By: Dr. Onkar Singh, BSc, N.D.

Holistic Healing Arts Centre – www.ndoc.ca

It is estimated that 75% – 80% of visits to doctors are due to stress related ailments. Stress is a leading factor in deaths from heart disease, cancer, stroke, lower respiratory diseases and accidents. By taking a thorough case intake, performing relevant physical exams along with any pertinent blood testing, a Naturopathic Doctor can create a unique stress management plan for you.

Naturopathic Doctors often assess your adrenal glands as they are important when it comes to the stress response. When stress becomes a chronic concern, the adrenal glands can become “over taxed” or as we would term, “adrenal fatigue”

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Adrenal fatigue can be associated with intense or prolonged periods of stress, during or after an acute or chronic infection (especially pneumonia, influenza, bronchitis), emotional trauma, and physical trauma to name a few. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include: a sense of feeling unwell, low energy or poor stamina, inability to deal with any tasks at hand, cravings for salt and/or sweet, the need for stimulants such as coffee or “energy drinks” to get you going in the morning and so on. However, it does not have to be this way!

A licensed Naturopathic Doctor can work with you to determine what dietary considerations will be the most important for you to help strengthen those exhausted adrenals. Nutritional supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, high-quality fish oil are very critical in helping to address adrenal fatigue. Herbs like Rhodiola and Ashwagandha have consistently proven to be beneficial in optimizing the function of the adrenal glands.

Acupuncture treatments may also be recommended. Not only will acupuncture help to harmonize the flow of qi and thus relieve tension and anxiety, it gives the individual an opportunity to relax for 20-30 minutes.

When a proper treatment plan is implemented, patients begin to feel and look well, sleep better, and have more energy and motivation. There is no reason that you should be living your life in a constant state of stress or “always trying to catch up.”

Take charge and ownership of your health and see a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. It will be the best decision you will have ever made for your health!