How Summer Stress Can Stress Your Stomach

The 4th of July is right around the corner and we are all looking forward to spending time with friends and family. The holiday marks the start of summer for many. The beach is calling and our coolers are full of delicious picnic food just waiting to be eaten. But summer isn’t all fun and… Read more »

Side Effects of Chronic Stress

The old adage, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” may not be true if we’re talking about stress. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on our health. Just in case you’re in doubt, here’s a list of the most common side effects of chronic stress: Acne Addictions Anxiety Alzheimer’s Bone Loss Cancer (due to reduced immune… Read more »

Using Vitamin B to Combat Stress

Referred to as vitamin B complex, the eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 — play a crucial role in keeping our bodies running well and reducing stress levels. Here’s the lowdown on how you can use vitamin B to combat stress and where you’re most likely to find them:… Read more »

7 Foods You Should Eat When You’re Stressed

It’s common to reach for food when you’re stressed.  But instead of caving into your junk food cravings that will only make matters worse, why not try one of these stress-reducing options – and don’t worry – chocolate is still on the list! Oatmeal with Nuts and Berries – it’s a stress reducing trifecta. The… Read more »

How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Reflux

stress and your digestive system

When you are experiencing stress – either chronic stress or ongoing tension from life’s little stressors – your digestive health is impacted. Psychological stress can impair contraction of the GI tract, induce inflammation and even increase your susceptibility to infection. The connection between your brain and digestive system is so strong that researchers have found… Read more »

Six Surprising Side Effects of Stress

colds can result from stress

Health experts say that stress can come with some pretty surprising symptoms—from forgetfulness to nausea to skin rashes. Here are some of the most common side effects of stress: Raises Stroke Risk – If you’re stressed, you may have a higher risk of stroke than your more mellow peers, according to an observational study published… Read more »

Reduce Stress with These Foods

shrimp and spinach to reduce stress

When we’re stressed, we eat. It’s the way it is. Our daily stress causes cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol leads to food cravings, especially for carbs and sweets. But unfortunately, the more of them we eat, the worse our mood gets. So, when you’re stressed, instead of reaching for so-called comfort foods, try these stress-relieving… Read more »

Practical Solutions to Reduce Daily Stress in the New Year

walk to relieve stress in the new year

2015 is here and you’ve likely resolved to change some things in your life. Maybe you’re going to shed a few pounds or commit to a more active lifestyle. Or maybe you just want to reduce the amount of stress in your life. There are simple changes you can make to your daily routines that… Read more »

Holiday Stress-Busting Moves

simple ways to exercise during the holiday season and help with stress

After a long day at the office, you are racing to the grocery store to buy the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner. Aunt Margaret and Uncle Joe just called to say they will take you up on your invitation after all (with just two days’ notice). You’re already running late, you’ve caught every red light and now, someone… Read more »

10 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues  

health tips to beat the holiday blues

  Thanksgiving is this week and we’re headed into the five-week period known as “the holidays.” It’s supposed to be a joyous time of gathering friends and family. But sometimes our anticipation and excitement can turn into feelings of sadness, stress and depression sometimes referred to as the “holiday blues.” Here are ten ways to… Read more »