School Stress and Anxiety

Is getting back to school causing you or your child stress and anxiety?  Stress is a normal reaction to any thought or event that makes you frustrated, angry, or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, unease, or worry.  In small doses, stress can actually be a good thing as it helps you get things done: however in today’s busy world, stress has become chronic and debilitating.  Symptoms of acute stress and anxiety may include stomachaches, headaches, muscle tightness and pain.

Beneficial support in times of acute stress includes acupuncture, supplements, healthy diet and exercise.  When acute stress and anxiety turns chronic, it can lead to adrenal dysfunction.  Initially, the adrenal glands are able to meet the demands of stress and respond by increasing the output of the hormones cortisol and DHEA.

Over time, if the stress is chronic, the adrenal glands will not be able to keep up, and will eventually decrease the output of these important hormones.  There are many symptoms associated with adrenal dysfunction. These include fatigue, continued weight gain despite all efforts, hot flashes, night sweats, fast heart beat, skipped heart beats, anxiety, nervousness, loose stool, decreased concentration, foggy thinking, dizziness, low blood sugar, mood swings, and sleep disturbances.

The doctors at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic use a simple saliva test to determine your cortisol and DHEA levels in order to appropriately support your adrenal glands and body through times of stress.  There are many natural supports including herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle.  Come in today and see how your adrenal glands are functioning!

Dr. Nicole Cerf  BSc,ND