Stress, cortisol and your health
When we are stressed over a period of time we can secrete too much of the stress hormone Cortisol. This can have many negative effects on health and lead on to lifestyle diseases.
At the clinic we regularly use acupuncture to reset the nervous system and lower cortisol. We combine the treatment with advice on a nutrient dense diet ensuring high levels of minerals, essential fatty acids and B vitamins. We also recommend increased exercise and relaxation techniques.
Are you suffering from stress?
Answer the following ten questions to determine if your cortisol levels might be too high and if dietary change and some acupuncture would be of benefit?
1 Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do tasks which would normally feel easy seem burdensome? High cortisol depletes the adrenal glands which leaves you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.
2 Are you having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep? Cortisol levels should drop at night but when we are under pressure over time they remain high at night and affect our sleeping patterns.
3 Are you awash with doom and gloom? High cortisol reduces the production of happy hormones such as Serotonin significantly lowering our mood.
4 Do you frequently experience indigestion or bloating? Cortisol can interfere with gut function causing heartburn, nausea and stomach cramps.
5 Are you craving sugary foods? Cortisol raises blood sugar, high glucose levels than pump up insulin levels which then drop blood sugars and suddenly we are searching the cupboards for a sugar or caffeine boost.
6 Is your sex drive lower? Cortisol can lower testosterone levels and general libido.
7 Are you suffering with aches and pains and general inflammation? High cortisol can open the pain gate in the brain so the pain from conditions such as arthritis or back pain can feel worse.
8 Are you catching colds and other infections easily or finding yourself allergic to pollen/foods ? High cortisol levels lower immune function leaving us more vulnerable to allergies and infections.
9 Are you feeling edgy, nervous or irritable? Cortisol and adrenaline can lead to feelings of anxiety and tension.
10 Does your skin look dry or tight? Excess cortisol dehydrates the skin causing it to look tired and lose its glow.
Acupuncture and dietary change can help to reduce stress
If you would like to enquire about how we use acupuncture and dietary change to reduce stress and increase general well being please get in touch.