Is Stress Making You Sick?

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Stress is a big factor in your overall wellness & health

We are exposed to stress constantly. Our lives are busier and the world is more complex than ever. Being constantly in touch with cell phones and email has its advantages, but it also adds to the stress in our daily lives (remember, any interruption is a small stress). Other stressors to our body include pollution, foods with poor nutrition content, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and many of the medications we take (especially when they cause side effects).

Stress causes actual changes in our hormone levels. Different people respond to stress in different ways. Short bursts of stress often lead to temporary hormone disturbances that recover. Longer exposure to stress leads to more profound hormone alterations in multiple hormone systems and many of the following symptoms:

Difficulty falling or staying asleep

Anxiety or Irritability

Abdominal Weight Gain

Foggy Thinking and Disorganization

Feeling Tired All of the Time

Menstrual Period Changes

Traditional diet remedies that involve stimulants often do not work for people exposed to chronic stress since they just add a medication stress to the emotional stress. Stress can target hormone imbalances in your thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones that ultimately lead to depression and anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, memory problems, and obesity. Many medications for depression or sleeping pills do not treat the underlying hormonal imbalance that is causing the symptoms and will sometimes make the symptoms worse by further exaggerating the imbalance.

In the coming weeks, we will talking about the specific effects of stress on the body, and how with ultra-sensitive testing and targeted treatment using nutrition advice and bio-identical hormone supplementation, we can relieve your symptoms and allow your body to function better under stress.

Val Manocchio MD Doctors Best Health Centers

2237 N. Commerce Pkwy Suite 3
Weston, FL 33326
Ph: 954-659-9914

P.S. If you think you have a hormone imbalance NOW, give us a call at 954-200-9484 for your initial Hormone Health and Stress assessment consultation and saliva testing. Most major health insurances are accepted.