Stress is the body's natural response to any demand or threat that may come our way. Whether a large stressor or a small one, the response is the same: a flood of hormones designed to help you survive. Being in "fight or flight" over long periods of time can lead to various symptoms and eventual burnout. This is referred to as sympathetic dominance, which is the complete opposite of parasympathetic. While everyone is different, being under the constant cloud of "stress" is something that take its toll.
Fortunately, there is lots that Naturopathic Medicine can do to help the body cope with stress! By providing support the adrenal glands, using Exercise Therapy, such as yoga, and assisting the Mind-Body Connection though meditation, the effects of stress are mitigated and the feeling of wellbeing returns.
Laboratory Testing can be an essential component to understanding how the body is responding to the current stress load. Using specialized urinary hormone tests, Naturopathic Doctors can see current stress, as well as how long you have been under stress.