Eric Bakker Naturopath » Articles » Stress and Insomnia

Stress is a natural human emotion that affects everyone at some point in their lives. In truth, the human body is built to recognise and respond to stress. Your body develops physical and mental responses in response to changes or difficulties (stressors). That's what stress is. Your body's stress responses assist it in adapting to new surroundings. Stress can be beneficial in that it keeps us attentive, motivated, and prepared to avoid danger. A stress reaction, for example, may help your body work harder and stay awake longer if you have an important test coming up. When stressors persist without reprieve or moments of relaxation, it becomes a problem.

Managing Your Stress or Managing TO Stress?

Did you know chronic low-grade stress is far worse for your health than smoking a packet of cigarettes a day and drinking excessive alcohol? It is amazing how many patients I have seen in my naturopathic practice who just don’t...

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma affects all of us at some stage in life. The stress that follows from a traumatic event usually stays as ‘tension’ in the body that is not appreciable at a conscious level. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a...

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Childhood Stress Increases Inflammatory Proteins

Do you have or know of kids that live in an abusive or high risk environment? Interesting new research has found a link between high childhood stress and elevated levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein in adults. Is...

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Caffeine – Coffee And Health

When I grew up in the 60’s, caffeine was frowned upon for those under sixteen, my parents frequently told me that “I had to wait until I got older” before I was allowed to have a coffee, yet just about...

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Do You Think When You Drink?

Some people see alcohol as a harmless drink that may be consumed on a regular basis or on occasion and enjoyed in the company of others during social gatherings. However, even moderate drinking can put you at risk for some...

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When we meditate, we bring far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives. These benefits include lowering our stress levels, becoming more aware of our discomfort, improving our ability to connect with others, sharpening our attention, and being kinder to ourselves....

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