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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Food and stress

How many people do you know who are not functioning at their best physically because of the direct or indirect effects of stress? Those with distinct medical issues – back and neck pain, migraines and headaches, insomnia, weight gain, inactivity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and then conditions such as fibromyalgia, PCOS, thyroid and pituitary issues, MS, coeliac, irritable bowel syndrome – all diseases that are on the rapid rise in modern society and which would suggest are at some level lifestyle related.

It is interesting to observe clients who have not eaten well or looked after their body for many years who come to the clinic, and who are keen to finally make some serious lifestyle changes when they have been diagnosed with such issues. Such a reality check reminds them that they actually have a lot of control over how their body feels and functions on a daily basis and have to admit that stress, bad food and a lack of activity can no longer continue if they are to live wholly and fully for many more years to come.

There are a number of dietary interventions known to benefit a number of these conditions including fatty acid therapy, various supplements, carbohydrate typing, avoidance of various additives and stimulants and of course, weight control. Surely these changes are a lot more appealing than many drugs and doctors appointments for years to come?
The time to look after your weight and your body is now.