Chronic Stress and Your Health

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It is common knowledge these days that stress, especially chronic, is a precursor to many common health issues and problems.

It is important to realize that stress could and should be looked at from two different perspectives:

  1. How to widen one’s range of adaptability to the stress in one’s life.
  2. How to reduce the amount of stress one is experiencing.

This is the focus of our practice!

First and foremost, the easiest and most effective way to widen one’s range of adaptability to stress is to make sure the nerve system is as free of stress and interference as is possible… this is where chiropractic shines.

Next, we can try to reduce the stress we experience. When under stress, the body pumps out the hormones adrenaline, nor-adrenaline and cortisol. These are good in the short run…bad in the long run.

Beyond obvious lifestyle changes to minimize stress such as exercise, meditation, prayer, massage and breathing exercises; there are a few supplements (provided high quality) that may help the hormonal system:

  1. Vitamin D – Stress depletes this vitamin significantly. It helps maintain proper blood pressure and is an antioxidant.
  2. Vitamin B Complex – Calms the Nerve System and provides energy.
  3. Inositol – Helps decrease insulin resistance, dampens mental “swings”.

Both approaches to dealing with stress work and it just makes sense that they would.  Common sense would tell us that reducing the stress a person experiences would be good.  Anything that would increase your ability to adapt to stress would also be good.  What we have found in the office is that doing BOTH gets GREAT results.  Imagine reducing the stress you are experiencing + increasing your ability to constructively adapt to stress = better health!