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Stress, Adrenals and Your Health

Stress takes many forms and varies from person to person. Your perception of events contributes to individual stress levels.  Two of the top ten stressors include divorce and job loss; but perhaps something seen as less significant – like misplacing your keys or checkbook – is creating anxiety.

Stress can be positive, such as a wedding; or negative, such as a funeral.  One person may find an encounter with a cute puppy an uplifting and calming experience, while for another it may induce terror and anxiety.  Stress can be chemical (pollution), emotional (argument), or physical (headache) in origin.


Why do we care about stress in all its forms?

Because all stress, regardless of its source, has an impact on the state of an individual's health and contributes to chronic disease states such as diabetes, cancer and autoimmune conditions.

While stress certainly can't be completely eliminated in your life, recognizing sources, minimizing exposure and creating and implementing a realistic stress management plan can be monumental in reducing your stress burden and, subsequently, its toll on your physical health.

Addressing lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep, exercise and self-care time is essential in developing successful stress management habits.
An international neuroscience research group recently did a study to compile the 10 top relaxing tunes.  What they discovered was Manchester's Marconi Union was #1.   

1) Marconi Union - Weightless
2) Airstream - Electra
3) DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4) Enya - Watermark
5) Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6) Barcelona - Please Don't Go
7) All Saints - Pure Shores
8) Adele - Someone Like You
9) Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
10) Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

Of course, being successful in managing stress, and evaluating and treating the stress glands of the body,  involves the adrenals.

Salivary diurnal cortisol testing will assist you in determining the damage years of compounded stress has afflicted on your

adrenal glands.  It does this by identifying existing adrenal hyper or hypofunction and assisting you and your practitioner in selecting appropriate adrenal support (nutraceuticals, herbs, glandulars, cortisol, etc) to add to your stress management program. With this information and so many tools readily available, successful rehabilitation of the adrenal glands and improved physical health starts right now.





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