We all live in a stressful world. And, while we've come to accept our hectic lifestyles, many of us don’t realise how damaging too much stress can be on the body.
Stress can adversely affect anyone, young or old, healthy or unhealthy, male or female. But, the good news is that understanding the root of your stress and how to manage it can help impact your health for the better.
So, how does stress affect our health? One of the key ways is by depleting our bodies of vitamin B’s. And why does this matter? Vitamin B’s are essential for methylation, a key process that happens in every single cell in your body. Methylation's most important function to protect our DNA from damage. DNA damage can lead to premature ageing, even on the inside of your body, and can initiate cancer. Stress can cause an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation - key markers in virtually every lifestyle-related chronic disease.
Stress also affects your sleep-wake cycles. Prolonged stress can result in cortisol, your stress hormone, being raised for too long each day. Raised cortisol blocks the release of your sleep hormone, melatonin. Cortisol and melatonin always need to be in balance for optimal wellness and cancer prevention.
What’s more, raised cortisol can increase your craving for carbs, and this can lead to weight gain, which in turn can lead to oxidative stress and lifestyle-related chronic disease. Stress can play havoc with the beneficial bacteria in your gut, setting up conditions like leaky gut and dysbiosis (imbalance between health and harmful gut bacteria). These gut conditions can lead to wider conditions like brain fog, anxiety, weight gain and the reabsorption of toxic estrogen metabolites that are supposed to be excreted in your stools which can contribute to estrogen excess...
Are you getting the idea? Stress is a vicious cycle that affects our whole body.
Your personal DNA might make you more susceptible to the effects of stress, which is why we highly recommend taking one of our DNA tests. Your genetics might need extra support through personalised nutrition, environment and lifestyle decisions.
Another tool we offer is our free and quick FREEBIE | Quiz | Stress Type. There are different types of stress – stressed and wired, stressed and tired, stressed and hot (inflamed) and so on. You can tailor your choices depending on which type of stress you suffer from. In fact, we take stress so seriously, that we’ve put together an integrated Stress Shop packed with nutrition, environment and lifestyle products and tools to help bring balance back into your life.
Here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your stress levels:
Nutrition: Do our FREEBIE | Quiz | Stress Type and start taking the right supplements for your type of stress.
Environment: We've curated beautiful non-toxic products that can protect your DNA and biochemistry in our Stress Shop that can help relax your body.
Exercise. Staying physically active helps reduce so many of the negative effects of stress.
Meditate. Meditation has been proven to increase self-awareness, improve self-esteem and reduce everyday stress.
Laugh! Research shows that laughter decreases stress levels and can reduce inflammation in your body.
Stay positive. Take time out to indulge in activities that you enjoy, and try to have an optimistic outlook on circumstances in your life.
Unplug. Let go of information and technology overload for a few minutes each day. Take some time to disconnect from social media, email, news and other things that may be contributing to increased stress in your life.
Purpose: Find a strong purpose in life.