that. And so sometimes, yeah, they get the food and the supplements on track and then it's like then the willpower and then the energy and then the ability to now start doing the things you need to do is start to become easier, there's less resistant to get this downhill kind of momentum, so that's very important. And again, looking at the adrenals, looking at the neurotransmitters, looking at your DHEA sulfate, looking at your circadian rhythm, right, that circadian rhythm should should go up in the morning and down at night, and the more dysregulated that is if it's reversed or flat, that tells me that stress feedback loop is disrupted and you're probably using that amygdala in that brain stem. You're operating more from that fight or flight state all the time.
Evan Brand: Yeah, that makes sense if you need help, reach out. You can reach Doctor J at justinhealth.com worldwide consult meaning labs can be sent to your door. Wherever you are. You get the results. Look at them, make a protocol, get yourself better. So justinhealth.com for Doctor J and myself Evan at evanbrand.com. We look forward to helping you guys, and hopefully this content was helpful. Share it with your friends, your family. If we can get somebody else out of the whole, that's what we love. I mean, it just takes one person that could totally transform your life. This is your husband you're trying to get out of, overwhelm your wife. Have them listen to this so we can help lift them up because it's gonna make your life way better.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, just pick one thing. If you're overwhelmed already and you're like, crap, he just said 15 things, just pick one, like what's the easiest thing that you can do? And then once you get some momentum, then we're gonna go to two and then we're gonna go to three. So just start kind of stacking and get that momentum and then you get that downward momentum going. Then it starts to be easier to add new modalities to the mix.
Evan Brand: Yep, Amen.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Excellent. Alright man, great chatting with you Evan and hope everyone listening enjoyed it. Feel free to share with friends or family. We'll put a link down below where you can review us. We really appreciate a review on both our iTunes channels. Super helpful. It's the word out there and you guys have a phenomenal day.Take care of y'all.