Are you an always on-the-go person, juggling 10 balls every day, with a mental check list that never seems to be complete? Have you had some major life events occur where you felt health declined afterwards? Have you secretly wondered if you are under too much stress?
We all know that stress is a part of life, and that too much of it is unhealthy. I want to share some information with you today to help you understand how much stress is too much, and also self check in to evaluate if it is affecting your current health.
I’ve got some real test results to show you what stressed out tests look like, and a quiz to see if you are too stressed.
Most people think BIG when they think about stress.
Did you know death of a spouse scores as a higher stress than a jail sentence?
You can self check your life stress levels on this independent site – click here
However, these are other factors often overlooked, and they cause stress internally – even if you are happy and relaxed on the outside!
- Chronic infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Toxin overload
- Too much exercise
Are you dealing with any of these issues?
The best way to assess the impact on the body is to have a THOROUGH investigation into your health that covers your health history, current symptoms in detail, and pathology testing.
Stress makes you FAT 🙁
You may have suspected it – and numerous studies over the last 20 years have confirmed it.
Stress can cause both diabetes and obesity through a variety of different ways. To see how resistant the body has become, and if it has moved into a complex health condition called Metabolic Syndrome, thorough pathology testing covering blood sugar studies, cortisol studies done through the day, cholesterol and leptin are needed.
Regardless if the above tests come back normal, weight loss becomes much harder when we are under too much stress due to elevated cortisol and adrenal – a.k.a. steroid hormones.
How? Elevated stress hormones cause the following responses;
- Raises blood sugar
- Makes you hungry and crave sugar and caffeine
- Suppresses your HPA-axis resulting in hormonal imbalance
- Causes insulin resistance
- Increases fat storage capacity
- Increases belly fat and causes fatty liver
- Increases triglycerides in the blood
Signs of STRESS Out of Balance
If you total more than 5 of these symptoms, then your stress has tipped the scales and is now causing a negative impact in your body. (“Sometimes” counts as 1)
- Constantly exhausted and tired
- Can’t tolerate noise
- Libido low
- Muscles getting flabby
- Rapid heart beat
- Feeling Stressed Out or Wired and Tired
- Skin rashes or eczema
- Digestive problems
- Wake up full of energy
- Wake up really tired
- Need a snack between 2:00-4:00PM
- Find yourself falling asleep in front of the TV
- Need to read or watch TV before bed to fall asleep
Let’s see what that looks like on an actual 3-point salivary Cortisol Test result
This result shows the result of years of high stress, some big life events thrown into the mix, and chronic pain. This lady was struggling to get through the day when this test was done.
This is a picture of CHRONIC FATIGUE. Her cortisol production is far below the normal line.
Thankfully she is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now that she is under a good naturopath at our Sydney clinic and getting treatment to address this.
Stress is a tricky thing to define, because we need it to function, and we love the rush our body gets from the adrenaline. The best way to find out if your stress levels are causing health concerns, is to self check with the guide above, and then get your hormone levels tested.
We choose saliva cortisol testing done at 3 specific times of the day, as this is a more sensitive test and will pick up changes before they become a serious clinical issue. Blood testing is not as sensitive, and will only pick up imbalances once they are more progressed.
The sooner we diagnose an adrenal issue, the quicker and easier the treatment, so don’t wait until you are in a state of chronic fatigue before reaching out for help.
If you are struggling with a complex and longterm issue, we also have solutions where bio-identical hormone therapy may be needed to get you feeling better. Ask us how!
Our team are passionate about health and discovering the driving cause behind your symptoms.
We look deeper than regular medical testing to find the root cause of your health concerns.
Plus, all staff on our phones are trained health naturopaths or medical herbalists to ensure you speak to highly trained people – every call!
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Easier to ring us? Call us at 1300 THYROID. Or 1300 849 764.
PS – We have 13 clinics across Australia and support patients remotely. So we can support you if you are ready for help. Find out if we can help you here: https://thelucyroseclinic.lpages.co/learn-about-the-lucy-rose-clinic/