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Monday, 16 April 2018 22:49

Dr. Jake’s Personal Cortisol Story

I have been taking Cortisol Pro for two and a half weeks now and I am thrilled to tell you all about the benefits I have received. It has been a hectic couple week leading up to the birth of my baby boy, and so I started taking Cortisol Pro to see if it could help me manage the psychological weight of everything.

The reality is that everyone has stressors in one way or another. Subluxations come from one of three ways:

  • Physical stress (the external demands on our body)
  • Toxic stress (what we eat, drink, and absorb from the environment)
  • Emotional/mental stress (our thoughts and feelings)

Cortisol, an l adrenal hormone, is released in response to perceived stress—the more stressed you are, the more cortisol is released. Cortisol transitions the body to a heightened alert and agitated state, essentially your survival response. While this is useful in moments of real crisis, our body begins to suffer when cortisol levels remain elevated for extended periods of time.

This supplement helps regulate cortisol levels in the body as well as helping with fatigue, mental clarity, and promotes relaxed and restful sleep. Taking Cortisol Pro allows the body to down regulate and put the nervous system in a more homeostatic balance.

Supplementing with Cortisol Pro has made an enormous difference in the support of my emotional stress. Being a Type A personality, and wanting to have input and control over everything, Cortisol Pro has afforded me the mental clarity to prioritize the truly important things over my stressors. 

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Friday, 07 April 2017 17:27

By: Beth Ann Henning

April is Stress Awareness month. "Stress awareness"... they're great buzzwords!! But what exactly is STRESS? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances." I like to simplify it and say stress is anything that causes your body to react negatively. Your response to a stressor is key in how your body feels.

"My response?" you ask. Yes, YOUR response - stress (and your response to the stimuli) is individualized! If you view something as negative, your body responds physiologically by producing chemicals that negatively impact the tissues of your body, resulting in tight muscles, upset stomach, aches and pains, and headaches, to name a few effects. The more stress, the more chemical release and by default the more adverse effect on you. Change your point of view and you will change your stress levels.

Let's take a look at some common Life Stressors and how you can change your point of view of them!

  1. Loss of a job: This can be a major financial and emotional stressor in the lives of many. Consider looking at it this way: Great!! Maybe you hated the commute, your boss was an idiot, or you were underpaid. This is an opportunity for positive professional change. Feel the weight lift from your shoulders as you concentrate on using the many gifts you have been given.
  2. Car accident: You can be easily overwhelmed by the seemingly countless things to take care of afterward. Try tackling the tasks one by one. Get checked out physically, call your insurance company and make the report, get the car assessed, etc. bit by bit. Don't feel you need to do it all at once, take it one step at a time to reduce the pressure on your mind (and body).
  3. Sick child: You're not able to go to "work." Everyone is lacking in precious sleep. This can be a thunderstorm of stress. Rise above and change your point of view: Be the caregiver you were born to be. Cuddle with your little one. Snuggle and nap and use the down time to simply exist. The hustle and bustle of everyday family and work life will resume soon enough. But use this gift of time to relax with the sick, be present to their needs, and revel in the time together.

As a massage therapist, I deal with the effects of stress on people every day. I am always asked, "What causes those sore lumps in my shoulders?" I simply state, "It is your own response to stimuli. Keep that in mind. It is in your power to change your level of stress and its effects."

Here are a few additional tools I encourage my clients to use:

BREATHE!!! I say that to people a lot! Breathe into a count of 4 seconds, and exhale to a count of 8. Slowing down your breath can have an immensely positive effect on your situation.

Move more. Do not be a slave to your desk, computer, or workstation. Get up and go to the water cooler or restroom every hour. Or even get a mini-workout in over your lunch break.

Do a body check. Assess every muscle in your body for tightness; clench and unclench your muscles starting at your toes and moving upwards. You might find you are clenching your jaw (or any number of other muscles!) without even realizing it.

Massage!! Of course, I would mention massage! Regular Massage Therapy sessions are very beneficial in keeping your body on a more even keel, encouraging fewer peaks and valleys of physiological discomfort.

At the end of the day, it is up to you to recognize how you're dealing with stress in your life. Of course, there are exceptions, but predominately, this reaction or response to stressors in your everyday life is in YOUR control!

What's next in your battle against stress? Take some of these tips to heart, and schedule a consultation with one of the massage therapists or chiropractors at Inver Grove Chiropractic and Wellness! We'd love to help you stress less this month and provide complete wellness care to help you conquer stress in your life!

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