Whether you are climbing the corporate ladder, trying to juggle work and parenting, or just trying to make ends meet, you may find yourself in a state of chronic stress. In some instances, stress can become such a common denominator in your life that you no longer acknowledge its presence. Yet study after study has proven that chronic stress leads to serious health problems that can dramatically reduce your quality of life, and lead to an untimely death.
Common health problems associated with chronic stress include:
- Insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes)
- High serum LDL cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart Disease
Chronic Stress and Body Chemistry
The damaging effects of stress are directly related to hormonal changes that occur when you feel threatened or pressured. Those chemical mechanisms are in place to protect you from danger or harm, causing an increase in alertness, a rush of adrenaline to make you ready to fight or flee, and a rise in available blood sugar to fuel your fight or flight response. Once the danger has passed, hormone levels drop, and your body returns to a state of homeostasis, or chemical balance.
The problem arises when the threats and pressures never let up, and your body is out of tune with its natural circadian rhythms that govern your sleep and wake cycles. Waking up to an alarm clock, working late or doing shift work, staying up late when your body is telling you to go to sleep, and using electronic devices throw your body out of its natural rhythm. Even if you try to get a good night’s sleep, stressful thoughts can keep you awake at night, preventing restorative sleep cycles.
The result is ongoing elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone whose job it is to regulate glucose and the breakdown of fats. When your body stays in stress mode, cortisol levels remain high, insulin levels rise, and your body stores fat.
The Role of Nutrition in Stress Management
Both physical activity and nutrition are important components of stress management. Yet while you are in stress mode, you may find it difficult to exercise, and you are more likely to eat high-calorie foods with low nutritional density. At the same time, stress places high demands on your body that lead to depletion of nutrients. When your demand for nutrients exceeds the supply, you are sending your health into a downward spiral that is difficult to reverse.
Restoring nutritional balance is the first step in halting the negative effects of stress and reestablishing your body’s chemical homeostasis. However, that is easier said than done. If you are already struggling with stress-related weight issues, the last thing you need is to eat more food. Oral supplements may help, but they must be broken down in your digestive tract and processed by an already overtaxed liver. The truth is that the nutrients in oral supplements are only partially absorbed, if at all, especially when you are stressed.
IV Therapy to Restore Balance
If you are ready to end the downward spiral caused by chronic stress, begin with micronutrient IV therapy.
A potent IV micronutrient stress cocktail infused directly into your bloodstream can dramatically impact cortisol levels and help you get control of your body chemistry. As you begin to feel better, add in sleep and exercise, and make a promise to yourself to manage stress, to have a happier, longer life.
Anti-Stress IV Therapy in NYC
To get the best anti-stress therapy, contact Advanced Cryo NYC. We offer a range of IV micronutrient cocktails to meet your nutritional needs. Make an appointment today, and start taking control of your body chemistry to reduce stress and restore healthy balance.