10 Ways to Help With Stress and Anxiety Now

cat lapStress, whether physical, mental or emotional in nature, can have a negative impact on your health. Ongoing stress can weaken your immune system, increase the likelihood of illness, and slow the healing process. Researchers believe that stress and anxiety contribute to as much as 80% of all major illnesses. Eating a well-balanced diet, sleeping restfully, getting regular cardiovascular exercise, incorporating nutritional supplements, as well as introducing relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing into your daily life, can help buffer the effects of negative stress on your body.

Here are 10 tips for reducing your stress level. Continue reading “10 Ways to Help With Stress and Anxiety Now”

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Essential Oils 101

essential oils 101My journey with essential oils and aromatherapy started over 20 years ago when I started having sleep issues. I used a balm that had calming essential oils. I noticed the benefits immediately and since then, I have continued to use essential oils for many purposes. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Scent is a key component in the use of essential oils, but they can also be applied to the skin in a massage for other direct health benefits.

Not all scents are created equally. Pure essential oils are derived from natural sources, like flowers or herbs, and have no chemical additives. Continue reading “Essential Oils 101”

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Wellness Experts Get Sick Too

sickLast summer I heard one of the loudest wake-up calls of my life – second only to the times when my children became very sick. As some of you may know, it is the struggle with my children’s health that inspired my practice.

I, myself, became very sick and experienced a host of debilitating symptoms. It became so serious that I stopped seeing clients. With the help of many colleagues, and through a determination to uncover the root cause of my illness, I was able to tie my symptoms to viruses, which became reactivated due to the inordinate amount of stress I was experiencing. Continue reading “Wellness Experts Get Sick Too”

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Stress May Contribute to High Cholesterol

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We have recently made the connection in our practice between the stress hormone, epinephrine, and liver imbalance.

Stress creates an increase in the fight or flight hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. It gets us ready to handle stress by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Epinephrine is made in the adrenal gland and it is created when norepinephrine is methylated, meaning an enzyme adds a methyl group to norepinephrine.

Sometimes the body enters a state of chronic fight or flight and epinephrine is constantly secreted. Continue reading “Stress May Contribute to High Cholesterol”

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Relax With Rhodiola

relax rhodiolaI recently came across a meme that resonated with me. It said, “It’s almost time to switch from my everyday anxiety to my fancy holiday anxiety.” Is this the case with you, too? Many of us feel the extra stress around this time of year and there are many ways that you can help ease some of that burden. Adaptogenic herbs can also help deal with some of the stress we experience in everyday life. One herb in particular is Rhodiola rosea.

Adaptogenic herbs, or adaptogens, are herbs that help support the body’s ability to accommodate varying physical and emotional stresses. Continue reading “Relax With Rhodiola”

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