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Solutions for Stress: The Functional Medicine Way

Dr. Amy Davis

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Stress is omnipresent in our lives. Anxiety, irritation, frustration, impatience and lack of self-control are all symptoms of being “stressed”. Lack of understanding of how to address emotions is the primary cause of today’s stress epidemic. People believe that the mind rules. More often than not, it’s the emotions that determine choices and behaviors.
Emotions activate the physiological changes that correlate with the stress response. Thus, optimal health, resilience and vitality are related to our ability to self-regulate our emotional reactions. Negative emotions, even for a short period of time, disrupt optimal physiological function, inhibit brain processing and reduce energy. Stress overload may manifest as fatigue, brain fog, pain, negative attitudes, disrupted sleep or feeling out of control. Long term stress leads to “fight or flight” all day, every day.

Fortunately new research has shown that you can stop the momentum of stress and create more inner peace, whatever your circumstances. HeartMath was founded in 1991 to help individuals incorporate the heart’s intelligence into their day-to-day experience. By connecting heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.

Recent research has revealed that the heart is not merely a simple pump, but actually a highly complex, self-organized information-processing center. With each beat, the heart continuously communicates with the brain and body. These messages not only affect physiological regulation, but also can profoundly influence perception, emotions, behavior, performance and health.

The HeartMath program emphasizes the heart as a key component of the emotional system. Its extensive neural networks and communication with the brain allow a means to positively intervene in the chronic stress pattern transforming it, increasing energy, and providing new insight. Moving away from chronic stress patterns and the fight or flight state allows you to let go of unhealthy behaviors and attitudes truly treating the root cause which is fundamental to Functional Medicine.

HeartMath tools are designed to empower you to improve your experience in life, personally, socially, and professionally. Crossing Back to Health will be offering HeartMath training in a group setting or individually.

Take the next steps to achieve Health & Well Being in your WHOLE Life.
Amy Davis M.D.
Crossing Back to Health
11477 Olde Cabin Rd. Suite 100
Creve Coeur, MO 63131
636-778-9158
www.crossingbacktohealth.com
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