In today's society being 'stressed' is seen as a natural part of life, and it is to a certain extent but when left unmanaged or long standing it can have a negative impact on health. Naturopathy treats physical ailments but also addresses some of the more common conditons we suffer anxiety, depression, insmomnia, stress and fatigue. To feel truly healthy its to balance the mind, body and soul.
Anxiety is part of a biologically useful reaction to danger. Anxiety may be transient, persistent, episodic or limited to specific situations. The symptoms of anxiety are both psychological and physical, most commonly it is transient.
Anxiety disorders can be related to altered levels of neurotransmitters and hormonal levels. These can be affected by stress, diet or lifestyle.
Naturopathic Treatment is aimed at decreasing and control aggravating factors diet, lifestyle and to regulate neurotransmitters to aid the body’s ability to cope with stress. We support the nervous system and while also offering symptomatic relief.
Symptoms of depression vary and may present as depressed mood, inability to experience pleasure, guilt, low self esteem, emotional instability, fatigue, decreased concentration and many more. There are numerous types of depression and causes. Whether you have been suffering for years or it is something more recent, Naturopathy can work alongside your GP and treat you safely whether or not you are medicated. By implementing diet and lifestyle changes with supplementation there can be a profound and marked effect on mood.
We all have had stages were we have had trouble sleeping or waking throughout the night. Insomnia is not a disorder it is a symptom and is an extremely common complaint. Insomnia is defined as difficulty either initiating or maintaining sleep. It is a term that is used to indicate any and all stages and types of sleep loss. Insomnia can be divided into two categories
- Sleep onset insomnia-difficulty falling asleep
- Maintenance insomnia-frequent or early wakening
When insomnia has been ongoing it is best to see a naturopath, insomnia can be a sign of hormonal changes, neurotransmitter abnormality, food allergies/intolerances or lifestyle factors. Naturopathic treatment is quick, safe and effective. Each aspect of health and your current lifestyle are taken into account and a specific plan is formulated for you. Nothing feels better than to wake up refreshed with loads of energy.
What is stress?
Stress is normal and usually motivates us to sharpen our focus in situations where immediate action is required. The degree of the stress responses is usually determined by the intensity of the situation. Stress (the fight or flight response) is triggered by surges of adrenaline, this hormone makes our heart beat faster increasing our breathing, increasing your energy, increase blood flow to muscles in the heart and the brain so you can deal with the source of stress. After the stressful event passes, your body take
s time to recover, with adequate recovery time your body restores its energy again. During the stress your digestive and reproductive systems are neglected, once the stress has passed and you have recovered, these area start functioning properly a
gain. This whole stress response is short lived, if the stress state continues these delicate balances can become easily exhausted and can cause a disturbance to your energy and over health.
If the stress continues your body switches to a different mechanism to deal with long-term chronic stress. Your body releases cortisol to allow you to stay active and attentive for long periods of time to deal with the chronic stress at hand. This response can be quite damaging to the body if it continues for years and years, and have a negative impact on your health.
Symptoms of stress include
- Increased cholesterol and fatty acid in the blood
- Increased blood pressure
- Local inflammation, swelling heat and pain
- Increased production of sugar for energy
- Immune and allergy response
- Increased metabolism, faster heartbeat, respiration, faster blood clotting
- Digestive discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, increased stomach acid
As stress strongly affects every system in your body, long term and poorly managed stress can have serious health consequences especially for the
- Heart and cardiovascular system,
- Weakens digestions
- Depletes energy levels
- Upsets blood sugar regulation
- Hormonal balances
- May disturb sleep and mental health
Therefore we need to manage stress and our response to a stressful situation to ensure balance and health.