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Emotional Health

The word “stress” is usually used when a person feels overloaded or unable to cope with the pressures placed upon them. The body is really only designed to handle brief periods of stress adequately. Problems often start to arise when stress becomes chronic- lasting for days, weeks or even years. This can have damaging effects on the body, taking a toll not only on mental health, but on organ health as well.

Stress releases a hormone called cortisol. High levels of cortisol, for prolonged periods, can lower your immune system, disturb sleep and impair concentration and memory. It can also affect your blood pressure and cholesterol increasing the risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Symptoms

  • High levels of cortisol, the stress hormone
  • Sleep issues
  • Immune issues
  • Impaired concentration and memory
  • High blood pressure

Resources

PDF information sheets

Mindfulness based techniques: The Breath as Medicine (PDF)
Mindfulness based techniques: Facing Discomfort (PDF)
Map Scale of Consciousness (PDF)
Booklist for Health and Healing (PDF)

Approach

The experienced practitioners at Health Momentum provide practical and effective tools designed to manage stress and lower cortisol levels.

Mindfulness-based therapy is one such therapy that has been proven to reduce stress-related medical conditions.  It has also been approved by Health Canada as a first-line complementary therapy.

Solutions

Naturopathic Medicine

Professionally prescribed natural supplements
All natural supplements prescribed by Naturopathic Doctors have been third party tested and are therefore guaranteed for their purity and improved efficacy.
Adrenal support (cortisol regulation):
Chronic high levels of stress can cause an elevation in the stress hormone, cortisol. High cortisol levels significantly impair the immune system. The herbs and vitamins prescribed from a naturopathic doctor are designed to support the adrenal glands (which produce cortisol), making the body more resistant to stress and better able to cope with the demands of life.
Nutritional counselling:
Healthy, nutritious food is one of the simplest methods for moderating the effects of stress. Foods with high B vitamins actively help to reduces stress levels. In addition, certain foods such as processed/ packaged or sugary foods aggravate stress. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should avoid them completely, just consume them in moderation.
Mindfulness based techniques on pain management
Stress management through various techniques including deep belly breathing, yoga and counseling can help calm the nervous system and reduce cortisol levels.

Osteopathy

Relaxation techniques are the best way to decrease tension. Breathing exercises during the treatment help to calm and settle the nervous system by decreasing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Getting a massage regularly is a great way to lower anxiety levels and maintain a healthy stress response.

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