Bob Johnson DMD
Close to 80% of people with chronic illness have experienced a stressful incident or ongoing stress in their life. Stressful situations include life altering incidents or transitions such as loss of a job, death of a family member, traumatic accident, divorce or chronic pain. The correlation between stress and illness is obvious when you understand how stress adversely affects the body.
Make This Change to Become Healthier
Several decades ago an ongoing study of 10,000 people in Britain was conducted to determine what therapy, lifestyle change or health product across the entire population in the study had the most profound health benefit. The study considered many therapies, products and lifestyle changes to determine what people should consider first in their efforts to become healthy.
Their conclusion was, “The Ability To Say NO.”
Meaning that reducing stress by refusing to take on stressful projects, jobs, relationships or situations was the most critical factor to becoming healthy and remaining healthy. Too many people take on stress without realizing how it adversely affects their health.
The Body’s Response to Stress
Before discussing how you can manage stress in your life it is important to understand several of the basic physiologic changes your body experiences during your stress response. The adrenal glands secrete several hormones but the predominant one is cortisol, the stress hormone. The more stress the more cortisol is secreted which alters your body adversely over the long term. The more cortisol that is made the less other hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and others ) can be produced.
The brain plays a huge role in stress management both with nerve transmitters and altered brain function in select areas of the brain. This controls your ability to focus, manage anxiety, depression, joy and more.
The more I understand the intimate connection between stress and all the tissues of the body the more I realize how critical it is to either reduce stress from external sources or to be able to manage stressful situations from within.
Some Helpful Ways to Manage Stress:
- Make a list of stressors in your life
- Tackle one project at a time
- Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and others
- Check your diet and cut down/eliminate caffeine and sugar
- Learn Emotional Freedom Technique (google technique)
- Read “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”
- Learn to let small issues go away
- Get rid of negative emotions
- Physical Activity
- Detoxify and cleanup your diet
- Deep breathing
Learn to say "no" and live a healthier life.
Bring love and passion into your life, and enjoy the journey.
Dr. Bob Johnson D.M.D., F.A.G.D., practices at National Integrated Health Associates and has extensive experience in all aspects of biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, ceramic implants and orthodontics. As a naturopath, he has additional training in natural health and has a dedicated following for his popular blog, Optimal Health on a Budget.