Nov 22, 2008
In my book The Guide to Optimal Health: Creating Your Personal Wellness Wheel, we present an eight step program to improve personal health for the individual and group. The eight steps focus on proactive, preventative medicine, life style behaviors modification, nutrition, exercise, hormone optimization, stress management and optimism as a path to better health.
Its amazing how many people are unaware that long standing, poorly controlled stress can cause significant harm to the body. Dont get me wrong, everyone knows that its doesnt feel good to be stressed out all of the time but its more than not feeling good thats a problem.
Just to describe some of the changes, the bodys normal response to a challenge within our environment including perceived physical or psychological threat, it to increase the production of hormones which in lay persons terms "adrenaline". This prepares us to "fight or flight" after we have evaluated the situation. The hormone results in an increased constriction of the blood vessels of the body icluding your heart. Your blood pressure increases and your heart rate increases. The hormone causes insulin resistance and elevation of your blood glucose (sugar) so that your body has plenty of energy to run or fight. The mechanisms are all protective over a short period of time. However if this process occurs and continues unabated for a long period of time, it is detrimental to the body. It can lead to diabetes hypertension, enlargement of the heart, cardiovascular disease (stroke and heart attack), high cholesterol, alzheimers disease and cancer
Now what can we do to prevent this process. The answer is nothing. Let me rephrase that. Any person who leaves their home daily will encounter stress. No one can avoid stress. But its how we deal with it thats important. We introduce more of this concept and ideas about how to decrease the response to stress over the course of your life. Why relationships are important and more