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Stress has a huge and often underestimated impact on our wellbeing. The human body has mechanisms to manage isolated stressful situations, what is known as the “flight or fight” response in which adrenaline is released. Our bodies are also prepared to deal with longer term stress but managing continuous stress requires our adrenal glands to work very hard to produce large amounts of cortisol to keep us going. If not properly supported our adrenal glands may become exhausted and cortisol levels may fall dramatically impacting our resistance to stress.
Continuous work pressure, emotional stress or chronic illness make our adrenal system work very hard and if not properly supported, it may become less effective and potentially exhausted and unable to produce adequate levels of certain hormones such as DHEA and cortisol. Our bodies use DHEA to produce testosterone that regulates sexual appetite, especially in females. Low levels of cortisol can affect sleep quality and energy levels, result in sugar and stimulant cravings, increase insulin resistance and the risk of diabetes, dysregulate the immune system, lead to hypothyroidism, cause mood swings, alter the gut bacterial balance, etc.
Adequate nutrition can help support your adrenal system and thus improve your response to stress. If your adrenal glands have become exhausted due to continuous stress and affected other systems, Nutritional Therapy can help as well by investigating what areas need support and how to best address any imbalances primarily via diet, lifestyle and nutrition.
I offer a FREE 15-minute consultation to discuss whether Nutritional Therapy can help you and to introduce my personalised approach.
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