Stress and Your Health:
Optimum Health’s integrative approach to healing can naturally help alleviate the symptoms and physiological damage that prolonged stress can cause. Our doctors may recommend a simple saliva test that can measure your body’s response to stress. If you are like many Americans, and are stuck in a cycle of stress, you could be suffering from adrenal dysfunction or adrenal “burnout”. This can take a toll on your overall health, affect your relationships, quality of life, and should be taken very seriously. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, please call or click HERE for your complimentary consultation.
• Chronic Stress
• Chronic Fatigue
• Impaired Immune Function
• Low Body Temperature
• Low Sex Drive
• Migraine Headaches
• Muscle & Joint Pain
• Poor Memory
• Skin Regeneration
• Sleep Disturbances
• Stress Maladaptation
• Thyroid Function
• Weight Gain*
• Upset Stomach
• Mood Changes/Depression
* Weight loss results may vary from person to person.
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Is Stress Affecting Your Health?
ASI (Adrenal Stress Index): Four Saliva Samples are used in the ASI for the following:
• Cortisol Rhythm – Stress Response
• Insulin – Blood Sugar Adaptation
• DHEA/DHEA-S – Stress adaptation
• 17-OH Progesterone – Adrenal Reserve
• Gluten Antibodies – Grain Intolerance
Once your results are interpreted by our medical staff, our wellness professionals can customize a treatment plan specifically for your health needs. Your treatment plan could include any combination of the following: Customized diet and nutrition, lifestyle coaching, hormones, botanicals, and/or pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Our goal is to help you return to a normal state of health without the side effects of medications or other pharmaceutical agents. We seek to treat the source or the root cause of the problem rather than symptom-care.
When stressed the body initiates the “fight or flight” response and the adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones make the heart beat faster, raise blood pressure, change the digestive process, and boost glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Under stress, muscles tense up. The contraction for extended periods of time can trigger tension, headaches, migraines, joint pain, various musculoskeletal conditions, or even fibromyalgia.
Stress can make you breathe harder and cause rapid breathing (hyperventilation) which can bring on panic attacks in some people.
Acute stress causes increased heart rate, dilated blood vessels, and an increased amount of blood pumped to the body. Repeated episodes of acute stress can cause inflammation in the coronary arteries, thought to lead to heart attack.
When the body is stressed, it increases production of cortisol and epinephrine causing the body to store extra fat around your waist area.
Stress may prompt you to eat more or less than you usually do. As a result, you may experience heartburn, acid reflux, bloating , and gas. Stress also affects the absorption of nutrients into your intestines, causing diarrhea or constipation.
Men: Excess amounts of cortisol can affect the normal functioning of the reproduction system. Chronic stress can impair testosterone and sperm production and cause erectile dysfunction. Women: Stress can cause irregular menstrual cycles, painful periods, and reduce sexual desire.