When buying products or gifts this Holiday Season, I encourage you to purchase things that are potentially non-toxic healthy-friendly ones to promote hormone balance, a healthy gut, and liver, and to prevent future diseases such as cancer.
You see and hear me cover a lot of different types of topics in my newsletters and social postings - everything from the latest science about hormone testing, and diet to sleep, exercise, meditation, and spirituality.
It may not always seem as if these topics have anything in common, but they do. They are all addressing different types of stress that we encounter throughout our day and how to combat it.
Stress isn't just the mental or emotional stress that we initially think of in relation to work, relationships, or traumatic events. Stress is much more than that.
Stress is anything that places a burden on the body.
Whether it's inflammatory foods such as gluten, not getting adequate rest or sleep, under-exercising or over-exercising when your body is already fatigued, toxins in your environment, or physical ailments from misalignments I bones and muscles - it all equates to stress on the body.
When I went through my Functional Diagnostic Nutrition training program, which was way different from my nursing school program, we were taught to identify H.I.D.D.E. N. stressors or malfunction in the:
Looking at these different systems of the body and recognizing malfunction help me to also identify healing opportunities.
But in order to help someone heal and restore health to these systems of the body, I have to know what is causing the malfunctions in the first place - stress
To alleviate stress, I guide my clients in"coaching down contributors to stress and coaching up functions of the body"
In all of the blogging and work that I do, my one big message for you is...
"I want you to be able to recognize the burden of stress on your body at any point in time and to know what to do about it in order to achieve your ideal health."
Having a better understanding of what is contributing to a stress burden on your body leading to the dysfunction, and taking action to minimize the stress is the secret to optimal health that we are all looking for.
Let's talk a little about different stressors, and how to coach down the contributors and coach up function, mainly during this virus season.
Our bodies are a miracle in and of themselves if you think about all that they do for us on a daily basis with little to no effect on our part: pumping blood and oxygen, breaking down and rebuilding cess, breathing, and giving us the ability to be mobile.
What we don't realize is that those daily functions require a lot of work and energy from our body already, so we tend to pile on additional tasks, toxins, and responsibilities that force our body t work harder.
Our body will essentially do anything we ask it to, but that doesn't mean we should.
It's rare that our body will tell you 'no.' It will climb to the peak of mountain tops, work through the night to meet a deadline for us, and eat almost anything we feed it. But that doesn't mean we should ask it to do those things, especially if it's already burdened with H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors that we can't see or aren't aware of.
Know that stress can be...
The inflammatory or pesticide-laden foods in our diet
Eating foods that are not in alignment with our nutritional needs
Staying up late at night consistently or not getting enough sleep
Exercising at a high intensity or for long durations when the body is tired
Perceived mental or emotional stress from work, relationships, and traumatic events
Lack of nutrients in the body for functions to actually take place
Toxins in our environment burden the liver, alter clues, and disrupt hormones
And there are many more
For the longest time, exercise was actually one of my biggest stressors. As a younger active individual with a passion to run and workout, following all of the trends, that I was intrinsically driven to do.
A huge turning point leading to an autoimmune disorder was when I learned I needed to turn down the volume on my workout routine a lot, to relieve the unnecessary stress I was placing on my body and allow it to heal. As soon as I cut back on running, lifting heavy weights, and focused more on walking and yoga, my body started to heal more rapidly.
If I go to bed late, get a crappy night of sleep, cheat on my diet, am traveling, or doing something else that might create extra stress on my body, I'm very mindful about striking a balance by ding thins such as skipping my usual workout for something that is more restorative, going to bed early the next day and taking a full weekend to eat healthily and rest.
The secret to restoring balance and health is working towards eliminating the things that are causing stress on the body and giving it the support it needs to function at a higher level.
Just fixing your diet won't do it. It's one aspect of healing but not the catch-all solution most hope it would be.
Coaching up function in the body and achieving optimal health requires a multifaceted approach, one that involves:
Stress Reduction (of all kinds)
And supplemental to support and restore bodily functions while you eliminate the stressors
I have found in my many years of doing this work that the mindset and spirituality components are just as critical as any of the physiological and scientific aspects. One will only be able to reach a limited level of optimal health without incorporating both and addressing all the burdens of potential stress.
Rebuilding the relationship with your body, taking responsibility, and treating it with respect will help you forge forward in optimizing your health. If you don't change your mindset and the relationship with your body, you'll continue to beat it down and run into a wall with your health.
So, I'll leave you with this...think about how much stress is on your body at the moment in time as you are reading this blog...
Are there toxins in your environment that you can't see, hear, or feel?
Did you get a crappy night's sleep?
What was the last thing you ate and was it nutritious or not?
Did you force yourself to work out today or push too hard?
Are you stressed at work or in your relationship?
What else might be contributing to a burden of stress in your life?
Remember to weigh your stress regularly and then you can quickly take action to reduce it before it reduces your health.
The average adult uses 9 or more personal care products each day, exposing themselves to over 126 unique chemical ingredients - that's a huge burden of daily stress on the body! Reducing your body's daily burden by swapping out your toxic personal care products.
If you need help getting hands on the right lab test, non-toxic products, rid yourself of brain fog and resources so you can feel like yourself, let me help you connect the dots to improve your vitality, whether it be the area of the hormone, thyroid, digestion, diet, exercise, autoimmune.
Schedule a call today; you will not regret feeling better in the future.
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