Stress Is More Foe Than Friend How to Fight It
While stress can be turned into good if it can be controlled for benefit and improve your drive, focus and results, there is a larger negative toll.
In moments of stress our bodies work harder and sometimes, smarter. We are wired to release more hormones to temporarily increase blood pressure and heart rate when confronted with a challenge to make what could be life saving decisions.
Chronic stress is linked to many health issues including weakened immune system and depression. Fortunately, there are physical and mental ways to help manage stress from breathing and meditation, but also diet and natural foods help to strengthen the body's ability to handle stress. Within the Treatmo marketplace many food makers have crafted healthy (and tasty) options to help you stay in balance.
If you've ever felt your stomach turn before a presentation or your heart rate increase in a heated conversation also be aware that stress is creeping up on you. It can cause outbursts, rash decisions, and it's worse for your body than you think.
According to the American Psychology Association, our stress response is traced back to our ancient ancestors when in the face of a confrontation in the wild. When fighting or fleeing, the body has to respond quickly. Stress is responsible for what happens next. But if you're in a regular state of fighting and fleeing, your body is continuously producing stress hormones to increase blood pressure and heart rate. Over long term that has negative impacts on your health.
The short and long term impact means sleeplessness, hair loss, weight gain or loss, sluggishness, lack of focus, poor decision making, and even bad breath or skin. Stress links to every function of the body, including digestion. When it's out of control and at its worst it can lead to weakened heart, poor immune response, depression and illness.
While having to deal with stress is inevitable whether someone takes your cab or parking spot, or jumps into the last open spot on the subway ahead of you, or gets the job you've been working really hard for, it's how you manage it that matters most to health. It's not always easy.
However, often neglected in the discussion of stress management is diet. When you have a balanced diet or are eating whole and minimally processed food (fewer unnatural ingredients and more natural, local food--fresh from the farm), your body receives more nutrition and vitamins to fight inflammation, improve digestion and recover faster.
A few food and drink makers have realized from their own personal experiences that eating well contributes to lower stress and better stress management and improved health.