Our Current Healthy Obsessions: Natural Stress Relief
Our society thrives on being busy. With endless to-do lists, constant connectivity, and relationships to maintain, it's no wonder most people have a problem with stress. And not just a little stress - chronic, ongoing stress that can end up impacting your long-term health. That's why it is so important to incorporate daily tools and practices to alleviate stress as much as possible. But figuring out what to add into your routine can be just as stressful and overwhelming! So let my functional medicine team do the heavy lifting, and try out one of their favorite natural stress relieving tools!
Andrea C. - TrueLight Energy Trism Red Light
"When it comes to mental health I try to be mindful that what I'm doing to mitigate my body's stress response isn't actually causing me more stress by building into my schedule. One of the simplest things I have found to do is to sit in front of my red light from TrueLight while I meditate and do deep breathing in the morning and evening for 10-15 minutes. It's just such a simple way for me to reduce inflammation + get in my mindfulness routines!"
Brianna T. - Primally Pure Gua Sha
"Self care is one of my favorite tools for stress relief. There is nothing like giving myself a gua sha massage with squalene oil that not only helps to relieve lymphatic drainage, but also feels like such a treat to my skin!"
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Emily F. - Bala Bangles
"I've been loving doing at-home pilates on YouTube lately! As weird as it sounds, putting "stress" on my muscles de-stresses my mind, and I feel so great afterwards. I use Bala Bangles on my wrists or ankles while I do pilates for added resistance. I know we all hate to hear it, but exercise is truly amazing for helping relieve stress. It's a privilege to move our bodies - and mental health and physical health go hand in hand!"
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Hollie D. - HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket
"I love ending my day by using my HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket! It truly does enhance a deep relaxation and is one of my favorite parts of my evening routines. I love using this and feeling relaxed and renewed before bed!"
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Grayce M. - The Shift by Komuso
Erin T. - Vibrant Blue Oils
Brooke K. - Pique
"I love Pique tea! The taste is on point and it has a calming effect that really relaxes me at the end of a long day. Plus, it is so convenient with its individual packets that you can take on the go. I also love that it's organic and free from any additives or artificial flavors which is a major plus. I highly recommend Pique's teas to anyone looking for a delicious and effective way to unwind and relieve stress that is simple and doesn't add more stress to your already busy day!"
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"When we're chronically stressed, it can throw off the delicate communication system between your brain and adrenal glands. This can lead to surging cortisol levels (your body's stress hormone) and put you in a never-ending feedback loop of stress and adrenal fatigue. I personally suffered from adrenal fatigue from chronic stress and burning the candle at both ends early on in my career. I've since, rehabbed by adrenal health, but I was inspired to create The Brain-Adrenal Balancer. Formulated with a curated blend of clinically studied herbs, The Brain-Adrenal Balancer helps an overstressed body and mind work toward their normal state of balance, resolving many of the biochemical changes that occur as a result of repeated, frequent exposure to stress."
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Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.