Stress is the underlying cause in all dis-ease.
Let me say that again in another way. There is not a single ailment you are dealing with that does not have stress as a hidden trigger. Some stress is obvious and the temporary increase of stress hormones dissipates after the stress is over ... such as being in a car accident, having an argument, being late to an appointment, etc. The more sinister stress, chronic stress, is the one we are concerned with here.
Chronic stress resulting from our modern lifestyle of doing too much all the time for everyone is unnatural and puts us at risk for physical and mental health depletion. The subconscious activity of always being on guard against something about to happen is what takes its toll on five major systems of the body: gastrointestinal, immune, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous.
When the gastrointestinal system is compromised we experience poor digestion, potential ulcers, colitis, irritable bowl syndrome, chronic diarrhea and constipation. All of these lead to a diminished quality of life and are the gateway to other more serious disorders such as chronic yeast overgrowth and Crohn's disease.
The Immune System also get hit hard by stress. Chronic exposure undermines immune function and makes us more susceptible to colds, viruses and opportunistic bacteria and other pathogens.
The stress connection with cardiovascular disease is fairly well known these days. Stress acidifies our pH which contributes to hardening of the arteries and when you combine it with a slow, low dose of anger and hostility, which hang out with stress, then you have the beginning of a perfect recipe for a heart attack or stroke. Incidentally, elevated cortisol levels (a stress hormone) are connected to excess belly fat which it so happens is a good indicator of cardiovascular health or a lack of it, especially in women.
Increased risk for Type II diabetes is one of the many effects of chronic endocrine system stress, especially if you combine it with an unhealthy diet of fast food and refined carbohydrates. One important thing to mention here is when the stress hormones go up, DHEA production, your anti-aging hormone, go way down resulting in accelerated aging and impotence in men and low or non-existent desire in both sexes. Since sex is the ultimate stress reliever, not being able to have sex can be just one more stressful straw on the camel's back.
Last but not least, stress interferes with our nervous system by playing with our mind and our emotions. Long-term stress has major effects on the brain resulting in feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, fear and hopelessness along with the loss of productivity that comes with poor mood and concentration, insomnia and nervous tension.
The good news is you don't have to suffer with stress. Take the first step and make an appointment and let me show you how simple it is to feel better today.
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