Naturopathic Tips:


Stressing Stress-busting!

Naturopathic Stress ReductionDo you have stress?  You may if you experience these symptoms.   Some of the symptoms may be due to illness (not just stress), but stress can further aggravate what you feel.

What is the purpose of stress? Back when people were still hunting for food, stress was very important for survival. It was a response to danger that increased all the functions necessary for running away to safety.  Hormones surged to increase heart rate & breathing rate. Today, our bodies don't know the difference between the stress we feel from deadlines, and the stress from just barely escaping a car accident. Both things trigger the hormone release, but the context where they are released determines if our stress is positive or negative.  Running and reaching safety is good.  Constantly feeling pressured from daily life makes hormone levels stay high, which is bad. The latter eventually leads to health problems.

What illness may come from stress? Along with the symptoms listed below, stress can also cause:

Heart disease
Anorexia nervosa
Anxiety disorder
Substance abuse
Hair loss
Tooth and gum disease

Cancer and heart disease are the leading killers in North America.  This is why we must learn to manage our stress levels.

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Some symptoms of stress:

Sleep disturbances
Back, shoulder or neck pain 
Upset or acid stomach, cramps, heartburn, gas, Irritable bowel syndrome 
Constipation, diarrhea 
Weight gain or loss, eating disorders 
Muscle tension 
High blood pressure 
Irregular heart beat, palpitations 
Chest pain 
Asthma or shortness of breath 
Sweaty palms or hands 
Cold hands or feet 
Skin problems (hives, eczema, psoriasis, tics, itching) 
Hair loss 
Reproductive problems 
Immune system suppression: more colds, flu, infections 
Emotional Reactional
Nervousness, anxiety, butterflies 
Depression, moodiness 
Irritability, frustration 
Memory loss 
Lack of concentration & trouble thinking clearly 
Feeling out of control 
Substance abuse 
Increased arguments 
Isolation from social activities 
Conflict with those around you
Frequent job changes 
Road rage 
Domestic or workplace violence