When we ask our naturopathic doctors what is the most common health issue they see, their answer is often stress.
Therefore, the quickest way to better health is often implementing some stress management techniques in your life.
That’s especially important in a big, busy city like Toronto.
The goal isn’t to get rid of stress entirely, but using a couple of stress management strategies are often all that’s needed. You can reduce your stress to the point where many of your other health issues are reduced substantially as well.
Below, two of our naturopathic doctors and our registered massage therapist share their stress management tips…
Dr. Amanda Jaeger, Naturopathic Doctor
Stress plays a huge role in our health. It changes the way our heart and our body function from moment to moment.
Stress can deplete vitamins and minerals in the body. And cause you to have other symptoms in terms of sleep and fatigue. It creates an additional weight that is bearing down on the body.
If you are able to address stress (maybe you have a constant source of stress, our maybe it’s a period of time of transition that you are going through) and if you have someone who can support you through that and direct you to the right things you could be doing during those times, it can significantly decrease your experience of that stress, and help you thrive through it.
Dr. Tehseen Meghji, Naturopathic Doctor
- Stress symptoms. Many people feel chronic, low-grade stress that stays under the radar for awhile. But it can eventually lead to palpitations, difficulty breathing, headaches, insomnia, and fatigue.
- Left nostril breathing. Breathing through the left nostril will help activate your parasympathetic system. You close your right nostril and breathe through your left one for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, and then release the breath through the left nostril again for four seconds. You can do that for anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes as long as you’re not getting lightheaded, and it’s very good for relaxing the nervous system.
- Naturopathic treatment. Naturopathic care strives to provide relief to the mind and body through holistic methods. Dietary changes, herbs, nutritional supplementation
andacupuncture can make a big dent in reducing stress.
- Conventional versus naturopathic medicine. Conventional medicines can be addictive and cause side effects. Naturopathic medicines such as herbs aren’t addictive, don’t have adverse side effects, and actually promote health in your body.
Dr. Alessia Milano, Naturopathic Doctor
When you are stressed, cortisol is released, and in response to cortisol, DHEA is released to combat cortisol.
Both of these hormones, when secreted in high amounts, can have negative impacts. With elevated cortisol, it can cause insulin resistance down the line. This can exacerbate any hormonal issues that may be going on.
If someone already has a hormonal balance and then has insulin resistance as well, this will only worsen the problem. Ovulation could stop, or there could be luteal phase defects as well.
With DHEA, I see a lot of hyperandrogenism symptoms; they could develop anovulation or irregularities in their cycle. Patients will develop acne, or facial hair growth, and will also be losing hair on their head.
If you’re looking for help with stress management, contact us at 416-792-4400 or by using the form below and we’ll book you for a FREE 15-minute phone or in-person consultation with one of our naturopathic doctors.