• Mary Heim, RPh, FAAFM

Pandemic Stress

The pandemic has effected everyone as we learn to function in this new world of social distancing, online communications and other limitations. The unavoidable financial, emotional, mental and physical stress on our systems must be recognized.

How does Stress Affect our Health?

Low Blood Sugar

Chronic Fatigue

Weakened muscles, tendons and ligaments


Depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, poor memory

Chronic pain and inflammation

Easy bruising and poor wound healing

Immune dysfunction

Reduced liver detoxification capacity

Hormone disorders (thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, infertility, menopause, insulin resistance)

Mid-line obesity (belly fat)

Poor digestion, leaky gut, gastric ulcers

And the list goes on…………

Managing 3 of the 4 lifestyle factors are your key to staying healthy since we cannot manage the stress itself right now. In next weeks blog, we will look more in depth at sleep.

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