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Stress

Stress

Modern life is life out of balance. We feel this imbalance in our bodies and in our minds and it affects our health. The one word that perhaps best describes our experience of modern life is... STRESS.

Stress is any thing, event, or thought that your body perceives as a threat to its safety, health and wellbeing. Stress is what you feel when life’s demands exceed your ability to meet those demands. Stress is a feeling of being overwhelmed and overwrought by forces beyond your immediate control and indicates a loss of balance in your life.

All chronic dysfunction and disease are the result of pathogenic influences that have overwhelmed our ability to maintain functional balance. Our on-going ability to overcome those pathogenic influences is known as competent stress adaptation, or homeostasis. Competent stress adaptation is the single most important functional element in promoting optimal health and healthy aging.

The stress response is your body’s attempt to deal with the immediate crisis and then to restore balance. In response to any stress, your body shifts into alarm mode, ready for action, ready for what has been called the “fight or flight” response. Think about it, with any sudden stress, your heart beat increases, your breathing becomes more shallow and rapid, your pupils dilate, your stomach and intestines stop digesting, which you may feel like a pit in your stomach, you feel alert, anxious, and on edge. In the short run, this response is healthy and actually helps you to survive in a hostile world. In the long run, with excess stress, you feel begin to feel tired, anxious, irritable, frustrated, absent-minded, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Your focus, concentration, and short-term memory may all suffer. Your sex drive and performance can also be significantly impaired as steroid hormone production shifts to produce more cortisol and less sex hormones.  

It appears that the most important variable in maintaining health appears to be having a sense of control over your work, home, relationships, and yourself in general. It’s not the amount of stress you’re exposed to per se, but your ability to be able to respond constructively to that stress that matters most in maintaining your health over time. Anytime you assert control over some aspect of your life, you begin the process of effective stress management, so be proactive and make a difference to your life.

Some effective strategies for managing stress:

  1. Exercise daily (at least 20 minutes)
  2. Improve your diet (low glycaemic load)
  • Less sugar, grains & starch
  • More whole fruit and fresh vegetables
  • More protein
  • Take some magnesium and Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (active B6) twice daily to support blood sugar balance

Try a 10-day trial course of 3 capsules of Stabilium every morning – if it helps, stay on it