What Is Stress?
Everyone has some degree of stress in their life. Even happy events can cause stress, such as the birth of a new baby, getting married, a new job, or a new house. Stress can adversely affect your health. This may appear as fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, overeating, hormonal imbalance, and other health problems. It is important to recognize the signs of stress and take action.
How Does Stress Affect the Body?
Hormones such as cortisol rise during stress. Stress affects other chemicals and hormones in the body, such as adrenaline, melatonin, thyroid hormones, serotonin, and dopamine. These all play a role in your health. Stress is linked to high blood pressure, cancer, insomnia, anxiety, depression, heart disease, low libido, impaired immunity, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Stress and Hormones
Stress can affect your hormones, especially for women. Stress can cause menstrual irregularities and even stop the menstrual cycle. Stress can affect thyroid hormone production and conversion of thyroid medication. It is important women get tested to rule out hormonal problems induced by stress.
Identify the Symptoms of Stress
- Fatigue and poor sleep
- Poor concentration and short-term memory
- Weakened immune system leading to constant colds and flu
- Increased irritability
- Anxiety and depression
- Hair loss
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Joint laxity causing vertebrae to ‘go out’
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Heart palpitations or heart racing
Dr. Marianne Marchese can offer support to manage your stress and your health. Naturopathic medicine can be a very powerful and effective way to regulate stress and balance hormones. Several botanical medicines, known as herbs, such as adrenal adaptogens and nervine herbs, are used for stress. These can balance neurotransmitters, which combat fatigue and restores energy. Some vitamins may help maintain normal mental functioning. Amino acids are precursors to neurotransmitters and are essential substances for normal nerve and brain function, sleep, and moods. Homeopathy can be a powerful tool to balance hormones and reverse stress. There are over 2500 homeopathic remedies, and Dr. Marianne Marchese can find the one that’s right for you. Hydrotherapy, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes are essential for stress management. Simply avoiding sugar and caffeine can make a lasting impact on health and hormones.
Dr. Marchese starts with an in-depth history, or intake, to determine the root cause of your symptoms or illness and tries to find the link to stress. She offers testing for hormones, neurotransmitters, and nutrients to help determine what is out of balance. Then she will design an individualized treatment plan that may include nutritional changes, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrient therapy, lifestyle changes, bio-identical hormones, or other prescription medications.
Managing your stress equals managing your health. There will always be stress to some degree in life. Even people who retire on a beach still may have stress. Recognizing stress, knowing it may be affecting your health or life, and taking steps to manage it is part of leading a happy and healthy life.
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a naturopathic physician and author of 8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness. She was named in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctor Issue as one of the top naturopathic physicians. She treats men and women of all ages using botanical medicine, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy, detoxification, IV therapy, microcurrent, diet, exercise, stress management, and lifestyle changes. Her goal is to empower patients to play an active role in their health care and wellbeing.
If you think stress is affecting your health, call 480-588-6856 to schedule a FREE brief meet and greet with one of our naturopathic doctors.