Our ultimate goal is to empower people to take charge of their own health and wellbeing.
We have provided some tools, knowledge and resources to help support you in this journey.
We are all affected by stress.
Stress can be physical, chemical, and/or emotional.
These stressors affect our bodies and elicit a response. That response is an increase in stress hormones, leading to a matrix of possible consequences.
Download the Stress Assessment Questionnaire and see how much stress you are under.
We are constantly exposed to toxins; either in food, water, or the air.
Toxins are responsible for systemic inflammation, obesity, and even increase risk of chronic diseases.
Take the toxicity questionnaire by clicking on the link below and learn about your toxicity score.
Once you have your results, you can use the resources below to begin supporting yourself towards better health and wellbeing.
How Stress Affects Your Body
Your nervous system has a very specific set of responses to stress; sometimes called the "fight or flight" response.
When we are exposed to a stressor, our nervous system goes into high alert. It gets your body ready to either run or fight for survival.
This leads to a series of physical changes. Some of which are:
1. reduced immune response
2. reduced digestion
3. increased heart rate
4. increased blood pressure
5. rapid breathing
6. pupil dilation
7. increased energy production
Short term, these changes are beneficial and can help you survive in a crisis.
However, if these changes are maintained over longer periods of time, they can lead to health challenges and symptoms.
Your chemical system or Endocrine system is the other system in your body that responds to stressors.
This system involves glands in your brain (hypothalamus) all the way down to your reproductive organs (testes/ovaries). These organs secrete hormones that control basically every process in your body.
When we are exposed to stressors, our endocrine system secretes a series of hormones to help us adapt to this stress; the primary of these is CORTISOL.
Cortisol has many effects. Some of which are:
1. reduced probiotic activity (immune health)
2. reduced vitamin D absorption
3. reduced digestive acid and enzyme production
4. reduced mucus cell activity which can lead to a break down of the intestinal lining
5. reduced leptin (the hormone that signals being full)
6. reduced insulin secretion (required for sugar absorption)
FEED THE ADRENALS
The adrenals and the whole endocrine system depletes a lot of vitamins, minerals, fats, etc. in order to handle the requirements of the increased stress affect.
Foods rich in vitamins B, C, D, E, minerals, omega-3 fats, and probiotics are essential to help maintain and repair a healthy stress management system.
Foods like Dark Green Leafy Vegetables are a good source of all B-vitamins.
Nuts and Seeds are good sources of vitamin E and omega-3's.
Fish and Avocados are also a good source of omega-3.
Fiber rich vegetables like Asparagus, Dandelion Greens, Artichoke, Legumes, Beans, Peas are rich in prebiotic fiber.
Yogurt, Kimchi, Miso, Sauerkraut, Pickles are a good source of probiotic foods.
Having multiple servings of these foods a day is a great way to stay healthy and support a robust stress management system in your body.
Literally hundreds of studies show the benefits of exercise on not just stress but also overall health.
Which exercise is by far the best?
Walking daily for 20 minutes a day does more than any other exercise. Period.
Walking reduces stress, improves sugar handling, improves heart health, improves mood, improves muscle development, reduces fat and lowers the risk of basically every disease known to man.
Whole Food Source and Designed to Feed Your Body
Sometimes you need more than just eating the right foods and exercise. Sometimes your body needs the extra support of whole food supplements to deliver a more potent combination of nutrition. The Daily Fundamentals Adrenal packets are a great and convenient way to do that. Just 1-2 packets a day to supplement your improved nutrition and fitness and you are well on your way to improved endocrine health.
STRESS ASSESSMENT SUPPORT
If your Stress Assessment Score is greater than 50, it may indicate that you require greater support for your endocrine system. The three (3) supplements below may provide additional support in the repair and maintenance of your endocrine system.
Along with the fundamental support of healthy foods to feed your adrenals and the Daily Adrenal Health Packets, you may need to add Ashwagandha Complex as an herbal support.
Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in traditional Asian cultures to support healthy stress levels.
Excessive adrenal demand will lead to a depletion of B-vitamins (mostly vitamin B2,3,6,12) due to the increased energy production. Cataplex B-core is a great way to get all the B-vitamin requirements to replenish and maintain a healthy endocrine system.
Tongkat Ali has been shown to decrease cortisol levels and improve testosterone utilization and production in the body. This aids in better energy, muscle mass, sex drive and sense of wellbeing. It also helps to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A purification program should not only help reduce your toxic load (how much toxins your body is holding), it should also improve your detoxification capacity (how efficiently your body eliminates those toxins naturally).
Standard Process' 21-day purification program does both.
The system utilizes an ideal combination of whole food vitamins, minerals and herbs to help eliminate toxic load and support optimal detoxification.
Read more about the details of what is involved by reading the program guide.
INTERPRETING TOXICITY SCORE
If you scored above 25 on your toxicity score you may have an increased toxic load. This overload can be the source of many health issues from weight gain, to fatigue, and even increased risk for chronic disease.
A purification program may just be the help you need to reduce this toxic load.
We love the 21-day purification program from Standard Process.