Relieving Stress

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

When we experience stress, our body reacts to protect itself by releasing hormones to prepare it for “fight or flight”, which is important in the face of sudden and emergent dangerous situations. But when we live with stress, day after day, these hormones and the reactions they stimulate can lead to a whole host of negative affects: irritability, anxiety, headaches, depression, insomnia, difficulty breathing, weakened immune system, high blood sugar, risk of type 2 diabetes, risk of heart attack, pounding heart, stomachache, low sex drive, fertility problems, erectile disfunction, muscle tension and orthopedic pain; destructive behaviors such as over- or under-eating, substance abuse, or social withdrawal. Stress can also trigger disease processes already diagnosed, or increase their symptoms.

“Most of us experience higher levels of stress this time of year,” says Dorothy of Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness. “It’s important that we address those things causing stress, or change our behaviors to minimize it’s negative effects.” Behaviorally, Dorothy lists the following to help decrease your stress: exercise; practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing; eat well; intentionally slow down; take breaks; hobbies; allow enough time for 8 hours of sleep, even if you can’t fall asleep easily; and supplement where needed.

“It’s hard for most of us to get the nutrition that we need normally. Stress seems to deplete our vitamins and minerals even more quickly and we also have less time to pay attention to our diets when under stress.” Dorothy suggests after speaking with your doctor, all the B vitamins, A, C, E and K, and minerals like magnesium would be helpful supplements when under stress. Zinc and maintaining the Zinc-copper balance is also important. She suggests 5HTP and CBD products to decrease anxiety, improve your quality of sleep, and to improve mood. TruNiagen, a form of vitamin B3 and a precursor to NAD+ is also very helpful when experiencing stress. For more information, go to: Merry Christmas from AWL