Stress During the Holidays
For some, the holidays are often reminiscent of family gatherings, baking cookies and wrapping presents. For others, the holidays mark the end of finals week and the completion of another semester of school.
It is undeniable that the holidays bring undue stress.
Have you ever wondered why, after making sure your home is “mother-in-law spotless” and the halls are perfectly decked, you feel run-down and catch a cold? Or after a grueling week of staying up late, fueled by coffee and energy drinks, you come down with with a cold the day after your last final?
Odds are, the organs that help manage stress in the body simply become overwhelmed and deteriorate your body’s immunity. The main organ involved in this process is the adrenal gland.
The effects of stress on the body is incredibly complex; cortisol is one of the main hormones that increase when stress is present.
The improper ratio of cortisol over a sustained period of time causes a myriad of problems within the body.
Some of the effects of cortisol are as follows:
- Decreased immune system health
- Decreased insulin resistance (creating a greater susceptibility to developing diabetes)
- Carbohydrate cravings in between meals
- Increase in fat production
- …and many others
Imbalances in critical hormones associated with stress may be evaluated through the use of laboratory saliva hormone panels. The normal daily fluctuation of hormone levels is determined through the use of four saliva samples taken at specific times throughout the day.
After the laboratory has quantified hormone levels, a specific and completely natural treatment plan is developed to optimize your body’s ability to cope with stress and help reset your adrenal glands. Management generally consists of the use of whole food nutritional supplements as well as dietary changes.
So, whether you are stressed over finding the perfect gift, passing your organic chemistry final or you find yourself stressed at other times throughout the year, hormone balancing may benefit you.
Nutritional consultations and hormone panel test kits are available at Active ChiroCare in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Tamara Lopour is offering an initial consultation, a basic hormone panel test kit, and a review of the test results for an introductory price of $150. Hormone panels may be upgraded based on individual needs.
A properly balanced body allows you to stay energized, focused and healthy as you welcome in the new year. This offer is only valid through January 31, 2013, so call now to schedule your appointment!
Yours for better health,
– Dr. Leif Olson, Dr. Robert Lane, Dr. Tamara Lopour
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