See also Adrenal Disorder, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Insomnia, Manic Depression/Bipolar Mood Disorder, Nervous Disorders.

Stress, good or bad, influences our health. Stress can be physical, emotional, mental, social or spiritual. It may be real, imagined or not even perceived. Stress is part of life. It is our perception and response to a stressor, which determines the way it will influence our health. In fact, low or moderate stress levels are often needed for most of us to feel motivated and competent. In these situations stress prompts us to act. However, some individuals and some types of stressors result in a coping style that internalizes the stress in the mind and body. Internalizing stress, followed by excessive internal dialogue over the stress, seems to make the affects of stress worse. Stress can cause fatigue, chronic headaches, irritability, memory loss, withdrawal, teeth-grinding, irritability, high blood pressure, cold hands, shallow breathing, nervous twitching, lower sex drive, appetite changes, insomnia, sleep pattern changes and gastrointestinal changes. Some feel that stress is the underlying cause of at least 80% of all health problems.

Stress can affect the endocrine system (especially the adrenal glands), the nervous system and digestion.

Recommended Action

Eat lots of raw foods, especially a variety of orange and yellow colours from carotenoid and flavonoid-rich families. Avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners, sugar, deep fried foods, caffeine, and junk food. You should start a program with a 12 day D-Tox Diet, while filling out the Candida and Syndrome X questionnaires. Get regular exercise. Find a creative hobby. Get sufficient sleep. Try meditation, Tai Chi or Qi Chong. If possible, take time off from work, or maybe go on a vacation or retreat to rejuvenate yourself.

Fill in Flower Essence Questionnaire to help deal with underlying stresses.

Single Herbs: Reishi, Siberian Ginseng, Licorice, Ashwagandha, Skullcap, Valerian, Ginkgo, Catnip, Melissa, Kava, Passionflower.

Combinations: Reishi Extract, Rescue ER, NervaHerb, Shih Chaun Da Pu Wang, Ener-Jazz, Di-Gest.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin C, Calcium/Magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, Multi vitamins, Multiminerals, Adrenal extract, Zinc (50 mg daily).