It has been estimated that 75—95% of all doctors’ visits are due to stress related ailments and disorders. Stress has been linked to a diverse range of health problems such as cancer, diabetes, immune system breakdown, alcohol and substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, lung ailments, anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name but a few.
Do you feel fatigued or always tired? Moody or depressed? Hormonal or skin problems? Putting on weight? Catch every bug going due to a low immune system? Sounds like you could be suffering from adrenal stress. Your adrenals are walnut-sized glands at the top of your kidneys whose primary role is to help you survive any threat by increasing the production of adrenaline or cortisol. Healthy adrenals immediately increase your heart rate and blood pressure releasing energy stores for instant use while shutting down secondary functions such as digestion to sharpen your senses. Your adrenals respond to every kind of stress be it environmental, food based, physical, emotional, or a combination.
Being over-worked, lack of sleep, eating poorly by skipping meals or relying on stimulants such as coffee or carbohydrates, over-exercising or emotional worrying all keep the adrenals on 'high'. When your adrenals remain permanently switched on, irrespective of the cause, you can overextend your adrenals and develop symptoms such as the above and become more sensitive to environmental stressors. Healthy stress occasionally is good for you, however, stress is not meant to be on-going or last for very long!
Simple changes can be made to support your adrenals. Enrich your nutrition by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce refined (white) carbohydrates and stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol. Nutritional supplements can help, especially magnesium and B vitamins which are naturally found in green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, and wholegrains.
So what can you do? Contact Alison McQuillan on 07809 768676 and book onto the Brunch Briefing on June 21st at Bowman House, Royal Wootton Bassett (12 noon to 2pm) for your Stress MOT session or please pass this information on if you know of someone who's health would benefit.
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