It’s important to control stress in our lives if we want to maintain good physical health. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor in Gold Canyon, Arizona, who also serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, and the greater Phoenix area.

Dr. Marcantel was invited to speak on the subject of “Women’s Health and Hormones” at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s 2012 Community Discovery Day. In this brief clip from her talk, she discusses why it’s important to control stress in our lives to maintain good physical health.

Video Transcript:

…we get their hormones balanced, and what happens is they get back into the same routine and, guess what? They end up back in the office again.
And then I have seen those that have learned lifestyle changes kind of like what Dr. Mittman was talking about and it is amazing: they’re more balanced and they’re aware of what’s going on and making those lifestyle changes, whatever they are.
And even stuff like over working out can affect the stress hormones. Some women come into my office and say, “Oh, I’ve been going to boot camp and hour and a half a day and I don’t know what’s the matter with me, I’m so tired all the time!”
Well, the thing about it is that it’s not balanced and it’s going to affect the adrenal glands and then you’ll end up in the office again with an imbalance of hormones.
I love to tell that to people because I like to see people at a place where they are empowered to know what to do with their life and they don’t have to keep going over and over for doctor visits.
So when you’re aware of, you know, what you need to do in your lifestyle and make those changes, and everything, then you can have a more balanced life, overall.
Tools like meditation, yoga–I always ask my patients, “Where’s your comma in your day?” Where do you relax and just say, you know, I’m present, eating, and this tastes good. You know, sometimes I’ve caught myself saying, “Did I eat? Did I eat lunch yet?”
So the importance of being present is–I see a lot of smiles here–the importance of being present and just enjoying where we are.
The moment is sacred, because we’re not going back there again. We enjoy the moment.

For more information on how stress can affect your health and effective ways to control stress in your life, read Dr. Marcantel’s book Imagine: A Whole Different Kind of Medical Care.
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