Stress is, regrettably, an unavoidable part of life. Pressures and deadlines at work, problems with loved ones, the need to pay bills… These are just some of the obvious sources of stress for many people. There are unobvious sources, too, such as everyday encounters with noise, traffic, crowds, pain, extremes of temperature and just “change” in general (new house, new job, etc.).
However, when stress becomes chronic, acute or excessively impinges on an individual’s quality of life, it is a very real health problem that needs to be addressed.
In the simplest terms, stress results from a body imbalance in response to a physical, mental, or emotional stimulus (or all three). This can result in adrenal secretion, elevation of blood pressure, accelerated heartbeat and muscular tension.
Symptoms of stress often include: fatigue, headaches, irritability, changes in appetite, memory loss, low self-esteem, withdrawal, cold hands, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, nervous twitches, reduced sex drive, insomnia or other changes in sleep patterns, and/or gastrointestinal disorders.
At the same time, stress increases vulnerability of developing other illnesses, including, cardiovascular disease, cancer, endocrine and metabolic disease, skin disorders, and infectious ailments of all kinds.
At The Centre For Integrated Health, we understand that a whole-body approach is essential for treating stress, since it operates on so many levels. We start our treatment with bioenergetic screening to identify imbalances and deficiencies in nutrition, hormone systems, and overall body health.
We also check, in particuar, for depletion of Vitamin C, B5 and essential oils – since these are often used up when one is “stressed out”, thereby leading to immune system weakness and physical ailments. Supplementing these vitamins and oils is often a significant step in addressing the root, underlying problem.
Once an individual’s health status is fully understood, our practitioners can go about making the changes necessary to reduce the individual’s susceptibility to stress.
Mrs. “D”, who was born in 1961, worked as a part-time Police Officer and lived at home with her 88 year old mother, who suffers with senile dementia. Both the demands of her job, plus the demands on her personal time at home, led to significant stress.
At her first appointment, Mrs. “D” requested help with stress-induced fatigue, headaches and insomnia – much of which was induced due to several years standing (as part of her job). She was not taking any prescribed medication at the time, but had previously taken anti-depressants with no positive effects.
We performed a BEST full body screening, and identified a stressed adrenal function, which was confirmed by the simple Ragland blood pressure check. We also identified that both the cortisone and cortisol hormones were out of balance, which was inhibiting the functioning of disease-fighting white blood cells and suppressing the immune response. We also identified low levels of the B vitamins (in particular B5), Vitamin C, essential fatty acids, calcium and magnesium.
We also performed a food screening, which identified sensitivity to artificial sweeteners, eggs, caffeine, alcohol and wheat. In addition to dietary and supplementation advice, we advised Mrs. “D” to arrange some respite care for her mother. and use this time to relax or pursue a new hobby.
At her follow-up appointment one month later, Mrs “D” said although she found sticking to the diet difficult, she felt much better generally, better able to cope with life-in-general, was sleeping far better, and having fewer headaches.
We recognize that stress is an “everyday part of life”; however, when it starts to take over your life or affect one’s day-to-day condition, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. As you can see from the case study above, stress has a way of building up over time, and leading to lingering health issues that could be rooted in diet, nutrition and lifestyle factors, among others.
Contact us today for a confidential consultation of your stress issues. We’ll carefully describe the potential treatment options open to you, and how our assessment, monitoring and treatment methods can help you enjoy life to your full potential!
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The B group Vitamins work synergistically as co-factors for thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body.
Best known for their crucial role in energy production and reactions of the Krebs cycle, B vitamins are also vital for the breakdown and metabolism of fats, blood sugar control and fluid balance. They are especially effective at boosting energy during times of physical and or emotional stress, when these vitamins are quickly depleted.
The health and proper functioning of the cardiovascular system relies on B vitamins as they are involved in nerve conduction, neurotransmitter synthesis and proper muscle function, including that of the heart.
Adequate B vitamins are required by the endocrine system, with B6 showing to be particularly beneficial for balancing hormones in women with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. B vitamins also support the health of the skin hair and nails.
Nutrivital B complex contains B6 in the most easily assimilated form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (p5p). It also includes Choline and Inositol which work in synergy with B vitamins
Today’s diet is vastly different from that of our ancestors, lacking both variety and essential nutrients due to depleted soils. Deficiencies are increasingly widespread and one of the most common of these is essential fatty acids.
While most essential fatty acids can be synthesized in the body, omegas 3 and 6 need to be supplemented through the diet. Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega 3, 6 and 9 and is the richest plant source of Omega 3.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of cell membranes and proper functioning of the cell depends on the integrity of these membranes.
Omega 3 benefits nearly every body system and has been shown to help reduce heart disease, cholesterol, strokes, inflammatory diseases including skin conditions such as eczema, and offers support to the immune system, nervous system and joints.
Flax oil is high in lignans, gentle plant hormones which contribute to oestogen balance. It is also a good source of B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc.
Gingseng Plus is used as a restorative tonic for exhausted adrenals. Licorice, Borage, Sarasparilla and Ginseng all contain steroid-like compounds, which can be used as precursors in the synthesis of adrenal hormones. St Johns Wort, Thyme and Vervain all have a restorative and relaxing effect on the stressed nervous system, which often combines with adrenal exhaustion. Dandelion root is included for its restorative hepatic effect since all proper glandular action is ultimately dependant on a healthy liver.
NutriVital Hawthorn Plus is used for the treatment of hypertension. The herbs in Hawthorn Plus have a long tradition of use in safely reducing high blood pressure. We use both the Hawthorn flowering tops and berries in this preparation as they contain a number of important compounds that have been shown to have a beneficial effect on the heart. Lime Blossom has a relaxing effect, especially where anxiety may be a factor.
Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant activity, neutralising free radical and protecting against oxidative damage.
Bioflavonoids are organic plant pigments that occur naturally with Vitamin C, they increase the bioavailability and absorption of Vitamin C and have excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin C is essential for healthy immune function and to support the body’s defenses against infection and inflammation.
Vitamin C has an important role in the formation of collagen needed for skin, bones, cartilage and muscles. Vitamin C and bioflavanoids are particularly effective at maintaining the integrity and elasticity of blood vessels.
Vitamin C helps maintain cardiovascular health and can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
Vitamin C is made by almost every mammal except humans. Because it is water soluble, it cannot be stored in the body long term, therefore it is important to maintain regular intake.
Supplementation of quality Vitamin C can be helpful to ensure our bodies are getting all they need for optimum health. It is especially important during illness and stress when Vitamin C is required in large amounts and is quickly depleted.
Nutrivital Daily Greens provides highly nutritional, alkaline-forming super foods and herbs, encapsulated for a convenient and effective way to help maintain the bodies Ph for optimum over all health.
Acidity in the body is strongly associated with arthritis and digestive problems. When the Ph of the blood becomes too acidic, our body is forced to pull precious alkaline minerals from the bones and other tissues to buffer the acids in the blood. Providing the body with plenty of mineral rich alkalizing foods helps protect the body from conditions associated with acidity.
NutriVital Daily Greens has been blended with high quality chlorophyll rich alkalizing green foods, which provide vitamins, minerals, soluble fibre and activated enzymes, and a mix of immune boosting herbs with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties.
Four capsules a day give a powerful kick of fresh vegetables. Daily green is extremely useful as a long-term maintenance supplement, particularly for people who struggle to eat plenty of fresh vegetables.
Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are the phospholipids present in Krill Oil.
Please enjoy this video from Dr. Mercola on Krill Oil:
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Possible Drug InteractionsPeople taking blood thinners (anticoagulant or anti-platelet medication), such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, clopidogrel (Plavix), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve) should only use krill oil under a physician's supervision. Krill oil should also be used with caution by people taking herbs and supplements that are thought to increase the risk of bleeding, such as ginkgo biloba and garlic. Do not take if allergic to shellfish.