Life is too short to be unhappy
29 Sep 2014
By Sarah Nankervis, Naturopath & Nutritionist
At Luxton Clinic we like to define stress as “too many things happening too quickly” which can be at different speeds for different people.
Stress can be caused by four main factors;
• Psychological – death of a loved one, divorce, work stressors
• Environmental – toxins, noise, light
• Metabolic – inflammation or cellular stress
• Physiological – physical injury, pain, excessive exercise, poor sleep
Our adrenal glands (which sit on our kidneys) are the batteries that supply our main stress hormones; Cortisol and adrenaline are produced. In a normal stress response adrenalin is released to respond to the stress (e.g. running away from the tiger “fight, flight mode”) and then cortisol is released to stimulate an increase in our calming brain chemicals to bring us back to normal.
In our fast paced lives we generally don’t get to have a break to “rest and restore” our adrenal glands so they are constantly responding to stressors which can slowly deplete our cortisol supplies and we start to show symptoms of being chronically stressed. These symptoms can include;
• Difficulty getting up in the morning
• Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
• Craving for salt and salty foods
• Lack of energy
• Increased effort to do daily tasks
• Decreased sex drive
• Decreased ability to handle stress
• Light-headed when standing up quickly
• Mild depression
• Increased PMS
• Fuzzy and less focused
• Heightened anxiety
If you experience more than three of these symptoms you could be experiencing chronic stress. At Luxton Clinic we have a “Stress less” program that is individually tailored to help you deal with your stress and help you manage your lifestyle better. Through simple changes in your diet and lifestyle you can manage your stress better.