Saturday, 25 August 2012


By understanding what long term stress can do to your body is the first step in disease prevention.
The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys.
The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most diseases are caused by the body being under constant pressure from work, family, financial, or otherwise.

Compounded with lack of sleep, poor diet and lack of exercise, our immune system will be weakened over time.

Usually, the body will manifest aches and pains in the head, bowel, stomach or joint areas.  When that happens, you will have to stop and heed the warning signs.

You need to pay attention as it can lead to diseases such as heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, cancers or disease of the nervous system.

Here is an explanation what goes on in your body when you are under stress

The physiological stress response is actually designed to be an asset.  It speeds the heart rate and diverts blood away from the gut to the muscles so we can run away.  It constricts the pupils of our eyes so we can focus on our attacker, it dilates the bronchi of the lungs to increase blood oxygenation, and converts energy stored in the liver into fuel for strength and stamina.  In short, it keeps us safe, says Esther Sternberg, physician and author of several books on stress and healing.

It is a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which makes a hormone called CRH, or corticotropin releasing hormone.  Sternberg says that when you are stressed, you are bathing yourself in a whole soup of other nerve chemicals and hormones.  But if they hang around too long, those same nerve chemicals and hormones can impair the immune system.

Eventually, stress hormones make the adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol.  Cortisene, which is the drug form of the hormone cortisol, is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory drugs available.

"What's happening when you're stressed that your own body is giving itself multiple shots of that anti-inflammatory hormone, and so that tunes down your immune system's ability to do its job to finght infecton,"  says Sternberg.

Source-Gretchen Cuda

My next topic for discussion is, "6 Simple Stress Busters."

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One by one, dropping into the sea, 
Seashells spiralling down the wild blue yonder, 
If the world does not have a sea, what would life be? 
That would be something to reflect and ponder.

We will not have sharks, nor dolphins to admire, 
We will not see the turtles come to shore to sire, 
We will not see the majestic whale in all it's splendor, 
Or the magnificent corals bursting with color.

There will be many we won't get to see, 
If the world does not have a sea,
What would life be?
We should be thankful then, shouldn't we? 

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