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Stress

 

STRESS

 

Stress has a huge effect on health. Stress has a physiologic and psychological impact on the body. 43% of adults have adverse effects

due to stress. 75-90% of all medical visits are in some way related to stress. Stress is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, cancer, anxiety and depression. While we can’t eliminate stress from our lives we can learn how to manage it and eliminate the damaging effects.

 

A strong reaction to stress is actually sometimes necessary for survival when encountering danger or a crisis. This is “fight or flight” reaction, such as being caught in a burning building. Hormones get released that change our physiology in order to react appropriately. Our bodies can handle short-term stress. The problem occurs with long-term or prolonged and /or severe situations. Unfortunately for many people stress is a way of life. We have become a nation under chronic stress. When you are in a stressful situation large amounts

of cortisol are released into your body, over time elevation of cortisol can have negative effects on your health. The General Adaptation Syndrome, as it’s called, causes heart rate increases, breathing becomes rapid, digestive enzymes decrease, and blood sugar levels increase. When adaptation occurs cortisol comes in converting protein stores to blood sugar (to supply energy to muscles). Sodium is retained to keep body fluid levels up and blood pressure elevated. This is why continued stress causes diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Eventually the body becomes exhausted. Recent research is showing that chronically high levels of cortisol can result in weight gain and changes in body composition. Increased cortisol causes decreased muscle, and increased body fat therefore chronic

stress leads to weight gain.

 

Managing stress can be done with relaxation techniques, lifestyle strategies, exercise, sleep, and nutrients. Utilizing all of these can

lead to a much less stressful and a healthier life. The benefits from this are reducing the risk for chronic health conditions, controlling weight, and improving your quality of life overall.

 

Chiropractic care also plays a vital role in the reduction of the effects of stress on the body and therefore should be included in your

stress reduction program. This is accomplished by reducing the irritation to the nervous system through chiropractic check-ups and adjustments. The result is that people under chiropractic care have healthier nervous systems, which allows their body to deal with

 the daily stresses from the environment better, so they stay healthier.

 

 

 

 

For an appointment with Dr. Komsky, please call (813) 935-8300.

 

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