Encourage Anti-Aging by Reducing Stress
How many times a day do you hear someone comment on how stressed they are? It has come to be thought of as a throw away phrase. The fact is, stress is important in our lives. In a positive manner, it stimulates our fight or flight mechanism. The downside to stress is much greater than the upside, however. Stressful emotions trigger biophysical hormonal releases that works contradictory to good health and wellbeing. Chronic stress is the enemy of anti-aging. The release of cortisol, which is one of the main hormones released during stressful situations, is primarily responsible for the trapping of adipose tissue, otherwise known as fat. With the increase of adipose tissue, metabolic syndrome may occur. With metabolic syndrome, an increase in blood glucose as well as blood pressure are often seen—thus setting the stage for Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. The good news is that all of this is correctable, given the proper diet, exercise and social changes.
Initially, a physical examination should be undertaken to get your physician’s go ahead to initiate a diet and exercise program. A good mix of dietary moderation and routine exercise is important. Minimizing simple carbohydrates after 2pm, combined with clean eating, will help to kick start your metabolism. Add exercise 5 days a week, with 2 of them being weight bearing exercise days, and you will be well on your way to reversing the changes that are occurring due to stress.
In addition to the physical changes that will begin to occur, it will be noticeable that levels of emotional stress will reduce due to the proper fueling of the body, as well as the daily exercise.
The last component to reducing the stress in your life is to change the social circumstances that are responsible for causing the stress. Often times, this can be done by small alterations in one’s lifestyle. Other times, major changes in work and living conditions may be required. If stressful situations are unavoidable, the help of a mental health counselor may be needed.
Stress can significantly reduce your good health and subsequently your life expectancy. Whatever the source of stress, it is paramount that you get control of how the stress impacts your life. Start today for better health tomorrow.