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Understanding the Impact of Stress on Your Health

If you’ve ever consulted with a Naturopathic Doctor, you’ve likely been asked, “How are your stress levels?” This question is crucial because stress significantly affects your overall health and bodily functions.

Stress triggers the same bodily response, regardless of its source—emotional, financial, or physical. It causes the release of cortisol and epinephrine, initiating what’s commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.

Originally, our body’s stress response was intended for short-term threats, like a caveman evading a sabertooth tiger. However, modern life’s constant multitasking and hectic pace have us frequently stuck in this sympathetic state, rather than the preferable parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ state. This shift can profoundly influence how our bodies function, potentially leading to hormone imbalances and, over time, to conditions like Adrenal fatigue.

Beyond that, stress can deplete magnesium in our bodies—a mineral pivotal for over 300 metabolic reactions, including nutrient metabolism, neurotransmitter production, energy creation, and cell growth. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency range from anxiety and fatigue to headaches and memory loss.

Magnesium is vital for maintaining health, and while stress is an inevitable part of life, there are strategies to support your body’s resilience. To learn more about stress, its effects, and available treatments, book an appointment with Dr. Falk today.