Stress management is the most important thing you can do for your health. It is important because no matter what diet you follow, the amount of supplements you take, or how much exercise you do, if you aren’t actively managing your stress then you are still going to be at risk for many health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, and hypothyroidism.
Stress management should be high on your priority list because of its direct impact on your health. Our adrenal glands regulate our stress response by secretion of hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. The effects are seen from mental stress as well as metabolic stress like blood sugar imbalance, food intolerances, environmental toxins, inflammation, autoimmunity, and overtraining. All of these things cause chronically elevated cortisol and a dysregulated system. This excess stress also pulls from our nutrients that we receive from food, making them deficient in our body. The deficiencies in our body then in turn also contribute to a dysfunctional and unhealthy body. These reactions in the body can cause…
- High blood sugar
- Weakened immune system
- Poor gut health
- Hunger and cravings
- Reduced ability to burn fat
- Increased belly fat
- Hormonal imbalances
- Mood disorders
There is no way to eliminate all stress, but you can alleviate some. The first step is to address any extreme ups and downs in blood sugar and other metabolic stressors. All of these are things Women’s Specialty Healthcare can help you do in our Functional Nutrition Programs.
The second step is to avoid unnecessary stress by learning to say “no,” limiting your exposure to the news, giving up on pointless arguments, and making realistic expectations for your daily to-do list. It is important to your health to bring more joy, pleasure, and fun into your life. There are other things you can do on a regular basis to help you manage your stress and its effects on your body. You can try some of the following methods…
- Warm baths
- Exercise, Play
- Prayer, Meditation - A Muse Meditation Device can be super helpful. You can purchase one here.
- Counseling, Therapy
- Physical contact with loved ones
- Work-life balance
- Essential Oil Therapy
- Nutrient Therapy
At your Functional Nutrition appointment, we can personalize a stress management protocol and offer referrals to stress management practitioners.