Stress Impacts Everyone’s Health

At Center for Healthy and Happy Living, we understand the importance of managing stress. Not only does stress put us in a bad mood and make us “grumpy” but it also impacts our physical health. Stress is the body’s response to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment. The trigger or “stressor” could be good (getting married, having a child) or it could be bad (illness, death of a loved one, divorce, etc).

How stress impacts women’s health:

Stress is often a key culprit when women experience menstruation problems. Hormonal problems are a big stressor for women. We can ponder which came first, stress or hormonal problems but the truth is that hormonal problems are a physical stressor which may (and often do) lead to emotional stress.

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. High blood pressure, heart attacks, heart palpitations, and stroke may be stress related cardiovascular conditions.

  • Some women experience changes in their sexuality and may experience sexual problems such as loss of desire and vaginal dryness as a result of stress.

  • The effects of stress may present physically such as fatigue, aches and pains, or emotionally such anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. Stress affects others by causing gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers, lower abdominal cramps, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Stress weakens the immune system.

  • Stress can initiate dermatological conditions such as itchy skin, breakouts, wrinkles, and rashes.

  • Stress weakens your immunity and therefore your ability to fight off adverse food reactions.

 Impact of stress on men’s health:

  • The effects of stress may present physically such as fatigue, aches and pains, or emotionally such anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances.

  • Stress affects others by causing gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers, lower abdominal cramps, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

  • Stress weakens the immune system so people experience more colds and infections.

  • Stress can initiate dermatological conditions.      

  • Stress can impact your libido and your sexual performance.

  • Stress may be the culprit for hair loss in some men.

Are you controlling your stress or is stress controlling you? What do you do to combat stress? Leave us a comment and let us know.
 

Thyroid Health, Food Allergies and Weight Management

As a food allergy therapist, Elika frequently feels frustrated when her patients report that their doctors made adjustments to their thyroid medication based on labs instead of how the patient feels. The idea of treating the patient and not the disease can be puzzling for some physicians.

Weight loss is difficult enough. Ever have a hard time finding the energy to go about your day? Well, guess what your thyroid can make it even worse. A thyroid that is not working properly can affect your mood, your sleep and your weight.
Look out for unexplained changes in weight (the binge you try to forget does not count as “unexplained”).

Food allergies and food sensitivities could be contributing to your Thyroid health and your weight management.

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones. This results in weight gain in addition to it’s impact on your mood.

Hyperthyroidism is when they thyroid produces more hormones that the body needs. This results in unexpected weight loss or difficulty putting on weight.

If you or a loved one suspect a thyroid condition, please seek treatment. A great first step is blood work through your primary doctor. That may be sufficient for some of you. If you really want to show your thyroid who is boss. Find a great holistic health practioner. They are better at treating the whole person and not just the disease.

Do your research and find someone that is qualified and that you feel comfortable with. Chances are if you don’t believe in what they say then you won’t do as they instruct.

Also, please support others with thyroid conditions obtain quality healthcare. Many doctors are unable to diagnosis thyroid disorders and some have outdated knowledge of how to treat such patients. You can view and sign the petitition here.

Your partner in health and happiness.

Insomnia bites the dust: Impact of Stress on Your Health

It’s 3 A.M. and you are still staring at the ceiling. You have counted so many sheep that you can start a farm and still nothing…sound familiar??

We ALL need sleep. Ever seen kids when they haven’t had
 their naps? They get cranky and so do adults that don’t sleep. Plus it slows down your response time (like alcohol). Sleep is vital for our health, emotions, beauty and sanity! Chances are if you are busy running around all day your mind is still processing information when your body is ready to shut down. Here are a few tricks that have worked.

1) Establish a bedtime routine.
2) Stop drinking caffeine after 2pm (this includes soda and iced teas).
3) Stop worrying about it-the more attention you put on the fact that you are not sleeping, the worse it gets.


Let us know how you do. Here is to a restful night-preferably without snoring!