Dionne Shalit - Stress Stress is one of the largest health problems in our fast paced society. Luckily there are many strategies Dionne teaches her clients to cope effectively.

But what is stress? Stress is a normal adaptive response that occurs in the body when it is under threat. You may have heard of it being referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ response. During this time certain stress hormones are released and the brain structure is changed and this is where the problem arises. One of the hormones released by the stress response is cortisol.

The Dangers of Cortisol

  • Before we look at the many ways chronic stress affects your brain, we need to talk about stress hormones.
  • Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine are stress hormones released when needed in moments of extreme excitement.
  • They help you think, react and move fast in an emergency.
  • In the right situation, they can save your life.
  • They don’t linger in the body, dissipating as quickly as they were created.
  • Cortisol, on the other hand, streams through your system all day long, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.
  • Excess cortisol leads to a host of health problems including weight gain, osteoporosis, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Chronic stress takes a toll on adrenal glands.
  • It can leave you feeling exhausted, wired and tired.
  • Weight gain, mood swings, poor sleep, short attention span, and memory issues are common signs of stress due to elevated cortisol.

Risk factors of long term stress:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High Blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Suppressed immune system resulting in more infections
  • Higher rate of central obesity
  • Skin problems such as acne and psoriasis and eczema
  • Pain such as muscle pain or headache
  • Insulin dependent diabetes
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stomach issues such as nausea and ulcers
  • Insomnia
  • Digestion resulting in poor nutrient absorption, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Brain: memory problems, anxiety, depression, mood swings

Dionne works with her clients to identify the most manageable way to enable them to better cope with the stressors in their lives. She teaches coping mechanisms, gives nutritional and herbal support and tailor makes specific treatments that are best suited to the individual. Although we often can’t remove the stressor, Dionne believes that everyone should be able to learn the tools necessary to cope in the best way possible. She educates her clients to be able to face the challenges of life without the sense of overwhelm and exhaustion. This then reduces their chances of stress related health concerns and better equips them for future situations.

6 week stress less program

  1. Provides you with the core nutrients required during periods of stress;
  2. Relieves any stress related symptoms you may be experiencing;
  3. Provides healthy eating tips to support your nervous system and overall well-being; and
  4. Helps you develop stress management techniques.