Stress, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
Stress is a consistent undertone of daily life and lies at the root of many common ailments. The stress response is a biological survival mechanism (fight or flight) and even a beneficial one, such as during exercise. However, it is the low grade, chronic stressed that we are currently under in today’s modern age that compromises our health. Left unmanaged stress can be a causative factor in a host of issues such as nervousness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, immune impairment, depleted adrenal function, diabetes & metabolic syndrome, skin conditions, asthma and arthritis amongst other conditions.
What is crucial is that we are able to adapt to stress adequately and reduce it when necessary, therefore recognising common triggers and learning to address them is one of the most important techniques we can master in managing stress and mood. Finding physical and emotional outlets and combining these with a healthy diet and supplementation proves to be the most successful approach.
The body’s requirements for nutrients increases significantly during stress, it is important to nourish our nervous and endocrine systems, which regulate our neurotransmitters and hormones which are intricately involved in our mood state. An inadequate diet can result in nutrient deficiencies which in turn can impair your body’s ability to function. People cope differently and this may be expressed through emotional eating and bingeing, loss of appetite, eating irregularly or gravitating towards stimulants like coffee and sugar for fuel. Eating a balanced and nutrient dense diet can boost mood, help maintain steady blood sugar levels and prevent surges in cortisol and adrenaline.
The use of nutritional supplements and herbs may be required to replenish depleted nutrient stores and restore the body’s normal function. These can be carefully implemented alongside pharmaceutical medication if required and Emma can work with you and your doctor, psychologist or other specialist to incorporate a wholistic approach. Functional pathology such as an adrenal assay or amino acid profile may be recommended to identify areas of your health that may be improved.