Feeling anxious, stressed, or completely drained? Maybe it’s your poor gut health. Everybody thinks their stress is at an all-time high because of work, family obligations, and outside factors. It’s often their gut imbalances that ramp up their stomach issues, inflammation, and anxiety.
Stress is normal, and to some extent, a necessary part of life. Despite it being something everyone experiences, what causes stress can differ from person to person.
Coping with the impact of chronic stress can be challenging because the source of long-term stress is more constant than acute stress. The body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. Some people may experience digestive symptoms, while others may experience headaches, sleepiness, sadness, anger, or irritability. Over time, continued strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
If you start to feel like you’re taking on too much, try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day and not what you have been unable to. Another thing is staying connected; you are not alone. Keep in touch with people who can provide emotional support and practical help.
To reduce stress, ask for help from friends and family, community, or religious organizations. Sometimes doctors can recommend medications to help treat some symptoms of chronic stress. For example, they may prescribe antidepressants to treat anxiety or depression. For people with trouble sleeping, doctors may prescribe sedatives.
Specially trained physicians have received little training about the cause of chronic stress like blood sugar imbalances, hidden infection, and gastrointestinal issues and how they disrupt your body’s biological balance.
Many of the medications that are useful for stress relief are also addictive, and serious behavioral and health problems are possible and even likely to occur due to using such substances. Unless care is exercised, medications have addictive or potential for side effects and health risks. They should only be used as prescribed by a responsible licensed physician.
However, they do not always resolve your health issues. In my practice Anchor Wellness Center we use a unique methodology COPE:
- C for cellular detoxification
- O for optimization of hormones
- P for performance-nutrition, and
- E for enhanced mind mastery
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