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Pain from the past, felt in the present

Stressful experiences and chronic stress affect your body's ability to repair, heal, and recuperate. When there is long-term stressors or major transitions/shifts in life, your body may go into a state of Flight or Flight - a constant state of over-stimulation of the adrenal glands. This constant "reaction" mode can cause shifts on your body's natural balance of hormones. Long-term stress like this can cause disruptions like difficulty with sleep, sugar cravings, anxiety, and low energy. Although all blood tests may say "normal", you may not agree with that anymore. Below are some possible causes of these unexplained symptoms.

What you may have been through (possible causes)...

Stressful experiences like death of loved one, divorce or surgery

Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution

Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness

Negative thinking and emotional trauma

Poor diet (including crash diets)

Lack of exercise


Food sensitivities

Adverse events in childhood


Reliance on stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks

What you may be experiencing now (symptoms)..

Autoimmune conditions

Chronic fatigue (always feeling tired)

Brain fog

Hormone imbalance

Weakened stress response


Decreased sex drive/libido

Moodiness and irritability


Muscle or bone loss

Skin ailments

Sleep disturbances

Weight gain

Sweet and salty food cravings

Ways to help:

Support the adrenal glands through nutrition and diet (Vitamins B + C, magnesium, omega-3 fish oil, healthy fats, vegetables, herbs like ashwagandha, licorice root, etc)

Avoid adrenal stressors such as caffeine, refined sugar/sweeteners, processed foods, carbohydrates like white bread, processed meats

Balance hormones and blood sugar with exercise + mind/body stress reduction activities & treatments (N.E.T., EMDR, EFT, mediation, prayer, yoga)

Work towards 7-9 hours of sleep/night

Hydrate with water (1/2 your body weight in ounces)

Seek counseling or professional support

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