Are you knee deep in it?

Everyone experiences emotional and mental stress differently. Some people don't notice any difference in their wellbeing and general health and other people find that very little additional stress in their lives can have a big impact on their health.

If you're one of the latter, and just let me say that I am, there are things you can do to lessen the impact of increased mental/emotional stress because sometimes life does get a bit crazy.

I'll start by saying that anything that causes your body to produce cortisol (your stress hormone), we categorise as stress. That's just about everything and actually your body is designed to respond this way in short bursts. The idea being that you return to homeostasis, or balance, once the stress is resolved. Great! That works when you run for the bus, respond to an acute infection or are sitting an exam.

Things are a bit different, though, when your body is on high alert constantly and doesn't return to homeostasis. So what causes this? Well, on a physical level this can be eating food that's really high in refined carbs, especially soft drinks and lollies but also foods like white breads, pasta, cakes and biscuits. These cause your blood glucose to go up rapidly triggering a stress response in your body and the release of cortisol. If you're someone who finds it hard to get a good night's sleep this also triggers your stress response and leads to that increased cortisol again.

Some of us are also much more impacted by mental/emotional stress and experience symptoms such as anxiety and increased worry. This can cause a constant triggering of the stress response with the long term effects being poor immune function, gastrointestinal dysbiosis and chronic fatigue.

If this sounds like you, there are lots of things that can be done. Ensuring your diet contains the micro nutrients needed for your nervous system such as magnesium, zinc, B12 and B6 as well as macronutrients such as protein and good quality sources of fat will improve your stress tolerance. Learning stress management techniques such as deep breathing meditations are also important and have been shown to reduce cortisol levels in a very short time.

There may also be other underlying causes such as latent infections like glandular fever or a gastrointestinal infection that are contributing to your symptoms. Until these are resolved your health will probably not improve.

If you'd like to get on top of your anxiety or just get better balance in your life, come in and see me for a consultation. I specialise in finding the cause and helping you to get back your vitality.

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