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Wellbeing Weekend: Yoga & hormones

Stress management is key factor that needs to be addressed when tackling hormonal imbalances of any sort. Our stress response can occur within seconds of encountering a stressful situation. When this happens, our hypothalamus secretes corticotropin releasing hormone. This then tells the anterior pituitary to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone which then gives the adrenals a little nudge to produce cortisol. Cortisol and melotonin play a crucial role in regulating your sleep and the quality of sleep. At night cortisol is lower and melatonin peaks, as the morning comes the cortisol should spike and awaken you to feel fresh to take on the day. With chronic stress this becomes all out of whack...

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Stress and Your Body

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist ‘If stress burned calories, I'd be a supermodel’ - Anonymous Stress was very important in prehistoric times where a stressor, such as an approaching sabretooth tiger, triggered a number of bodily responses allowing our ancestors to stay and fight, or run away. This is known as the fight-or-flight response and enabled our ancestors to survive. The way our body reacts to stress hasn’t changed from prehistoric times. The only problem is our stressors look a little different. Imagine seeing the sink about to overflow because you left the tap on. In the short term, stress is really important. The brain triggers the body to send out...

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist Exercise Exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins otherwise known as the ‘happy hormone’. Regular exercise helps you to tolerate stress better. Any kind of exercise is good if you enjoy it and can see yourself doing it regularly. Breathing Breathing is very important at controlling our body’s response to stress. Focussing on breathing deeply can help in moments of stress, but also to build up tolerance to stress. Not sure if you are breathing deeply enough? Try this technique. Lay down with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Slowly breathe in through your nose and feel the hand on...