Chronic stress can cause stomach problems, make you sick and disrupt sleep. Chronic (long term) stress causes exhaustion of your sympathetic nervous system. When your sympathetic nervous system gets over stimulated, it raises your blood pressure, tenses your muscles, increases your heart rate, and increases sweating and turns down digestion, sexual function and restful sleep.

Here is an excerpt of an article on this subject: “Recognizing Symptoms of Sympathetic Exhaustion” by Howard F. Loomis, Jr. DC in The American Chiropractor Sept. 2016 edition:

Patients who have digestive problems, poor immune function, slow healing, do not rest well, and are unable to get adequate amounts of sleep are suffering from sympathetic nervous system exhaustion. Adequate levels of blood calcium and protein are needed for the body to respond to sympathetic stimulation. Symptoms of low blood calcium are:

  1. history of bone disorders, spurs, osteopenia or osteoporosis
  2. muscle soreness, weakness or cramps
  3. frequent symptoms of irritability and anxiety
  4. restlessness including restless legs at night
  5. low back pain, weak joints and ligaments and fallen arches

The calcium needs to be balanced with good levels of potassium for the proper parasympathetic to sympathetic nervous system balance.

NUTRITION FOR A HEALTHY STRESS RESPONSE

 

  • Calcium

    • The higher quality calcium supplements are calcium lactate, calcium orotate, or calcium citrate.
    • Calcium should be balanced with magnesium in a 2:1 ratio.
    • A multimineral supplement that contains calcium, magnesium and potassium may be helpful especially for restless legs

foods high in calcium are: sesame and chia seeds, oranges, milk products, sardines, salmon, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens, chicken, broccoli.

  • Protein- high protein foods are:

    • red meat
    • pork
    • chicken/turkey
    • eggs
    • milk products/cheese
    • nuts
    • beans/lentils

 

  • Herbs to help with stress
    • Asian ginseng
    • Cordyceps mycelium
    • Rhodiola
    • Ashwagandha
    • Amla
    • Bacopa
    • Schisandra

Do you take medications?  Especially if you take an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication, check with your pharmacist to determine if it is OK to taking the herbs that you are considering.

 

  • Vitamins to help with stress

    • B vitamins.
      •  A good, high quality stress B complex helps with long term stressful situations.
      • Foods high in B vitamins are whole grains, veggies and for B12 eggs or animal protein.
    • Vitamin D

 

Foods that increase the stress response in your body and should be avoided are:

  • sugar
  • processed foods
  • white flour
  • sodas
  • alcohol
  • many artificial colorings
  • artificial sweeteners

 

NON-DRUG CHRONIC STRESS MANAGEMENT           

  • Chiropractic adjustments

    • Chiropractic adjustments remove irritation on an already irritated nervous system
    • Often after an adjustment patients find they feel calmer and can sleep better
    • Adjustments ease muscle tension and body discomfort
  • Massage

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Exercise

Are you suffering with these chronic stress symptoms? Would you like some help? Give us a call at Blomerth Chiropractic at 978-535-6155 for our natural, holistic solutions.