Stress and Your Health.

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    Jun 30, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Stress and Your Health


    Everyone today is under some sort of stress. Financial, Health, Relationship, Work, Family and the list goes on and on. What we do about the stress we're under is important. Recognizing we're OVER Stressed and we suffer from PROLONGED (chronic stress) stress is the key to getting it under control and moving toward being healthier.


    Stress affects health in almost every way.


    Immune system

    Depression

    Premature Aging – Skin, Hair loss.

    Increased chances of developing degenerative diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer)

    Anxiety Disorders

    Fits of Anger or Rage

    Ulcers

    Exhaustion – Tired all the time

    Skin disorders – breakouts, rashes, and hives.

    Chemical Dependencies – Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine

    Infertility

    Weight Gain and Obesity

    Prolonged stress can lead to various health issues, one of them being Uncontrollable weight gain. One of the long term effects of the hormone Cortisol is weight gain. Cortisol is released when we are under stress. No big deal if the stress is temporary because the body will deal with it. Unfortunately we are chronically stressed today and this hormone wreaks havoc on the body over time. A great book to read is Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver. It’s so much more than a weight loss book. Well worth the read.

    Some more health issues of chronic stress are.


    · Decrease in muscle tissue

    · Suppressed thyroid function

    · Higher Blood Pressure

    · Impaired cognitive performance

    · Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia

    · Decreased bone density

    · Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, which slow down wound healing and other bodily repair systems.

    · Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat degenerative diseases like heart attacks, Stroke, diabetes and the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of oxidized “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which may lead to other health problems!


    My suggestion is to find the source of the stress and eliminate it. This I know is not always possible so we must find ways to deal and release stress. Or engage in relaxation activities to counteract the stress damage to our bodies.

    Some ideas are but not limited to



    Exercise

    Eat clean food – not processed foods full of chemicals and sugars

    Meditate

    Yoga

    Engage in Laughter

    Sex

    Reduce exposure to electronic devices

    Breathe slowly and deeply periodically through the day. Particularly if you’re feeling stressed

    Take a good quality nutritional supplement. Which leads me to my next topic but it will have to wait until my next blog entry. I need to go relax now..

    Have a great day and if you’re Canadian have a fantastic Canada Day tomorrow.


    In good health


    Gord


    www.healthyoutlook.usana.com
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    Jul 01, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    I am 22 year old. Shifted to NYC 6 months back. I have been so busy with studies,work and other things, I haven't gone on date or been with someone for a long time.

    I like men but don't like sex. And so even though we go well with few people, things don't turn out good for me later.

    I am clueless what should I do?
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    Jul 01, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    You were supposed to lead off by saying "I can't stress this enough."
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    Jul 01, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    I started a job few weeks ago, even when sleep my mind is in my work, had no time for work out during the week and feel my job is draining every drop of happyness I can have. Stress is the only thing I get from work.....how much I hate it, but even tho I know I am lucky to have it, however is it worth to have a job like that?????
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    Keep the job but look for another one that you might like and is less stressful. Try some relaxation ecercises during the day and after work. Deep breathing, a walk during a coffee or lunch break
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    Great thread! Thanks for posting! Welcome to RealJock!

    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan
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    Jul 04, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYou were supposed to lead off by saying "I can't stress this enough."

    Missed that. I'll try and be more clever next time. lol.
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    Jul 05, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    I find meditation fantastic! I do it sometimes with a friend and especially when you do in a nice quiet park, it's fantastic!

    But yes I do agree with finding the triggering source of stress and working on ways to reduce it. This is much better than taking any sort of pill/drug. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 05, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    SpikeyAidan saidI find meditation fantastic! I do it sometimes with a friend and especially when you do in a nice quiet park, it's fantastic!

    But yes I do agree with finding the triggering source of stress and working on ways to reduce it. This is much better than taking any sort of pill/drug. icon_smile.gif


    Thanks SpikeyAiden. The park is a great place if you can find a quiet spot. Mountain tops. roof top gardens, any quiet garden for that matter. Be creative and enjoy.