Are you constantly stressed out? Tired all the time? Stress is a natural part of life, but chronic stress – stress we face on a day-to-day basis- can wear us down be damanging to our overall health.
Cortisol is a hormone, produced by the adrenal glands, responsible for helping the body cope with stress. On a short term level, cortisol can be life-saving; however, the overproduction of cortisol can interfere with the function of other hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.
In honor of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (April 24th), here is some information you might find to be useful on how practices breathing and concentration exercises can help to significantly reduce stress levels. Tai Chi and Qigong are believed to be among the most effective stress management tools available. Tai Chi is the art of practicing self-defense and meditation simultaneously. Although Tai Chi is rooted in combat, in modern society it’s commonly used to battle stress and fatigue. The daily practice of Tai Chi can promote mental clarity and help one attain balance.
Qigong is a breathing control exercise and meditation that is designed to stimulate higher levels of health. This ancient Chinese practice has been proven to show a reduction in stress level for those who practice it, as well as improved overall health.
Sometimes stress isn’t the only issue. It’s important to remember that excess cortisol can be damaging to our bodies and to our health. When stress reduction doesn’t help to curb the production of cortisol, women can also balance cortisol levels naturally, with bioidentical hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded in state-of-the-art compounding pharmacies and are tailored to meet the needs of each woman. BodyLogicMD’s bioidentical hormone doctors create a wellness program, specifically fitted for each patient, incorporating lifestyle changes such as customized nutrition and fitness regimens and stress reduction techniques.