December 19, 2014

How Sweet It Isn’t!

 by Dr. Scott Saunders

My objective in this article is to convince each of you that the sweets in your diet are toxic.  As the late Jack LaLanne, who was fit and active into his late 90s and hadn’t eaten processed sugar in over 80 years said, “If it tastes good, spit it out!”

We are told about “moderation in all things…”

  • But what if something is damaging to your cells and causes aging and disease?
  • Then how much cyanide should we take in every day?
  • What about arsenic, lead, or mercury? What if they tasted really good, or made us feel good?
  • Then what is the moderation limit?
  • Would we then consume these toxins until they caused disease or death?

Yet, this is exactly how we view moderation of sweet things.

The convincing reason I take this position is because I deal with the results of toxic effects of sweeteners in the diet every day.  People who eat sweets come to me for treatment of preventable diseases.  As sugar consumption increases, so does disease.  “Addict” is how many of my patients describe themselves. In fact, in one study, rats preferred sugar and saccharine to cocaine! (1) Perhaps the addict description fits!

Sugar

In 1970, the average person ate around 30 pounds of sugar per year!  However, today the average American eats his weight in sugar every year!  This is because sugar is now added to everything.  There are no longer just sweet foods and salty foods; now even the “salty” foods are filled with sugar.  The taste of sweet gets people coming back for more and more.  Sugar sells!  But, sugar isn’t healthy — even in small amounts.

The toxicity of sugar is similar to alcohol.  When a person drinks alcohol it goes to the liver and causes damage — always.  Any chemical that causes damage to cells in the body is called a toxin, or poison.  There is no lower limit to prevent damage because every drop is toxic.  People continue to drink alcohol and don’t notice the toxic effects because the liver regenerates rather quickly.  Cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, only happens when the amount of alcohol consumed exceeds the ability for the liver to detoxify it.

It’s easy for us to understand that alcohol is a toxin because we all know alcoholics and the damage it can cause.  What is less understood is that sugar is just as toxic.  Every little bit of sugar is addictive and toxic to the body as alcohol.  We don’t notice small amounts of sugar poison in our body because the damage is minute; nevertheless, sugar is disruptive and damaging.  When the body uses sugar for energy the by-product is inflammation caused by free radicals.  As we continue to eat sugar, or eat more of it, we may begin to notice some of the toxic effects:

  • toxic sugarInflammation
  • Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Gout
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Yeast (Candida)
  • Caries (tooth decay)
  • Arthritis
  • Nephropathy (kidney failure)
  • Retinopathy (blindness)

If we start thinking about it, then we may know people who have had amputations of feet, have gone blind, or are on dialysis because of eating toxic sugar.  These diseases were considered by the ancients to be the diseases of kings. Only royalty could get enough sugar to cause gout or diabetes; peasants didn’t have enough money to buy such things.  Now, just the opposite is true.  Everyone can afford sweets. In fact, sugary treats are cheaper than real food so those who have less money are more likely to be stricken with disease.

In using the word “sugar,” it should be clear that I mean all natural sweeteners including, but not limited to:

  • Sucrose, or white sugar, table sugar, brown sugar, and all cane and beet sugar derivatives
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Corn syrup, including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or corn sweetener
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Tapioca syrup

There are so many natural sweeteners I won’t name them all, but you get the idea.  In spite of being “natural,” these still cause problems in the body for the reasons I’ll discuss later.

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Stress Reduction to Prevent Disease – Part 1

By David Kekich

Stress drains you from the inside, robbing your energy and vitality. Stress leads to fatigue and will silently sabotage even the strongest motivation. Do everything right— everything—and chronic stress can crash it all down!

Even a few minutes of focused stress reduction every day is a powerful way to prevent disease and accelerate your regeneration.

I’m going to show you how to not only reduce your chronic stress, but also how to avoid most of it.

Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging and Makes You Sick

Just like exercise, emotion signals your cells to grow strong or weak. The same molecular pathways go to work for you or against you. Stress, hostility and loneliness starve your cells and put them in danger. However, optimism and love trigger growth. Like deciding to exercise, you can pretty much master your emotions. It’s a choice.

Consider this: people who feel more stressed have telomeres that are almost 50% shorter than those of people who say they are less stressed. This equates to a whopping 9-17 year difference in biological age!

How much stress do you experience during the average day? Chronic stress kills, you know. It kills by:

  • Weakening your immune system
  • Disrupting your digestive system
  • Causing heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more

In fact, 80% of all doctor visits in the U.S. are related to stress-induced conditions, and 90% of all diseases are caused or complicated by stress. In addition to the above, these stress-indued conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney damage
  • Ulcers
  • Food allergies
  • Diabetes
  • And obesity

Cortisol, the main stress hormone, even causes your lean muscle to break down while increasing the storage of fat. Want to be a lean energy machine? Then learn to relax. Stress can affect every one of the trillions of cells in your body. In essence, chronic stress accelerates aging and makes you sick. Why do everything else right, only to lose it all to stress?

How to Monitor Your Stress

I have concluded there is one overriding cause of stress. In fact, it may be the only cause. In one word, it’s “reaction.”

Reaction to workplace pressures is the most common source of stress. Gallup reports 80% of employees suffer from stress. And stressed-out employees suffer from two to three times as much work injury as their non-stressed counterparts.

Most stress is caused by changes in your life and the sense of being out of control. Being out of control is usually caused by being in this reactionary mode, letting external events or other people control your actions, rather than your actions determining the external events in your life. Most of us feel stressed much of the time due to these two factors.

Some ways around this are to monitor your stress.

  • List all your daily events. Then decide which ones are truly important to you and which aren’t. Then act on those that are important.
  • Do you tend to react to things that seem urgent at the expense of ignoring or procrastinating on those that are important?
  • Your key is purposeful action and avoiding procrastination. When you procrastinate, your events control you.

You probably know what thoughts and actions advance you forward in life. I trust you know what specific action or actions energize you and are most productive for you.

  • What are you best at?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • Know these answers.

Focus on those related activities, and you will cut 90% of the stress out of your life. In other words, get “proactive.” Take control of your life one day at a time.
Is that how you manage most of your average day? Probably not. If you do, congratulations! But if you’re like me, you’re constantly faced with interruptions and distractions: phone calls, emails, family emergencies, arguments, mail, traffic jams, unexpected guests, financial problems, tax issues, bill paying, other peoples’ agendas, etc, etc, etc.

Chronic stress is often these continual minor stressors over an extended period of time. The cumulative effect slowly erodes your body over time at your cellular level if you don’t make a conscious effort to let your body recover.

2 Habits for Happiness

So how do you keep this insidious killer from robbing you of your health, happiness and prosperity?

It’s actually very simple. Plan your days in advance.

  • Fill your schedule with positive uplifting actions that move you toward your goals.
  • Go back a few weeks in your calendar, and list all your counterproductive reactionary items.
  • Do the same moving forward for the next two weeks.
  • Every time you react to something, and every time you feel stress, write it down.
  • Write down what you hate doing, as well.
  • Then group these items and hand them off. Delegate them. Outsource them. Or just ignore the ones that won’t damage you if they don’t get done.

Second, work in peace, quiet and privacy.

  • Shut distractions out during designated chunks of your work day.
  • Turn off your phone and email during these periods.
  • Close your door, and leave specific instructions to not bother you except in extreme emergencies such as a medical crisis or anything else that is absolutely life, family or business threatening.
  • Start in small steps and work your way up until you completely control most of your work day.

Once you master these habits, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do so years ago. Your business and personal life will prosper like never before. And you’ll live longer.

(By the way, I was interrupted twice while writing this section, because I am not behind a closed door. Being distracted and then trying to refocus doubled the time it should have taken me to write this. I’m writing this book to myself as much as to you. So I need to keep reminding myself, over and over. The rewards far outweigh the effort.)

Even productive living creates stressful situations. As long as you’re in action, you will always have some stress in your life. Self-imposed deadlines, major changes in your life and others can create stress.

How to Make Stress Reduction a Priority

We simply don’t grow without stress. Some stress is good for you. It evolved as a survival mechanism. Without it, we don’t adapt and become strong. It gives you a rush of adrenalin when you’re faced with a sudden life-threatening situation. You react faster, often without even thinking. Your strength can suddenly double for an instant.

What kills you is not adapting to the chronic stresses of life. Now that we’re civilized (at least technologically), we seldom face life-threatening events. However, modern life puts other pressures on you. Instead of being attacked by a wild animal, escaping and then relaxing for a week, we get stressed by the multiple processes of living in a complex world. And this stress doesn’t end as fast as it occurred. Stressful situations may stay with us for days, weeks and even years. Or they may pop up one after another. They can make us feel as helpless as babies. Sometimes they spin our lives out of control. They all cause our stress system to activate. The system designed to help us in an emergency becomes dangerous to our health if it runs all the time.

Physical and emotional stress causes the release of cortisol and catecholamines (adrenaline and nor-adrenaline), hormones that keep the body performing under high stress situations. As I mentioned, these hormones are good in short bursts, such as in emergency situations, but damaging after long periods of exposure.

Catecholamines are also known as the “fight or flight” hormones, because they “rev up” your system (increase blood pressure and heart rate) in response to stress. Cortisol suppresses normal inflammatory responses and immune functions to allow you to continue to perform in an emergency. Long-term exposure to cortisol and catecholamines, however, is linked to a whole host of physiological problems, including:
  • Memory loss
  • Immune system inhibition
  • Endocrine system disruption
  • Increased free radical production
  • Chronic increased blood pressure
  • Chronic increased heart rate

This chronic stress is what kills us instead of saving us. So we need to make stress reduction and relaxation a priority in our lives if our plans are peace, health and longevity. The good news is it’s not hard to do.

All you need to do is stop and get off the horse once in a while. Relaxation is not only fun and easy, but it will extend your life and help keep you from getting sick.

Focus and intentional practice are much more effective than passive relaxation. You might practice:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Prayer
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Creative visualization
  • Listening to soothing sounds such as nature sounds or relaxing music
  • Soaking in a tub
  • Biofeedback
  • Tai chi

There are many other stress busters out there. The more stress management tools you learn and use regularly, the happier and healthier you’ll be. Stress management can measurably reverse much of the stress-induced damage very quickly. You can even restore over-taxed immune systems in ninety days or less. Best of all, your benefits accumulate. The longer you practice stress management techniques, the healthier you become.

You are responsible for much of the emotional stress placed on your body. If you perceive a situation as stressful, your body will react. If you can manage difficult situations without overreacting, you save your body from unnecessary chemical damage.

To read the 2nd half of this article, Stress Reduction to Prevent Disease – Part 2, click HERE. 

 

David Kekich is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

Physiological Effects of Stress

These biochemical markers of stress in turn lead to ill health and psychosocial disorders. Consequently, stress plays a major causative role in both physical and mental health.

When undergoing a series of test to evaluate markers of stress, including cortisol and DHEA levels, the results in over thousands of cases are remarkable consistent: only 20-25% have cortisol levels consistent with healthy adrenal function, while 75-80% suffer impaired function.

The effects are profound: fatigue and weakness, hormonal imbalance, skin problems, hair loss, autoimmune disorders, insulin resistance and dozens of other health concerns.

With out adrenal glands consistently on “high alert,” high cortisol levels have a destructive effect.

CORTISOL INCREASE

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress, affecting the body’s metabolism of glucose, proteins and fats. It is normally released by the body in a regular daily pattern of highs and lows. Imbalances gradually tear your body down.

Sustained high cortisol levels:

  • Destroy healthy muscle and bone
  • Slow down healing and normal cell regeneration
  • Co-opt parent molecules needed to make other vital hormones
  • Impair digestion, metabolism and mental function
  • Interfere with healthy endocrine function
  • Weaken your immune system

To restored healthy adrenal function, eat in tune with your natural cortisol curve.  Enrich your nutrition, reduce refined carbohydrates and cut back on stimulants.

DHEA DECREASE: Dehydroepiandrosterone

At the same time that cortisol levels increase, the production of DHEA is decreased. DHEA production already decreases, naturally, as we get older. When heightened levels of cortisol further inhibit DHEA we set ourselves up for physical and mental disaster. We begin to lose our ability to cope with stress, our short-term memory can begin to falter and our health starts to wane. It doesn’t have to be this way.

DHEA is the most abundant steroid in the body. DHEA is a steroid precursor produced by the adrenal gland and converted to testosterone or the estrogens by the body’s tissues. Adequate DHEA levels give the body the building blocks necessary to produce these hormones. Levels of DHEA are inversely associated with coronary artery disease. Taking DHEA may increase IGF-1 levels and increase the sense of well-being. DHEA levels decrease with age.

DHEA is also an important hormone produced in the adrenal glands, the body’s primary source for the production of the sex hormone testosterone. Peak levels of DHEA are reached in an individual’s early to mid-20s. Optimal levels are associated with increased energy, healthy immune and cardiovascular function, improved memory and elevated mood.

Boosting the body’s diminished supply of DHEA can help an individual more effectively combat chronic mental and physical stress. Natural DHEA supplementation counters the negative effects of having too many corticosteroids and bringing the body back into balance. The body regains its ability to fight off sickness and the mind regains its ability.

SAVE YOURSELF

The adrenal response can be life-saving.  There are many ways to replenish adrenal function and health naturally. When you restore balance to your adrenal glands, you’ll see results on every physical and emotional level, and your whole body will thank you for saving it!

 

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Passion is the flammable fabric necessary for any romantic relationship to survive in the long run.

The danger is passion alone can consume you in its exciting flames just about as fast as it can abandon you.

Intimacy, on the other hand, takes time to grow and blossom, which when nurtured with genuine love and compassion eventually leads to commitment.

Sometimes, things really do turn out right, for strangers in the night.”

If you’re a die-hard romantic who still holds out for and believes in true love, nothing could be more important than having it and keeping it. When you have your health and you’re really in love, then you have a priceless piece of heaven on earth.

The Triangle Of Love

As you may already know, passion without love is nothing but pure infatuation. Infatuation is the state of being temporarily carried away by unreasoned passion or addictive love.

Passion, intimacy and commitment cannot stand alone.

Let’s look at the different forms of love, passion, intimacy and commitment make up . . .

  • If you have a sense of commitment and desire to make your relationship last, but you don’t have passion and intimacy you have only “the idea” of love or . . . emotional love.
  • Let’s say you’ve got passion and the drive to build a life together, but you lack intimacy . . . you have puppy love or fatuous love.
  • Alright, so you are in an intimate relationship and you are committed to building a future together, you’re like siblings, there is no fiery passion or erotic attraction involved . . . you have companionate love.
  • Have you ever fell head-over-heels with a friend? You’re enthralled in the arms of both passion and intimacy . . . you have romantic love.
  • Ultimately, when you have all three dimensions of intimacy plus passion and commitment you have it all . . . Congratulations, you have consummate love!

Sometimes we all get a little obsessed with finding our own “idea of love,” but experiencing love and wishing for it are as far apart as day and night.

You don’t need another philosophy or theory about love; you desire the experience. The real challenge isn’t in finding “true” love. It’s really only about removing the obstacles to love’s presence. That’s the secret.

It’s been said that love and fear are opposites, but I’m telling you today that true love has no real opposite. Once you remove the blocks to really loving, your life becomes an inspiration for others as you experience the intimate interconnectedness of life itself. For it is life that made love possible.

Fear is the lack of love and love is the lack of fear; they are irreconcilable.

The only mystery of love is for those who keep themselves cut off from it. Love’s purpose is to reveal your connectedness and give you a permanent sense of belonging — where there are no more illusions.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” (1 Cor. 13:4–7, NIV)

Love is the fearless knowledge of living right. Call a rose by any other name and it’s still a rose. So, though true love has many names, it’s the quintessential “experience” beyond words we long for.

Being in love is good for you in many splendored ways.

It’s a scientific fact that happily married couples live longer healthier lives than single people do.

Couples who express themselves intimately and passionately have fewer stress hormones according to the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

It shouldn’t surprise you that having sexual intercourse, kissing and even holding hands has a beneficial biological effect on lowering levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol.

Chronic stress has been shown to weaken the immune system and promote heart disease, even a “broken heart.”

Give Your Sex Life Wings!

In dealing with the ups and downs of any relationship one of the most important things you can do is to find new activities to do together which create a positive feeling for both partners.

Sometimes we place too much pressure solely on intimacy or sex, which is a big reason why so many couples are having sexual issues. Great sex takes patience.  Having sex should never be a pressure issue; take your time to romance the flame of passion.

In fact, did you know “emotional factors” are responsible for nearly half of the male impotence issues in America? The other half has underlying health factors such as diabetes, circulatory problems or some physical trauma.

If you or your partner is suffering from sexual performance issues the best thing you can do, besides addressing your health through diet, exercise and lifestyle, is to introduce novel activities you both might consider to be intimate.

What if your level of sexual pleasure and performance is all in your head?

Bottom line nothing is less attractive than fear. Fear also releases the stress hormone cortisol, which reduces circulation, increases inflammation and wastes your source of intimate sexual energy.

Remember: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Here are 3 sexually attractive attitudes to help you men out there who know they deserve to be loved often:

  • Like your self.
    Women are turned on by men who like being men. It keeps you interesting and sends out a positive attractive message.
  • Be a fun lover.
    Women love to go out and play with their sexual partners, so go somewhere or do something together that’s fun.
  • Get what you want.
    Have a big personal goal that drives you and go for it.

Nothing is sexier or a bigger turn on than the mind. Learning to turn on your mind will increase your own sexuality and attract the intimacy you crave form your mate.

Did you know your brain uses 18% of the body’s energy intake while constituting merely 2% of its weight?

Most sexual problems can be overcome naturally using your intelligence, creativity and attitude. Truth is most drugs can’t even beat the placebo effect in the first place, which means if you “believe” you can or can’t, either way you’re right . . .

With a healthy attitude comes a desire for a healthier body. The “right” nutrition is important for sexual health because it energizes your brain, stimulates your nervous system and strengthens circulation.

The foundation for great sex is a healthy mind and body . . . here are some key vitaminerals and nutrients to help you enjoy incredible sex:

  • Vitamin A found in carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes help produce optimal level of progesterone, which is an important sex hormone that supports libido (that sexy feeling).
  • Vitamin B1 found in sprouted grains, asparagus and pineapples is essential for optimal nerve transmission and energy production throughout the body, which is vital to increase libido.
  • Vitamin B3 found in avocadoes, sprouted grains and beans can enhance the sexual sensation, increase blood flow to the skin and mucous membranes, and intensify the orgasm!
  • Vitamin B6 found in vegetables, nuts and bananas helps regulate prolactin, a natural libido booster.
  • Vitamin C found in citrus, Camu camu and beets is used to help make beneficial hormones vital in sexuality and getting “turned on.”
  • Vitamin D found in mushrooms, eggs and sunlight helps you maintain a healthy and vigorous libido.
  • Vitamin E found in seeds, nuts and green leafy vegetables is a powerful antioxidant and is necessary for healthy cells, especially those involved in the sexual experience.
  • Magnesium found in cacao beans, spinach and nuts is important for the production of sex hormones and neurotransmitters and is a powerful smooth muscle relaxant.
  • Selenium found in parsley, brazil nuts and seaweed is a mineral vital for healthy sperm health. Nearly is stored and used in the testes and seminal ducts.
  • Zinc found in alfalfa, mustard and almonds is used to make testosterone and other sexual hormones. Zinc is loaded in the prostate gland and sperm more than anywhere else in the body.
  • Last, but not least, Essential Fatty acid found in black currants, nuts and cacao butter are needed to make sex hormones and store sexual nutrients to keep you in the game.

Bottom line is your “consummate relationship needs a constant balance between intimacy, passion and commitment, but without having a healthy lifestyle, a smart diet and quality sex, the triangle of love can collapse.

So, always make it a priority to romance your partner like you did when you were first dating and remember: great sex and romance begin while your clothes are still on.

Nurturing a healthy partnership isn’t just about pushing the right buttons, so don’t let your “sexual rendezvous” to become just another routine. Learn to overcome, be adventurous and have fun.

Learn how to nurture your passion, renew your intimacy and revitalize a healthier sexuality for the years to come.

SOURCE: Dr. Beate Ditzen of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, et al.

Martin Jacobse (The 7 Rungs of the Health and Wellness Ladder), a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

Dealing with Stress and Cortisol Control

Many of us stuffer with stress, some of us more than others. However, few of us are really aware that stress impacts our health. Fear not. There are simple steps you can take to help better manage it.

Usually associated with the physical and mental side-effects of a busy lifestyle, stress is rampant during times such as this. For many people, a bad economy is at the root of money worries, leading to high anxiety. During periods of stress, the body generates chemicals called cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline.

Coritsol is commonly known as the “stress hormone,” this very important hormone is produced and secreted by the adrenal gland. It helps regulate numerous body functions including blood pressure, insulin release, glucose metabolism, immune function and inflammatory response. It also plays an important role in the regulation of emotion, cognition, reward, and energy utilization.

Why do we need to control cortisol?

It’s simple. Excess cortisol is secreted during times of physical or psychological stress, which can alter the normal pattern of cortisol release. When hormones are imbalanced, often due to stress, lack of exercise or a poor diet, a person can experience symptoms such as depression, mood swings, low libido and fatigue.

Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, and helps maintain blood sugar levels, which may cause an increase in appetite and cravings for high-carb, high-fat foods. Not surprisingly therefore, high levels of cortisol can also contribute to weight gain and even affect where you put on weight. Studies show that stress and elevated cortisol levels actually cause an increase in visceral fat in the abdominal area, the worst place to store excess fat. There is a strong correlation between abdominal fat and cardiovascular disease.

Lifestyle Changes to Control Cortisol

Sleep is a very important component of any healthy lifestyle. Making sure you get an adequate amount of sleep each night can help keep hormone levels in an ideal range. According to nutrition4health.org, the key to a rejuvenating sleep  is having a normal cortisol rhythm during the day that leads up to a restful nights sleep. In other words, the two go hand in hand.

Although caffeine can function as an effective way to boost metabolism, making sure you don’t exceed 400mg each day is important where cortisol is concerned.

Vitamin C is thought to be a stress buster that can have a positive impact on the hormone cortisol. Psychology Today declares that vitamin C helps reduce the physical and psychological impact of stress. “In one study German researchers subjected 120 people to a sure-fire stressor….Half of those studied were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C. Such signs of stress as elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol and high blood pressure were significantly greater in those who did not get the vitamin supplement. Those who got vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed when they got the vitamin,” reports Psychology Today.

Refrain from drinking alcohol. High levels of intoxication could stimulate cortisol release. A study titled  Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that long-term chronic drinking produces an increase in cortisol both during intoxication and withdrawal.

To keep cortisol levels balanced or as the experts call it, in a homeostatic state, relaxation techniques can be very beneficial. Everything from Yoga, to listening to music, to exercising regularly can have a positive effect on the body’s response to stress.

So, how do you recognize when your stress level may be too high?

Stress Symptoms

  • Feeling excessive guilt when you’re relaxing, and not always staying busy
  • Having trouble getting to sleep
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Experiencing an unusually high level of sensitivity
  • Tension in your body
  • Indigestion, loss of appetite or eating purely for comfort

Stress Management

Making some simple lifestyle changes should help ease many of the symptoms associated with stress. If however, you are experiencing stress or anxiety that is a real cause for concern, you should always talk to your doctor.

  • Take things one step at a time. It’s ok to say no when demands are too high.
  • Talk to someone who is positive and will offer you useful advice.
  • Let out your frustration in a healthy way. Try shouting out load, screaming or even hitting a pillow!
  • Use relaxation techniques such as yoga to help calm your body and mind.
  • Become physically active. Exercise releases endorphins into your blood stream, giving you a feeling of happiness and improved sense of well-being.
  • Take time out from your usual daily routine. Socialize with friends or take time to be at one with yourself.

Stress, high levels of these cortisol can raise blood pressure, increase heart rate and make you sweat more. In addition to this, too much cortisol circulating in the body can lead to weight gain. Excessive amounts of cortisol releases fat and sugar into your bloodstream and even preventing the immune system from functioning properly. Do all that you can to be stress-less!