Stress is taking a terrible toll on the nation’s health and economy. It is a heavy contributor to heart disease, cancer, respiratory distress, lupus and many other life threatening illnesses.”
States Dr. Paul Rosch, Medical Scientist and Stress Expert.
Stress kills because too much of it throws the body out of balance. Stress exists to keep animals safe by raising alertness, and the ability to run or fight. When a person is stressed, their flight or fight response is triggered, raising a person’s blood pressure, heart rate and increases the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. When this happens continuously, the body cannot regulate itself.
When a body is under stress, hormones and chemicals in the body are on overload and release too much or not enough of needed chemicals. This is also when cells change shape and become unhealthy, allowing more free radicals in the body.
How do Free Radicals cause Cell Damage?
Free radicals are ions, atoms and molecules that are negatively, positively or zero charged and not paired. These atoms and molecules not being paired causes damage when they get into the human body and cause degenerative diseases. The radicals become highly chemically reactive and can cause cancers. This is why anti-oxidants and vitamins are important because they counter-act free radical damage.
Hormones being Regulated Promotes Health and Wellness
Hormones become out of balance and can cause high levels of glucose in the blood stream because of Cortisol, a stress hormone being released too often. Cortisol also alters the body’s immune system and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system, and growth processes. Adrenaline is also released when stressed; this raises the body’s blood pressure and heart rate.
The body’s stress alarm / police department regulates itself under normal circumstance. Releasing a flow of cortisol and adrenaline as needed. When the system is left on though this can lead to the many illnesses and diseases – sleep problems, heart disease, depression, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and various digestive issues.
Stress damages the economy because of the high cost involved in medical care. Many simply can’t afford the procedures, medications, and doctors’ visits. The adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is very appropriate because having a lifestyle that manages stress, and incorporates healthy eating and lifestyle choices can prevent most diseases.
The biggest diseases that affect society are cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and auto-immune disorders such as type two diabetes, lupus, and digestive disorders. All of which are preventable and curable with the right lifestyle and diet, which puts the power in the people’s hands with their health. Congenital diseases are a separate issue, such as type-one diabetes, however many congenital disorders can also be managed with lifestyle, diet and some medications.
Having a healthy lifestyle that manages stress and builds immunity keeps preventable disease and viruses away.