Stress and the Toll it Takes On Your Health

In a world filled with alarm clocks, rush hour traffic, deadlines that must be met, bills to pay and mouths to feed – multitasking, sleep deprivation and stress have become the norm. Everyone has “one of those days” once in a while. 

When stress invades and takes over your world becoming a way of life something needs to change. The human body was not meant to operate on coffee and adrenaline on a daily basis. This type of fast pace high-pressure lifestyle takes its toll on your health, your emotional and spiritual well-being as well as your relationships.

What is stress? – Stress is any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes the body mentally or physically to be in a state of unrest. But what can you do about it? Quite a bit it turns out! I am going out on a limb to make a controversial and shocking statement. Here goes…are you ready? YOU are creating your life. Pure and simple. Because of this, YOU are the only one who can change it and free yourself from this crazy pace that is taking a toll on your very existence.

“What? No, you just don’t understand” you may think to yourself… “It’s not MY fault, it can’t be. I am not the one causing me all this stress it’s my boss, husband, kids, mother in law, insert another possible scapegoat here.” While it is true that you cannot control anyone else’s actions, what you can control is your reaction to them.

The first step in eliminating stress from your life on a permanent basis is to start with the basic concept that you are in fact 100% responsible for your life.  Once you do that, you can see clearly what (and sometimes who) is not in your best interest to keep. We know this is a big step for some, but by doing this you not only take responsibility you take back control.

Step two is changing your outlook. What is it that we all want out of life? A new car? A nice house? A vacation to Tahiti? Well, sure. We all like those things. But why? What is at the core of wanting these material items and experiences?

It’s happiness, joy, relaxation, and excitement! I think we can all agree that what we all want most is simple. We want to feel good.

Here are a couple of exercises to help:

When you wake up first thing in the morning jump out of bed and declare out loud “Today is going to be a fantastic day!” You may feel like a complete buffoon doing this at first, and even like you are lying to yourself. It’s ok to feel silly, humor us and do it anyway. Your subconscious hears you and cannot differentiate between the truth and a lie, it believes everything you say to be true and so accepts it as fact. Believe your day will be fantastic and it will be.

Another very helpful idea is to make a Gratitude List. Any piece of paper will do, just write down everything you have in your life that you feel grateful for. You will be amazed at how much actually ends up on your list. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive you will draw into your life. And in turn, the better you will feel overall!

Some of us start from such a chaotic low place it’s not easy for us to “feel good” now. Ok, we get that, your goal should be to just feel as good as you can right now. Do something nice for yourself. Take a “me” moment. Go for a walk, have a coffee, just let the world fall away for a minute and allow yourself to be at the center of your world and really be in the present time. After all, if you don’t take the time and care for yourself, who will?

Changing the way that you think is no easy task. It takes practice for the mind is like a child with attention deficit disorder. It runs amuck from thought to thought, making order and serenity difficult at best. Meditation is a good way to practice quieting the mind. Take some time out without distractions and turn on some calm soothing music and just “be” in the stillness. Allow your mind to wander but with the focused intent of being calm and clear and just breathe. With time and practice, you will be able to clear your mind of all thought and you will achieve a serene feeling that will stay with you.

In recent years we have been taught in the workplace that in order to succeed we have to do a million things at once and do them correctly. That is a lot of pressure! And this is in fact, is not what successful people do. Successful people do one thing at a time with intent and with focus. They use a to-do list not on the computer or on a palm pilot but on good old-fashioned paper with a pen or pencil, scratching things off and moving along. Why? Because it’s tactile. It becomes more easily engrained in your mind making it easier to remember. We will touch on that in another article.

In order to lead a low-stress existence:

  1. Take responsibility for your life. By doing so you take back control.
  2. Change our outlook, the old saying “fake it till you make it” is more than true. It’s very difficult to be sad when your face is smiling.
  3. Clear your life of things that stress you out – if you don’t like your job –get another one. The same is to be said for personal relationships – if they are beyond repair, love the other person enough and your self enough to appreciate it for what it was and what you have learned from them and let it go.
  4. Take time for yourself – be nice to yourself. You are important! Maintain your body by eating healthy foods, getting regular care – chiropractic and massages.
  5. Clear your mind and allow peace to become a part of your daily life and realize that you deserve it.
  6. Organize – When everything is in its proper place it brings balance to both the heart and mind.
  7. Just breathe – oxygen is very important for the body and most of us breathe way to shallowly. Make sure to breathe from your diaphragm – your shoulders should remain still.

Stress is a top cause of many illnesses as it manifests itself in the body in numerous ways – high blood pressure, anxiety, heart attacks, headache, cancer, depression and many others. Taking steps today to simplify and distress your life could save your health and your life tomorrow.

Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent them before they start?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

Don’t Just Deal with Stress – Eliminate it!

In a world filled with alarm clocks, rush hour traffic, deadlines that must be met, bills to pay and mouths to feed – multitasking, sleep deprivation and stress have become the norm.

Everyone has “one of those days” once in a while. But when stress invades and takes over your world becoming a way of life something needs to change. The human body was not meant to operate on coffee and adrenaline on a daily basis. This type of fast pace high-pressure lifestyle takes its toll on your health, your emotional and spiritual well-being as well as your relationships.

What is stress? – Stress is any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes the body mentally or physically to be in a state of unrest. But what can you do about it? Quite a bit it turns out! I am going out on a limb to make a controversial and shocking statement. Here goes…are you ready? YOU are creating your life. Pure and simple. Because of this, YOU are the only one who can change it and free yourself from this crazy pace that is taking a toll on your very existence.

“What? No, you just don’t understand” you may think to yourself… “It’s not MY fault, it can’t be. I am not the one causing me all this stress it’s my boss, husband, kids, mother in law, insert another possible scapegoat here____.”

While it is true that you cannot control anyone else’s actions, what you can control is your reaction to them.

The first step in eliminating stress from your life on a permanent basis is to start with the basic concept that you are in fact 100% responsible for your life.  Once you do that, you can see clearly what (and sometimes who) is not in your best interest to keep. We know this is a big step for some, but by doing this you not only take responsibility you take back control.

Step two is changing your outlook. What is it that we all want out of life? A new car? A nice house? A vacation to Tahiti? Well, sure. We all like those things. But why? What is at the core of wanting these material items and experiences?

It’s happiness, joy, relaxation, and excitement! I think we can all agree that what we all want most is simple. We want to feel good.

Here are a couple of exercises to help:

When you wake up first thing in the morning jump out of bed and declare out loud “Today is going to be a fantastic day!” You may feel like a complete buffoon doing this at first, and even like you are lying to yourself. It’s ok to feel silly, humor us and do it anyway. Your subconscious hears you and cannot differentiate between the truth and a lie, it believes everything you say to be truth and so accepts it as fact. Believe your day will be fantastic and it will be.

Another very helpful idea is to make a Gratitude List. Any piece of paper will do, just write down everything you have in your life that you feel grateful for. You will be amazed at how much actually ends up on your list. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive you will draw into your life. And in turn, the better you will feel overall!

Some of us start from such a chaotic low place it’s not easy for us to shift to feeling good. Ok, we get that, your goal should be to just feel as good as you can right now. Do something nice for yourself. Take a “me” moment. Go for a walk, have a coffee, just let the world fall away for a minute and allow yourself to be at the center of your world and really be in present time. After all, if you don’t take the time and care for yourself, who will?

Changing the way that you think is no easy task. It takes practice, for the mind is like a child with attention deficit disorder. It runs amuck from thought to thought, making order and serenity difficult at best. Meditation is a good way to practice quieting the mind. Take some time out without distractions and turn on some calm soothing music and just “be” in the stillness. Allow your mind to wander but with the focused intent of being calm and clear and just breathe. With time and practice, you will be able to clear your mind of all thought and you will achieve a serene feeling that will stay with you.

In recent years we have been conditioned in the workplace that in order to succeed we have to do a million things at once and do them correctly. That is a lot of pressure! This is in fact, is not what successful people do. Successful people do one thing at a time with intent and with focus. They use a to-do list not on the computer or on a palm pilot but on good old fashioned paper with a pen or pencil, scratching things off and moving along. Why? Because it’s tactile. It becomes more easily engrained in your mind making it easier to remember.

In order to lead a low-stress existence, let’s summarize:

  1. Take responsibility for your life. By doing so you take back control.
  1. Change our outlook, the old saying “fake it till you make it” is more than true. It’s very difficult to be sad when your face is smiling.
  1. Clear your life of things that stress you out – if you don’t like your job –get another one. The same is to be said for personal relationships – if they are beyond repair, love the other person enough and yourself enough to appreciate it for what it was and what you have learned from them and let it go.
  1. Take time for yourself – be nice to yourself. You are important!
  2. Clear your mind and allow peace to become a part of your daily life and realize that you deserve it.
  1. Organize – When everything is in its proper place it brings balance to both the heart and mind.
  1. Just breathe – oxygen is very important for the body and most of us breathe way too shallowly. Make sure to breathe from your diaphragm – your shoulders should remain still.

Stress is a top cause of many illnesses as it manifests itself in the body in numerous ways – high blood pressure, anxiety, heart attacks, headache, cancer, depression and many others. Taking steps today to simplify and distress your life could save your health and your life tomorrow.

For classes and one on one sessions that can help alleviate stress and help you relax and gain balance back in your life, visit Monarch Wellness www.monarchwellness.net.

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/02/stress/

5 Methods of Coping with Stress

It has been said that happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. Stress is unavoidable in daily life, but we do have a choice of how we handle and react to stressors. Having a plan before life goes haywire can help us stay on course. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

  1. Stay at cause rather than being at effect. You have no control over issues that arise, what you do have control over is how you react. No matter how chaotic of a situation you are in, take a deep breath and step back for 30 seconds’ minimum. There is no rule that says you have to jump the second someone else’s emergency demands it. Allow some of the initial adrenaline to subside before making any snap decisions or choices as to how to proceed.
  1. Take Time for Yourself. Many of us rush around in a blur. We take care of our spouses, our kids, our job requirements, and we put ourselves and our needs dead last. This leaves us feeling frazzled, exhausted and worn out. It can leave you with nothing left to give. Realize that you are the most important person in your life. Take the time to be nice to yourself.
  1. Deep breathing relaxes the body and the mind. Pause during your day, take 5-10 deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 5. Hold the air in for a count of 5. Exhale for one more count of 5. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat daily or as often as needed.
  1. Say No. People who are comfortable saying “No” to requests they really do not wish to do fall far higher on the happiness scale. We all like to help others, but when chronic people pleasing causes you to feel stressed out, it can affect your health both mentally and physically. Saying no to some requests is really saying yes to yourself.
  1. Pamper Yourself. Get a massage, take a hot bath, meditate, go for a walk, take a self-growth or improvement class, whatever makes you feel good, we highly suggest doing that at regular intervals. All of these activities raise your mood and lower your stress.
  1. Hug and or Kiss someone you care about. Hugging and kissing release oxytocin, the love hormone.

For more information on relaxation modalities, therapies and classes call us at 239-231-3208. Our central Naples location is 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples, Florida 34103. www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Published: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/01/5-methods-of-coping-with-stress/

 

How to Cope with Stress

It has been said that happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.

 

Stress is unavoidable in daily life, but we do have a choice of how we handle and react to stressors. Having a plan before life goes haywire can help us stay on course. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

  1. Stay at cause rather than being at effect. You have no control over issues that arise, what you do have control over is how you react. No matter how chaotic of a situation you are in, take a deep breath and step back for 30 seconds’ minimum. There is no rule that says you have to jump the second someone else’s emergency demands it. Allow some of the initial adrenaline to subside before making any snap decisions or choices as to how to proceed.
  1. Take Time for Yourself. Many of us rush around in a blur. We take care of our spouses, our kids, our job requirements, and we put ourselves and our needs dead last. This leaves us feeling frazzled, exhausted and worn out. It can leave you with nothing left to give. Realize that you are the most important person in your life. Take the time to be nice to yourself.
  1. Deep breathing relaxes the body and the mind. Pause during your day, take 5-10 deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 5. Hold the air in for a count of 5. Exhale for one more count of 5. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat daily or as often as needed.
  1. Say No. People who are comfortable saying “No” to requests they really do not wish to do fall far higher on the happiness scale. We all like to help others, but when chronic people pleasing causes you to feel stressed out, it can affect your health both mentally and physically. Saying no to some requests is really saying yes to yourself.
  1. Pamper Yourself. Get a massage, take a hot bath, meditate, go for a walk, take a self-growth or improvement class, whatever makes you feel good, we highly suggest doing that at regular intervals. All of these activities raise your mood and lower your stress.
  1. Hug and or Kiss someone you care about. Hugging and kissing release oxytocin, the love hormone.

For more information on relaxation modalities, therapies and classes call us at 239-231-3208. Our central Naples location is 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples, Florida 34103. www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/01/5-methods-of-coping-with-stress/

Nutritional Response Testing – A Testimonial

Mid-September of this past year I began having serious heart palpitations. I felt nervous, anxious and jittery all the time. I kept expecting it to dissipate and go away, but instead, it got worse and worse until, sitting at work one day, I was sure I was going to have either a heart attack or stroke.

I went to NCH’s walk in clinic. They hooked me up to the EKG machines and listened to my symptoms. They felt they did not have the proper equipment to fully diagnose me and advised that I should go straight to the ER as it could be a pulmonary embolism.

Upon arriving at the ER they of course, drew blood and ran every test known to man. I was there a total of 7 hours to the tune of over $6000. Their conclusion? According to them, I was “completely fine” and “just stressed out”. Ativan was prescribed and I was sent on my merry way still feeling the same as when I arrived.

Despite their medical opinions, I know my body. I knew something felt physically wrong.

In thinking about my past health history, I realized I had healed several other ailments over the years by consulting with Chiropractors who did Nutritional Response Therapy. I didn’t, however, know of anyone locally.

As luck would have it, in doing a Google search for “Nutritional Response Therapists near me” up popped Dr. Gendron and www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com. I called and made an appointment immediately.

I was a mess. I wasn’t sleeping or eating and any little tiny stress would take me from just feeling worn out and exhausted to so stressed I literally felt on the verge of a heart attack. I filled out the assessment in the office and scored a 63 which is incredibly high. Dr. Gendron also administered a diagnostic cardiac test. I scored so badly I nearly fell off the bottom of the chart with my heart reacting like I was in my mid 70’s rather than the 41 years I am.

With complete faith in the process and in Dr. Gendron, I began my road back to health through Nutritional Response Therapy. He put me on a strict healthy eating regimen and eliminated wheat and sugar which I was testing as sensitive to.  Along with that he custom-tailored the Energetix cleanse, homeopathics and supplementation to fit what my body was lacking.

It was easy to follow, but I needed a LOT of detoxification. It took several weeks and lots of healing crisis’s. Slowly I began to feel human again. The palpitations slowed then stopped all together and I began to feel stronger and stronger.

I could not, for the life of me, figure out how I had gotten to such a dangerously toxic level. I have done cleanses over the past decade and kept myself very healthy overall.

As it turns out, in narrowing down the toxins and using some deductive reasoning in conjunction with Dr. Gendron, my dental work was the likely culprit. Old crowns which had metal alloy backings. I am severely allergic to nickel. It had been leaching into my system for 10+ years. It has now been replaced. My heart and body are strong again.

Had I not listened to my body and taken the advice of NCH and their medical staff I would still be wearing down my heart and other organs through continued metal toxicity, having massive chest pain and anxiety and be covering all of this with mood altering medication.

Instead, I am back to feeling healthy.

I am immensely grateful and thankful for the process of Nutritional Response Therapy and for Dr. Gendron himself.

Sincerely,

Sarah J. Barendse

This is just one of many testimonials of happy healthy satisfied clients. To learn more or schedule a consultation, we can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.

Originally posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_75867_nutritional_response_testing__a_testimonial.html

 

Are you taking antacids like they’re candy?

If you are like millions of Americans who suffer from gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and upset stomach you may have been lead to believe that products like Tums, Maalox, and Rolaids are quite possibly your only salvation. It’s simply not the case.

 

Tums and Rolaids – both well-known popular products are made from a base of calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide (which is not for upset stomach but to treat constipation). Tums also admits to containing trace amounts of lead (which even in small amounts can cause harmful effects).

 

Maalox is made with magnesium hydroxide, aluminum hydroxide (which has side effects ranging from tarry stool, to coughing up blood, pain during urination to muscle weakness) and simethicone (which has several drug interaction warnings along with possible side effects of swelling of the lips, tongue or throat).

 

Additional to these active ingredients all of these over the counter medications also contain artificial flavors, saccharine (which has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals), Sorbitol (which has an array of side effects including nausea, gas, diarrhea and cramps).

 

Aren’t all of these things the very ailments you were trying to heal yourself from in the first place by consuming these products?

 

We, as a society have been taught to trust the Food and Drug Administration. We assume that because a product has been approved, that it is not only safe, but also actually good for us. Sadly this is not always the case.

 

In most cases nature has provided us with everything that we need to heal our bodies organically, only in this day and age we have gotten so far away from our roots that a lot of us have forgotten or never even had the advantage of being taught what plants, herbs and supplements have a healing effect on our physiology.

 

First of all, if you have these conditions it is recommended to avoid aggravating them by staying away from spicy foods and alcohol and of course, hardest of all, stress. But should you experience symptoms such as listed above here are a few things to try.

 

Papaya Lozenges are soothing to the stomach lining and reduce irritations such as bloating, gas and indigestion. Papaya contains natural enzymes that break down the proteins, fats & carbohydrates encouraging proper absorption of the nutrients in the food you eat.

 

Ginger is another incredibly powerful herb that supports healthy digestion when taken as a daily supplement. Ginger can also be taken in emergency situations where you don’t feel at all well due to upset stomach. It helps support the body’s response to nausea by settling the stomach. Ginger’s active ingredients are called proteolytic. This is a digestive enzyme similar to those found in papaya and pineapple. Ginger works three ways to nutritionally support the gastrointestinal function. First, it acts to provide relief for the stomach absorbing acids and toxins that cause nausea. Second, Ginger nutritionally supports the body’s own ability to control the inflammatory response function.

Third, Ginger nutritionally supports the digestive process to assist the body in controlling nausea, vomiting, and vertigo. Users of ginger swear by it for the comforting and soothing effects it offers.

 

Peppermint is also very useful in aiding in the digestive process. It helps to relieve gas and nausea due to indigestion, soothes the stomach lining and can relieve cramps; it calms nerves and invigorates the digestive tract. We suggest that everyone who drinks coffee should at least on occasion, replace it with a cup of peppermint tea. Coffee harms the body by weakening the heart and making it hard for food to digest. And if that isn’t your “cup of tea” it can also be taken in capsule form.

 

Next time you are having gastrointestinal distress before you reach for that pack of antacids, I hope you think of this article and give something a little more gentle and natural a try.

Author: Sarah Barendse

Originally Published at HCBL.com