Support for Your Adrenals

Are you in a stressful job? Or have you been going through a particularly stressful time in your life? Your adrenals can take a beating when this is the case, and a host of other problems can occur when your adrenals become fatigued.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease, to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive.

It is also your adrenal glands’ job to keep your body’s reactions to stress in balance, so that they are appropriate and not harmful. For example, the adrenal hormone cortisol helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions (such as swelling and inflammation) to alcohol, drugs, foods, environmental allergens, cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “Support for Your Adrenals”

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How “Fit” is YOUR Lifestyle?

You know, to become fit, healthy and happy from the inside out requires not just a fit body, but a fit mind. That means all aspects of your life are fit, healthy and whole. So often we only work on becoming nutritionally “fit” or physically “fit,” but what about your stress level, your emotions, your relationships and your spirituality?

These are some of the lifestyle issues which keep us from optimal health, wellness and success. Think about how you handle your stress or the types of relationships you may have. Are they rewarding and enriching, or toxic and destructive? I’ve worked with many people who eat well and exercise, yet it was only when they improved their lifestyle issues, did they achieve radiant health, wellness, success and happiness. Continue reading “How “Fit” is YOUR Lifestyle?”

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10 Tips to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Workplace stress contributes to so many health issues including aging, weight gain, illness and disease. Feeling stressed during your workday? Here are a few simple tips to help you stress…less.

1. Learn how to say “no.” When you’re already overextended, taking on additional tasks will only create more stress and anxiety. Stop piling onto your full workload by learning how to say “no.”

2. Make your workspace work for you. Personalize your workspace with things that calm and soothe you. That could mean pictures of loved ones or photos of serene settings, something calming on your desk or even music playing softly around you. You can also download apps with sounds like waterfalls, birds, rain, wind or whichever sounds give you a sense of peace and serenity.

3. Keep things in perspective. Sure you have projects to finish and deadlines to meet, but stress is tied to many diseases and is a main reason for many emergency room visits. Is what you’re getting stressed over worth risking your health? Continue reading “10 Tips to Reduce Stress in the Workplace”

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Relaxation and Stress Management

Everyone knows that too much stress is bad for your health. Still, many of us leave little room for relaxation in our busy lives. Relaxation and stress management are required for good health and need to become part of the daily routine. Relaxation allows for improved digestion, detoxification, body repair, and restocking the body’s reserves. Research continues to support the beneficial effects that come from relaxation: reducing anxiety, managing pain, decreasing symptoms associated with various conditions, and overall disease prevention.

Stress is defined as any situation that disrupts the body’s balance. On a daily basis we are faced with both good and bad stressors. How quickly you process and dismiss stress contributes to your continued health. Ideally, your body reacts to a stressful situation and then quickly returns to center. If you are under continual stress, your body is not able to return to center. As a result, stress hormones continue to circulate in the bloodstream with negative health effects.

Ongoing stress can disturb the body’s ability to absorb and store important nutrients, resulting in nutritional deficiencies. For example, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium levels can become depleted. Continue reading “Relaxation and Stress Management”

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Stress and Weight Gain

The third part my video series on stress is about weight gain. Watch and learn how stress can be keeping you from losing those extra pounds, and and helping to add weight around your middle.  For more information about stress and health, contact Village Green Apothecary.

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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