Chronic, low-level stress is common in today’s society. Over time, stress exhausts your body, contributing to gland imbalances, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, immune suppression, colds/flu, anxiety/depression, digestive disorders, PMS, skin problems and fatigue.

Symptoms of stress include:

Physical Mental/Emotional
Heart pounding Sleep problems Moodiness Mental fogginess
Headaches Fatigue Irritability Poor concentration
Sweaty palms Nausea Forgetfulness Negative self-talk
Indigestion Diarrhea Hostility/defensiveness Confusion
Skin rashes/acne Tight stomach Obsessive thought patterns Diminished social interest/libido
Holding breath Jaw grinding Nervousness Feelings of hopelessness
Cold hands Muscle tension Emotional instability Restless mind

Coping Techniques

  • Always eat whole, natural and unprocessed foods.
  • Eat a wide variety of vegetables (raw and cooked), fruits (raw), lean proteins, raw nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
  • Replace coffee and alcohol with plenty of pure, filtered water, herbal tea and, in moderation, green tea.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, corn syrup).
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners and fats (Aspartame, sucralose, hydrogenated vegetable oil).
  • Eat in a relaxing environment, and avoid eating when upset, angry or stressed.
  • Practice meditation, prayer, yoga, progressive relaxation, self-hypnosis and deep breathing.
  • Sleep in a completely dark, well-ventilated room for at least eight hours each night.
  • Play. If competitive sports raise your stress levels, try walking, jogging, swimming, hiking, or practicing yoga and tai chi.

Naturopathic Treatments
To support healthy glands, your naturopathic doctor may recommend nutritional supplements such as vitamin C and B6, magnesium, pantothenic acid, and herbs like Siberian ginseng. Other treatments include acupuncture, hydrotherapy, IV therapy and nutritional and lifestyle counselling.