We've all heard it and we've all felt it: stress is a killer!  Stress comes in all shapes and sizes whether its positive or negative.  Regardless, it sends our central nervous system into disarray which then, often, leads to a lowered immune system and/ or adrenal fatigue.  
    Stress seems to lurk everywhere in our society.  We each cope with it differently, but often, it translates out to the same biochemical reactions in the body.  So how do we combat this no-good marauder?  Well, for starters, we need to be vigilant.
    We need to make sure that we are treating our bodies like the temples that they are so that when this negative nelly strikes we are strong and ready for the attack.  The game plan is healthy adrenals, strong immune system, lots of nutrient dense foods, water, a ton of  fresh fruits and veggies, as well as a few stress bustin' coping techniques.
    In order to achieve optimal fighting status, it is imperative that aside from a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals (preferably from our foods--go ahead and be daring: throw another handful of kale into that smoothie or favorite dish!), we are informed and in- tune with what the body is asking for.  If you are naturally a high stress person or your boss is dropping the hammer on a deadline and you know this is going to send your world into a tizzy, then give your adrenals some support with herbs such as rhodiola, holy basil, schisandra berry, or ashwaganda.  All of these herbs are adaptogens which help the body deal with stress.  
    Additionally, boosting your immune system is a brilliant idea.  You can accomplish this, again, by a healthy, whole foods diet (lots of fruits and veg, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats) and adequate amounts of water (helps to flush the body of toxins and avoid fatigue).  Also, eating foods that contain vitamin C (citrus, almonds, and dark, leafy greens) or supplementing with vitamin C, zinc (found in shellfish), garlic (a natural antibiotic), and other immune enhancing herbs such as echinacea, ginseng, tumeric, and astragalus.  
    Furthermore, do be sure that you are good to YOU.  Partake in some stress bustin' techniques both in times of stress and during times of calmness.  A few suggestions for you: treat yourself to a bath with lavender essential oil, practice deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, and exercise!!!  Physical exertion and breaking a sweat is an awesome de-stressor.  Gotta love releasing those endorphins!  Lastly, try journaling.  It is super beneficial to get all of that junk out of your head and onto a piece of paper.  No matter how you decide to deal with your stress, figure out some healthy, coping mechanisms.  If this idea of health alludes you, please call or email me.
                                                                                                                            Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,
                                                                                                                                                                    Stacy xoxo


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