Are you feeling stressed or lacking in energy?

Saturday, October 5, 2019

By Skye Macfarlane, Lifestream Naturopath

Despite our greatest intentions, healthy eating and living can be hard and we often find ourselves unsure of where to start and what the best approach is.

Even when we try our best to eat well, sometimes underlying poor digestion, stress or a compromised immune system can further reduce our ability to absorb nutrients from the food we consume.

In this fast-paced world, our inbuilt fight or flight system tells us when we are stressed and when we need to change our behaviour, making our bodies produce more cortisol than normal, in turn changing our stress response. In fact, so many people now don't even recognise the signs that they are stressed, it is just their new "normal", making them irritable, tired and low in mood.

Naturally, cortisol is higher in the morning in order to get us out of bed. Cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands and it helps your body use nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) appropriately. It regulates blood pressure and inflammatory markers and controls your sleep cycle. It is important for supporting healthy energy levels and stress recovery.

There is a lot of talk about adrenal fatigue which occurs when your body tries to compensate by overproducing cortisol. You then start to feel not just tired, but exhausted. You may put on weight (especially around the stomach), take longer to recover from injuries or illnesses and have trouble healing. Sleep and appetite are also affected, and all of this has can have long-reaching consequences on wellbeing.

With our fast-paced and modern lifestyles, the accumulation of oxidative stress can arise from:

  • Poor diet
  • Pollution
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low immunity
  • Excess sugar or alcohol consumption.

The recent winter saw ills and chills that stayed around for longer than usual, with people finding it harder to fully recover after their illness.

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Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lifestream International Limited, Auckland.


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