Is Stress Wiping You Out?

Is Stress Wiping You Out?
Stressed Out and Overworked?
No one is a stranger to stress. A little stress is healthy; it challenges you and makes you stronger. The body’s stress response is designed to help you survive stressful situations. Historically, stress looked a bit different,
particularly if you were a caveman confronted with a sabretoothed tiger! In our busy, modern lives, the sources of stress are different but the body’s response is the same. Stresses are not always easy to resolve, meaning
that your stress response is constantly activated. Stress without adequate recovery can substantially affect your energy levels, resulting in significant fatigue. If this situation is not addressed, feeling tired and stressed may
become your ‘normal’ day to day existence.
Chronic Stress Can Lead to Fatigue
The average adult juggles a multitude of commitments and the list continues to grow, leaving little time forrelaxation. Your brain is the first organ that senses stress. It responds by sending messages to the adrenal glands
which release cortisol to help you deal with the stress. When stress becomes chronic, the brain may seek to self regulate itself by toning down these signals as a protective mechanism. This can result in the sort of low energy
commonly seen in chronic fatigue. Stress is known to be an underlying factor behind many conditions, with severe fatigue being one of the most debilitating.
Adapting to Stress… Herbs May Help
Herbs known as adaptogens may improve your ability to adapt to stress, building resilience and energy levels: Ginsengs: Siberian, Korean, American and Indian ginseng (withania) may help you regain energywhen you’re feeling flat and exhausted. These herbs may also protect the brain from excessive
stress. Rhodiola: This useful herb is considered a physical and mental energy tonic. It may help your brain to self regulate in times of stress.
Tyrosine: The amino acid tyrosine is a building block for brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, and plays an important role in
supporting a healthy mood, stress response and
alertness.
Lifestyle Tips to Stay Ahead of Stress
The following tips can help you deal with stress and recharge your batteries:
Exercise: Being active supports energy production and releases feel good endorphins and improves your overall health and wellbeing.
Meditation / mindfulness: This practice helps calm an overactive mind and assists you in findingpeace.
Nature: Spending time in nature allows you to relax and has the benefits green plants and natural foliage can provide – improved mood and an
increased sense of calm.
Stay social: Interacting with family, friends, work colleagues and sports buddies builds quality relationships. Socialising is not only fun; it may also
increase your resilience to stress.
Stress Less, Win More!
Talk to your Practitioner today about how you can best manage your stress and increase energy!

Our Stress Less Program addresses the factors that contribute to stress, to help bring out your best. The program comprises personalised herbal and nutritional supplements, with lifestyle and dietary advice and a helpful wellbeing journal with an easy to use symptom tracker, to chart your progress.

Is your Immune System Ready for Winter

Is your Immune System Ready for Winter

 

You can avoid winter colds and lurgies by making sure your immune system is functioning well. Here is a check list for you:

  1. Are your Vitamin D levels optimal?
  2. Do you have good Zinc levels?
  3. Are you eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables?
  4. Are you exercising regularly?
  5. Is your weight in the healthy range?
  6. Is your digestive system functioning well?
  7. Do you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep?

I f you cannot  answer yes  to all of the above you should take action before you come down with the latest “bug” doing the rounds. Book an appointment with your local Naturopath, Deb Nye-Chart and get your immune system firing optimally.

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency:

  1. Chronic muscle and joint pain
  2. Constantly catching the latest “lurgi”
  3. Chronically low in Magnesium
  4. Low mood or depression
  5. Low thyroid levels
  6. Auto immune disease
  7. High blood pressure

Your Doctor can order a simple blood test, 25 hydroxyvitamin or 25 OH D, for you and you may told that anything over 70 nmol/l in summer and 50nmol/l by the end of winter is ok.  I would suggest you should aim for a reading of closer to 125 nmol/l based on much recent research into optimum Vitamin D levels. The test may also be measured in ng/ml and you simply multiply ng/ml by 2.5 to convert to nmol/l. The NHS UK and the vit D council of USA are recommending a level of 50-70ng/ml which equates to 125-175 nmol/l.

Those of you with a thyroid disorder, auto immune disease or cancer may have a genetic difference in your Vitamin D receptors that affect your Vitamin D absorption. These groups may need much higher Vitamin D supplementation.

When choosing a Vitamin D supplement ensure it is Vitamin D3 and is suspended in a healthy oil such as an omega 3 or MCT oil, not an omega 6 oil. Most of us are already taking too many omega 6 oils and these contribute to inflammation. Always take your Vitamin D supplement at meal times. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and this means it is best absorbed when taken with fat, ensure your fat is a healthy omega 3 or MCT fat, look out for my blog on choosing the right fats.

If you have any concerns or are confused about Vitamin D levels, book an appointment with our Naturopath, Deb Nye-Chart at Healing Naturally WA.  Did you know you can book a short 20 min consultation for acute or specific issues?

Signs of Zinc deficiency:

  1. Poor immunity
  2. Food allergies
  3. Acne or rashes
  4. Leaky Gut
  5. Low stomach acid
  6. Diarrhoea

People with thyroid issues often have zinc deficiency as optimal thyroid function is essential for zinc absorption. Also those with GUT issues will generally be deficient in zinc. You need optimal levels of zinc to make stomach acid and many people over 40 show low stomach acid signs.

Deb can easily check your zinc status with a simple zinc taste test. Book in for an acute appointment to check your zinc status.

Signs of low stomach acid:

  1. Bloating
  2. Belching
  3. Flatulence
  4. Indigestion
  5. Nausea after eating

Many acid reflux type symptoms are actually due to low stomach acid.

As you can see getting your immune system firing well again involves correcting a number of factors. The overall benefit is immunity from colds and bugs, flus and viruses and improved energy as well as improved brain function, with clearer thinking and better mood.

Book now to see Deb at Healing Naturally WA and get your health back on track to get more out of life.