Don’t Let Stress Make a Mess of Your Life!

Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the twenty-first century” by the World Health Organization. Don’t let stress make a mess of your life! Stress can be physical and/or emotional. Often these issues overlap creating burnout that cannot be ignored. Let’s examine some of the causes of stress in our way-to-busy world (and then, let’s talk about what we can do to lessen the load).

Trauma – Accidents and injuries create physical stress. Surgeries (including dental) and procedures create stress. Infection, while not a trauma, creates physical stress.

Toxins –All the environmental toxins, pollutants, and chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis contribute to your physical stress load. Your liver, lungs, and kidneys have to work overtime to try to clean up your system and if they don’t do a good enough job, your body breaks down. There are approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hundreds of these chemicals are present at all times in our bodies and they may affect our immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Emotions –The recent death of a loved one, or the loss of a job, a relationship, a pet. All of these can be traumatic, stress-inducing events. Life is not perfect and it can have disappointments, failures, and losses. There is no time to turn off or relax. Life is always on; there are always places to go and things to do. Expectations are just too high. What is the medical community’s answer or this? Over 75 million prescriptions for Xanax and Ativan are written annually. Ten percent of Americans age 12 and over take antidepressant drugs!!! Children even younger are being electroshocked and drugged for “mental problems”. Is a chemical or electrical solution really a solution?

Lifestyle –Lack of sleep, exercise, or downtime overtax the body and mind. Poor eating choices create unhealthy cells in the body, including the brain, making you vulnerable to stress. What is your diet like? Do you turn to the empty calories of fast foods or take a walk down the junk food aisle when you’re feeling the pain?

What can be done about stress? First, acknowledge that you have stress in your life and identify the source. What part of that situation could you be responsible for? Is there one little thing you can do to get more control over what is happening? One simple way to start is with the basics of a healthy life: eat your veggies, take the correct supplements that help you heal, drink a lot of pure water, avoid drugs and alcohol, get some regular exercise, and plenty of rest.

Reduce pollutants in your life. Start by trying natural personal and home care products. Don’t eat food with chemicals in them. Don’t use medication unless it is life-saving. Making a few small positive changes each week can add up in your overall lifestyle picture. Make your changes small and bite-sized, so you won’t be as likely to revert to old habits as when changes are major and abrupt. The stresses of life can be dealt with more easily when one is healthy and has good body chemistry. When you succeed, even a little, grab onto it and keep it. Trust yourself!

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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