With the day-to-day build up of stress due to pressures of work, school, schedules, and the electrical toxins from TVs, pollution, computers and mobile phones, it is no wonder that we are seeing an increase of stress related illness, even in children.
Stress can manifest itself in all manner of ways such as high blood pressure, migraines, cancer, lethargy, fatigue and depression amongst others, the results of stress are some of the biggest killers in the world today.
According to the dictionary, stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress can come in different forms. A physical stress could be an injury, chronic pain or chronic illness. Physical stress can also include the toxin that we are exposed to on a daily basis, such as environmental toxins or chemicals in your workplace or cleaning products of your household. Mental stress can come from the worry and concern that we hold on a daily basis – such as worrying about your children, financial stresses, demands of your workload, your never ending to-do list. There are emotional stresses that can impact on your energy and health, they can include relationship issues, social issues or even the demands that we place on ourselves continually.
Stress of our fast paced lifestyle can lead us to sit rather than exercise, watch TV rather than pick up a book or go outside and fall into unhealthy eating habits rather than take the time to cook a decent meal. The repercussions of this unhealthy lifestyle? Disturbed sleep patterns, poor nutrition, bad circulation, lactic acid build up and toxicity build up.
Naturopathy is not just about cure, it is about prevention. It treats the body on a holistic level while strengthening our own natural mechanism for combating ill health. It puts back into the body the natural substances that fuel our immune systems, stimulate cell growth, regulate metabolism and provide inter cellular chemical interaction, all of which strengthens our ability to heal ourselves. From aiding the liver to rejuvenate itself, to encouraging cell regeneration in the brain, the science of nutritional biochemistry targets the body as a whole rather than focusing on just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
Despite commitments and lifestyle demands, staying healthy on the inside is, one of the most important changes you can make in combating toxic build up from stress and ensuring you do not fall victim to fatigue and illnesses. Although naturopathic treatment needs to be accompanied by daily exercise and a healthy diet in order to observe its full effect, it is a step in the right direction.