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We all have stress in our lives. We’ve got jobs, families, and a lot going on. Stress is going to be part of all that. But stress, if we let it run rampant, will take its toll on our bodies and wellbeing. There’s hope though! My guest, Dr. Doni Wilson is here to share some amazing stress-coping strategies to help you get a handle on your health.
Dr. Doni is a naturopathic doctor, professional midwife, clinical nutritionist, and best-selling author with a practice located in New York City and Connecticut. An expert in stress-related illnesses, Dr. Doni helps her patients address and overcome autoimmune diseases, like Hashimoto's, Crohn's, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her extensive knowledge extends to genetic mutations like the MTHFR gene as well as hormonal imbalances. Her best-selling books include Stress Warrior and The Natural Insomnia Solution. As if that wasn’t enough, she has created several stress remedy programs.
Today we get deep into stress, particularly the harmful effects on your body of living with chronic stress. It affects so many systems, from your thyroid and adrenal glands to your hormones. We discuss the best tests to ask your doctor for. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about how to set habits for yourself to combat unnecessary stress and become your own stress warrior.
Do you have regular habits in place for dealing with stress? Leave a comment on the episode page!
In this episode:
- The ways that stress can present itself in your body, sometimes without you even being aware of it
- Some of the positive stressors that you shouldn’t dismiss
- Tests you should ask your doctor for to see the effects that stress is having on you
- Tips and tricks to help you get regular quality sleep
- Regular daily activities you can use to help your body recover from stress
- How overtraining can be as detrimental as not working out at all
- The role that your genetics play in stress and what you can do to understand them better
“If we can actually face the stress and look at it and see how it affects us, then we can be proactive about supporting our bodies to be healthy while stressed. I call it being a stress warrior.” [4:07]
“Sometimes we dismiss stress and then the alternative is that we end up thinking that somehow we’re supposed to eliminate all stress, which is impossible first of all, and even if we could, it wouldn’t be a good thing.” [6:13]
“Even with exercise, there’s a certain amount that’s good for us. But even if it’s something good for us … we can overdo it and then that becomes a stress.” [27:37]
“Genetics are somewhere between ten and fifteen percent of the equation. So it’s an important part and we can use it to our advantage, but really the part of the equation where we have the most power to make a difference is in our stress recovery.” [32:21]