Stress and anxiety is something all of us experience and typically gets a bad wrap. For the most part the stress we refer to is self-induced and inherit in the way we live. We're fast paced, tend to prioritize work, eating fast and hurried, are success oriented, worry about our health and the health of loved ones. And that's all fine and good, many times stress comes from the rigors of being healthy and productive. Like taking care of kids or working hard on our fitness and eating healthy by preparing all your meals.
Stress isn't necessarily bad. A tree grows stronger branches and deeper roots if it's constantly barraged from wind. Our muscles grow bigger and stronger when stressed with exercise. So there's good and bad stress.
As Douglas Malloch wrote in his poem "Good Timber": Good timber does not grow with ease: The stronger wind, the stronger trees; The further sky, the greater length; The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, In trees and men good timbers grow.
If there's an emergency and your bodies flight-or-fight response kicks in, that's a good response to stress. The issue comes when the stressor is chronic, or perceived as bad stress, and we have the wrong response to it. I say "perceived as bad" cause what is good stress for one may not be good stress for another. The stress of a few rounds of boxing sounds fun to me but my mother would not like that stress at all!
Anxiety is a sensation in the body that something isn't right. Resulting in a chemical cascade produced the body that causes a general feeling of uneasiness, rapid heart beats and rapid, shallow breathing, a choking sensation, tightness in the chest, and many more symptoms. Just like stress, anxiety can be normal. Standing<><><><><><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
Moving glucose out of the bloodstream promptly is important because glucose is irritating to blood vessel walls and causes damage if left circulating around too long. What does that cause? Blood vessel damage and inflammation >> heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, impotence, dementia, blindness, neuropathy, poor wound healing, and amputation of toes.Continue Reading
Introducing your baby to his/her first foods can come with a myriad of questions or concerns for some parents. What foods do I choose? How do I know when my baby is ready to eat? My baby has eczema, is that worsened by starting him/her on solids? You are what you eat. That statement is spoken so simply and yet it’s truth is profound. I also believe that the manner, in which we introduce foods to our babies, largely shapes their nutritional habits, immune function and future quality of health, both as children and adults. There is an art to food introduction in babies! Let’s help our children get an optimal start with sound nutritional foundations!Continue Reading
Why does sugar depress the immune system and what will you do to offer yourself an added dose of immune system support? Of course, it is known that sugar alone can significantly impair the immune system, but it is important to understand why that is the case.Continue Reading
Have you noticed a decrease in your game as an athlete? Are you rehabbing an injury that just doesn’t seem to heal? Many injuries are very overt, they come while playing or training in our sport of choice or from accidents. Some are not so easy to recognize, like ligament laxity or osteoarthritis. This article is dedicated to all the golfers and others experiencing pain, as well as other athletes looking to improve their sport.Continue Reading