We all love that state of relaxation where we can put our troubles aside and just enjoy being in the moment. Sadly its not always easy to achieve. Modern living and modern stress seem to go together and it may be no surprise to learn that long term stress has very negative consequences on our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
What is Stress Doing to Your Body?
Stress produces a biological response that places an enormous load on many body systems including our cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems. Chronic stress can also lead to poor digestion, bloating, abdominal pain and reflux. Also irregular blood sugar control as cortisol remains high in order for you to ‘flight or fight’ at any time. These sugar spikes can lead to weight gain if sugars are not used as muscle fuel and instead converted to fat. Hormonal imbalances such as lack of libido, menstrual irregularities and fertility issues can all arise when your body switches to making stress hormones in preference to sex hormones.
Breaking the Stress Cycle
With the help of your Naturopath, an plan can be created JUST FOR YOU that includes nutrients and herbs to calm an overactive stress response so that you can get back on the path to achieving your health goals. For example you may need extra magnesium to support the proper functioning of your brains chemical messengers, the neurotransmitters. Along with the B group vitamins, magnesium promotes energy production, reducing fatigue and helping you sleep better.
A class of herbs known as ‘adaptogens’ may be helpful to increase your body’s physical and mental capacity to cope with stress. These wonderful plant medicines include withania, rehmannia and rhodiola. Anxiolytic herbs such as passionflower, zizyphus and magnolia can aid in reducing anxiety. Your Naturopath/Herbalist can formulate a specialised herbal tonic JUST FOR YOU.
LIVE A LIFE LESS STRESSFUL by eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly, taking time out to ‘sit in the sun’, using techniques such as mindfulness and meditation and getting good sleep is important in managing stress and optimizing your wellbeing.
Contact your natural healthcare professional today about stategies and supplements JUST FOR YOU so you can fully rest and relax at home this summer.