Like butter, stress has a negative reputation. Unfairly so, I might add. Everyone’s woken up to the fact that butter is natural and therefore it's far better for your health than margarine, a synthetic product that is just one molecule away from plastic. You can catch more about my rant on butter here.
Back to my point, stress isn’t always the big bad wolf. In small amounts stress can be healthy and keep your health in tip-top shape. You see, there is such a thing as healthy stress, you know; those everyday stressors, which boost your immune function, stimulate the healing response and support your growth and development.
But, if you are exposed to stress for a prolonged period of time or experience chronic stress, like losing a loved one or working in a hostile or high-stress job every day, it most certainly can have devastating consequences on your health.
Unhealthy stress can contribute to:
- An overproduction/underproduction of stress hormones
- Poor immune function
- Recurring colds/flus
- Nervous system dysfunction – mood swings, depression, anxiety
- Energy crashes
- Acne, eczema, psoriasis,
- Bloating and reflux
- Sugar cravings
- Weight gain
- Fertility Issues
Don’t forget, over 90% of visits to the doctor are for stress-related health complaints. Unhealthy stress may cause adrenal fatigue, which I've touched on here. You might be asking yourself, do you have signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue and how can you beat stress? And since stress seems to be everywhere the questions is, how do you control your response to stress? Tune in to my interview at This Natural Life to hear my take on stress and the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress
Olivia McFadyen, based in Lane Cove on Sydney's North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by consultations and offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Lane Cove on Sydney's Lower North Shore.